I got this on sale in vanilla, or else I would probably not have bothered with it - for a drugstore foundation it is really expensive. I will say I love the packaging - far better then colourstay, the pump dispenses just the right amount of product, and it just seems a lot cleaner the just a regular bottle. The GOOD: The color match is near perfect on me, which is very difficult to find in a drug store - I am MAC NC15-ish. The finish is lovely - glow-ey but not sparkley, and it gives suprisingly good coverage - I would say medium, but you can build it up without too much difficulty. It has SPF15, and didn't break me out, both of which I like in a foundation. The BAD: The staying power is kind of terrible on me - I apply this over primer (smashbox photofinish light) and then set it with powder (whatever I have lying around), and by lunchtime my skin on my T-zone is greasy and shinny. As soon as I blot, the foundation comes right off and I look patchy and gross. It tends to stay fairly well on my cheeks, but for some reason I get super oily with this. It is a lot better with primer than without, and I will probably re-buy because it is such a great colour match, but I really wish it had better staying power :( EDIT: I have found that stippling this product gives a MUCH better result, and it tends to stay better, I have also started using a mattifying powder over it, which helps. I also use it mixed in with moisturiser for a nice TM. I would not re-buy as there are much better foundations that match.
Cleansers -Clinique - Acne Solutions Antibacterial Soap
LadyxBec 12/18/2011 6:09:00 PM
I have the acne solutions cleansing bar - hopefully this is the right one, although I don't remember it saying it's anti-bacterial. It looks like aregular bar of soap, and comes in a green protective case, with a little shelf with holes in it for the bar to sit in, so any water drains off. Anyways, I LOVE this. It's certainly not perfect, but for my it's pretty much the best thing I've ever used on my skin- it doesn't do an amazing job of taking of my makeup, so I either take that off first or double cleanse. That is about the only thing i would improve. The it lathers easily and is pleasant and not harsh on my skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft and really clean, but not too dry, and for the amount of time it last it's THE BEST value for money - i have had my bar for over a month and it's still way more than 3/4 there. With twice daily use it will last over 6 months - which is great value over the long haul, and way better then the foaming cleaner in the bottle. I used the similar product by Dove in a moment of desperation, and this is so much better - the Dove bar left my skin feeling gross and dry, and almost like it had a residue on it - this one rinces clean. I will continue to re-buy.
Liquid -Clinique - Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Make Up
LadyxBec 5/23/2011 12:33:00 AM
I like this a lot I have it in the lightest shade - fresh alabaster, and it's a decent match for my pale skin. The good: It lasts better than any other foundation I've tried, and looks more natural than a lot of others I have tried (Mac studio fix, Estee Laujder DW) My skin seems less oily during the day and this has excellent staying powder. It has not broken me out. The Bad: The packaging is good in that you don't have to stick your fingers in it, which is something I hate, however it's annoying that you can't get all the product out (I cut mine open when it was "empty" and had days worth of foundation still in there). I took one star off because it's quite expensive for a fairly small bottle. I would (and have) rebuy.
Tinted Moisturizer -Clinique - Moisture Sheer Tint [DISCONTINUED]
LadyxBec 7/13/2010 7:25:00 PM
I used to love this, but I've moved on to liking it haha. I've always been a fan of tinted moisturiser, but find that most of them either irritate my skin, make me oily or do not provide even a hint of coverage. With this, I have none of these problems. It's light enough to keep my skin soft, but not oily and has just enough colour to even out my skin and hide some of my faint acne scarring. I have suffered no breakouts from it. I use the lightest colour, which is darker then I would like, but blends in nicely with a little work. This is not heavly enough to give me flawless skin, but it's a good base for my MMU and concealer. I tend to apply this, conceal, then give everything a light dust of MMU to set/controll the oil. The packaging is good - a nice squeezy tube that lets you get pretty much all of the product out & keeps everything clean and airtight. This is not moisturising enough for dry skin, but if you have oily combo or oily skin I recomend it!
I love this! It's the first eye-specific primer I've tried, and it really makes a HUGE difference to the staying power of my eyeshadow. The colour is really great on my pale skin, and blends into a nice base that helps coloured eyeshadows really pop. I find that cream eyeshdows don't crease as much, and powders last longer, and stay exactly how I applied them. I have it in a smaller sample size that I got as part of a benefit kit, so can't comment on the packaging of the regular version. I would 100% buy this again!