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      20.05.2013 20:57
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      a brush worth purchasing!

      I really cannot stress enough the need for good quality brushes ESPECIALLY for your foundation. I chose this brush as it was recommended to me by a friend, she loved it so I had to see if it lived up to the hype and it really did!

      Clinique is widely available in all department stores, most Boots stores and also online.

      THE CLAIMS:

      * Flat, tapered brush for flawless application, seamless coverage.

      * Perfect for all-over application including narrow areas around nose, mouth, eyes and hairline

      * Flat, tapered brush is designed for flawless, even application and a natural-looking finish

      * Clinique's unique anti-bacterial technology helps ensure the highest level of hygiene.

      MY EXPERIENCE:

      I loved this brush, it made applying my foundation a dream, so quick and easy with a lovely smooth finish. The tapered shape of the brush made it easy to apply around the eyes and nose. It was a nice size too, not too big or small. It has a long, clear plastic handle which also helped with the application. I find shorter handles extremely fiddly. It came with a handy plastic cover to protect the bristles. Another bonus with this brush is I found I didn't use as much product. I've used brushes and sponges in the past which have absorbed half the product! Another problem I've had in the past is bristles coming out onto my face, this didn't happen with this brush either! brilliant! I used baby shampoo to clean this brush as I do with all my brushes and it always dried as good as new after cleaning.

      VALUE FOR MONEY:

      The brush retails at £22.50 which I think it reasonable for a high-end brush. It lasted an extremely long time so I was happy with my purchase!

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      13.04.2013 11:19
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      a great product which really does make a difference

      I bought this brush a few months ago from an ebay store.

      I bought it after my friend recommended it to me as she had found it really good for applying foundation. In the past I had applied the foundation with either my fingers or a sponge.

      When I first received the brush I was pleased with the way it was presented. It comes in a little pouch so that it does not get damaged when you are not using it and it is in your make up bag. I found that this has really helped keep the brush nice so far.

      All the bristles are still in excellent condition which im sure they wouldn't be if it had just been thrown into the makeup bag so I would definitely recommend keeping the case.

      The brush itself has a oval/round handle which fits nicely into your hand, the bristles on the brush are really soft and they are flat and fine in texture.

      When I started using the brush I found that it made a really big difference to the appearance of my foundation, it seemed to really make the foundation go on much better and more evenly. The shape of the brush means that I could get the foundation into the smaller areas such as around the nose and eyes.

      I have found that since getting the brush I have not used as much foundation because it applies so well there is much less waste. I have cleaned the brush each week so far since having it so that it is kept hygienic and it seems to have kept the brush in a nice condition it has not affected any of the bristles.

      I would really recommend buying this brush to anyone who uses foundation.

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      19.08.2012 00:52
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      Due to my very frustrating skin, I must give this a very low rating- we just didn't work out.

      Like i have stated in the headline of this review, the price is not the only shock... the reviews of this product have shocked me too- in my opinion i do not think it deserves 5 stars what so ever.
      At £22, it is extremely costly- in fact, i do think it is a rip off.
      You can find cheaper versions for less than half the price that do the same job and look just about the same.
      The look of this clinque foundation brush is appealing, i do like the handle of it- it is clear and gives it a sleek look.
      I opted to buy this brush due to the great reviews which it had recieved; people were saying it was amazing, much better than a sponge or using your hands (i hate doing that so much!!).
      However, i suffer from acne, therefore i am currently using something to try and treat this, a topical treatment, which unfortunately dries out my skin. As a result, this brush just managed to gather up all the dry skin on my face and re-arrange it.
      Now obviously not everyone has skin problems such as acne and dryness, however i am basing my review on how the product was for me, obviously.
      Even so, i could tell the brush needed a lot of product on it in order for it to give me medium to heavy coverage, as the bristles seemed to leave streaks on my face.
      Furthermore, if you were to buy this brush, i would recommend wetting it first before you put on your foundation as, depending on how thick your foundation is, i found that it was actually rather difficult to spread.

