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      16.05.2013 22:47
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      a glowing foundation!

      Clinique Even Better Make Up

      One of my favourite foundations of all the many I've tried and I am pretty fussy when it comes to foundation!

      THE CLAIMS:

      - helps combat hyper-pigmentation and deliver brighter skin, both immediately and over time.
      - Includes treatment benefits to help even skin tone and SPF protection to help prevent
      future hyper-pigmentation.
      - provides moderate to full coverage, leaving skin instantly perfected with a unique mineral blend.

      MY EXPERIENCE:

      The foundation feels thinner than some foundation's I've used in the past. The bottle has a fine nozzle so if you pour too much out your not getting it back in there, my advice is to pour a little at a time! I think a pump would be beneficial. Initially when I applied the foundation I felt a little oily but give it time to settle in as it dries into a very nice finish!. My skin definately looks brighter and the foundation gives a nice dewy finish which I haven't found before with an oil-free foundation. I always go for oil-free as my skin is oily and I've found oil-free works better for me and if I'm honest I normally search for a matte finish. However this foundation has coverted me I find a dewy finish to be much fresher and brighter. I would say Clinique are correct in describing this as moderate to full coverage. It's fairly long-lasting but I've used foundation's that have lasted longer throughout the day and I always find I need a bit of powder as the day goes on.

      The foundation has SPF 15 which has it's good and bad points, it's good to have the protection from the sun but SPF in foundation can cause problems with flashback especially in photographs, this would be something to consider if choosing this foundation for a special event where pictures are involved!.

      Another thing I noticed when choosing my shade is the wide variety of shades available! I don't struggle to find a shade match with any range of foundation but with this variety of shades I can't see many people struggling!

      THE PACKAGING:

      As I've said before in my Clinique reviews the packaging as always is fairly simple, a peachy-coloured bottle with a silver lid, nice and simple. As mentioned above I'm not keen on the nozzle, I don't like wasting product especially when the product is not particularly cheap.

      VALUE FOR MONEY:

      It's £23.00 for a 30ml bottle. I would say considering the quality of the product this is a fair price. The product lasts quite awhile also. I'd be happy to repurchase!

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      22.06.2012 18:43
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      An excellent foundation to offer an airbrushed appearance

      I've used foundation for as long as I can possibly remember, as I favour a flawless and airbrushed appearance to my skin. Whilst I would use a cream consistency foundation when I was younger, I've been using mousses for the past ten years or so. My sister is a huge fan of Clinique make-up and regularly hands me bags of products to try out. Contained within my latest batch of goodies were a number of sample sachets of Even Better, which is a liquid foundation suitable for those who suffer with dry, combination or oily skin and it claims to even and correct the skin tone.

      I always avoid foundations that contain oil, particularly as I would describe my skin type as T-zone where I suffer with an oily forehead and nose and am prone to dry patches on my cheeks. Consequently, I do not wish to exacerbate the problem. Clinique claim that the foundation "helps to combat hyper-pigmentation and deliver brighter skin". The product is mineral enriched and is claimed to be long wearing, so I had high hopes that it would deliver first class results.

      Whilst my skin does not offer an uneven tone I have a small lump and mark on the bridge of my nose following laser surgery for the removal of a growth around twenty years ago. As a result, I am conscious of its appearance and despite the surgery being successful and the scar initially being barely visible, over the years it has become noticeable as it has slightly darkened in colour. A health check has confirmed that there is nothing untoward going on, but I regularly need to use concealing products to hide it. As a result, I require my foundations to offer excellent skin coverage whilst having the ability to disguise any imperfections. I must admit that this is the first time in years that I've tried out a liquid foundation, as my first experience was similar to covering a glossed skirting board with emulsion where the colour would simply not stay put. Consequently, I've always tended to opt for products offering a thicker consistency, as I believed they would be more effective with coverage.

      Although this is described as a liquid, its consistency resembles that of a slightly runny body lotion and it is easily applied to the skin. The samples I received from my sister were named neutral shade (05), which is a touch darker than my usual choices, such as ivory or fair. I favour the fact that the foundation is fragrance free and my initial concerns of the product sliding off my skin were soon pushed aside, as the foundation was easily spread and effortlessly blended into my skin with no tell tale signs. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of coverage that could be achieved from a liquid product and I would go as far as saying that the results far exceeded my expectations, particularly when only a small amount is needed. I was initially of the opinion that the foundation would offer a slight stickiness following application, but this is not the case, as it dried within seconds whilst offering a smooth matt finish without needing a primer beforehand.

