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Dramatically Different—And Newly Revamped

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Clinique-Dramatically-Different-PlusEveryone has a Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion memory. Ours is of the bottle—and the soft, subtle scent—of the iconic pale yellow cube of lotion that sat on our grandmother’s vanity in her Southern New Jersey beach home, where we would spend every summer while growing up. Since its inception in 1968, the first dermatologist-created moisturizer has become the number-one-selling prestige skincare product in America and remains a crucial part of the storied New York brand’s three-step skincare system, providing a veritable drink for parched complexions. But after forty-five years, and plenty of technological breakthroughs and discoveries along the way, even the most cherished essentials need an update. This week, editors, socialites, models and a few very loyal actresses turned up at a soiree in Manhattan to fete Clinique’s brand-new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +. Six and a half years in the making, the rebooted formula retains all of the things fans of the fluid love about it—its silky texture and impressive hydrating capabilities—while adding a host of supercharged new ingredients that have been carefully implemented to increase its overall efficacy. A blend of sunflower-seed cake, barley extract, and cucumber-fruit extract strengthen the skin’s barrier to increase its resistance to environmental aggressors while making sure skin-quenching additions such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin deeply penetrate, almost on impact. Its unmistakable bottle and buttery-lemon color have gone untouched, though, which means you still get that cathartic feeling when you pat it on, only now your complexion looks that much more glowing and healthy with every application.

Available, in late July or early August 2013, at department stores and www.clinique.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Clinique

Finger-Painting With Black Honey

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With everyone jumping on board the nail bandwagon, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Clinique has finally gotten in on the fun. The brand that popularized the white lab coat as uniform did have a few mild-mannered manicure staples when it first launched in the late sixties, but its concentration has been primarily on skincare and skincare-minded makeup of late—a focus that has also informed its new lineup of lacquers as well. The 100 percent allergy-tested and fragrance-free range has gone to great lengths to ensure that its offering minimizes the allergen potential of nail enamel on the skin—and eyes—as nail varnishes are a relatively unknown, albeit prime cause of periorbital dermatitis, a facial rash that develops around the lower and upper eyelids when polished tips rub, itch, and even apply liners and shadows to lids. Dubbed a Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skin, the high-gloss-finish, chip-resistant formula comes in nine seasonal colors—like the punchy melon Juiced Up and the bright yellow 70 and Sunny—as well a twelve permanent colors, including the burnt-cherry Black Honey. That’s right: Everyone’s favorite nineties lipstick mainstay is now available in finger-painting form. Go ahead; take a moment for the news to sink in. We’ll wait.

Photo: Courtesy of Clinique

Beauty Throwdown: Battle BB Versus CC Creams

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There’s been no shortage of hype around the arrival of CC creams, the so-called “complexion correctors” from Asia that promise to go one step beyond their BB cream (or “beauty balm”) predecessors and offer more skincare benefits and coverage level. To be honest, I couldn’t summon much enthusiasm about either because the idea of adding skincare ingredients to makeup never struck me as that revolutionary (my Chantecaille tinted moisturizer accomplished that feat years ago). Nevertheless, I was curious to see if there is truly any difference between the BBs and CCs, and the perfect case study presented itself when Clinique launched both creams recently. Here, we swiped and scrutinized our complexion super closely to determine which contender—if either—is worth putting into rotation.

The First to Market: Clinique’s Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 glided on and blended into my fair complexion remarkably well, which is impressive considering that it’s only available in three shades. While it didn’t completely hide the dark spots on my cheek area, it did subtly even out my complexion quite nicely. Overall, I looked a little more well-rested, if not entirely luminous. Also notable was the absence of any chalkiness typical of SPF ingredients (like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide) and the fact that the makeup coverage held up all day without any touch-ups.

The Latest Import: When I squeezed a dab of its Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 onto a makeup sponge and swiped it across my face, I noticed the texture was quite matte, even a bit thick. I really had to work it into my skin to avoid any streaks, which was surprising considering this cream contains moisturizing hyaluronic acid and water-binding agents, like trehalose and sorbitol. Still, this one did enhance my tone pretty readily, casting a peachy glow over areas that had once been dull and (sadly) sallow. Also a plus is that it comes in six shades, providing more options for those with tricky-to-match complexions. As for the sun protection, it too didn’t leave any white residue, and there was zero need to reapply to maintain makeup coverage.

The Bottom Line: Don’t agonize over the differences in these creams: Both work in a similar fashion with nearly identical results. But if you have dry skin, the BB cream might be your best option, while those with oily skin in need of more coverage should go for the CC cream. If, like me, you already use a tinted moisturizer with SPF and skin-nourishing benefits that you like, there’s also no harm in sticking with it.

Photo: Courtesy of Clinique

The Eyes Have It

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Sometimes a product comes along that’s so well conceived, it inspires countless imitations. Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is one such product. But the thick, easy-to-wield tube hasn’t just encouraged similar offerings from other brands; it has also caused a few covetable updates from Clinique itself. There’s the Chubby Stick Intense pencils for a more saturated finish, and now, in a bold direction-changing move, the Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes. The brand’s decision to focus due north of their expertise in lip lacquering was only a matter of time, really, as the chubby-stick-as-tool is ripe for easily achieving, say, Val Garland’s inky blue eyes from Mary Katrantzou’s Spring show with a few concentrated swipes of the dark, shimmering navy Massive Midnight (and without years of backstage experience). Other standouts in the twelve-shade range that boasts a vitamin-E-infused formula for easier blendability includes 03 Fuller Fudge, a metallic brown that makes contouring a breeze. What will they think of next?

$16 each, available February 2013 at www.clinique.com.

Photo: GoRunway.com/ Courtesy of Clinique

Clinique Keeps ‘Em Saturated

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a true beauty fiend who doesn’t love Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm. The shea butter, mango seed butter, and jojoba oil-packed glossy pencils that come in easy-to-wield chunky applicators impart a subtle stain on pouts that ranges from the tawny peach Whole Lotta Honey to the berry-hued Richer Raisin. This past spring, the brand added eight new shades to their original eight-piece lineup to offer a bigger selection of sheer coverage, but its latest upgrade deals with the issue of saturation, for those days when what you’re really looking for is the opacity of a full-on lipstick with the comfort of a balm. Introducing Chubby Stick Intense, eight new editions that pack a pigment punch. Standouts include Grandest Grape, a wine-tinged dark fuchsia; Heftiest Hibiscus, a pink coral; and Plushest Punch, a deep rose. Each one is buildable and, perhaps more importantly, extremely wearable.

$16 each, available at www.clinique.com beginning December 2012.

Photo: Courtesy of Clinique