Sunday 19 February 2017

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer, Shade 'Linen' 01: Review

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Shade 01 Linen
The concept of Clinique's Beyond Perfecting is that it is both a foundation and a concealer which offers a natural coverage. It is recommended for all skin types and is moisturising. The unusual doe-foot applicator (like a concealer or lip gloss) applies this thick, creamy product conveniently, and it comes in an array of shades. I'm going to tell you about my experience with shade 01 Linen (the lightest, pink-toned beige for fair skin). Beware: tired, naked face below!

As I really appreciate seeing foundation before and after photos of 'real' people (not models with beautiful skin), I thought I'd oblige:
I apologise that the middle photo is not in the best focus, but it gives an idea of the coverage and shade. My perfect (un-sunned) Mac shade is NW13 and I wear Mont Blanc in Nars. I am not the palest of the pale, but I'm quite fair. Even so, I was surprised that the very lightest shade (Linen) was a great colour for me in the Clinique Beyond Perfecting. 

As you can see, I have pigmentation marks which are partially covered with the foundation. My dark circles are going strong and even with concealer in addition to the Clinique (see far right), they still peek through. The foundation does, however, offer a nice canvas for the rest of your make-up because it is a natural, non-cakey look. 

The product claims to be suitable for all skin types, however I find that it isn't the most moisturising I've come across. It did cling to the dry patches around my nose and on my cheeks this morning, even with a primer. It is nothing major, but a BB cream with more slip could offer pretty much the same coverage and more hydration. In balance, the Clinique can be built up in a way that a BB cream cannot.

Overall, I like this for a medium-buildable coverage, however I would not choose this on a drier, duller skin day. It is a near perfect match for me in terms of colour, but it will not colour-correct dark circles or hydrate a maturing eye contour, sadly. 
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