      I am not keen on applying face powder on top of foundation, particularly as it can often lift off patches of foundation, which can give a patchy and caked appearance. The foundation gives my skin a natural healthy colour, which brightens my skin with no sign of shine and I am pleased that I sampled a slightly darker colour than one I would normally choose. Unfortunately, I cannot evidence the claim of combating hyper-pigmentation, as I do not suffer any issues in this area. The foundation contains SPF 15, which is a must for me when choosing a foundation. The only slight negative for me is that it does not effectively cover my skin imperfection, but I was not expecting it to do so. Consequently, a small dab of a concealer stick assists with this problem. Longevity is superb as the foundation continues to offer my skin an airbrushed appearance from the time I apply it at approximately 7.45 am until 5 pm when I begin to notice the first signs of wear. Removing the foundation is effortless where I use either baby lotion and a piece of cotton wool.

      I had six sample sachets in total with each offering two days use and as you have already guessed, I was absolutely thrilled with the results. Once I have finished using my current foundation I will be changing to Clinique and despite the price tag of £22 for a 30 ml bottle I feel this is good value for money and if I compare my use of the sachets I would estimate the bottle to last at least eight months with daily use. There is a wide variety of shades from which to choose, which will cater for all types of skin. I cannot recommend this product highly enough, as it provides the perfect flawless appearance and for the reasons discussed above, it receives 5 stars from me.

      I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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        04.06.2012 02:35
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        Overall I definitely wouldn't buy this product again.

        Overall after hearing recommendations from my friends I decided to try this foundation overlooking the high price tag because clinique is a well known and respected brand.When I tried it on however it felt somewhat heavy on my oily skin and throughout the day it seemed to slide off. Also you have to be extremely wary when blending as tide marks seem to be inevitable with this foundation even with apparently the lightest shade available in natural light I seemed to look extremely orange. Also I wouldn't reccomend this product for younger skin because it makes you look so much older. So much so that I gave up on it before it ran out and gave the rest to my mum!! For the actual quality I would expect to pay £8 tops. But then again if you don't mind paying over the odds for the brand label not the quality then feel free.

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        23.10.2011 19:50

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        A good all round foundation

        I had been using Clinique Superfit foundation for many years having come across it and being relieved at finally finding the perfect foundation. I must admit I was worried when I found out that it had been discontinued but after testing a couple of other Clinique products I tried Clinique Even Better foundation and am happy to say it is a very good alternative. I need my foundation to be both moisturising and have good long lasting coverage. It has both and I find the Neutral shade suitable throughout the year. It has the right consistency for my combination skin and when used with the Stay Neutral pressed powder it gives the finish and long lasting effect that I am after. I even feel that it has improved my skin and it also great as it has an SPF to protect the skin. Overall I think this is a very good product and will continue using it.

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        29.05.2011 16:29
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        It's great but i wouldn't pay it again.

        If you have read my other reviews you'll have noticed I got a clinique goody bag not long ago that overall I wasn't entirely impressed with. Inside it had mascaras, lip-gloss, and it also had this foundation in it. As it was a foundation in a goody bag, and it was from clinique, I didn't expect very much from it as I was not overly impressed with cliniques other products from their range. Although this foundation was not as good as maxfactor, I do think it done a good job and over all I was impressed with it.

        This foundation's RRP is £20 for a 30ml bottle which is double the price of the usual max factor foundation. I'm not sure I would actually dig into my pocket and pay this for it, but in saying that it does have that high quality look and feel. I would much rather my colour adapt but I think this matches the quality of colour adapt and it does work quite well.

        The foundation comes in a range of colours, I actually received the colour "Linen" with mine which is suggested to suit all skin types. It almost has a yellow-ish tint to it, and it didn't look absolutely awful on me, but I think it was slightly too dark for my very pale skin. My friend has the colour "Neutral" which she thought was a bit to light for her. After that, we swapped the bottles over, so today I will be reviewing the "Natural" colour rather than the linen. However, the linen is suggested to suit all skin types.

