Thursday, October 6, 2016

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Candied Casis and Pink Framboise

The Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm ($24 CAD) are two products in one adorable macaron-shaped package. One side is a sugar scrub. The other is a lip balm. 

I like that the packaging is cute and colourful yet not tacky or too young. It's also nice and compact for travel but not so ideal for on-the-go because using the product requires you to dip your fingers in it. 

The Clinique Sweet Pots are available in 6 shades - 01 Red Velvet, 02 Orange Blossom, 03 Pink Framboise, 04 Sweet Rose, 05 Candied Cassis and 06 Black Honey. I test drove 03 Pink Framboise and 05 Candied Cassis. 

Clinique Candied Cassis Lip Balm, Candied Cassis Sugar Scrub, Pink Framboise Lip Balm, Pink Framboise Sugar Scrub Swatches

The lip scrub consists of bits of sugar suspended in balm-like substance. There's a non-food taste with a hint of sugar that's not particularly good or bad. I wouldn't recommend ingesting the excess scrub on your lips after use. The balmy texture of the Clinique lip scrub allows it to stick to the lips, rather than falling off and making a big ol' mess like the LUSH one. It's not overly gritty or painful to use and the scrub leaves my lips feeling free of dry patches without any stinging. In fact, my lips feel moisturized immediately after the scrub so I don't think it's 100% necessary to follow up with the lip balm.

However, you won't be at a loss for using the lip balm after the scrub. The balm is comfortable, unscented, non-sticky and non-oily feeling on the lips. The hydration lasts for about 3-4 hours sans eating and drinking.

The lip balm is described as a sheer tint with instant, long-lasting moisturization. It comforts, nourishes and soothes dry skin. Candied Cassis might look intimidating, while Pink Framboise could seem garish on the lips. But fear not. Both translate as a clear balm on the lips, so "sheer tint" is a serious overstatement.

Overall, these products don't get me jumping off my chair in excitement. However, they're effective and come in the cutest packaging. Furthermore, as someone who forgets to exfoliate and moisturize my lips, I find the Clinique Sweet Pots are super handy to keep on my nightstand to help me prep for the next day.
Have you tried the Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balms? 
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