Personally, I would purchase this product again and I really like it. However, I do not have any experience with other primers as this is the only face primer I have used. I got a sample of this product from Sephora for 100 points and I liked it so much that I have purchased two full size bottles since receiving that sample. In the past I only used Make Up Forever foundation without any primer so I noticed a huge difference when I used this primer before my foundation. I find that it makes my foundation look much better and makes it last all day long; even in the summer. Also, this product does not claim to improve one's skin but for some reason my acne has reduced and my skin itself has improved since using this product and others have noticed. I have no clue why my skin has improved since using this product especially because clinique does not claim that it will reduce acne but for some reason it did, which will make me keep purchasing this product for the foreseeable future. I gave packaging a 4/5 because it could benefit from a safety seal.
I don't think it does any good for my makeup. I have combination, oily in summer/dryish in winter skin with not so severe acne, acne scars, wide pores and dry patches.
This product didn't cause me extra breakouts or anything, but it FEELS like it clogs up pores completely, not allowing the skin to breathe normally; the face felt extremely greasy though when you touch it, it seems powdery. It made dry patches stand out and the oilier areas were shining like crazy after less than an hour (they normally start to in about 2-3 hours after applying makeup and I have to blot and use powder then).
I tried using it before my beloved Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation and it applied way worse than usual, the lines were horribly visible and such, the foundation didn't cover anything and just glid off very promptly. I thought that maybe it'd be better with the Clinique foundation (I have the even better foundation in the lightest shade that I don't like very much, it has pretty much zero coverage and doesn't suit my skin type or tone. Revlon buff/chamois is the only foundation at the market that matches my skin color/tone) so I tried applying that but the outcome was even worse than with Revlon. Horribly cakey, immediately shiny buildup on my face.
I guess I'm just not a primer person, to be fair, I'm not very comfortable with the feeling of anything at all on my face: even moisturizer seems heavy to me (any of them) so I try and use as little full face products as possible. However, there might be people like me who think they can do with some of the primers. This primer is not for you, fellow naked-face-sensation-lovers. Do not recommend.
This was my first primer, so I was very excited to try it. Like most Clinique products, this one did not irritate my very sensitive skin, in fact it feels great on my skin. It went on smooth and easy, not oily at all.This product did not do a whole lot to reduce redness, but it did help. Not to mention I used half the foundation I usually would. Overall it's a good product.
It is nothing amazing, but it helps my foundation go and stay on. It doesn't really so much for redness, just a little. A little goes a long way. It is not shiny like some that I feel greasy, but cover pores well. It looks bright yellow but a dab spreads far. Sets powdery. I wouldn't say it has super shine or oil control, but it dampens those thing. I don't want to look too matte or too shiny. My spf moisturizers make me shiny and my makes my make up slide. So it helps with that. I wish it had some spf, so I did not feel I was tampering with my sunscreen. Nothing amazing but did minimize pores. Make up glide so and looks better and lasts longer.
I got this as a free gift from Sephora. There was almost no difference than if I didn't use any primer. It did absolutely nothing to cover redness, and in fact it was harder to blend foundation over the dry spots with this primer. Don't bother, I bet you drug store brands are even better.
So this is very first primer I've ever tried. Oddly enough, I really dislike Clinique stuff. When I was younger I tried using some of their acne products and found it was wayyyy too harsh for my skin. Now with my acne at bay and my only problems being minor redness and dark spots (from acne scars) I decided I could try Clinique again. Thankfully, so far it hasn't caused any breakouts for me. My skin seems to not mind this stuff!
As a primer, I do think my makeup wears longer when I use this beforehand. It smooths my skin out nicely and helps keep foundations from settling into to my pores. It does help with redness as well, but I think it only helps with very minor redness issues. My redness wasn't completely gone just from using it, but was very toned down.
One thing I don't like is that with a primer I was hoping for some oil control, and this really does not do much for that. My nose gets very shiny when using this, and I feel like it's almost worse with this primer.
Price wise it's not too bad, I got mine for $29 at the Bay and it's a decent size tube. You only need a teeny tiny amount too, so I think it'll last a really long time.
I was so excited when I saw these on Clinique's website. I have rosacea and have hoped for a yellow primer that could color correct, and Clinique is a brand that I have a good history with. I asked multiple counters in the local mall about this product for about a month before they finally got some stock. They didn't have any testers yet. But the SA unpacked one for me and I decided to go ahead and get it. Came in a nice tube applicator, easy to use and hygienic.
Unfortunately it doesn't live up to its promises. Did not counter the redness at all, not even a faint blurring effect, just nothing. I thought maybe there would be a difference once I put foundation over it. Nope. Not much of a primer, either. Made my foundation drag when applied over it. Felt icky and oily right out of the tube, and it gave me the fiercest breakout I've had in quite some time. Returned it. Would not repurchase and don't recommend it to anyone looking to counter redness.