Sears Canada Clinique Gift with Purchase fall 2012

No Fitness Friday this week because today features a time-sensitive post instead.  Sears Canada launched the fall Clinique Gift with Purchase (GWP) on October 18 with runs until November 6.

I have been using Clinique products forever, so whenever Sears offers a GWP I usually take advantage and stock up on products that I use regularly. At the moment I am using Kiehl’s skincare so I didn’t need any of my beloved Three-Step System but I did need a new eye cream, so I picked up the All About Eyes cream.

Here is what the seven-piece gift includes (free with any Clinique purchase of C$28.50 or more):

  • Even Better Moisturizer SPF 20 – 15 ml
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion – 30 ml
  • Long Last Lipstick in Red Red Red – 4g
  • High Impact Mascara in black – 3.5 ml
  • Clinique Happy Perfume Spray Mini – 4 ml
  • Exclusive cosmetics bag
  • Even Better Makeup SPF 15 – 15 ml (in the shade of your choice)

As far as GWP goes, this one is pretty mediocre when you first see it; at first glance it didn’t excite me.  I mean, it includes all the Clinique GWP staples: a lipstick, perfume sample, moisturizer, floral bag, and mascara.  However, it all depends on what you can use and what you don’t need.  I don’t need another mascara sample so I’ll probably give that away, same with the perfume. As for the moisturizers, I use the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion all the time so that is always handy, and same with the Even Better Moisturizer (which corrects dark spots).  The real highlight of the set, for me, is the foundation (Even Better Makeup SPF) and the lipstick, which is not their usual shade of whatever doesn’t sell, but a really pretty red colour, perfect for the holidays.

I have used Clinique foundation in the past but never the Even Better Makeup line which says helps correct dark spots.  I absolutely love this foundation, it’s not as heavy as my Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation, but provides decent coverage and looks light on the skin.  This is a product that I probably would never have tried until I got this GWP but it may be something that I would buy in the future.  Same goes for the red lipstick.  When I think of the lipsticks that Clinique often gives away in GWPs they are usually plum colours or dark pinks that I never wear.  I love this red, it’s very pigmented and flattering, and best of all, moisturizing.  This is definitely a colour that I will be wearing more than once.

Wearing Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 foundation and Long Last lipstick in Red Red Red. Note, I have been wearing this foundation for eight hours prior to this photo being taken.

Although this GWP may not be as good as the ones that The Bay or Holt Renfrew (although Holts usually has a higher buying minimum) puts out, the Sears Canada fall one is pretty good.  I find that the GWP for Sears are usually sub par compared to the other department stores, but this time around they are offering up some good products.  I don’t really need another eyeshadow palette so I’m glad they didn’t include it.  And, it’s odd that they put two different moisturizers in there.  It would be nice if they offered a sample of their cult-favourite Chubby Sticks, but maybe in future sets that will get more creative and give products that aren’t standard to GWPs.

Did you pick up Sears Canada Clinique fall 2012 GWP?  If so, what were your thoughts?

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