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      04.05.2012 16:05
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      Top of the range long lasting quality which really makes a difference.

      I have tried several brushes, and got fed up with hairs falling out or the brush leaving lines on my skin, but this is the Rolls Royce of the brush world.
      Firstly it is so super soft, it just feels lovely brushing up your skin. Secondly, the way it applies make up is a miracle - much better than my fingers or a sponge. It gives such a good coverage without leaving your skin looking over made up, and still feeling light and fresh.
      I have had it for 6 months, not one hair has fallen out and I know it sounds silly but it has a 'self cleaning' mechanism so the bristles don't get clogged up or congealed. The clinique lady advised to wash it with water every few months, but without any visible foundation build up on it, I haven't yet done it.
      I love it and think the price is justifed as it is quality that will last.

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        10.10.2011 05:07
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        Expensive but worth it

        Out of all of my brushes, this foundation brush is my favourite - I love it! I've had it for just over a year and it looks almost good as new. I bought mine from Boots and paid £24. It's currently still available at Boots for £21.50. It can also be bought from a variety of other shops and directly from the Clinique website. Obviously this is quite an expensive brush but in my opinion it is worth it. As I mentioned previously I have had it for over a year and it's still gorgeously soft and hasn't shed a single hair. This foundation brush, as well as been great quality, also looks really nice - it has quite an elegant, high class look to it. The handle is made out of plastic but because it is silver in colour it looks like it's made of metal and it's really shiny and pretty. It has the Clinique logo on the side, showing it is an authentic Clinique product. It has quite a thick handle so it is easy to grip. The brush is tapered and the bristles are an off-yellow colour with brown tips. Length wise, it's average and around the same size as my other high quality foundation brushes - around 6-7 inches.

        The brush applies my foundation perfectly. I use it with powder, cream and liquid foundation and it copes fine. With the powder it picks it up well due to how dense it is, and keeps the pigmentation nice and strong - it doesn't just dispense it randomly when i'm applying it if that makes sense lol. with the liquid and cream it spreads it evenly without streaking. The texture is so soft and gentle, the bristles stay in tact and provide good coverage. It makes my foundation go on so evenly and blends it suprisingly well, giving a natural, flawless, streak-free finish. This brush has anti-bacterial technology, ensuring the highest level of hygiene, so I only wash this brush once in a while (once, perhaps twice a month as it honestly stays so clean without washing it). At first I thought the liquid foundation would dry the bristles up or make the brush clogged up and yucky but it doesn't at all. Because it's anti-bacterial, I know that if I use it when I have a spot that the bacteria from the spot won't be spread around my face.

        Overall, i'd reccomend it. Despite the price, I can't think of any disadvantages.

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        06.08.2011 21:14
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        Clinique Quality, Clinique Price

        If I'd known that this brush cost £21 when the lovely, orange lady at the Clinique counter in Debenhams told me that I needed it, I would not have ended up taking it to the till and then nearly fainting when asked to part with that sort of money. However, I pasted a smile on my face and I handed over my card, trying not to let my facial expression belie the fact that it was the first time I had bought make-up accessories from anywhere other than Superdrug and Wilko's! However, four years on, my brush is still in excellent condition and I have been really pleased with the finish it gives to my foundation.

        I'd better just say that I'm by no means a frequent user of foundation. I put it on for special occasions, and when I feel that my face could do with a bit of a boost (so maybe a couple of times a month). I also haven't tried out any other makes of foundation brush so I can't say how this one compares. However, this brush has achieved everything that I would expect from this product; together we have attained a level of foundation excellence that I had never thought possible.

        Basically, the brush is a flat, tapered brush attached to a clear plastic handle by a wide silver- coloured, metal band. I must say, it doesn't look particularly impressive but on the plus side, it won't stand out on your make-up shelf for the wrong reasons. Clinique have bestowed some 'anti-bacterial technology' upon it, but I'm not too sure what this means!

