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It wouldn't be unfair to say that I'm a bit of a guy in disguise - I live in jeans, read (and watch) science fiction, have never understood the cult of celebrity, don't watch reality TV, and, more to the point, rarely wear make up.
Oh, I occasionally use cover up (as I'm a terrible picker, and can never leave a spot alone), but don't often go the full foundation-to-mascara route. However, I have recently been attending job interviews, and so have piled the slap on (ok, that's a slight exaggeration) in my quest to impress. Therefore, the first thing I apply is foundation.
Because I'm not much of a make-up wearer, I don't want a heavy foundation - I don't want to look like a clown in the circus. Last time I went to buy make-up, I therefore went to the Clinque counter and asked for advice (I only ever buy make up when there are freebies to be had, and sure enough, freebies I got...but that's a story for another day). The consultant recommended Clinique Almost Make Up.
It would be fair to say that this stuff falls somewhat between a tinted moisturiser and a full blown foundation. It comes in a green tube (thus resembling a moisturiser), but it has a full range of colours and shades (Although I'm pretty fair, I'm using 03 - Medium, as I bought it when I had a bit of a tan). The consistency is thinner than a foundation (in fact, it sometimes comes out quite watery - I have to remind myself to shake the tube well).
The tube tells me it's fragrance free and allergy tested. I've never experienced any irritation when using this, but my skin isn't especially prone to it (though when I used Mac foundation, I did notice a slight burning sensation). The smell is indeed quite neutral - there is a slight moisturiser/chemical smell, but nothing offensive, and not terribly noticeable, especially once it's applied.
It goes on well, and blends easily, as you'd expect a product with the consistency of moisturiser to do. It does not cover as well as a 'proper' foundation, though it does a reasonable job of correcting the dark circles under my eyes (though I do still use a cover stick for those, as the coverage isn't complete).
I don't always (and by 'always' read 'often') remember to moisturise. Many moisturisers come with an SPF factor - the fact that I forget to use mine means that I'm grateful for the SPF 15, thus hopefully protecting my skin from aging (though, having said that, since I seldom wear make up, it's a bit of a moot point). My skin is fairly dry (and I'm in my early 40s), and I find that this stuff does make my skin feel moisturised, and not as claggy as it can do with a typical foundation. Another advantage is that it doesn't create as much shine as some foundations can, and blends better. I therefore don't need as much powder over the top.
On the down sides, over time the consistency, as I mentioned, has become quite runny, and so I do need to shake the tube well before using. As I age, I do realise that sometimes I need a bit more coverage than an 'almost makeup' can provide. I sometimes find myself piling more and more of it on in order to hide various imperfections.
This isn't cheap. If you visit Clinique's own site, you'll find that a 45ml tube will set you back £19.50, though you can find it cheaper both online and in outlet stores. As I say, I almost never buy make up unless there are some freebies to go with (and indeed, if you order this online, they'll send you a free sample of something else - your choice, within limits). If you use the make up as you are meant to, it will last a while, but if you try for full coverage, you'll find yourself getting through a tube alarmingly quickly.
I will finish the tube (waste not, want not, after all), but I think I shall revert to 'normal' foundation when it runs out. I'm getting old, and have things to hide.
I have never got on well with foundations as I find I can never blend it properly and they feel too heavy on my skin. I started to use Clinique Almost Makeup after discovering the 3 step skin care range, and I highly rate it. It's basically a little heavier than tinted moisturiser but gives more coverage than ones I've used in the past, it blends in really nicely and the colour is perfect (I'm very pale and find even the lightest shade in most makeup ranges come out orange on me!). It comes in 6 shades ranging from very fair to deep (for olive skin) and is available from department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser.
I really like that it stands on the lid, so there's no shaking the tube to get the last bits out, and it lasts for a long time (I find around 6 months and I use it almost every day). It also stays on the skin for longer than most tinted moisturisers so I still have make up at the end of the day! The product also contains antioxidants and SPF 15 sun protection, and is oil and chemical free for sensitive souls.
