“ Brand: Clinique / Type: Makeup „
I spent years as a teenager trying to find a foundation that was lightweight, non clogging and most importantly didn't make me look like an umpa lumpa. I must have spent hundreds of pounds and tried just as many brands, until I stumbled upon this little gem.
I always buy my clinique online as there are always voucher codes and offers. I guessed my skin tone (it would obviously be easier to go instore and have a trained professional help you). I opted for 'Nude Glow'.
When the foundation arrived I was shocked at how thin and watery it was, every other foundation i had used had been more of a thick consistency. This was great. It went on really evenly and stayed on my skin all day, without having that 'heavy feeling'. Another bonus is that it has never caused me outbreaks of spots or blemishes like a lot of other foundations do.
Clinique have since discontinued making this foundation which is a real shame, however I am still able to buy it through auction sites from the USA. My only fear is that they too will stop selling it and I will be left spending yet more money and time looking for an inferior foundation.
I have been looking for the perfect foundation for years now and I finally discovered this little gem through my mum! I was routing through her make up bag being nosy and gave this a go and immediately fell in love with it. For me it is perfect. It is very light and quite sheer so it doesn't look like you are caked in make up, which I hate. It is very moisturising and gives the skin a lovely glow. I think it is quite expensive for a foundation but I bought mine at the beginning of May and I wear it practically every day, so thats over 4 months, so its worth paying the price because it lasts so long. You only need a tiny amount and it gives great coverage. I wouldn't recommend to anyone who is looking for a high coverage foundation, sometimes if I have really bad spots I have to use a different one as this isn't very thick. But if you have fairly good skin, it is a lovely every day foundation. It doesn't dry out your skin and still feels good at the end of the day.
Clinique Gentle Light Makeup for me is a bit of a wonder foundation. I'm not one for splashing out on expensive products, just because their made by a certain designer. My moral is more to find something that is cost effective but that works a treat so I would never have gone and splashed out £20 on a foundation. I came across Clinique gentle light makeup when I was given a pot that was no longer wanted as it was too dark. It was also too dark for me, but ok for nights out when I'd whacked on the fake tan. I then got brought some as a gift and now I'm an ardent follower and even buy my own :) It truly is worth every single penny...
As with Clinique products it comes packaged in a pretty little box although the bottle itself is simple with a screw lid. The foundation is light and easy to apply, I find application easiest with a sponge. It provides a good coverage but is not thick and heavy and lasts all day. The liquid foundation appears shimmery in the bottle and this is because it contains the all important light reflecting pigments. These little beauties work magic; as they reflect the light they cover all skin impefections. Once I have applied the makeup my face has a healthy glow (but doesnt look greasy or anything like that) and you pretty much acheive the flawless finish of the girls in the magazines. The texture of your face will feel soft and you will look fab. The makeup is light enough for day to day use and I love it!
I love Clinique gentle light make up and have been wearing it for about 5 years. I'm fair skinned and so have some areas of problem skin, but I find that this make up doesn't dry my skin our or make it look oily.
Firstly, the bottle is 30ml and comes in a small green cardboard box. It doesn't look a lot but it will last for about 4 months ( I put it on every morning). The product comes in 7 shades and I always buy number 4 nude glow which i find suits my fair colouring well without looking orange or unnatural. I always buy the product from Boots as i get advantage card points. Clinique can also be bought in Debenhams and Selfridges.
The make up is described as 'glow giving' and I do find that it makes my skin look healthy. Moreover its not too thick to look caked on but it does give good coverage which evens out my skin tone.
A couple of years ago Clinique stopped making gentle light make up and I was really disappointed. I tried Mac foundation but it was nowhere near as good as this product- I really couldn't live without it!
As a rule I'm not "into" make-up. I possess quite a few make-up products (many of which are far too old to be safe) but, day to day, you're more likely to find me bare-faced than fully made up. However, since giving up work to stay at home and look after my little one, I've felt that there are times when I need to do something for me and when I need to make myself feel a bit "special". Make up seemed an easy way to do this - a bit of effort, obvious results. Clearly I didn't want to overdo things though!