        To use the brush, just dab a little foundation on the back of your non-dominant hand (I use liquid foundation, so a little comes out easily) and use the brush to transfer the foundation from your hand to your face. Clinique advises using 'broad strokes for large areas of face: cheeks, forehead, chin' and using the 'edge of [the] brush to reach narrow areas: nose, mouth, eyes, hairline.' I have found that the brush performs well using these guidelines. You can then use the brush to blend the foundation into your skin as necessary.

        Using this product with a quality foundation and as advised by the manufacturers has helped me achieve a very pleasing effect with my foundation. I would recommend this technique and product.

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        20.06.2011 01:27
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        A briliant foundation brush

        For Christmas I received a lot of make up and fragrances as I can be very difficult to buy for so this seem to be a easy option for me. One of the things I received was this lovely brush along with Clinique Foundation . Upon research i see that this foundation brush actually retails at around £20.

        The brush itself is tall and slender and at the top of the handle attached are the bristles. The head of the brush has many bristles each very soft making a large application area for applying the make up to my face. To apply the foundation I place a little on my hand and then dab the brush into it trying to cover as many of the bristles as possible. Then I make large strokes over my skin and cover as much as possible with the brush. It can reach most places but some blending is required on the hair line to make it a little more subtle.

        The brush definitely gives a much better finish than when I was previously just using my avon brush to apply my foundation. It reaches all the places it needs to with and even cover making the finishing appearance of my make up a little more flawless. Its not perfect but compared to my Avon brush and previous to that when I was just using my hands to apply my foundation the "20 price tag is definitely worth it.

        I have had this brush for around 18 months now and although it is a little discoloured to a beige colour and slightly thinner it is still in brilliant working order and has life left in it yet. Apparently there is a cleaning lotion for the make up applicators but to be honest I have had no trouble with good old hot water seems to do the job for me.

        I personally would not have paid £20 for a make up brush but now after trying a few Clinique products I have learned that in this case paying that little bit more definitely is worth it. I have used it with my old foundations that were not Clinique and have found that actually it is the brush as the finished results are certainly improved with the use of this brush .

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        16.06.2011 14:26
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        A very good investment, saved me money and saved my dry skin!

        I absolutely love this foundation brush. I used to buy cheap foundation brushes or economical makeup sponges, but swapping to this you can dramatically see the difference. I was always put off by the idea of investing in an expensive foundation brush, seeing it as perhaps a waste of money. The idea was first brought up to me by a friend saying she couldn't believe I used naff 99p superdrug sponges for makeup, claiming that the sponge soaks up more of the foundation than what goes on your skin.

        Reluctantly, I kind of realised her point, so off I popped to buy a replacement; a cheaper boots foundation brush. I can't deny the brush was better than the sponges, but after piling on the layers it was frustrating finding black bristles all over my face, having to pick them off and ruin the eveness of the makeup.

        I came across the Clinique foundation brush when I had a visit to the clinique counter. I was on the hunt for some specialist foundation (as dry and flakey skin is my downfall), and was advised to buy clinique foundation. I was introduced to the counter and a woman in a typical white lab coat, who surprisingly gave me a free makeover, so no complaints here! She kindly explained how to manage my dry skin and how a foundation brush with soft bristles will be less harsh against my skin. She also demonstrated how to apply my foundation in a dabbing motion, rather than brushing. After being convinced to buying clinique supermoisture foundation, along with that I complied to buy the foundation brush .

        Although it is rather of the upper price range, it is certainly worth it. Especially as my skin is pretty dry and sensitive, this brush really did help apply my makeup in a less disruptive way. It has actually saved me money as well. While using the sponges I often binned after using, I reuse my foundation brush. You don't need to invest in more than one as they are easy to clean. You can simply rinse the brush with a tad of mild shampoo in warm water, leave to dry and dadaar, good as new!

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        04.06.2011 18:12
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        The best foundation brush I've found.

        I had been using a M.A.C duo fibre brush as a foundation brush, but since switching to tinted moisturisers I felt I needed a different brush.

        I picked this one up in Debenhams after having a little play around with a few brands. I liked the sleek design of the brush, the way it handles and of course how it applied my base.

