I envy those of you who have found the perfect foundation. I have very problematic skin: uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, large pores, etc. It's a hot mess.
With all the raves that Clinique gets and the promises of the Even Better liine, I went to the counter at Macy's and asked the salesperson to help me find a concealer and foundation. She found a decent color match for me, but the concealer and foundation barely cover any of my flaws. If you have serious age spots like me, don't bother. It will NOT give you the coverage you need, even after trying to build with several layers.
After applying, my skin always appeared oily/shiny. The salesperson had recommended the Perfectly Real Compact Makeup to brush on over the Even Better liquid foundation. It helped reduce the shine, but it didn't have any lasting power on my skin.
I'm writing this update on 7/31/11:
I've now tried a number of different foundations, and I'm finding that even though Clinique's Even Better foundation isn't great, it's sure a lot better than drugstore brands, as well as higher-end brands. Though it still doesn't cover as many as my flaws as I'd like, I found that as long as I use Dermablend setting powder to set the makeup, it stays on most of the day. Unlike other foundations, this one doesn't settle into and emphasize my pores.
I wanted to like this. And I did, except for the colors. Tried it in the store intending to buy it, and just about every shade was too dark and/or too yellow for my skin.
I did love everything else about it. It feels very light, but pigmented. Consistency, texture, etc. was just right, but there was no shade to match my skin color/tone. :"( Probably great for people with warm skintones.
Just had to share this with the fair-skinned ladies - there's a new range of colors out this summer - the Linen worked best for me, it's lighter than the #3 and much more neutral than #2 which was way too pink for my cool/neutral (NC 20) skin. I saw the new colors on the Clinique website after reading reviews the colors were dark. I did have to try 3 different stores before I found one that had the new shades in stock.
I hope this helps.
I have oily skin that is combination/oily in winter. I'm NW20 in MAC and was matched with 04 Cream Chamois, which I have to say was the best colour match I've ever gotten in a foundation!
I found this fdtn easy to apply and blend, it looks really natural on my skin and gives me medium coverage, which is all I want as my skin is pretty good, just a little uneven in tone.
I got this fdtn going into winter when my skin was drier. But I found that I had to blot a couple of times during the day, and it would migrate into the small smile lines near my mouth.
While this didn't quite work for my skin type, I think it would be really nice on normal skin.
Love this stuff, gives me full coverage which I have to have. Leaves my skin with a smoother texture. It has good staying power as well and is great on my sensitive skin.
this foundation was just okay. it could feel very thick at times and made my nose pretty oily despite my setting it with powder in the morning. i would still have to blot halfway through the day, and that was whatever was leftover of it by then. the coverage is sheer-medium, and since i am trying to cover acne scars that really isnt appropriate, which is irritating because the foundation is designed specifically for that. i tested at home with the different levels of coverage, and the only way i could possibly be comfortable with the coverage was if i put 2-3 layers, (which i am not accustomed to, i usually just have a little bit of foundation or powder depending on the occasion, and never both) and it looked a little cakey. im definitely not a cakeface and am not comfortable with that amount of makeup on my face all day. i have acne-prone sensitive skin so that much would probably break me out. i haven't worn it for a long time on a daily basis because i got a sample. i got matched to Ginger.
I love this foundation, although I don't know if it's made that much of a difference on my face. I think it's evened out my skin tone a little, but that could be my imagination. I also just started using this foundation recently, so I'll give it a couple of weeks before I start to judge it. I do love how this foundation feels on my face, and the coverage it provides. It does have staying power, even when I wear it alone with no primer or powder to set it. The only problem is that it tends to sink into the lines on my face, which is a little bothersome. I just give it 20 minutes to set on my face, then use my fingers to go over the places where it's sunk into the fine lines on my face, and just spread it out. Other than that, this foundation feels great on my skin, and hopefully is good for my skin as well!
Clinique's Even Better foundation is full coverage. The formula isn't thick but the coverage is great and you don't even feel it on your face! I applied it with a Kabuki brush but using a sponge works ravishingly well, also. I have combination, acne-prone/hormonal skin and this foundation didn't irritate my face at all. They've a broad range of colours to choose from so I'm sure there will be no problem choosing the right shade, it just showed up a little too neutral for me and not enough yellow.
I LOVE this foundation too, it's been my HG for the past year.
It evens out my pale, pink/reddish, freckly skintone, & dark blue circles under my eyes to a creamy light color. It makes a huge difference without diminishing my freckles TOO much. It also cancels out the redness in my skin and diminishes the dark circles to the point where I use minimal concealer under the eyes.
It doesn't ever appear cakey on my skin and leaves it with a nice shine.
I love the way my skin looks after I apply it. The staying power lasts all day with this foundation, but the only problem with my skin is that it is very oily, so within an hour of application my forehead looks like an oil slick. But I just powder that down.
Anyway, I've been using this for a year and I plan to continue using it in the future.
I love this foundation. My partner bought this for me as a birthday present and it's my HG foundation. I have dry combination skin, so I was advised by the SA to use a moisturising lotion on the dry patches so it evens out - wow! My skin looks radiant. I dislike most foundations for their consistency, bad shading and basically looking like clay on my face. Not this one, though. It perfects my flaws like my irregular skintone (I'm red, purple and blue all over) but it won't mask over my freckles, which makes it stand out. The result is a very natural, even looking coverage. I don't look like I'm wearing a mask of warpaint. I look just like myself with this foundation, but better.
I'm a NW15 and shade 01 alabaster suited me perfectly. It went on slightly yellower than my skin tone to begin with, but once it blended in it seemed to instantly match my skin tone perfectly.