Packaged like macarons, and available in the sweetest of shades, the Clinique Sweet Pots are rather cute and lovely. This is Candied Cassis, Orange Blossom and Pink Frambois.
|Yeah, I broke the cardinal blogging rule and swatched before shooting!|
Consisting of a finely-textured sugar scrub and a gently tinted balm in either side, these are Clinique’s answer to Lush’s Lip Scrubs. The idea is that you take the macarons apart, scuff your lips with the scrubby side, then apply the balm to keep your lips soft for hours afterwards.
The scrub is really finely textured, and I found I had to dig through the top layer of balm to get to the sugary stuff below, but it’s not too grainy and hard once you’re scrubbing. The balms are soft, and sweet – I can’t discern any particular flavour, but your mileage may vary on this, owing to my smell problems – and I find them very hydrating, they remind me of the really good Superbalm that they do. Contrary to the rather dramatic shades in the pot, the balms are very very sheer, and add only a whisper of colour to the lips when you wear the balm.
Now, to the price, they’re undeniably expensive. They are £15 each, and the amounts of both scrub and balm that you get is quite small, considering the size of the pot – the majority of the bulky, but very pretty, packaging is the ring that holds the balm and scrub in one place. Compare this to the £5.50 that a Lush Lip Scrub will cost (which, of course, doesn’t come with a matching balm), and the price seems a little extortionate. That said, I have just bought the Red Velvet and online exclusive shade of Black Honey to round out my collection …
Now, Clinique, just what does a blogger have to do to get the Black Honey Superbalm made permanent in the UK, please???
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