        Price - this brush is a pricey £20.50, but as with many make up brushes you get what you pay for. I think this brush is worth the money.

        Design - This brush looks really elegant and sleek. It has a clear glass like handle with clinique printed in silver at the tapered end. It has a silver ferrule and a natural coloured fibres which are tapered to a round point. i believe the fibres are synthetic. The brush feels really soft and smooth and as you hold it there's a decent weight in the handle which makes it a pleasure to use as it feels sturdy.

        Performance - This brush is fantastic, it glides across the skin and helps my foundation look really even. It doesn't leave brush marks as some cheaper brushes do. The tapered edges make it really great around the nose and chin providing an even and flawless finish. The brush is a decent size, big enough to cover the face quickly and evenly before make up sets, but small enough to get into all of the features. I find that applying my primer or moisturiser with this brush prior to using it for foundation stops the brush from absorbing more product than is needed. This brush has not shed any fibres.

        Maintenance - this brush is easy to clean and dries really well holding its shape with no stray fibres.

        This brush is fantastic, can't find anything negative to say about it. if you don't use a foundation brush, you should, if you use one and want a change try this - you wont be disappointed.

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        15.11.2010 01:17
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        An excellent investment

        I recently made a trip to the House of Fraser and bought some Clinique Foundation along with some Clinique Moisturiser. I received this foundation brush, which usually retails at around £20, (from stores such as Debenhams/House of Fraser) as a free gift.
        When I bought the Clinique Foundation, the sales assistant demonstrated how to use the brush to apply the makeup, and she made it look so easy! However, since I usually apply my foundation using either my fingers or a sponge, I was at first a little apprehensive about using a brush for fear of completely messing it up.
        However, I decided to take some time out when I got home to try out the brush, and here is what I thought:

        -APPEARANCE

        This particular Clinique foundation brush is rather slender and long. It has a silver look handle and a tapered brush, with a darker silver strip connecting the bristles to the handle. It is an attractive looking brush, and would fit easily into your make up bag.

        -USE

        I was advised by the sales assistant in the House of Fraser that the best way to apply any foundation using this brush was to first roughly apply the foundation to the skin in a 'butterfly' shape, using the brush. By this, she meant to sweep the foundation in a vertical line down the centre of the forehead, along the nose, and then down the centre of the chin. Then, you should proceed to sweep the foundation from the centre of the face outwards, so that the 'strips' of foundation are fanned out and evenly spaced.
        The foundation should then be blended in using the brush in light, gentle strokes. The slim handle of this brush ensures that it is very easy to use and extremely comfortable to hold. This also makes it easy to blend in the foundation in short strokes, as the brush can easily be handled, allowing the foundation to be blended in well.

        -RESULT

        The tapered brush means that the foundation is not only applied well and evenly, but it is also very easy to blend in. The one downside of this brush is that I find it necessary to use the fingers to blend in the foundation properly around the eye and mouth area, but this literally takes seconds, and hence is not a huge inconvenience.
        It is important to note that when using this brush, you should use less foundation than you would if you were applying the foundation with a sponge or with your fingers. When you use your fingers to apply foundation, a lot of it rubs off onto your fingertips, and hence a lot is wasted. Therefore, start off with minimal foundation and use more if needed if you're using the brush. I find it best to put the foundation on the back of my hand and then dab it off onto the brush.

        -VERDICT

        All in all, I have been hugely pleased with this brush. Although you may need to use your fingers to blend in the make up around the eye and mouth area, this brush achieves an almost flawless finish. It is definitely a foundation brush that I would recommend, and I can honestly say that I would never again return to applying my foundation with my fingers or with a sponge.

        In conclusion, this is an absolutely wonderful beauty product - pop along to the House of Fraser as soon as you can to claim this brush as your free gift with the purchase of any Clinique make up item and any Clinique skin care product.

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        07.10.2010 21:47
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        A fantastic foundation brush from Clinique!

