Following in the very capable and inspiring footsteps of So Loverly, Skin Deco, Paris B, and Beetrice‘s entries on lipglosses and lispticks, here I am penning my take on one of my staple balm/glosses – Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in two shades: Grapefruit and Raspberry.

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss - Photo courtesy of clinique.com

My love affair with these sweet little tubes of shine occurred completely by (pleasant) accident – and I have not looked back since. Read on to find out more.

One great thing about buying Clinique products is their generous gift-with-purchase policy: if you spend above a certain amount, they give you a sampling of products (either individually or in sets that come in adorable pouches). Among the products I’ve received are miniature-sized Take The Day Off Makeup Remover, High Impact Curling Mascara, All About Eyes, Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturiser, Fresh Bloom Allover Colour, Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer and Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – so you can see that they are not at all stingy with offering loyal customers more to love!

My two Superbalm Moisturising Glosses were part of this stash of samples. Grapefruit is a very feminine, light, cool pink shade with slight shimmer that looks a little darker in the tube than it does when applied. On lips, though, it looks gracefully natural and makes lips look fuller without being too pigmented. Raspberry, on the other hand, is a brighter, cheery pop of sheer reddish-pink. When applied, it brightens up the face with just enough colour – very casual, relaxed and youthful.

Texture-wise, these balm/glosses are thick, consistent and gel-like. I generally shy away from glosses of this texture because as smooth, beautiful and shiny as they are when applied, I often find them too sticky. These are a little sticky, but not unexpectedly so – but they just look great on, so it’s worth the hassle. These balm/glosses are also exceptionally moisturising, and keep my lips soft and plumped for hours the way a good lipbalm would (long after it wears off – hallmark of a great balm/gloss hybrid I say!).

One downside is that it does slough off a bit over the course of the hours and doesn’t hold up well through meals or drinks, so reapplying pretty often is required to maintain the look. That doesn’t bother me personally though, as I find that a very little goes a long way with Superbalm Moisturising Gloss: a thin layer gives you a nice, pretty, glossy sheen.

Pour conclure, I love these balm/glosses. They not only look great, they are also very handy and versatile – worn by themselves, or over another lip colour. Price-wise, each 0.5oz tube retails at USD 14 (check back for price updates for Malaysia and Singapore). Like I said though, you’ll probably receive a free miniature tube with other Clinique purchases and it’s a great way to test it out before you decide whether you want to invest in a full tube.


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