        The natural is what is says on the tin. I am very pale as I was born with ginger hair, so the natural is the colour that suits me although you can get lighter colours such as Alabaster, Fair, Ivory, Cream chamois. Which is all lighter than the Natural that I have. I think it would have been better for me to go a shade even lighter but the natural done a okay job so I can't complain.

        I did notice when rubbing the Natural shade on my skin it did adopt almost a peachy colour. This become quite irritating and was forced to use powder to conceal the colour. I did find that colour blended well with my jawbone which means I didn't need to do the neck, all-in-all saving me that little bit more foundation.

        There is a huge range of colours in 25 different shades. It goes right up to Espresso which is an extremely dark colour suitable for dark-skinned girls.

        It comes in a 30ml bottle and I have used it around 20 times in the past 8 months. There still appears to be a lot of foundation at the bottom which is really quite good as this was actually my friend's foundation which I swapped with her, and hers was half empty by the time she gave me it. So this means I have got 20 applications from 15ml of foundation and still have a lot left. This is really good in my opinion and I don't get this with some of the cheaper foundations that I love so much.

        The part about this foundation is how it glides on to the skin. I still recommend using a bit of moisturiser before applying this as it doesn't matter how oily a foundation is, it can still dry out your skin. I am really in two minds whether or not this is an oily foundation or would I call this a dry one - but this is likely to be a good thing as it means there is a healthy balance. This is one advantage it has over Maxfactor and this is that Maxfactor is often very greasy and can cause spots. It recommends that you use a brush but I would not do this with a foundation this expensive. Clinique products work best when you apply them with the fingers and sponges and brushes soak up way too much of the foundation.

        It is what you may call a very 'light' foundation and does feel as if you are wearing nothing on the skin. Although this does not mean that coverage is reduced. It does conceal freckles and most spots but on one layer of application large cuts on the face (which you will have experienced if you've tried to squeeze an under-the-skin-spot) are still slightly visible and sometimes turn a purple colour. One layer of foundation should be enough for most people, but during a period and in stressful times, a second application will come in handy. Overall, it is the only foundation I have used that has a "light" feel and gives good coverage so well done Clinique on that.

        I feel it doesn't clog the skin like most foundations do which isn't surprising as clinique call themselves "anti-blemish" on a lot of their products. This means that you don't get as many spots as you would if you left it on overnight being lazy. It is very easy to come off, they recommend using their brand's make-up remover but it comes off just as well with soap and water or a baby wipe.

        The durability of the foudnation is exelent as I have applied it at 9 in the morning, and despite weaing away slightly, my face is still fairly presentable at five o'clock without the need for a re-application in the afternoon. This means this foundation would be great for a night out as it is a long-lasting foundation and does not transfer when my headscarf rubs against it like most foundations do. This also means polo-necks can be worn with it without fearing the make-up will transfer.

        Overall, I think the foundation is a great product and I really can not fault it. I wouldn't pay £20 for it again, but if you are looking for a foundation that has that extra touch of quality then this foundation is definitely for you.

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          14.05.2011 21:39
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          Not suitable for me

          Well it has taken a while but I have finally found a Clinique product that I'm less than impressed with, that is not to say that it is totally useless it is just that this foundation does not justify the £21 price tag (for 30ml) that it comes with as you can get a product that does just as good a job for half the price.

          There are a range of different colours available, I opted for the ivory which is a close match to my usual foundation, my skin has been a bit oily just lately and that is why I opted for this product, I also liked that it provided some protection from the sun with factor 15 spf. There is a small pipette at the top from which the foundation is delivered and this means you only get a little at a time which is a good thing as you do not want to apply too much at any one time other wise you will have a pancake face.

          It is odourless which is a real positive and certainly it feels pretty nice on my skin however I have not found it very good at combining with my skin and while it is supposed to be for oily skin I'm not convinced that it is suitable for my skin. In fact rather than getting an even tone at first I felt that there was an uneven quality to the coveridge but the second time I applied it this never happened so I assume it was just down to me the first time around. However since then I have used it six times and on one further occasion I have had the same problem so maybe it is down to the product.

          For me the lack of consistency is an issue for me and I will not be purchasing this again. A friend does use it and she has not reported any problems so maybe it is not compatable with all skin types, maybe get a trial sample from the cosmetics counter before you buy would be my advice.

