Let it be known that I am a foundaton hater in general - I only had a sample of this so if you love foundation & wear it regularly, don;t read my review, but if you're looking to try a first one, read on.
It felt really greasy when I first put it on, despite claiming to absorb oil, which I was a bit shocked at. It also had a weird chemical smell-Im hoping that was a bad batch or something, it was a little like alcohol & was bad enough to make my nose run.
It took about 15 minutes to set into my skin. I don;t know much about foundation but that seemed ridiculous for me. I needed to set it with powder because it sat shiny on my normally un-shiny normal skin, but I do that with everything.
I wore it for about an hour. It rubs off insanely easy & I felt liek I was wearing a mask.
It did have good points. It covered marks really well & was very blendable. But There has got to be better out ther - I honestly like L'Oreal True Match's texture over this.
I don't wear foundation but I do know how to apply it & how much to apply, so I didn't just slop it on.
Wouldn;t reccommend I'm afraid.
This is my favorite foundation. I have combination skin, with some parts prone to dryness (flakes) and others prone to blackheads and mild zits, and this foundation really does even everything up. It feels light and comfortable on my face, and provides the perfect amount of coverage for me -- it provides coverage and evens my skin tone without looking like I'm wearing makeup. Alabaster is my shade.
I bought it about a year ago at the recommendation of a Clinique counter person, and use foundation so rarely that I still have half a bottle left. I'll probably buy this again when it's used up, though. It's the best foundation I've used. I will say that I haven't tried many foundations, and haven't had much trouble with foundation products, so maybe I'm an easier-to-please customer than average. But I can say that it definitely evens up my combination skin, while providing just the right amount of coverage and comfort for me.
So far, it's one of the least offensive foundations I've found...which says a lot.
It seems to give me a smoother appearance and doesn't feel like a bunch of goo on me. I apply it with a dampened cosmetic sponge.
*SIGH* When, oh when, will I find the perfect foundation?
This isn't my favorite Clinique foundation, but it does offer some great benefits. Having somewhat dry cheeks but a minor amount of oil in my T-zone this foundation offers my skin the moisture it needs and keeps it balanced (hence the name) where I need it to be. I have a lot of redness and the coverage provided by this foundation seems to help cover and conceal the redness. I've never had any bad reaction to this foundation, and I have even recieved compliments when I have worn it. It goes on evenly with a foundation brush and stays on for the duration of the day. It comes in a glass bottle and when you think you are getting low get a refill before you end up like me scraping the inside of the bottle wiht a Q-tip.
Although this was a step up from my normal drugstore foundation, I wasn't really happy with it for these reasons:
1. in certain lighting it appeared orange-ish and unnatural
2. the coverage wasn't that spectacular
3. the claim of hydration and oil absorption wasn't actually true, I have combination skin, and my oily t-zone was still oily, while the dry parts of my face stayed flaky
4. the bottle tended to give either too much makeup (a waste) or too little (and then I would shake it and end up with too much)
5. it tended to streak unless applied with a foundation brush, and then it still looked slightly unnatural
6. sometimes it looked cakey (especially for the dry parts of my face)
However, I have to say that the clinique saleslady was very nice and it looked good in the store, but after using it for 5 months I have to say I will be looking for a new foundation.
I'm completely displeased with all Clinique products I've ever tried(exept for few lip sticks). This was no exception. It does not cover! And the concealer is rubbish, whipes off within minutes. This stuff made my acne look purple, evened out my skin tone SLIGHTLY, but made my face look pink(my skin is incredibly pale), with an obvious caked-on make up look. Good thing most of it's refundable..if you're willing to fight for it that is.
At first I thought this might be okay for my oily skin, after all the bottle reads "absorbs oil where oil-control is needed; moisturizes where hydration is needed. Slips onto skin easily." I found that it did nothing to control my oil and didn't work to hydrate a dry area around my nose. It provides light to medium coverage. It didn't cause me to break out, even after sleeping with it on once (usually I would have awakened to an oily, pimply mess). It is not long lasting and I found that it went on well if I used my MAC 187 brush but I think it looks just slightly orangey. Packaging is poor as I seem to get too much or not enough out. Will not purchase again.
I have been using this product for several years. I still love it. I did just have to buy some Clinique concealer since my pregnancy is doing all kinds of strange things to my skin but before that, the foundation covered acne scars, etc. to the point where I was actually repeatidly complemented on my skin!!! One lady even told me I had beautiful skin when actually I have terrible skin!!! I love the way this foundation feels on - like I have nothing on at all! I also love how easy it is to apply. Wonderful product that I will continue to use!
I really wanted to like this because it was so cheap. Only $35 for both this and concealer! It looked great in the store and I was so pleased with it. However, I put it on before work the next day and when I went into the bathroom...I was bright orange. I literally took paper towels and rubbed SO much of it off. The texture was nice and I liked the coverage, but until my face is pigmented like an actual orange, I will be looking elsewhere...
ive been using this product for about three years now. superbalanced is designed for a combination type skin and is oil free. its meant to dry out ur oily bits and moisturise ur dry bits or something along those lines. It comes in a glass bottle with screw top and u just pour it out. Its not that practical or hygenic i suppose because u have to pour back any that u havent used from ur hands into the bottle and then to get to the stuff at the bottom u have to use a cotton bud to scoop it out, bit messy really. the coverage is quite good. it does have a wide range of colours in this line, clinique is quite well known for this. However, i find them to be a bit too pink based, which means they can come out a bit orangey especially if ur not tanned. Sadly im not, im very pale and i use the Alabaster shade, the lightest in the range, which is still slightly 2 dark for me. (for any1 esle u has the same prob, max factor miracle has a new 1- miracle touch, cream ivory which is even paler, but more on that in that section...). Dont use the clinique website as a guide to colours, because its very misleading, the alabaster is the 3rd on the list when in reality its the palest shade, and the sample colours they show you dont match up to their true colour. for example, on the website light28 look paler than alabaster27, but its way darker, I know, Ive had both. (it can help to mix in a little moisturiser with it to pale it out but obviouly this thins out the coverage) So my advice go check the colours out in the store. U can use it on its own, but i think the stayin power is improved when u dust a bit of powder over it. I use their translucent powder with a big brush just to set it. All in all, not a bad foundation, and quite highly rated in beauty tests from mags etc ive read.