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I have always suffered from red cheeks and struggle to find a suitable foundation. This is the best I have found to date.
I really like the Clinique foundation as it covers my cheeks really well and totally hides my red veins.
There are several colours to choose from and it is worth going to a Clinique counter to get the colour that best suits your skin tone.
I have tried various Clinique foundations and find this the best coverage for my skin tone.
My only gripe is the price, I was recently in America and the products there were much cheaper. The offers from John Lewis etc are no good to me as you have to buy a skin care product, and I am too much if a cheapskate and use cheaper products.
The SPF 15 is good as I try not to get my face suntanned. Now that I am in my 40s don't want any more wrinkles than necessary.
~Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation~
Amongst the wide range of Clinique products I have tried has been their Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation which I used after having looked for a product that could be used from time to time to help smooth away and conceal any unwanted redness of the skin as and when it occurred, rather than using it as a full time foundation product. When trying to establish which foundation shade was right for me the Clinique consultant removed some of my existing foundation and applied 3 different shades of this foundation product in order to see which was the better match.
As it turned out the 3 colours that were picked out ranged from fair (shade 02), ivory (shade 03) and neutral (shade 04). The first of these was considered by the consultant to be overly pale against my skin, as was the second option, so the third colour (neutral) was the colour that was eventually settled upon, although I was not 100% certain it was the right option. I was given a full week + supply of the foundation as a trial product to take home and given instructions as to how to apply the product to best effect. I didn't want to purchase the product in the first instance without having used it on my skin, as I was worried about whether there would be any reaction to my skin when wearing the product, so I was happy with my week to 10 days worth of product.
~Using the foundation~
In use I found that a little of the foundation could go a long way once on the skin as long as I had thoroughly moisturised prior to applying the product lightly and evenly. The texture of this foundation is reasonably light before it dries and is not overly heavy or cloggy feeling when moist, which makes it easy to smooth in to place with either the tips of the fingers or with a make up brush or sponge. I tried all 3 methods of application after having discussed the best way to apply the product with the Clinique consultant, which she felt was best done with a good sized make up brush.
I found that using some of the foundation with a make up sponge was rather wasteful as too much of the product was absorbed by the sponge rather than it being placed on to the skin. Applying the foundation with the fingertips does work well in areas such as under the eye area and across the top of the cheekbones and brow line, although this works less well over the whole face area. The use of a good quality make up brush does make applying the foundation quite easy as it can be lightly brushed across the skin to give a reasonably crease free look if used with care (avoiding leaving any brush marks).
In use I found that the coverage that is provided by this foundation product is a little thicker and fuller than I might usually like to wear and it does give a very matt full cover finish once it has set fully. I found that applying the foundation as sparingly as I could gave slightly better results as it cut down on that overly made up feel that the product can give if applied too generously. The best results I had when using the product were when I used it combined with another foundation product which perhaps is not the ideal solution, although it can be quite effective once in place.
I found that using a lighter coverage foundation product all over the skin as a base product, that could be topped up with a little of the Clinique Redness Solutions foundation, worked far better than when using the product on its own. The Clinique foundation worked well when used on the cheek bones and across the nose areas as well as under the eyes, which is where I felt it was put to best use. I liked the combined effect of the two products together far more than the full coverage matt skin look that was provided by the foundation on its own.
Another way that I used the foundation was when I combined it with with some of the green tinted anti redness base product you can buy from the same Clinique range, which I sometimes use. The two products worked quite well together to help conceal redness of the skin, although I would say that the end result was not any better than when using the foundation alongside the lighter feeling foundation product, as described in this review. As far as colour matching goes I feel the range of shades on offer was not ideal for me, as there was nothing that was a 100% colour match for my skin and I felt that I would have liked to have opted for a slightly lighter shade that may have blended in a little better had there been an option available.
~Price/ product rating~
The cost of the full sized product is £23 for a 30ml tube, which I feel would not be overly expensive if the shade and finish was slightly better than it actually was when I used the foundation. I didn't have any issues with reactions to my skin which was a plus point for the product and I felt that when it was combined with another foundation product and used alongside that, the effect was quite pleasing at times. The texture of the product when moist is easy to work with, although the effect once dry is a little too matt for my liking for it to be used as an all over the face foundation product. My rating for this foundation based on price, shade matching, ease of use and over all results is 3 stars, which I feel is a fair rating based on the performance of this product when in use.
