Do you ever find that you love a product, but you allow marketing and hype to cloud your judgement? I've bought a lot of cosmetics over the years based on advertisements or endorsements I've seen in magazines. I've read what products are celebrity's favourites, what they carry in their handbag, and then I've gone out and bought them. Sometimes they've impressed, sometimes they've been found wanting.
I also always read the articles about what product people can't live without – mascara, lip gloss, the list goes on – but I can't live without foundation. Because that's what it is, the foundation for everything else. It smooths out your colour and evens your skin tone. I have changed and upgraded my brand many times over the years, bought at all different price points, always on the look out for the perfect one.
One of the products in the gift was Clinique's serum, Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector. A beautiful product that I truly believe improved the appearance of my skin after a few days. So, a couple of months later when I returned to the Clinique counter to replace my Even Better, and they had a new foundation with the serum in it, Repairwear Laser Focus All-Smooth Makeup, I bought that instead.
With a bigger price tag and the added serum, it had to be even better than Even Better, surely. And I wore it the next day and I hated it. It was thick and cakey but I persisted, because it should have been even better than my favourite. I persisted for weeks in fact, day after day, disappointed every time I used it.
Then last week, in frustration, I went to the Clinique website to check the price differential between the two products, and I saw these little stars next to the products. Clinique asks its customers to rate it's products and I noticed that the Repairwear only had half a star, and the Even Better was tracking ahead with four and a half stars. I read the reviews and all the other reviewers hated Repairwear foundation. So I was decided, it wasn't just me. The Repairwear had to go and Even Better was back.
When I went to buy my Even Better, I was also on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick to see me through winter. Where to buy a red lipstick? Chanel of course! And, with my beautiful new red lipstick, I got a sample of a Chanel foundation, which I wore one day this week. It's not as good as Even Better. Not even close. Nothing is going to tempt me now. Everytime I look in the mirror I'm glad that I'm wearing Clinique Even Better. My skin looks great, and I feel great!
Do you have a product that you keep going back to?
Clinique Even Better retails for $50 rrp; Clinique Repairwear retails for $68rrp; and the Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector retails for $98. All images borrowed from the Clinique website for the purpose of promotion and review only!