After another unexpected breakout that just wouldn't cover no matter what I tried, my mom started pestering me to try a Clinique foundation. I spent around a week watching reviews & doing research & ultimately decided on this one. I was a little worried that the lightest color "Breeze" would still be too dark for me since my skin is akin to a lifeless bit of paper. All the reviews from other pale girls were mainly ones of complaints about the lightest shade being too dark or too orange or both. However, I decided I'd see if Clinique's claims of a "little goes a long way" & "dries lighter" were true or not. I was pleasantly surprised when even after two light layers of products (covered every blemish!) the foundation did what it said & effectively molded with my skin, adjusting itself to the perfect tone. There is no orange or dark ring around my jaw & the foundation adds juuust enough color to my face to bring me back to life. The finish on the foundation is a very pretty & natural semi-matte & it has shortened my makeup routine from 30-40 minutes (most of that spent fussing with hard to cover acne spots) to less than 20. I'm impressed!
Quick points: - It's a great price for a department store foundation. - It DOES dry lighter. - A little really goes a long way & using too much may negatively impact the foundation's ability to lighten-up & adjust to your skin tone. - I don't need to fuss with concealer & other products to cover my blemishes, which saves me time & does away with some stress as well (lol). - It's a full-coverage, semi-matte finish that doesn't cling to dry patches, sink into fine lines, or exaggerate pores. - Applies very easily & flawlessly with a damp beauty blender. - I'm very pale & "Breeze" is a totally wearable shade for me. - Should not cause breakouts or clog pores, great for sensitive skin as well.
I just used this for the first time yesterday after my shower & I am pleasantly surprised. I'm paper-white-pale & one layer of this has turned my skin into a lovely, lightly tanned shade. This is my first time using any self tanner because I've always worried that these products will turn out streaky or look orange once the color has developed, but I have zero streaks & there isn't the slightest bit of orange. I've always wondered if undertones may play a role in the way the color looks on different people (my undertone is neutral). Overall, I'm really happy with this product & excited to see how another layer does with my skin. 👍👍👍
Not the worst drugstore foundation I've ever used, but also not the greatest. It's best described as mediocre. The foundation is thin & without a pump, so it just runs everywhere whenever you go to get some out -- I always wind up having to put some excess back in & then you get concerns about contamination/germs (the other option is just to waste a whole bunch of product each time you use the foundation, which is also not a great option).
My skin is oily & acne-prone with some dry patches, this foundation does not last on me & does not have enough oil control for my specific skin type. I get super oily in just a couple hours with this. The coverage and finish are also quite meh. It doesn't have enough pigment to cover my spots and the finish goes on matte & then turns to an oily, separated mess (I use an oil-controlling primer, powder, & setting spray, so that shouldn't really happen with any decent foundation). I feel like this formula just makes me look older. The shade match on this is alright, but it does oxidize over time & become a touch too dark.
For me, I'd file this foundation under "pass." I was hopeful for it since my skin has become more sensitive due to the use of Differin gel at night, but COVERGIRL Clean Sensitive just didn't hold up (literally didn't hold up).
I went on a bit of a spree while searching for a drugstore foundation that could possibly top the new Wet N Wild Photo Finish. Of the five foundations I picked up, this has to be my favorite of them all. The color "porcelain" is a great match for my skin. What I can't get over about this foundation compared to the others (even Photo Finish, which I love), is how pretty it wears! My oily, acne-prone, dull skin (which now even has some dry patches due to Differin) looks flawless & radiant when I wear this. I'd call it a true demi-matte finish -- a demi-matte finish that doesn't cling to any of my dry patches or turn my face into an oil-slick. I'm really impressed with the balance this product gives me! The price is about five bucks more than Wet N' Wild, but the Photo Finish just wasn't performing as well with my newly dried out skin. I definitely suggest giving this a try!
P.S. I use a foundation buffing brush to apply this! & I do set it with powder & spray.
So, I got some pep-start products with my Sephora points & I am amazed by this one in particular. I'm shamed now to say that I used to always shun Clinique as a brand. I legit thought it was a mom product & I am really sorry about that now--I've been missing out!
I'm buying a full-size of this ASAP. I have fine lines, large pores, & oily/acne-prone skin & this made my foundation & concealer go on more flawlessly than any of the specialized primers I've ever used. My makeup lasted for ages before I needed to do any blotting/power touch-ups. I am SHAKEN TO MY CORE.
Little tip: I've seen some folks complaining about it causing their foundation to ball-up. Apply it like a primer, not a moisturizer. Ie: use only enough to cover your face with a thin layer of the product.
I am not a mask user & when I am I always use sheet masks. This mask has changed me though. I have acne-prone/dull skin & this leaves me radiant, lightly moisturized, & with a whole lot less redness. The price seems pretty hefty, but see below on how to make it last ages & ages even when using it every darn day because it's just that good (seriously, you are going to want to use this every morning).
Rule #1 you do not need to spackle your face so thickly with this that your face turns the color of the mask--you are just going to waste a lot of product that way & WE AIN'T MADE OF GOLD. I've found that a thin film to cover does just as well of a job as a thick slathering.
Rule #2 10 minutes is really long enough to leave this on for. The thin film will be dry & it rinses off easy. I add a small amount of water before rinsing & gently rub it all over & in for a minute or so before I rinse. I don't know why I do that, I just feel like it's a thing to do.
Rule #3 Go smell like an English garden. You're worth it. x
These brushes exceeded my expectations. I've tried several "dupes" for the artis brushes & these are the closest to a true dupe that I've used thus far. They are dense, soft, and the largest one is fantastic at applying my liquid foundation without streaking or leaving my skin looking unnatural/cakey. I'm over the beauty blender. I'm over stippling. These are the way to go for me. The reasons I'm only giving them a four instead of a five is because the handles are a bit flimsy (if you press your finger against the paddle to keep the handle from bending during use, it'll be fine) & because I thought they were actually a bit too dense for buffing my thick concealer in (a blender is still the best for that). Fantastic for the money, I'm in love with these.
Oh my goodness. I love all of the facial mists that Lush puts out, but this one is an HG product for stopping pesky breakouts in their tracks. The price is so, so good for the quality of the ingredients. The only issue I have is that I've found their bottles to not give off the finest of a mist as some--that's easily fixed by a quick transfer though!
I have been a fan of Juice Beauty for, wow, almost ten years now! This peel never fails to perk up my complexion and get my rough, dry, dull skin glowing again! The price is reasonable for the product/results & I've found the jar to last me a long while!
Nyx Soft Mattes are some of my fave lippies. You really can't beat the price & quality that you get out of these. The color payoff is amazing & there is such a variety of shades--this one being my absolute favorite for a bold (yet inexpensive) look.