How Clinique Foundations Helped Me Fake Good Skin



am a great hoarder of foundations, in fact it is the one product (amongst others – blush*) that causes me to swoon when I am shopping for new makeup. I just can’t resist those neatly lined bottles filled up with attractive skin colored liquid. Well, I might sound weird to you but a true makeup geek will understand my infatuation with foundations.

When it comes to your skin, I think you agree – there is nothing more satisfying than covering up skin imperfections, the odd blemish, pimple or freckle and creating even skin tone. I absolutely love it.

Now, the thing to note is that not every neatly lined up foundation bottle that you and I see are worthy of a mention. Through my young adult years, I’ve tried to mix up my use of foundations. Trying new products excites me so much (yes I do re-buy the same product once I found one I like, but the thrill of trying something new is too exhilarating for me to stop at this point in my life).

Some foundations that I’ve tried have been amazing, but others utterly terrible and a waste of money (even some high end brands have been a disgrace). If you have tried 2-3, I’m sure you have the same opinions (and a few regrets!). When it comes to the Clinique foundations, I’ve been surprised and taken aback. Time and time again, I try a different one from the range of foundations they have and I’m startled – they really are, all good.

Today, I am going to talk to you about my experience with Clinique foundations and why all of a sudden, I realized that I needed to try every. single. one. of. them. A foundation can save your skin from looking traumatized. Also don’t forget that if you really want your foundation to set properly and to last all day long, ensure you are applying a foundation primer before even applying any droplet of foundation!

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Full Coverage Goodness

There was a time in my life when I was going through the general skin “Blahness,” – what I mean to say is, large pores, redness, pimples and a very unappealing skin appearance. I just needed to cover up my horrible skin imperfections and due to the recommendation of my friend; I gave the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer a go. It’s the first one I ever tried from Clinique. You might be familiar that before slapping on foundation, one must camouflage skin flaws with concealer and this 2 in 1 formulation sounded impressive to me. And it was.

This foundation is very full coverage and hides all your and my flaws with only one layer. If you have a tendency not to opt for full coverage, don’t be scared by the labels on this one. Despite being full coverage, it doesn’t feel heavy and neither does my skin look cakey. Every time I apply this foundation, my skin looks, perfect – too dreamlike sometimes but I love the effect and it stays put throughout the day. For bad skin days and formal occasions, this is certainly a winner!

The Unnecessary Oil Solver

Every time in summer, I get a really oily skin tone, especially my t-zone. Because of that, I tend to get tiny blemishes on my forehead and chin area. What utterly frustrates me about summer (apart from the hot sleepless nights and the fact that I can’t put argan oil in my hair because it feels too oily), any foundation that I used to apply, would slip and slide away during the day too easily. So apart from ensuring it wouldn’t cause my skin further breakouts, I needed a foundation base that would keep still all day and wouldn’t budge during the hotter months of the year.

Finally, next up, I decided to try another Clinique foundation. This time, my wishes were fulfilled with a cute soft little bottle of Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup which is a foundation for oily skin aswell as skin type 2 and 3 (as per Clinique skin types). It really helps to seal my t-zone from getting oily. It does mattify my skin and my makeup doesn’t budge all day. Thanks to the salicylic acid in this foundation, it assists to absorb the excess face oil but not in a drying manner and I love the fact that it does not clog my pores. Due to this, I am able to avoid any further oil buildups and my pimples are not ruling the arena. If you need summer-safe skin like me, this is an excellent foundation for summer.

My Life Savior in All Year Round

My mother gifted me the Clinique Super Balanced Makeup last winter. It’s a foundation that has been developed for normal to oily skin. I naturally have normal skin and in winter. What I love about this foundation is that I do not need to moisturize my skin excessively when I am wearing this one as it provides plenty hydration of its own. I love the way it glides onto my skin and blends in like a dream.

This foundation mattifies my skin but adds hints of dewiness as well and makes my skin look fresh and well put together. It is simply the most brilliant foundation all year round. It is completely weightless, semi-matte and really soothing for the skin. You will fall in love with its light consistency and its ability to bid an airbrushed complexion. If you are thinking about this product, it’s another reliable foundation with which, you need not to worry about your skin ever!

The “No Makeup” Makeup

Do you have those days where you feel like tolerating anything on your face and dream of going out with, bare skin, or even just a touch of blush makeup? Do you often feel that when Monday rolls around and you have to put on your ‘work face’ you wish you didn’t have to, but still want to look professional? For day’s like this, the Clinique Almost Powder Makeup, is the perfect one for you. This is a Clinique powder foundation and it’s so  light-weight, it’s impeccable. What I love about it is that it covers up my redness and spots, but at the same time looks like I am wearing no foundation.

I love that bare feeling that these foundation provides for me. The cherry on top is that this foundation contains SPF 15, which is decent sun protection in a foundation for my face. The powder foundation is very finely milled. It comes with a sponge but I prefer to use my beauty blender or a foundation brush to dab the product on my face and after a while, it settles beautifully and makes my skin look aptly radiant. I do not mind touching up my face with this powder foundation throughout the day but keep in mind, that it remains on the face for several hours which is superb in my opinion. This is slowly, but surely becoming my mandatory makeup item. It also suits all skin tones.

Final Words

So, I want to leave you with some final comments today. When it comes to foundation, you definitely get what you pay for. Clinique is a reliable brand and these foundations are amazing products. When it comes to buying the right foundation for you, it’s important not to buy something blindly as you should keep your skin needs and demands in mind. Foundations do not always turn out to be miracle workers; even the most expensive foundations can turn up to be unpredictable sometimes.

Assuredly, a foundation is the primary step (apart from a good makeup primer and using organic skincare) to flawless skin and if the first step goes wrong, then naturally other makeup will seem unattractive as well. Generally, a good foundation is one that does the following:

  • Your foundation should glide on perfectly.
  • It should give you time to blend it.
  • It should conform to your skin demands.
  • It must satiate your skin needs.
  • It mustn’t look awry.
  • It should be a solid base for other items you’ll put on.
  • It must have longevity.

The moral is, buy carefully and always read what other people say before you buy.

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2 Responses
  • LacedWithLove
    December 19, 2016

    I swear by Clinique foundations too. I’ve been using the Beyond Perfecting Foundation for about 2 years but I’m up for a change now. I’ve been readings lots of good things about the Acne Solutions one so might give this one a go now that you also love it 🙂 Thanks!

  • Carla
    July 12, 2017

    I desperately need new foundation. I’m saving up my money to buy the Super Balanced one.

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