I've long been a fan of tinted moisturisers as an alternative to foundation as I find them much lighter and less obvious than most foundations. Nivea's tinted moisturiser is a particular favourite. However, I felt the need to make a foray into the cosmetics world (why, I really couldn't say) and recalled that my sister had had a good experience with Clinique products when she was looking for a foundation around the time of her wedding. I set out to see whether Clinique would have some samples for me to try as there's nothing worse than buying a product, however good the shade and colour match is, only to find out that you don't actually like the feel of it on your skin.
So, one consultation later, here I am with a replacement to my tried and tested tinted moisturisers and I love it!
The foundation I decided upon was "Gentle Light Make Up". According to the nice lady at the Clinique counter in Boots this product is a firm favorite with customers and was actually brought back by Clinique as a result of customer demand after they decided to withdraw the product a year or two ago. The reason I settled for this foundation was that it is incredibly light and provides and excellent illuminating base for the skin.
The product blends incredibly well over your skin to produce a fine even colour with just a hint of illumination (or shine). The finish that is produced is silky and ever so slightly pearlescent. I was amazed at how well the product evened out my skin tone and really did leave me looking like I had well hydrated, fresh young skin, rather than skin ravaged by a lack of sleep and far from ideal hydration levels.
The foundation is packaged in a small and clear plastic bottle with a silver lid. Removing the lid I had expected to find some kind of dispensing device or similar but there's nothing, just a normal opening just like you'd find on a drink's bottle. For me the packaging is an issue and I'll tell you for why. The foundation is fairly runny and the consistency is rather like a runny yoghurt. The only way to dispense the product is to tip the bottle up and, covering the opening, capture some of the product on your fingers or whatever applicator you want to use. Now, if the opening were smaller this would not be a problem for me, but, as it's not and as I like to apply foundation with my fingers I'm left with an issue. The hole at the top of the bottle is too large for me to cover it with a finger and so I need to use my thumb. This makes the initial application quite awkward as I first have product on my thumb which I then place on my face (tend to blob cheeks and brow) and then I can use my fingers to blend the product. It's a faff I don't expect from a premium product.
Having applied the product it feels like it disappears into your skin on contact leaving a wonderfully radiant complexion. My skin doesn't feel weighed down with product and is neither left greasy nor dry. One thing I have found, however, is that the product blends skin tones so well that I have to add a bit of blush in order that I don't look rather lifeless. It's not that the foundation is dull, far from it, it really brings the skin tone to life, but rather that the skin tone becomes so even that the natural highlights and tonal changes of the face seem to disappear.
Applying the product in the morning, assuming that you've moisturized beforehand, should see you with a flawless complexion at the end of the day. The staying power is great! In fairness I'm not submitting my skin to the delights of the City pollution these days, nor am I commuting on hot, sweaty trains, but still, I'm impressed.
In common with most Clinique products there is no smell to this product. At first this was something I missed as I liked the smell of the Nivea tinted moisturiser on my skin and it seemed to remind me that I had make up on. However, now I'm used to the lack of scent I actually quite like it. I'm also surprised at just how scent free it is - there really is no discernable smell at all!
One thing that I think is lacking from the product is any SPF. Most moisturisers and foundations now contain some kind of sun protection and it seems a little odd that this doesn't, particularly as the product is so light that it's ideal for warmer weather.
I'd strongly advise a consultation with a Clinique lady if you are thinking about purchasing this product so that you can determine which shade of the six available would be suitable (if any). I was surprised with the fact that I walked away with their lightest shade as the best match despite my skin tone being described as quite olive in general. I think it surprised the consultant too!
Parting with £17.50 (as of Winter 2007) was not something I did lightly but I'm so glad that I did. I probably use this foundation 5 times a week and in over 4 months I'm still not halfway through so the cost per application is quite minimal. I'll certainly be replacing the empty bottle with a full one when the time comes.
In my continuous struggle to achieve a flawless complexion, which for the record I think can only be achieved by extortionately priced air brushing, I decided to have a bit of a splurge on the Clinique counter at my local Boots. For those of you that have never come across Clinique its a brand that is stocked in the majority of Boots, Debenhams and Kendals stores throughout the UK. Its quite a prestigious brand and this is equally reflected in the somewhat high prices of the products on offer.
