SAMPLE TESTING: CLINIQUE PEP-START BALM & POUT RESTORING NIGHT MASK + TATCHA VIOLET-C RADIANCE MASK + NARS LIQUID BLUSH
Hey guys, happy Beauty Wednesday! Today, I'm back with week 2 of Sample Testing, which I will now do every other week, alternating with beauty reviews of the tried and true products I love.
This week, I tested Clinique's Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm & Pout Restoring Night Mask (both samples came in the same package), Tatcha's Violet-C Radiance Mask and Nars' Liquid Blush. Here's what I thought:
Clinique Pout Perfecting Balm & Pout Restoring Night Mask
This sample was actually 2 samples in one. There's the pout perfecting lip balm and the pout restoring night mask. I tested the balm first, and I got the colour 03 guava. Although it's a bright fuchsia pink, it's very translucent, so it's not too extreme. I usually stay away from bright lip colours, but this one is everything but clownesque. In the summer, with a great tan, it's something I would actually wear. On my lips, it looked more like a very light, sheer, bright pink, if that makes sense.
The texture is also great. It's no sticky, it feels hydrating, it's not too heavy either... It's just great. I'm a lip balm addict (maybe freak would be more appropriate) so I know what I'm talking about here, ha!
The lip balm actually really reminded me of my Labello Watermelon shine lip balm. It has the same super hydrating texture, the same beautiful sheer colour... The only difference is that the Labello is 13.99$ for 3 on Amazon, and this Clinique one is 17.50$ at Sephora.
What really impressed me with this sample is the pout restoring night mask. It's a totally clear balm-like gel, that you apply on your lips before bed. Then, you wake up the next morning with the softest, most hydrated lips ever.
The texture of the pout restoring night mask is really, really thick, so I wasn't sure at first. I thought it would be annoying to sleep in, but I didn't even feel it after a minute or two. It definitely did NOT keep me from enjoying a good night's sleep. Then, I woke up the next morning with lips so soft and hydrated, I didn't even put on lip palm before noon. That, to me, is something to be talked about, as I usually apply lip balm from morning to night. Seriously, I was using so much lip balm, I even started making my own (tutorial here).
You only need a little to make a huge difference, and it's definitely a product that works. It really delivers exactly what it promises, which is intense, plumping hydration. Your lips definitely don't get stung by a syringe overnight, but they DO look plumper from being super hydrated.
Would I buy the full size product? Probably not the lip balm, as I'm more than happy with my less expensive dupe, but I would definitely buy the lip mask. (Find the lip balm here and the lip mask here.)
Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask
I was super excited to get this sample, because I've been eyeing Tatcha's products for so long. I'm in awe of how beautiful their packaging is, and I've been seeing them a lot. So naturally, I was curious.
The mask was a beautiful, bright lilac, so I was pretty pumped about slathering it all over my face, too. The texture is kind of like a toothpaste that's been mixed with bubble gum, in the sense that it feels a little sticky. You're supposed to put it on, leave it there for 15 minutes and then wash it off. I left it for 20-25 minutes, because it wasn't drying up, it still felt sticky. But then I realized that it probably just doesn't dry off and rinsed it.
The good news is, it was pretty easy no wash off. No intense rubbing for 10 minutes to get it all off. The bad news is, I didn't really see any difference in the texture or the appearance of my skin, except that it was a little more red than usual.
This mask is loaded with vitamin C, so it's supposed to make your skin radiant and glowy. It also promises to make your skin softer and smoother. I definitely did not see any of these results... My skin was a little red, which I figured would go away, but didn't for a few hours. The few tiny pimples I had around my jaw became more apparent and visible, which was a real bummer. I did the mask in the morning, and my skin was also super oily for the rest of the day. I guess it's safe to say that this mask really isn't for me.
I'm disappointed because I really wanted to love it as much as I love the packaging of the products. I still haven't lost all hope and I'm looking forward to testing more products from Tatcha, just so I can understand what the hype is all about. I understand that not all products can work for all skin types, and I feel like this mask would be best for someone with really dry skin. Which is definitely NOT my case...
Would I buy the full size product? No. (Find it here - the packaging looks AMAZING, no?!)
Nars Liquid Blush
To every beauty connoisseur, Nars blush is like the Holy Grail. Surprisingly, I had never tried it before... What can I say, I've never been a huge blush fan. If I'm given the choice, I will ALWAYS pick bronzer over blush... And I feel like both at the same time are a bit overkill. I do have one blush that I have and love (see the full review here) and that's enough for me. But I won't lie, I was super curious to see what all the fuss is about, when I saw that I got a Nars liquid blush sample, in the iconic shade Orgasm.
Shade wise, it really looks like the Bobbi Brown blush I have. It's a golden peach with a bit of sparkle. I tried it with no foundation, after doing the Tatcha mask, so my skin was a little red... Needless to say, I looked like I should join a circus and start blowing animal-shaped balloons. Not for me...
BUT, that being said, I can recognize that it's a GREAT product if you like blush. The texture is just perfect, light and not cakey at all. Even though the colour was a little too bright for me, it blended in really well and did not look fake at all. Contrary to powder, that can sometimes look a little piled-on, this liquid blush was really great. I'm not sure how it would mix with foundation, but on bare skin, it gave a radiant, dewy finish I really loved. Honestly, it almost made me sad that I'm not a blush girl.
If you like blush, I definitely recommend trying this, because it feels like a game-changer. It would probably look amazing on a tanned, fresh dewy skin in the summer.
Would I buy the full size product? No, because it's not for me, but I'd still recommend it. (Find it here.)
That's it for this week's beauty sample testing. I hope you guys enjoyed the reviews as much as I enjoyed testing these products. My favourite this week is definitely the Clinique pout restoring night mask. I'll be back next Wednesday with another Beauty Wednesday, this time it'll be on a product that I've used for months and absolutely LOVE.
In the meantime, hit me up if you tried or use any of the products I've tested this week! I'm dying to know what you thought, and why you like them or hate them! You can always leave me a comment below, or get in touch on Instagram.
Love, Jenny xx