It costs around £19 for a tube which does sound expensive, but as I've mentioned it lasts for a long time and the quality is so good I feel it's well worth it. The only slight complaint I have with it is that it occasionally separates (usually if I've stored it on it's side), but shaking it up sorts it out.
All in all, it's the best foundation/tinted moisturiser I've used!
I highly rate this foundation. For years I have struggled to find a foundation that was good for sensitive skin. Clinique's Almost Make-up foundation is chemical and oil free, so not only is it ok for sensitive skin it also feels like you are not wearing any foundation at all. It is a liquid foundation that once applied blends into your skin and is so light you forget you are wearing it. It comes in a wide range of shades and even contains SPF 15 sun block. So not only do you get a natural cover but also skin protection.
You can buy this product from retailers such as boots for around £19 for a 45ml bottle. If you do opt for this option Clinique representatives can help you find the right shade for you. However if you know what you want you could purchase it from Amazon for around £17. This bottle lasts at least 6 months as you do not need to use much on each application. It really is a good buy!
Trying to find a suitable foundation for me is an absolute nightmare! I have very dry skin which needs constant moisturising. I was looking for a foundation in Boots when I stumbled upon this product which is somewhere in between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation...perfect for me! Despite having reasonably fair skin, I opted for shade Medium 03. However, it comes in several shades ranging from Fair to Deep, for olive type skin. It comes in a 45ml plastic, squeezy bottle which is very useable. The consistency of this foundation is great. Its light, silky smooth and really easy to apply and move over the skin. Coverage is surprisingly good and it managed to cover fine lines and reddish blemishes on my cheeks. I was concerned that it might gather around my dry skin patches, but it didn't really cling at all. I love the dewy. moisturized finish it gives wothout being oily or shiny. It doesn't feel as if you are wearing make up at all. I would recommend this product for all skin types from oily to dry. However, I don't think it is suitable if you like a more made-up look or if you wish to apply blusher or powder. For this you would need something a bit heavier. At £18.50, It might seem a bit pricey, but it is definitely worth every penny!
Clinique Almost Makeup SPF15 is a sheer alternative to foundation. It's somewhere between foundation and tinted moisturiser in terms of coverage and benefits. You can get it from Clinique counters in department stores, or online, so it's usually easy to find. It comes in 4 different shades from 'Fair' through to 'Deep', and it costs £18.50 for a 45ml tube.
It contains SPF15 non-chemical sunscreens and Antioxidants, to protect your skin from environmental damage. It's oil-free, non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic, as well as being ophthalmologist tested, so it's safe for use on all skin types, and around the delicate eye area. It's a waterproof formula for long wear, and it contains light-diffusing particles to help mask imperfections, and botanical extracts to soothe the skin.
It comes in a small green tube with a silver screw-on lid. It's easy to get it out of the tube without ending up with too much, and you don't need to use a lot at a time. The best way to apply it is to put it on your hands and sweep your hands over your entire face as though you were putting a moisturiser on, then just take a little more care in making sure the edges are blended.
I have the 'Fair' version and it's a perfect match for my skin tone. It's really smooth to apply and blends in really easily, there's no need to use sponges or brushes. It gives a really natural look, and doesn't feel heavy or greasy. When I use this it doesn't look or feel like I'm wearing make-up at all, it just evens out my skin tone and smoothes over fine lines to give me a healthier, fresh-faced look. It makes a really good base for other make-up too, especially on the eyelids, my eyeshadow stays put for so much longer when I use this as a base.
I don't think it's as long-wearing as it makes out, at least not on my skin anyway. I have combination-oily mature skin, and it does last through a full day of work without coming off or melting, but it doesn't look as good after a few hours, it becomes more obvious that you're wearing it, but it still doesn't look like a foundation.
This is the only base I use now. I've never liked foundations, they always feel too heavy and look too obvious, but tinted moisturisers don't give enough coverage, so this is a perfect balance between the two. It lasts ages as well so although it's quite expensive to buy, it works out quite well in the long run.