The particular foundation I purchased is called Gentle Light Make Up and isnt strictly a foundation but more of a liquid, illuminating base for the skin. So whats so good about this product? As I mentioned its actually advertised as being illuminating or glow-giving as it says on the bottle which has the result of making skin appear luminous. It promises to bend light that comes into contact with the skin to chase away lines and shadows as well as unifying skin tones to give even coverage.
It comes in a small and clear plastic bottle with a silver lid and white writing on the bottle. I was a little disappointed with the packaging as when Im paying quite high prices I normally expect the packaging to be a little fancy! Theres the added addition of a light green box which details the product information on the back and front as well, a little bit basic for my liking once again! However is undoubtedly effective as it has that clean and somewhat clinical appearance as well as sitting very nicely on any bathroom shelf.
The liquid itself is quite runny and the viscosity reminds me of pouring cream in a sense, care must be taken when youre dispensing the liquid as it does have a tendency to go everywhere! The colour of the product obviously depends on what shade you get. It comes in six different shades, two for very fair skin, three for fair skin and one for medium skin. I have beige glow which is the middle shade in the fair skin range and seems to work best for my skin tone. With regards to the smell of the product its quite hard to describe, its 100% fragrance free so its not at all perfumed which is certainly an advertising factor that Clinique uses with all products.
To apply the product I tend to use a foundation sponge and carefully dispense a little of the liquid onto the sponge before blobbing it onto my face (both cheeks and my forehead) and then blending it in using the sponge to ensure even and smooth coverage. It is absorbed by the skin instantly and doesnt leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky at all. I tend to apply moisturiser underneath and then apply my make up on top of the foundation. It does make for a great base as it has the added bonus of making my bronzing powder blend in much better as well.
The thing that impressed me the most was how flawless my skin looked; I have a tendency to have quite rosy cheeks and a pale chin for some reason but this foundation covered up all my imperfections and gave me an even, glowing complexion like you actually see in magazines! I notice it the most under my eyes which often tend to sport dark circles, when I equip my under eye concealor with this foundation they practically disappear. It really has staying power as well, even after a ten hour day at work it doesnt budge! It doesnt dry my skin out at all, nor does it make it greasy I think I may have found a star product with this foundation!
Im certainly going to continue using this foundation as I love it; my only two qualms are the cost which is £17.50 for a 30ml bottle and the fact that theres no mention of any SPF protection in the product. On the upside though Ive been using this on a daily basis for the past six weeks and Im not even at the halfway point so with that in mind Id guess that the bottle will easily last a good four-five months which isnt quite so pricey sounding.
Thanks for reading!
I am a bit of a make-up fiend - as I have mentioned in other skincare reviews, I have less than perfect skin, and am forever looking for products which will hide the flaws whilst not giving me a mask like base. Well, here is such a foundation. I only recently bought it, but it is fantastic. It has staying power, even after a stressful 10 hour day at work. It covers flaws, whilst still letting my freckles (honest a sign of beauty!) show through. It does give a luminous glow to skin, although it is definitely not sparkly. It looks good in both natural and strip light situations (I have yet to test it in candle light). As a pale face, I bought 'Candle Glow', which is a perfect colour - it does come in 7 other colours (there were only 6 in total when I bought mine - maybe because it was just out), from Candle Glow to Cocoa Glow. This foundation is suitable for dry/delicate to oily skins - mine is combination, and I have no shine through at the end of the day. I would recommend that you apply it in stages, as the first time I used it, I put far too much on my fingertips - a little definitely goes a long way. The bottle is 30ml - pretty much average size for a bottle of foundation, and I did find it excellent value for money, even though it is more expensive than 'High Street' brands, such as Boots No7. You definitely get what you pay for here. I would add however, that there is no reference to SPF anywhere, and I didn't notice when I bought it, so perhaps if you do have sun sensitive skin, it may not be for you.
Creates a luminous, naturally perfected translucent look / Refracts light to diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration; softens imperfections / Restores a healthy rested look to skin /