Well, this is a rare miss from Clinique. This year’s advent is so cheap looking and flimsy, and yet the contents are so good! Given that the benchmark for advent calendars has well and truly gone through the roof, something that is one up from a selection box, packaging wise, isn’t enough. When I pulled the plastic tray out of the bottom of the box (as it became clearer that every time I opened a window I was ripping the surrounds and was just going to be left with a hot mess) there was an absolute whiff of fish which I assume is the plastic.
If you love your Clinique minis, perhaps the cover doesn’t matter particularly, but it’s £76 which is a premium price for a product that looks, feels and acts budget. The products however, are great. I use Clinique minis more than any other, I think (maybe Malin + Goetz a bit more) for absolute reliability (although my favourite mini, Take The Day Off Balm, isn’t in the calendar) and there is such a good mix of skin care and make up that you can fill your flight bag and need nothing else at all.
I don’t really hear from Clinique so much any more so I don’t really feel there is anyone I can ask what happened – perhaps they think it’s fine! But it isn’t fine amongst very, very stiff competition. The worst thing is that if you’re looking at it on-line, it looks quite appealing – it’s only when you see it physically that the flimsiness is apparent. True Clinique fans probably won’t judge the book by the cover because the interior (listed below) is so good and varied and Clinique advents always sell out regardless, but it’s disappointing, especially when the rest of their gifting range is much higher quality. There are some in stock HERE and contents are listed below:
Liquid Facial Soap Mild 15ml, Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser 15ml, 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula 30ml, Take The Day Off™ Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips 30ml, Clarifying Lotion Twice A Day Exfoliator 60ml, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+™ 30ml, Moisture Surge™ 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator 7ml, Moisture Surge™ Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator 7ml, Moisture Surge™ Overnight Mask 7ml, Clinique Pep-Start™ HydroBlur Moisturizer 7ml, Clinique Smart Night™ Custom-Repair Moisturizer 7ml, Clinique Smart™ Custom-Repair Serum 7ml, Repairwear Laser Focus™ Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream 5ml, All About Eyes™ 5ml, Clinique Pep-Start™ Eye Cream 7ml, Deep Comfort™ Hand and Cuticle Cream 30ml, Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry 1g, Clinique Pop™ Lip Colour + Primer in Love Pop 3.9g, Clinique Pop™ Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Blushing Pop 2.3g, Blushing Blush™ Powder Blush in Precious Posy 3.1g, Deluxe Blush Brush, Cream Shaper™ For Eyes in Black Diamond 0.8g, Lash Power™ Mascara Long-Wearing Formula in Black Onyx 2.5ml, Aromatics in Black™ 4ml
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