I have extremely sensitive skin with early-onset papulo-pustular rosacea (I'm 21, it runs in my family).
I have a very minimal skincare routine to avoid irritation which includes a sodium sulfacetamide/sulfur wash and cream and Purpose SPF 15 lotion. While this has cleared my skin better than any previous treatment, I remain quite red.
I tried all the mineral foundations- drugstore, BareEscentuals. I hated the way they smelled on my face and how they got into my eyes and didn't cover my nifty (sarcasm!) butterfly-esque facial marking.
I decided to go the liquid route and boy am I glad I did.
This product is amazing. It's soothing, offers medium to full coverage and completely cancels out redness (and that is an incredible feat- I spend most days looking like a lobster). I'm not using nearly the amount of concealer on my face before application.
Fantastic. 5 stars. Will DEFINITELY repurchase.
I got a sample of this and was really excited about it helping with redness. This made almost no difference to the redness on my face. A regular primer and foundation would do the same thing. I find that pretty bad considering this is promoted at being the best for redness. This also left my skin looking horrible. It was cakey looking and the foundation settled in my lines, the barely there lines looked huge. I frankly would not even buy a small version nonetheless the full size that is overpriced. I would advise anyone with redness to avoid it.
I tried this one on Clinique counter and it looked fine, much better than my Max Factor foundation. But I made a mistake and bought it straight away, I really should wait a couple of hours and see, how my face will look!
Nedless to say - after 2-3 hours my face starts looking very oily and foundadtion clump in my pores. My skin look much older and tired.
I also have really fair skin and ligtest colour (alabaster) looks too orange in normal light. I can't really see any effect it has on redness, maybe because colour of the fundation is too warm itself to cover it.
I'm really dissapointed and not going to buy this one again.
I think this would be a great drugstore foundation. Unfortunately, it's sold as a "higher end" makeup product. I think the coverage is barely medium and as far as reducing redness, it doesn't do anything better than any other foundation. I was actually expecting this foundation to not have the same weird pink-y tones as all Clinique foundations do since it's supposed to conceal redness, but I was wrong. Still the same pink hue and still not a decent shade for fair people (Mind you, I'm an NC 15 normally). It lasts for a few hours and does wear off. It doesn't break me out the way a MAC foundation does. Also, if you're into "satin" finishes, then this may be a good choice for you but I like my foundations to "dry" sort of. I don't like the idea of my makeup rubbing off on someone's shirt if I hug them (which happened with this foundation). I received this as a present so I'm not really sure of the price but it probably was in the middle. Some of you may be reading this and saying I'm being much too picky and yes that's true, but I'm very picky with foundations. I'm just going to stick to my MUFE Mat Velvet + because at least I can get a shade that matches my skin.
I love this foundation, but i have very pale skin and i feel the lightest shade (Calming Alabaster) is a little too orange for me. It looks fine if and when i have fake tanned, but not when i have a white neck and brown face! I really wish clinique would have a better colour range and this foundation works perfectly for me in every other way :(.
But if your lucky enough to have a colour match and have problems with everyday redness then this is a must buy!
PROS: Good coverage; but i do feel that i have to reapply on my chin maybe once or twice as i do have a habit of touching my face during class time. Price is also great. Definitely calmed down my redness, in congunction with the redness solutions everyday moisturiser.
CONS: again not enough colour range. Does appear very shiny to start with, i have to apply powder over to give me a more natural glow. Not the best packaging, cant see how much youve got left and its also not easy to get out as its becoming emptier.
I can't say this is a bad foundation, but I definitely don't think it is the best out there. I wish I could give it a 3.5 rating.
The colour match 01 Alabaster is perfect for my NW20 skin, but I'm not the palest person around so I don't think those with very pale skin would be able to find a colour match.
I told the SA I wanted buildable coverage, and she directed me to this. TBH I don't think the coverage is that buildable unless you wanted to look like you absolutely caked it on. It is definitely a medium coverage only.
The finish is also too dewy for me - would probably look lovely on dry skin, but it makes me look too oily in too short a time.
Not really sure if it does much for redness. I still need to use a concealer over any angry bumps.
Also the Clinique packaging really annoys me. The metal lid just gets covered in fingerprints and looks dirty all the time.
I'll use it until it's finished but I probably will not repurchase. I've had just as good experience from much cheaper drugstore foundations.
I found this to be too heavy for my oily-ish skin. The lightest shade 01 Calming Alabaster was a good match for my warm NC20 skin and the coverage was good - it does actually do a decent job of hiding redness - but the finish isn't very natural and the foundation wore off unevenly throughout the day on me (although I must admit that most foundations don't last very well on my skin). Also, I'm pretty sure this broke me out. Overall a disappointment :(
I have sensitive, ruddy, acne-prone skin, and a few acne scars. When I saw a foundation that could potentially tackle the redness, I purchased it right away. The lightest shade seemed way too dark for my fair skin, and it did not go on smoothly, even with primer. It settled into the few fines lines I have, and my skin broke out after I used it. With regard to the breakouts, I thought it might be a coincidence, and used it a few different times over the span of two months with the same result. Not impressed.
I went to the Clinique counter in search of foundation one afternoon, and the saleswoman took one look at my skin and said, "I have the perfect foundation for you." (That's how red my skin is, I'm afraid.) This foundation really is a solution to redness; she applied a very small amount to my skin, and it took away the redness immediately. It's not drying, not irritating, the coverage is consistent, and it looks quite natural on the skin. I noticed in the store that the color looked off, but I decided to check it out myself and got a sample of the lightest shade, Alabaster.
When I went out to my car I noticed immediately the color issue with this foundation. It wasn't just a touch too dark, but rather WAY too dark. (For reference, I think I'm about an NC10 with neutral undertones.) Seeing as how many women with redness also have very pale skin -- more prone to it, maybe, or just it shows up more? -- wouldn't it make sense to offer a few very fair shades in this collection?
In short, I agree with other reviewers who complain about the color range. The formulation is good, and maybe even great, but my goodness the lightest shade is too dark. I imagine the shade range might work on NC/W 20-25 or darker. If you have redness, and have light or darker skin I definitely would urge you to check this out. If you have redness and are super fair, look elsewhere.
I have very pale skin with freckles had acne get the few occasional spots and have acne scars with a little bit of redness. Seen this advertised and thought it would be good however, the lightest shade was well too dark for me. Aside from the colour, I thought the foundation was a tad too heavy and looked like it could block my pores if I wore it for long enough. Wouldn't recommend for people with large open pores.