I received a free sample of this with a magazine and couldn't wait to try it. According to Clinique, Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 camouflages redness. The soothing oil-free formula instantly colour-corrects flushing and blushing. Beneficial probiotic technology helps strengthen skin's barrier. Keeps environmental triggers at bay with SPF plus antioxidants. It is suitable for all skin types and is available in 6 shades with an RRP of £22 for a 30ml bottle. This product is available from Boots, Debenhams, other department stores that have a Clinique counter and online.
The shade I used was 03 Calming Ivory, which is a medium shade which is perhaps slightly darker than I would normally go, but the colour is wearable on my skin. The foundation is easy to apply to the skin, the silky formula glides over the skin and blends well. I have blemished and red pigmented patches on my chin from spots and this foundation does cover them up better than other foundations - it doesn't completely eradicate them, I can still faintly see them, but the coverage is better than other foundations. My skin looks dewy after applying this, it doesn't give a matte finish to the skin and my face feels light, so it doesn't feel as though I am wearing a heavy foundation.
After wearing this for several hours I find that the foundation starts to slide off and needs touching up. I have slightly oily skin and don't wear powder over my make-up, so this will have affected the longevity of this foundation. Although from my experiences I don't think this is suitable for oily skins, despite what Clinique say. I wear glasses and the foundation gathered around the bridge of my nose because the product just sat on top of my skin. The overall, basic coverage of the foundation did last until the end of the day, but the red, blemished areas on my chin did need touching-up - but this was the most important area that needed covering!
Removing what remained of this product is simple with cleanser and luckily this foundation hasn't caused me to breakout or clogged my pores.
Overall, I would probably recommend this to individuals with dry/ normal skin as this does create a nice even finish to the skin with a medium coverage which does help disguise reddened skin. I wouldn't however recommend this for oily skins and this will just slide off. I have used other foundations on my skin which have staying powered with a similar coverage, which I prefer.
Thankfully, I discovered that I am not keen on this with a free sample and I didn't fork out £22. It's not terrible, but I've used better. The coverage on the reddened areas is no better to when regular foundation and concealer is used.
Thanks for reading x
I often find that when I drink alcohol or become embarrassed or hot, I flush quite significantly. Therefore, I was recently looking for a foundation that would help to eliminate the appearance of this flushing. I did some research online and found that Clinique redness solutions had received good reviews. I noticed that many of the reviews were from people who suffered from rosecea as opposed to flushing so thought I would have a chat with one of the salespeople at the Clinique desk in a department store. She was very honest and said that, while the foundation is more useful in covering up constant redness, it will provide better coverage against flushing then other foundations which are not formulated as a redness solution.
She tested a few of the colours on me and, as I am quite fair, I ended up purchasing the ivory foundation in addition to a redness solution protective base. The foundation comes in a small green plastic bottle with a nozzle top and screw lid. I usually a small pea size for the whole of my face and find that this is enoigh to provide an even but not too thick coverage. This is also the amount the saleswoman recommended I use, any more than this and rather than looking flawless, you will be able to tell you are wearing foundation.
The foundation is thick but provides an even coverage and lasts extremely well. It has a slightly greenish tint but once applied this is not noticeable. The foundation does cover any redness your skin may have constantly, so I can understand why people with rosacea find it effective. However, I have not noticed a significant different for covering up flushing. As I have said, the foundation is quite heavy and it probably prevents your skin from breathing effectively thus possibly increasing the effects of flushing, not what I was hoping for!
In conclusion, if you have constant redness, this is an effective foundation but for sudden redness, I would not recommend it.
As a foundation is general, it provides long-lasting and even coverage and for £20 a bottle, is good value for money.
I have mild rosacea and have tried a few of the products from this range from Clinique. My skin is also quite dry so when I tried the powder from this range and it didn't suit my skin I thought that this foundation with the redness solution built in would be much better. It comes in several shades, Alabaster, Fair, Ivory, Neutral, Honey & Vanilla. Six shades doesn't seem enough to me and I had quite a lot of difficulty choosing the one that was right for me. My skin is quite fair so I went with the fair shade, although it did seem to have a bit of an orangey tinge to it. Like the powder of this range, this foundation is designed to cover the redness not solve it.
