I stopped by a Clinique counter because I couldn't tell my skin color via the internet. The lady at the counter immediately matched me and it's perfect. I also love that this is oil-free for my break out prone skin but also improves the quality of my aging skin. I love the texture and the medium to full coverage this gives. It's actually reasonable price for a higher end foundation. I also use Rimmel Matte Foundation, but I like this WAY better.
I initially bought this foundation because my usual Clinique Superbalanced was sold out. (for reference I am in shade "Golden") The saleswoman recommended this to me as an alternative saying that it evens out the skin tone and clears hyperpigmentation...Since she knew I was new to all the good stuff she gave me a sample and a full bottle of the foundation and told me that if I am through with the sample I can keep the bottle or if I didn't enjoy it, I can return the foundation. I actually really liked it, but I noticed as it dried on my skin, it looked a bit orangey and a bit too warm for my NC45 skin, which would work fantastic in the summer but since I am getting paler (winter months are creeping!), this will make me look slightly oompa loompa ish. Looks like I have no other choice than to return it or keep it in my collection until next summer! Apart from that it's a really nice foundation, giving a healthy, luminous finish and lasting all day, it's worth checking out!
After reading all the great reviews, I thought I would try this. I TOO know that Clinique colors are generally too pink for those of us with a golden undertone. It's too bad they don't get with the program and update their color line. I am combo skin. age 46. I do like the natural almost full coverage you get with this foundation but its light and I dont feel goopy at the end of the day like with other foundations. I personally think the staying power is better than most.
CONS: color selection
SOLUTION: So I tried the Creamwhip color which is "supposed" to be a warm color for fair skin. I'm NC 20 ish. I tried it and it looked perfect inside BUT outside,,,,,I could see the difference from my face to neck...my neck was golden and my face peachy. So what I'm trying now is to mix a couple colors. I got samples of Alabaster (knowing that its pink but its light and mixing it with golden neutral. This golden neutral is quite dark but when you mix it with the lighter color, MAGIC OCCURS!!! A warm clinique color for us fair girls. The two colors mixed together about half and half really result in a golden fair color!!! I just dab a little of both colors on each cheek and blend!!!!! It worked pretty slick. I know this entails purchasing two colors but so far I really like this foundation but not going to purchase it if I have to settle for the peachy/pink colors only available. And yes...the consultant "Tried" real hard to put me in a darker color which would have been even more pink...so try what I did gals....get a sample of the Golden Neutral and mix it with the Alabaster and see if maybe this color doesnt work better for those of us with the yellow undertones that clinique seems to thinks dont exist!!! :) taking away lippie for color selection problems. I finally gave up on this foundation as I just could never get the color right. Clinique doesnt make any foundation for an NC 15 or NC20 gal...and probably never will.
UPDATE - After using this foundation for almost a year I've come to realize this foundation makes my skin look shiny, haggard and old. Geez it took me this long to really notice.
I need just a small pea sized amount to cover the blemishs that are all over my cheeks.
The first shade the clinique sales associate tested on me in the store looked fine. When I went home it seems like it oxidized making my face look orange. She gave me a bottle of the same shade.
Went back, exchanged for one shade lighter and it was perfect.
UPDATE: Clinique came out with a lighter color (Linen). The lady that tested it said it was a perfect match for me. Didn't seem to turn orange where it was applied. Got a sample this time and going to try it.
I love Clinique's Even Better but after using it for a 1 year and a half I could not figure out why I was orangey. I thought it was the almost make up powder I was using with this, which I changed twice. Now I am pasty white with the lighest and orangey with the Even Better foundation. It doesn't even each other out. I can make do with the too light powder by blending till I run out but not the liquid.
The bottle is nice and last a long time. The coverage is nice, a medium to full.
I don't think they have a shade for me so I will not buy again.
I love, love, love this makeup! It makes my skin look flawlessly beautiful! I've tried so many medium coverage foundations and this is the only one that's not too matte/flat looking. You can barely tell I'm wearing it, it gives a slightly luminous/dewy finish that hides any and all imperfections.
I wear alabaster, which is lighter than I expected but blends right in to my fair, slightly yellow toned skin. It also hides the redness I usually get halfway through my day. I tried the redness solutions foundation but it's nowhere near as good as this one. Being in my 40's, it's nice to find a foundation that makes my skin look so young and healthy. HG.
I actually really did like this fdtn...except for one or two things. (Disclaimer: I got a sample of this, so I can't comment on the usability of the bottle)
My need for fdtn: Red splotchiness, uneven tone. Pimples are not really a huge issues for me. Shiny T-zone.
1) Texture: Really nice. Smooth, soft, and left my skin feeling hydrated and not dry. Easy to apply (finger) and dried in a very reasonable amount of time (didn't dry so fast that I couldn't blend it, but didn't remain tacky the whole time)
2) Coverage: Really perfect coverage for me. I'd say medium to full. Very nice even color, with great coverage of redness and unevenness in the skin. Didn't sink into pores, or dry spots.
3) Smell: No smell!
4) Price: Less $$$ than most "HE" fdtns.
1) BIG FLAW: Minimal range of colors. Im NC20, and alablaster was matched best...but its WAYYYY too pink. My entire face was definitely pinker than my neck. The next shade up was too dark.
2) Thickness: This felt thicker on the skin than my Revlon PhotoReady. Almost like Revlon Colorstay, but even more mask-like. That sounds really bad, but I didn't completely mind it, and I think I would have dealt with it if the color match was better.
So yea. Id buy this if the color match was better.
This foundation is one of THE WORST foundations I have ever bought. It might even take the #1 worst spot. It’s super oily, looks orangey and yet muddy, just overall a horrible thing to put on your face. I recently dug it out and gave it another chance, but when looked in the mirror before I got to work I knew it was going to be a bad day… I swear Clinique can not get their shades right nor their formulas. This actually applies to their lotions, concealers, serums, and so forth. There’s always something wrong with their stuff. So to Clinique, I say fool me once shame on you, fool me twice (or 10 times) shame on me.
I searched high and low. From drugstore brands (Revlon, Maybelline) to department store brands (EL, MAC). This is the only brand and line that matched my color AND didn't oxidize. (Lancome may have had my color but it smelled funny to me.) It stays pretty well and has a nice finish. I am pretty satisfied with this product.
Update: This product makes me look kind of cakey. Even when I used a different brush. I doesn't control oil at all. Nevertheless it didn't break me out and it didn't oxidize, so I am only taking away one lippee. I have discovered Revlon Colorstay and I am loving it so far.
Now let me start by saying.. i have tried tonnes of foundations!! From maybelline to mac! I have dry skin and im pretty fair and have sensitive acne prone skin. i know what a combination right?
Anywhos i have tried 3 of cliniques foundations. Repair-wear, Superbalanced, and even better.
Even better is by far the best. Its creamy yet not oily. Doesnt highlight my dry patches, doesnt sink into lines and DOESNT oxidise thank god. It also has really good coverage and stays on for hours on end! The only bad thing i can say about this is.. i got matched to 02 -fair and its far too pink i think i might have to go with ivory next time as its more of a neutral colour.
As for the claim that it evens skin as you wear it i have yet to see results as ive only been using it for a couple of weeks!
I would really recommend this to anyone with dry skin.. oily skin not so much x
(edit) Ive been using it much longer now and it seems to cake a little so im a bit dissapointed for the price!!
i have gone back to my maybelline dream satin liquid much better :-)