Clinique's Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins (is 5-free!)

Clinique has been treating us the past few months with loads of delicious new releases of very high quality (the intense chubbies for lips, the chubbies for eyes, the divine CC cream, ..) And now they’re back again with something completely new for them! Now also competing with most of the other mid range brands, Clinique has made their own nail polish, called A Different Nail Enamel For Sensitive Skins. But this one is a bit different than others, because it’s made for sensitive skin. Now why sensitive skin? Shouldn’t that be sensitive nails? Well, Clinique claims that we touch our eyes more than 200 times a day (make that 500 times for me, I always get things stuck in my eye) and some nail polishes can trigger allergic reactions when you do. Theirs obviously doesn’t. 

Although the brush is not revolutionary (I forgot to take a picture of it, sorry), it does an okay job. It’s not wide, but not overly thin either. It applies pretty precisely and is easy enough to work with. The formula of this one called “Summer In The City" is quite pigmented: one coat could absolutely be enough, but I had some time and went for two. It’s not streaky at all, applies smoothly evenly and the biggest wonder of this one is that it dries so amazingly fast! I’ve heard that some people have this polish last 7 days without chipping, but sadly again my nails are much too brittle.. As with almost all other nail polish brands, I had chips and tipwear on the second day already. I also gave my feet a pedicure with this polish, and it has been going strong for two weeks now. 

The formula isn’t spiked with all sorts of nasties and is 5-free, which means it does not contain formaldehyde, DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde Resin or Toluene. This isn’t to be found anywhere on the press release or on their website, I just found out through some bloggers. I’m not sure why, since it’s such a strong selling point! You’re probably wondering what on earth 5-free is now.. It’s basically the same as 3-free, but doesn’t contain any formaldehyde Resin (similar to formaldehyde, known skin allergen) or Camphor (toxic through inhalation) either. This is a nice addition, but I think 3-free is already a long way and I wouldn’t go out of my way to obtain 5-free, for now. Other 5-free brands are Zoya & Deborah Lippmann. It’s nice to see Clinique is also going the extra mile with their nail polishes!

So are all my comments super positive now? Well, concerning the nail polish, the color range and the formula: yes. There’s nothing negative to say. There’s just one thing.. One tiny little thing that a packaging nut like me notices.. The bottle isn’t pretty at all. 

Clinique’s nail polishes are available in stores already and come in 12 permanent shades & 4 online exclusive shades at the moment. They retail for €16.50 suggested retail price, which is slightly higher than mid range brands like OPI or Models Own, but still quite a lot cheaper than luxury brands such as Deborah Lippmann, Dior, Chanel and so on. As always, don’t forget to deduct member card discounts. I’m so excited to see which other shades are coming out, and I’m quite curious to see whether Clinique would try to tackle fashion nail polishes with glitters and textures. And I’m just very excited to see whatever else Clinique is going to release in 2013, because they’re building a pretty strong “hotness in beauty land” case this year..

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