This is the second Clinique liquid makeup I have tried. My first try was Clinique's even better foundation. And while I loved the staying power and the finish of this foundation, It still dried out around my nose area. I have serious combination skin, where I'm oily almost everywhere on my face, but get really dry and flaky around my nose and sometimes at the corner of my mouth. So I thought I would try the Superbalanced since I'd heard so much about it and it's for combination skin.
It claims to moisturize your dry areas while absorbing oil in those areas you get oily. It also claims to be long wearing and water-resistant.
I gave the overall rating a 3 just because the makeup had a nice finish after applying it. I applied it with my ELF powder brush (I always apply my foundation with this brush because I absolutely love it). It actually worked a little bit with my oily areas. However, I found that it dried out the area around my nose even worse than the Clinique Even Better Foundation, and after a few hours it the covereage wasn't as good and almost looked cakey on my chin. I'm definitely not saying this is a horrible foundation, (i've definitely had worse), however, it just didn't work well enough for me. So I wouldn't necessarily buy it again.
Nice lightweight makeup with good coverage.I found that my skin was too oily for this, but I really liked the finish, and the feel of it when I first applied it. I also wish the formula came in a squeeze tube, or had a pump instead of the open mouth to make it easier to take out. I used the lightest shade which I think is Breeze. I so wish that this didn't make my skin oilier but I think I might be stuck with my mineral powder makeup for now!
I think this is a great foundation, i've been using Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation for a long time but I think this is a much cheaper option that gives you the same results. I doesn't make me oily (I have combination skin, oily t-zone) and it looks very natural. Like the Bobby Brown's this is not completely matte, but I think this is why it looks so natural. No one's skin looks like that, after all. I've read some reviews saying that this foundations transfers, but that's not a problem with me, I don't know if its because of the powder I use for setting it (Aveda's Inner Light Dual Foundation).
I do need, however, to use concealer with this foundation, but I don't mind. The color range is very limited, the lightest shade is not exactley a perfect match for me, but I can make it work. I've heard so many compliments on my skin lately and this is the only thing I've been doing differently. I apply this foundation with the elf powder brush and they work great together, I also used the Sephora's airbrush precision foundation brush (56) with good results. I think I'm going to go to MAC to buy a pump, wich I've read is not expensive at all.
Overall a good foundation, if you have the type of skin for it. Extremely oily skins are not going to like it, normal to oily, I think, will enjoy it. I'm not sure of how it would work for dry skins, but as its not completely matte it might be a good option. I love it, I still love Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, but for half the price I prefer this one. If you have extremely fair skin, then go for BB they have a great range of colors, Alabaster and Porcelain are great for that.
The Clinique Superbalanced liquid foundation is a light formula which gives a sheer to medium coverage. It is ideal for everyday use if you are looking for an everyday liquid foundation. The product claims to be an oil absorber and also moisturise dry spots in your face, it is especially formulated for people who have combination skin. Personally I think the "superbalance" claim is true, the foundation does moisture the spots on my skin of course with the help of a moisturiser but it smooths it out which I love. It also absorbs oil from my skin which I also love. However, the problem about the product is that it transfers! You touch your face, the product transfers on your hand, you cheek to cheek with someone, it transfers. So this is a definite no repurchase for me. The finish is on the matte/dewy side which I don't quiet like but many do like it. I personally like what does but I don't like how it looks and how it transfers. If you are considering to buy this product think again as there are many other better products out there which are better! This retails for $65 which is a little bit expensive but not too expensive..
I paid full Australian RRP of $50 for this foundation, hence my 4/5 rating for price.
PACKAGING: I've given the packaging quality a 4/5 because I like the look of the matte frosted glass bottle, the white print, and simple font. To me it looks very sophisticated (I'm a bit of a packaging snob; I can't stand products with cheap looking packaging). However, not having a pump isn't very practical, like others have said. It is easy enough to tap the bottle and slowly pour out a small amount, though.
FINISH: midway between matte and dewy, leaning closer to dewy. Didn't do a very good job of covering an oily t-zone (I have sensitive combination skin, FYI)
COVERAGE: not enough! If you are needing decent coverage, avoid this foundation. The only coverage I really need is for the redness in my cheeks and nose, but Superbalanced is hopeless at covering that up. The more I try to build up (in thin layers) to cover my redness, the more uneven the texture got (ie kinda patchy, balled-up). I'd say this provides light to light-medium level coverage.
SHADES: I was matched (not very well, I might add..) to the lightest shade, Alabaster. Alabaster has neutral undertones, according to Clinique, but it is actually quite a yellow looking shade. My regular foundation shade depth is Illamasqua 120/ Illamasqua Skin Base 6, and I have cool pink undertones.
LASTING POWER: Not great. I gave my bottle of Superbalanced to a friend a few months ago, so my memory of its lasting power isn't great, but I do remember that I was never impressed by how long it lasted. Before mid-day (after applying it early morning, around 6:30-7) I'd need to blot my t-zone or touch up with powder.
So, in conclusion - not the foundation for me! I'm not *completely* dissing Superbalanced here, I'm just saying that for me; as someone cool-toned and pale, needing redness coverage, and with a slightly oily t-zone; I wasn't impressed. My friend however (she is not as fussy as I am with cosmetics, nor is she experienced with quality or high end products) quite likes it - but she is slightly darker than I am, has neutral undertones and needs barely any coverage from a foundation (ie no redness coverage or blackhead/pimple coverage needed). She does have an oilier t-zone than me, but she doesn't seem to mind the dewy look.
Lightweight but enough coverage, dewy finish, blends SO well, brilliant for a natural look as not cakey at all, botanical based product so better for sensitive skin! Also will last almost all day if you use a setting powder
The opening to the bottle is so frustrating! However I bought a Mac foundation pump for £3 and it fits perfectly!
Cannot recommend this enough if you occasionally have problem skin but hate feeling like you are wearing loads of foundation, this looks so natural and still has good coverage!
A nice foundation that I wouldn't buy again
Pros: Lightweight, matches my skintone perfectly (NW20 at MAC and I use the alabaster shade for this), goes on smoothly
Cons: Glass bottle with no pump??? Ridiculously hard to get product out, because tapping it against my hand hurts like a B.
Plus, it's pricey.
I got talked into this foundation at the Clinique counter when I was asking for the blemish solutions foundation because the woman said that I shouldn't be using it if I don't have acne. This foundation is a deviation away from Clinique's usual quality, I would go as far as saying that it is terrible. I have oily skin, and this doesn't make anything "balanced", it made me an oily mess. Added to that, the bottle design is absurd, getting the product out is a task of its own! This may work for some people, but personally, it made my skin congested and oily and I stopped using it three days after purchasing it.
Heard great things about this so I gave it a try, 5 years later, I still no compaints. This particular foundation gives me the coverage I need and helps out my dry combination skin. I've tried drugstore brands and expensive brands but keep coming back to this one. I've turned others on to it and they love it too. Will keep rebuying and pray they don't discontinue.
if only i could find my fucking reciept. HATE THIS FOUNDATION. hypoallergenic my arse my eyes completely swelled up only to read the ingredient list and see talc to be the first ingredient. this foundation is tragic. iv used maybelline and other drugstore foundations and never had my eyes swell up. my oily t zone only became more oily and my dry patches were emphasized with this shit too pink toned colour. this is what happens when u take your boyfriend with you to the makeup department- he rushes you and then you end up buying a piece of shit!!