So I went ahead and tried it, the product comes in the green bottle (pictured above) and has a pump-action top. You only need a small amount to get good coverage, 4 small blobs. The foundation feels quite heavy and thick, which was ok for my skin (it's dry) but I can imagine would be terrible for someone who has oily skin. It covered my redness quite well, but I think I got the shade wrong, because it was too orange for my skin. Also when I got hot and a bit sweaty it seemed to slip off my face (not a good look).
On the plus side it contains an SPF, so you're protected from the sun. It did cover my redness and it went a long way, which is probably a good thing as it costs around £20 for a bottle.
I have always had incredibly rosy cheeks and have previously used an Estee Lauder colour correcter product (tinted purple) which visually corrects your skin tone and which you then apply foundation on top of. This is Clinique's new version which is in itself an SPF 15 foundation.
The full retail price is £21 per 30ml tube so it is a bit of a hefty price tag. However, it does work very well and you do not need a huge amount to get a good coverage so I have no doubt it will last well and prove very good value for money. Although the undertone is tinted green you do still choose the colour to suit your skin, my tone is Fair 02 but the range is six shades from Alabaster 01 to Vanilla 06. I would suggest you seek the advice of one of the Clinique advisors if you are unsure and try a tester if you can.
I found that this works very well for correcting blushing/flushing redness and my skin tone certainly looked more even after application. My one niggle was that it did not feel as light to apply as I thought it might and looked slightly shiny on first application. I realised on subsequent applications that I actually needed even less than I originally thought in order to obtain even coverage. It does take a bit of tweaking though to get used to and balance the effects for your individual needs and skin tone.
I find that this is a great base for other foundation and whilst I do not wear make up every day this is a fabulous product for when I have presentations or meetings which require me to speak in public. I do have very reactive skin and blush even when I have no reason to so it comforts me to know that such reactions are less visible when using this product. I feel that it builds confidence for me.
It is an added bonus that this product also contains SPF protection and as I always tend to select products with some kind of sun protection this was an extra tick in the box. It would have been five stars for me if it wasn't for the price tag and the fact that it takes a bit of getting used to to apply - but all in all this is a technical bit of make up which works well and gives quality coverage which you would expect from the Clinque brand.
I suffer from a mild form of rosacea so I need to be careful about what products that I use as some of them can aggrievate my skin and cause me to have a flare up. For those people who don't know about rosacea it causes skin to be red and flush and can cuase papules and pustles which look like spots but aren't actually caused by bacteria. It is a horrible skin desease but quite common and there are now a lot of products on the market that are aimed specifically at targating the redness and other symptoms of rosacea.
In my opinion one of the worst rosacea treatments that I have tried has to be the clinique redness solutions range that is designed for people with rosacea skin.
It promises to calm skin and help prevent redness and as it was from clinique a brand I like and trust I assumed it would be good but it left me feeling both dissapointed and frankly out of pocket.
After being so dissapointed with the creams in the rage I should have stayed away when they brought out a foundation to join them but the lure of a foundation that promised to cover redness and give me perfect coverage was just to much and I bought it against my better judgement.
The foundation costs £21 which is cheaper than the creams and not bad for a premium foundation especially one that is for problem skin.
To be fair to the foundation it isn't as bad as the creams but I honestly only get as much redness coverage as I do with a cheaper one.
I find it to be slightly too oily and my skin looks a little greasy when it is on. This oiliness does make it easy to apply but it also makes it not very long lasting as it sort of just slides off my face after a few hours.
I am not sure if it is the oilness or the thickness of the foundation but it also caused me to break out quite severly after a couple of days of using it.
The coverage that is gives it ok but it's not great and when my skin is having a flare up then the redness comes through it quite easily.
It also has an orange tinge to it that shows up in daylight and it that makes it look a bit cheap when it is on the skin and it doesn't give the sort of minimal no make-up look that I was looking for and most certainly isn't right for you if you are looking for a natural looking foundation.
For the price and the brand I was expecting much better than this and I definately wouldn't buy it again.
Clinique's ethos is well documented; allergy tested and 100% fragrance free and according to most reputable sources, including PETA, a company that does not test on animals. They are owned by Estee Lauder, a company which claims to be committed to the elimination of animal testing. Clinique's Redness Solutions line was launched in 2010 and includes a variety of moisturisers and cleansers which prevent redness, as well as the Redness Solutions Foundation.