        I was shown this foundation brush two years ago by a lovely Clinique consultant who did my make-up for a prom. I was amazed at how quickly she had applied the foundation so I asked her about it. She explained to me that it is a must-have cosmetics item and that most people seem to think foundation brushes add time to your busy day when applying makeup but it actually makes it far quicker in applying foundation. Plus it makes your foundation far more natural looking because you use far less of the foundation.

        When I heard the price I told her there was no way I was buying it... £20.00 for a brush... what a joke I thought. But as she went on describing it to me very enthusiastically I hasten to add I ended up forking out £20.00 on a brush... oh dear.

        ---------- Other benefits she explained -----------

        That the brush is a specific shape, it is thicker than what I imagined but the bristles are higher up in the middle and get shorter as they go out to the sides. This shape enables precision when applying it in order to get the foundation on every part of the face for example, around the nose. The brush is two different colours; it is light beige at the bottom and becomes a dark brown at the top... however mine just looks foundation coloured all over now (I do wash it regularly though).

        The Clinique consultant also told me that the bristles are antibacterial which was a very interesting and persuading point for her to have made to me. Since at the time I was suffering with those horrendous teenage spots so I was making sure that everything that I used on my face was not going to cause any more problems for me. Also she assured me that they are much cleaner to use than sponges to apply foundation with. This is because sponges breed bacteria over time whereas these antibacterial bristles do not.

        ------------ How to keep it in good condition? ------------

        The lady told me to wash the brush a couple of times a week to keep it in great condition, either with warm water and soap or by using the Clinique brush cleaner. But of course I did not fork out another which was £11.00 at the time. But having just looked on the Clinique website for the up-to-date price it seems they no longer do it anymore... most probably because people just won't pay that silly price.

        The lady from Clinique also told me that I should never need to buy another foundation brush if I wash it like she said regularly and I must leave it to dry after washing it by laying it flat off the side of the table. She said that if you leave it to dry up right then the water sinks downwards into the bristles which can mess the bristles up.

        I did ask the lady what the bristles were made up of but she did not seem to know. This is something I do like to know because I think it is wrong that on all products you have the list of ingredients but on things like this: brushes they do not tell you what they are made of. A lady on another cosmetics counter said she was sure they were artificial bristles which of course I was fine with. I know that makeup brushes from Dior are made out of squirrel tails due to a friend going mad after buying it when she found it out, which is why I asked the question.

        --------- How to apply foundation with the brush --------

        1. Take only small dots of foundation at a time to prevent a streaky look
        2. When using the brush use light sweeping motions
        3. Start in the middle of the face (where the most coverage is usually required) and work your way out towards the neckline and hairline. Plus make sure that you thoroughly blend around the neckline and hairline to prevent any unwanted foundation marks/lines
        4. Make sure that you do not miss out any parts of the face like around the nose area (or else it will look unnatural)
        5. Wash after use or after every other use

        --------------- Summary --------------

        I am very pleased I bought the foundation brush and after having it for two years I am still very pleased with it. None of the bristles have fallen out and it is still in a really nice condition, apart from the foundation permanently staining the foundation bristles that is. Another great buy from Clinique!

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          30.09.2010 18:16
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          Great foundation brush for great results

          I had never even heard of a foundation brush until a few months ago. My mum had been to the Clinique counter in Boots and come back with a new foundation and this brush to apply it, I was intrigued and decided to give it a go!

          I went into Boots to buy some new foundation and the assistant came over, so I asked about using a foundation brush. She suggested that I pour the make up onto the back of my hand (like a palete) and then apply to the face using broad sweeping motions. She advised that this gives a much more even complexion and also saves your foundation as you don't need to use as much.

          A couple of weeks later I noticed that 2 of my friends were now using foundation brushes as well.... I think they have just come into 'fashion' or something as before then I had never even heard of one before!

          Anway, the brush itself is about 6 inches long, it has a clear plastic handle with the 'clinique' wording on it in silver. The brush is very soft to the touch and feels lovely on your face. It comes in a frosted pouch that is re-usable, which I have kept my brush in to keep it clean in my make up bag.

