Clinique cosmetics for sensitive skin - is it good or clever marketing ?

Dear Beauty Brains,

I'm recovering from a severe eye allergy to NYX single eye shadow in the shade 'Dare'.  Also taking antihistamine eye drops.  A friend with sensitive skin suggested Clinique cosmetics - I usually wear Cover Girl, Maybelline, Revlon (about10 AUD for the shadowlink single and 23.95 for the Colorstay quad) and Avon eye shadow and eye liners and have never had issues unless the makeup is expired and then the reaction goes a way after a few days.

I checked the Clinique Australian web site and like the 'fragrance free' especially for lip products, but could not find ingredient lists - Clinique is expensive here (a single eye shadow is about 35  AUD and a quad is 60 AUD) and we cannot return used makeup (only Avon allows this here).   The site also mentions that the eye shadow is 'ophthalmologist tested for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.".

has this information: " One is a very big number at Clinique


Allergy Tested. What does that mean? First, we formulate without known allergens. Then we allergy test every product 12 times on 600 people. If even one of those 7200 applications incites an allergic reaction, we start over."


"Can makeup be good for your skin? Absolutely.

Clinique makeup makes great skin look even better.

Every Clinique eye shadow and mascara is ophthalmologist tested. Our luscious lip colours are loaded with do-gooders like moisturizers, but not a lick of fragrance. And our foundations don't just perfect—they actively improve the look of fine lines, redness, uneven skin tone and more."

Is this marketing hype or is Clinique better than the above-mentioned brands given the high-end price tag in Australia ? Revlon USA site also mentions that their eye shadows are 'ophthalmologist tested' - never had issues even with a 10 year old eye shadow (this was thrown out due to age !). or are the above brands the better choice for me - my doctor said that it is best to stick with brands that work but I'm still curious about Clinique - love the colours  and the luxe appeal of the packaging. 

Thanks in advance.



  • "Ophthalmologist tested" just means that an ophthalmologist reviewed or conducted the testing. It's the type of testing and it's scale that matters And even then that doesn't guarantee that some people won't have an issue. Allergy/irritation testing isn't an exact science. 

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