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Clinique continuous coverage is a full coverage foundation that's designed to conceal shadows, fine lines, scarring and blemishes. As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I'm a bit of a foundation junkie and prefer medium to full coverage foundations because I tend to suffer with blemishes quite frequently and also have scarring from previous breakouts. I've tried a few other foundations from the Clinique range which have been nice but by no means the best I have purchased however Continuous coverage caught my eye when I was browsing through the Clinique site a few months ago.
What is it?
It's a full coverage foundation that's designed to cover pretty much anything in its path. As well as the things I've listed above it is also able to conceal broken capillaries, birth marks and according to Clinique is even suitable for covering post surgery bruising. In the leaflet I got with it, it is also recommended for use as stage make up and for photography and film due to its light reflecting properties. It's got an SPF 15 and also acts as a physical sun block because it's so opaque and is water repellent and 100% fragrance free.
Size and packaging and price
The product costs £20.00 comes in a 30ml simple green tube with a silver Clinique logo on the front and silver screw on cap/lid. The shade and a little bit of info on how to apply is printed on the back along with a warning to discontinue use if irritation occurs. The item also comes with a peach and green box that Clinique products normally come with and a leaflet that gives you directions on how to use.
How to use
It's applied in the same way as other liquid, cream or gel foundations. A small amount needs to be squeezed from the tube and then blended over your entire face or used as a concealor on certain areas that need to hidden. The first thing I noticed when I squeezed a small amount on to the back of my hand is how thick this stuff is. I definitely wouldn't describe it as a liquid foundation, it's a cream formula and the texture is unlike anything else I've used. As I started to apply to my face and evened it out I noticed how difficult it is to blend. It seems to set very quickly which makes application tricky because it's so thick and I could see streaking and caking starting to happen before I'd even finished my whole face. I ordered the second lightest colour in the range; 07 Ivory glow and I immediately realised that I'd made a mistake in my choice of shade. There are only four colours to choose from in the continuous coverage formula which in my opinion is pretty poor. The ones that are offered all have a rather strange orange tint to them and are very dark too so I imagine a lot of people have found it difficult to find a match.
I have also tried the damp sponge application method to see if I could get it to work and had similar results to the ones above and have even tried mixing it with a tinted moisturiser to thin it slightly but again I found application difficult.
Does it work?
The unnatural looking colour, thickness and streaking that had happened during application were not a good mix and left my face looking rather ridiculous really. In terms of coverage it did deliver on its promise of covering everything but certainly not in the way I expected it to. I understand that heavier foundations can look a bit unnatural and mask like but this looked dreadful. Instead of blending evenly in to my skin it just sort of sat on top like an orange, greasy looking mask and it felt very heavy on my face. I decided to keep it on for a while despite how stupid it looked to see what it wore like and it managed to disappoint me even further. I suffer from oily skin and to be fair this stuff is aimed at ladies with dry or normal skin but I don't feel this excuses the fact that it settled in to pores, caked and even managed to show up lines that I wasn't even aware I had. I put up with a whole two hours of having this on my face before I decided I couldn't bear to have it on any longer and washed it off. Removal was not easy, even with a decent make up remover it took me a while to get it off completely.
Would I recommend?
I'm sure you've guessed my answer to that from the review already. I really can't imagine who this foundation would benefit. I think people with very dry skin would even have trouble with the wear and finish of it and finding a colour match is near on impossible when there are such a small number of colours available. It feels heavy on skin and doesn't blend well enough to look even or natural and it's difficult to remove.
There are plenty of medium to full coverage foundations out there that do a much better job than continuous coverage in terms of covering up flaws and still managing to look quite natural. If you are interested in trying this and think it might work for your skin I would advise you go and get matched before purchasing and try to get hold of a sample so you can be sure before buying.
Active ingredient: titanium dioxide. Ingredients: water purified, titanium dioxide, mineral oil, talc, propylene glycol, tea-isostearate, isostearic acid, glyceryl sterate, peg-100 stearate, isopropyl lanolate, micro-crystalline cellulose, cellulose gum, algin, magnesium aluminum silicate, tea-stearate, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben. May contain: mica, bismuth oxychloride, iron oxides, ultramarines
Clinique Continuous Coverage SPF15 / Provides full coverage all over the face or in target areas / Non-chemical SPF 15 sun protection / Safe for use around eyes / as concealer and sun block / Recommended by physicians to cover scars / skin discolourations / birthmarks / Ophthalmologist tested / Anti-aging / Covers or treats uneven skin tone / Long wearing / Full coverage / Dry/ combination skin / Full Coverage / Matte Finish / Anti-ageing.