Last week I was sent the Clinique Party Favours set from John Lewis to review. They have loads of cute little kits at the moment on offer which would make great Christmas presents for a gorgeous girl in your life.
In the set you get a bright pink, fold down clutch bag, All About Eyes, Limited Edition All About Shadow Compact in Crystal Pink, Hazy, Raspberry Beret and Chocolate Covered Cherry, Quickliner for Eyes Intense Black Honey, Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour in Roundest Raspberry, A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Cosmo Chic.
The nail enamel in Cosmic Chic is a lovely deep pink/purple cherry colour witch incredible shine
(Sorry about my present-wrappers thumb. It's due to the sellotape dispenser cutting into my skin during my earlier wrapping session!)
The nail varnish goes on really easily and is self-levelling. It also dries really quickly so you can get on with getting ready to go out. I'd recommend a top-coat though as I've already chipped some after less than 12 hours. It's supposed to be sensitive to the skin, this isn't an issue I've considered before as I've never found myself allergic or reacting to nail varnish but for those who are concerned this may be an option
I love this product! This Chubby Stick gives a really great colour - a bright berry pink which is really hot this season but without being a terrifyingly dark berry. The texture feels really moisurising but looks like a matte satin and the colour lasts ages. It's really flattering for most skin tones and can be built up to being very intense. I'm really happy with this colour, which I gather is limited edition for this set.
All About Eyes
All About Eyes is an eye cream which gives anti-dark circles, anti-fatigue and anti-wrinkle, but also has a really interesting texture. Many eye creams I've tried have pilled off when I've applied makeup over them, but this one has a satin finish like a primer and works really well as a base for your makeup. I don't know that I'd buy it again but it's a lovely addition to the set.
High Impact Mascara
This mascara is certainly high impact! It is quite lengthening, but it also is really intensely dark and very thickening. It has a traditional brush applicator and is really easy to wiggle through lashes for an even coating, including on the smallest little lashes. I would say it performs as well as my favourite L'Oreal mascara so maybe wouldn't spend the money on it individually, but again it really brings the set together and means you can get ready for a night out with only the kit.
Quickliner for eyes Intense in Black Honey
I was quite anxious about this! It's a brown-red toned eyeliner, and I was concerned it would make me look like I'd been punched in the face! However it's actually a flattering, earthy brown and the pinky tones (as you can see) don't stand out, but instead make my green eyes stand out a little more. It's a lovely, soft alternative to black eyeliner if you are doing a smokey golden eye and would be great for pale people with blonde hair and pale eyes like me.
All About Eyeshadow Palette
This was my least favourite part of the set. The colours were really not flattering for my skin tone and again there were pink shades! It made me think of the eyeshadow palettes from my childhood! I liked that the set had a guide on how to apply eyeshadow, but I'm not an eyeshadow wearer so my skills couldn't translate this into a good look so I thought I wouldn't show it (I didn't want you to all judge how an eyeliner-obsessed beauty blogger can't apply eyeshadow).
Overall, this was a really lovely little treat! I think it would be a fabulous Christmas present, and contains lots of luxury items, most of which are full-sized. As with any "selection box" there are the odd things you don't like (I'm looking at you Bounty bars) but it's a really gorgeous present and will put a smile on lots of faces! Check out John Lewis' Clinique pages for lots more inspiration