          The brush makes foundation very easy to apply, I have definately noticed a difference in the way my make up sits. It is much more even, although you do have to be careful because I do sometimes notice 'brush' marks on my face!

          I clean my brush about once a month with normal shampoo and it comes out looking brand new. It does not ruin the bristles in any way.

          My only complaint is that the pouch seems to be going a funny black/green colour, like the colour your wrist goes if you wear a cheap silver bracelet(!), around where the metal bit on the pouch is. I don't think this is anything to do with washing it because it started to do this before I had ever even washed it.

          The brush however is still in top nick condition after using it every day for about 6 months and I think it will work for a long time after that! I paid about £20.00 for it in Boots, but as it is lasting so long and gives such good results (as well as saving on foundation as you don't use as much!) it is definately worth the price.

          The hairs don't fall off at all which can sometimes be a problem with make up brushes.

          I would recommend!

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          14.06.2010 19:18
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          It's definitely worth the extra few pounds!

          I been using this brush for only a few weeks now but can certainly tell the difference!

          I purchased my brush from Boots for £20.00 from the lady at the Clinique counter.. She suggested that I put the foundation on the back of my hand and then use my brush by dabbing it in the foundation..

          Before I had the brush I would just use my fingers and used to do this but after reading the previous review I think I might put mine in the lid as sometimes I find that I have too much foundation on my hand and its tricky to put back into the bottle from your hand!

          The brush itself is really soft and is tapered just like the picture above shows to help you apply your foundation more expertly.. I have found that as long as you don't overload the brush it goes on more evenly than by using your fingers and there doesn't seem to be any excess left in the brush either...

          Overall the results are that I have more even coverage and it blends more easily too. I have washed it a few times with warm soapy water and as long as I remember to do it the night before so its definitely dry the following morning than it does go back to its new appearance..

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          21.05.2009 18:04
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          an excellent make up brush

          I brought my brush from Debenhams its costs around £20, I had also brought some make up from clinique and was told this was the best way to apply my foundation I brought one. I am really pleased with the results my make up looks a lot smoother and even when I put it o compared to using my fingers as I usually do.

          I have tried using this brush with some of my previous foundations that I haven't liked that much and have noticed a great difference in how they look they blend a lot easier and have an even finish whereas before they could sometimes look a bit much in one part and to thin in others.

          It comes in a plastic pouch so you can keep it protected in your makeup and keep it more hygenic. You can also wash it, I was advised to use a mild shampoo and water and leave it dry over night, I have done this and when it dried it was exactly the same as it was when it was new I was worried the bristles may start to stick out or it would go rusty but it is fine.

          The handle is really comfortable to hold it is round so there are no hard edges to stick in your hand, it is better than some oval sort of shape handles I have used as you can hold it whichever way you like whereas before I could only comfortably hold the brush so the bristles were flat.

          Whilst using this brush I have also found that I use less makeup as it doesn't get soaked up by a sponge or rubbed into your fingers.

          It is the perfect shape for doing small areas like the side of your nose, it also gets makeup into open pores which I have had difficulty doing using just my fingers.

          The best way to use this brush is to use a small amount of foundation at a time or it can get brush marks in it.

          I would recommend this brush it is more expensive than a lot of other brushes but it is very high quality and I am sure it will last for a good few years with regular cleaning and care.

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          05.08.2008 19:26
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          A foundation brush from Clinique.

          On a recent jaunt to my local Boots I happened to find myself at the Clinique counter, whenever there's a double points or free points offer on it always seems like a good idea to stock up. As I was stocking up on my usual foundation the advisor happened to ask how I applied it to which I replied with a sponge... the horrified look on her face spoke volumes and that's how I found myself leaving with a foundation brush in my bag that day!

          The Brand

          Clinique is actually an off-shoot of the Estee Laudir company and was established in 1968. It is advertised as a premium brand of makeup and skin care products which is currently stocked at Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges and other large department stores. The range includes basic skin care as well as make up, hair care and specialised skin products although is most renowned for its makeup and skin care regime. The range is quite exclusive and at the higher end of the market with prices ranging from £10 to £30 roughly. All products are allergy tested and fragrance free so it's really good for sensitive or troubled skin.

