Review of Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 by lareinarumbera
UPDATE (15/02/2012): i find the best way to apply this foundation is with the fingers blending from the center of your face & outwards, not with a stippling brush like i mentioned before. then blend a bit further/take down the harshness with a dampened sponge.
NW20ish, neutral fair-to-light skin tone, black hair & brown eyes. freckles/sunspots on cheeks & prone to brown spots following clogged pores/acne/irritation. while i cannot comment on the spot-fading powers of this particular foundation (seeing as i've only used it a few times now), i can comment on the formula and wear.
this is a very liquid foundation, lightweight and easy to wear. i am very anti-foundation, that is, i hate the "look" that some foundations tend to give, kind of mask-like or spackled on - thus up to this point i didn't really use foundation, other than a dusting of bareminerals here and there and spot-concealing using MAC's pro longwear concealer. EBM is lightweight, almost like a runny tinted moisturizer. it goes on with a dewy finish, not flat matte or dry looking. it comes packaged in a tube with a pointy tip, and while it isn't fancy or nice to look at, is hygenic and easy to control. decent range of shades - although if you are very pale or very dark it may not be the right range for you (i am NW20ish and was matched with the palest, 1 alabaster, but could have gone with 2 ivory also). there is spf 15 which isn't very reliable with typical application - however it will still provide SOME sun protection.
it's a sheer-to-medium foundation in terms of pigment and does a good job looking skin-like as opposed to foundation-like, although it isn't very buildable after a certain point. i used a blob about the size of a pea on my whole face and everything looked pretty even. it will not cover very dark spots or freckles but it will even out all the redness and splotchiness, making your skin natural and clean looking. i have dry-combination skin that leans dry in the harsh canadian winter and this did not dry my skin out or leave it feeling tight, which i appreciate. in my experience as long as i don't glob it on it does not transfer a lot after you set it with some loose powder (currently using estee lauder lucidity in translucent).
the formuation lasts pretty decently - it didn't turn patchy or oxidize, even when i was sweating while running for the commuter train in a giant winter jacket. overall what i loved the best about this foundation was that it eliminated the icky "i'm wearing stuff on my face" feeling i generally associate with liquid/cream foundations, and that it was easy to apply (i dot on little blobs with my fingers then use a stippling brush or foundation brush, dampened, to blend outwards). i would buy it again, i like the clean look it gives and the fact that it doesn't separate on the skin or transfer onto clothes, even when i'm sweating or wearing a greasier sunscreen. good for work (i have yet to test how photogenic this foundation is), providing a polished but natural look to your face. i apply this directly on top of my daily sunscreen (la roche posay antihelios spf 60), no primer, and it still works great!
will update to let you know if the spot-fading claims are true - if it fades some of my brown spots it would be even more perfect than it is right now (and for which i will add 1 lippy - this is tentatively a 4-lippy foundation because i don't know if that part of the claims are true yet).