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          16.09.2010 19:30
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          My brother has just returned from America and has bought me a hoard of Clinique items that I requested. I have been in desperate need of a new foundation for some time and have not been able to find anything that I truly like, I don't often indulge in premium brand make up such as Clinique, I tend to use mid-range stuff such as No 7.

          Before I requested the make up from my brother I nipped into Boots and got the advisor to recommend me the correct foundation colour to my skin- I expect most people who will buy the foundation will get it instore where an advisor will help you but just incase anyone is going to by online/ebay etc I really do think its a good idea to get a professional to advise on the best colour for you.....there are too many women in town with odd colour face coverings as it is!!!

          Anyhow, the advisor was really nice and recommended that I get No 4 Cream Chamois, I have fair skin and this matches and evens up my skin tone really well. She applied a little to my skin and jawline and I was impressed and how good that small patch of skin looked in comparison to the rest of my face! Unfortunately she didn't have any samples to give me at the time :-(

          My brother got me the full sized bottle at Macy's in America but it can be purchased in most department stores (Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis...) and comes in a 30ml bottle. The bottle is kept in a card box, which is very similar to all Clinque products having the mint green colour scheme but at the end of the day is just a waste of packaging as mine as just gone in the bin as I only need the bottle. The bottle is squeezy and plastic and has a silver lid to protect the top of the foundation. The foundation can be squeezed from the pippette top of the bottle- I like this as it means not too much is dispensed at once. The silver top is flat which is going to be good in the future when it is running out I can leave it stood upside down to get every last drop out.

          As the bottle promotes, it is 100% fragrance free- a plus- I hate some of the foundations that are very odd smelling. The bottle also states it is dematologist developed and allergen free.

          The foundation glides on to the skin- I have been using my fingers to apply it and have been very impressed by how well it blends in-it feels light and smooth on the skin. The bottle states that it visibly brightens and evens out skin tone. For me it has done both.

          I can't find anything negative to say about this product- it lasts well during the day and I am very very happy with the finish of how it looks on my face. Perhaps this is an example of where paying more for a product does give better results. In the UK this retails at £20 a bottle- possibly a little on the pricey side but these days compared to No7 foundations (which I wouldn't consider in the same league as Clinique products and brand) are only about £5 less.

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          22.01.2010 12:28
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          An excellent foundation sadly let down by the price.

          I put Clinique Even Better Makeup on my Christmas List after trying out a tester from a magazine and was thrilled to find it tucked inside my stocking. Being fair skinned I received the alabaster shade which is suitable for very fair-neutral skin tones according to the packaging. However, there are nineteen other shades and thus something for every shade of skin. Each bottle contains 30 ml of product and can be purchased for £19.50.

          The foundation comes in a simple cylindrical plastic bottle coloured the shade of the foundation you have selected. It is simple and similar in style to many other Clinique products which immediately makes the product feel reliable and familiar.

          The foundation is very easy to put on as you simple squeeze the required amount out of the bottle before applying it to your face. I thought that the product was the perfect texture as I generally find foundations to be either too runny; which makes skin appear shiny, or otherwise too thick; making skin look dry and flaky. I'm happy to report that Even Better went on brilliantly and was easily blended with a sponge leaving no unsightly shiny patches or flakes of skin.

          I found that the foundation matched my actual skin tone very well and didn't leave me looking either too pale or terribly orange. The most apt word to describe the overall look would be natural and I felt very confident wearing it. Even though it is advertised as having "moderate coverage" it covered any blemishes and spots I had really well and left my skin with a very even tone.

          Clinique Even Better didn't feel "heavy" or tight on my face and, as it is oil free, it also left my skin in better condition that many other foundations. It was long lasting and didn't budge an inch from my face until I removed it at the end of the day.

          The only negative point I have to make about this foundation is, sadly, the price because at £19.50 for 30ml it isn't exactly cheap. Especially in the current climate it definitely is a luxury item as it will need to be replaced quite frequently. However, for me, it is the best foundation I have ever tried and I think that it makes my skin look good and thus leaves me feeling confident. As such I will definitely buy this again as in terms of ease of application, texture and shade it is undoubtedly excellent.

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