          The Product

          The brush comes in a frosted plastic bag type container which has a flap over lid to keep the brush safe in amongst your make up. The brush itself is about five to six inches in total with a clear plastic handle that then opens up to about an inch of closely packed brush bristles which are really soft to touch and quite compacted into the brush. It's a flat brush and tapered too so it's best suited for applying liquids oppose to powders. The brush itself does look quite classy and certainly higher end of the market compared to some cheaper versions.

          To use the brush it's recommended that you apply a little foundation to the back of your hand and then gently dab the brush onto this to add a little to it. I personally dip the brush into my foundation bottle's lid which seems to save the mess of getting foundation over your hands although it may also contaminate the lid with any germs that the brush may pick up off your face. You then need to sweep the brush across your face, generally focusing on each cheek, the nose and mouth area and lastly the forehead area to give even coverage.

          The brush is really quite soft on your face and quite gentle as well, surprisingly it didn't go all crusty and hard after using it and leaving it with foundation on as paint can sometimes cause a brush to do. Instead the brush bristles seemed to matte together a little bit after using it the first couple of times but this never resulted in any hardening of the brush head itself. If anything after a few uses it was actually easier to use to apply my foundation as the brush head wasn't as fluffy in a sense and was much easier to handle.

          Now just a few tips from me; it's best to use quite broad strokes as this seems to ensure even coverage of foundation over the face. If you get too much liquid on your brush you can easily wipe it over another area or use it to go over areas such as the eyes that may need extra coverage. It's amazing really as the foundation just soaks in as you sweep the brush over your face so you'll never really be left with any residue. You can use the edge of the brush where it's thinner to reach more narrow areas such as the nose and mouth as well.

          Although it's not going to give you picture perfect coverage or the airbrush effect by any means I've certainly noticed a difference. Previously when I was using a sponge I used to notice that my foundation seemed to clump around my T zone area and also on my chin but since swapping to a brush I can control how much foundation reaches these areas and therefore minimise the amount I apply to ensure that it doesn't go clumpy or patchy at all. My coverage is much more even and you can focus in on areas that need a bit more help!

          Now you may well be wondering about the hygiene aspect of using a makeup brush on a daily basis. Well worry not, part of the reason the brush is so expensive is because it has a unique anti-bacterial technology built into the brush bristles themselves. When I pressed the advisor further on this she wasn't too sure but it was a good enough idea to sell the brush to me! This seems to be quite a common feature to all of Clinique's brushes and may well go part way to justify the price tag, my friend has had hers for over a year and never had a problem!

          It's also recommended that you clean the brush every few weeks, Clinique actually sell a cleaning lotion but I've always used warm water and tea tree oil or any other antiseptic type liquid will do. I find it best to dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in some warm water and leave the brush to soak in it for about ten minutes. Be sure to let the brush dry out thoroughly, I usually put mine in the airing cupboard overnight to ensure that it's dry before putting it back in its plastic pouch, and avoiding any mould or any smells coming from a wet brush!

          The Conclusion

          I've been using my brush for over a week now but have since used other Clinique brushes, in fact I bought my first one about eight months ago and it's still serving me just fine. The foundation brush is priced at £20 so it's by far not the cheapest option that there is but after looking at foundation brushes in Boots they did seem to be quite expensive anyway at around the £12 mark. I'd certainly invest in another Clinique brush and I can see this one lasting me for years to come so I'd say it's a good investment and it's made my foundation look a lot more even on my face.

          Thanks for reading.

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        • Product Details

          Clinique foundation brush / Flat / tapered brush for flawless application / seamless coverage / Perfect for all-over application including narrow areas around nose / mouth / eyes and hairline / Flat / tapered brush is designed for flawless / even application and a natural-looking finish / Clinique's unique anti-bacterial technology helps ensure the highest level of hygiene.