The Clinique website identifies two different types of redness: persistent redness which does not go away and appears during exercise, stress or spicy foods; and reactive redness, triggered by weather, irritation or pollution. The first, persistent redness can be caused by broken or visible capillaries which have become worse with age, and I feel that the older age group is the target market for the Redness Solutions Range.
The Clinique consultant at my local pharmacist has been very persuasive over the past six months, trying to persuade me that regular use of the Redness Solutions creams and cleansers will heal the broken, age-related capillaries on my cheeks. Although these creams have not yet made a visible difference, on my last visit I was persuaded to swop my regular Superfit foundation for the Redness Solutions Foundation.
This is a liquid foundation that comes in six shades: Vanilla, Ivory, Neutral, Fair, Alabaster and Honey. The range of these shades are fairly limited, and I found that the Honey that was recommended by the Clinique consultant was rather dark on me. Several of the colours that I tried seemed a little orangey in colour. Clinique recommend applying the foundation after using the Redness Solutions skin care regime to completely counteract any redness.
Like other Clinique foundations, the bottle itself is made of green plastic, in line with the packaging of other Redness Solutions products. The liquid foundation is dispensed via a small nozzle, which prevents over-application and is more hygienic.
The green bottle gives the impression that the liquid foundation itself is green based to calm down redness and this certainly seems to be the case. The liquid is thick and heavy as it comes out of the nozzle, with a slightly greenish base to it. The heaviness of the liquid means that it is excellent at camouflaging any blemish or redness. The coverage and the colour corrections are instantaneous and immediately smooth over blemishes and even out skin tone.
Clinique claim that the calming ingredients help to minimize flare-ups. I do not suffer from flare ups or break-outs, so am not in a position to either confirm or deny this
The cocktail of ingredients that Clinique claim help to neutralise redness include probiotic technology. Probiotics seem to be fashionable in all sorts of ways recently; they are live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism, also called friendly bacteria or good bacteria, but there is little research to back up probiotic use. Probiotics are said to balance the pH of the skin which in turn reduces inflammation and redness. This is the science behind its presence in Clinique's redness reducing foundation, but there is little or no evidence that friendly bacteria have any effect on Rosacea or redness of the skin.
~~Things I like about Redness Solutions Foundation~~
I was pleased at the way in which the foundation lasted all day, without the need to re-apply. At the end of the day there is still a substantial amount left on my skin and this is easily removed with a cleansing wipe.
The foundation is also economical, which at £20 a bottle, it needs to be! I find that a couple of small blobs on each cheek, and one on the forehead and chin - are enough to cover all of my face very adequately.
I found that Redness Solutions has probably more coverage that I need, but I this foundation, along with the other Redness Solutions products, genuinely seems to help those with serious redness skin conditions such as Rosacea . The Rosacea Support Group website is full of reviews from those with severe ruddiness and severely oversensitive skin, who are very grateful that such an effective range of skin care to combat redness is on the market.
Finally, I was really glad to find a good foundation with an SPF 15 included. I am sure that much of the ageing and ruddiness that I have on my face is due to lack of protection from the sun over the years, and it is good to see this SPF value automatically included in the product.
~~Things I didn't like so much about Redness Solutions Foundation~~
On a final analysis, I have to conclude that Redness Solutions Foundation is not for me. I like a light and glowing foundation on my skin that leaves a fine, matt finish. I found Redness Solutions heavy, thick and aging, emphasising all of my wrinkles and leaving my skin with a greasy damp feel that was slightly shiny.
The shade selection was too limited, and despite the best efforts of the sales consultant and several testers, I still ended up with something that I feel is too orangey and leaves a visible mark on my jaw line.
Sadly, I will not be buying Redness Solutions again, - and even more sadly, I dislike it so much that I have consigned it to the bin. I am giving this product 3 stars because I have read that it has helped many people with serious skin problems - if I was judging it solely on my own use, I'm afraid it would only get 1 star.
Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation / Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 / Camouflages redness and instantly relieves inflamed / irritated skin / Protects skin with SPF 15 and works together with New Redness solutions Corrector and New Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder / Oil Free and suitable for / Medium Coverage / Natural Finish.