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I suffer from rosacea and have tried several of the products from this Redness Solutions range by Clinique. I have to say that most of the others that I have tried did not suit my skin. Having said that there are lots of positive reviews about all the products, so my recommendation would be to get testers or borrow a friends and see what they feel like on your skin before investing.
This particular product is intended to be used after moisturising and under foundation. It is a green colour, which is supposed to offset your redness. It costs £14.50 for 40ml, which is not as expensive as some of the other products in the range. I found the product to be quite thick and difficult to apply a bit like the consistency of sunscreen. But once it was on it didn't look green and it covered my redness quite well. It didn't cause any irritation or reaction when I applied it, which is always a bonus.
I have quite dry skin so perhaps it's just me but I found that this product dried my skin out, not a good look under foundation. I don't think I will use this again even though it did cover my redness, because of the drying properties. But as I said at the beginning I think that this may just be a reaction with my skin.
~Instant calm from Clinique~
Clinique Redness Solutions Protective Base is a primer type skin pre make up/ redness calming preparation product, that I have used at times with mixed yet most often fair results. Having sometimes needed a little help with facial redness during certain times of the year, such as during winter time when the colder weather can dry and crack skin causing it to take on a slightly weathered and unwanted rosy hue, I recall paying a visit to the Clinique counter to see what they could offer to help a little. The resulting skin consultation lead to me going away with a nice selection of skin care products to try which included a range of skin care samples including the Clinique Redness Solutions Protective Base product.
What I liked about the sound of the product was the fact that it could be used either as a stand alone skin primer which you could choose to use before applying your usual foundation product, or you could give the Protective Base an extra helping hand by using some of the other anti redness Clinique skin care products in tandem with it, to help ease the redness of the skin and not just try to mask it. Having used the product in both ways (as a stand alone item and with other Clinique products) my feeling is that you do get slightly better results when using the range of anti redness products together although as a quick fix product this can be of some help.
~Presentation and ease of use~
The compact plastic squeezy tube that the product comes in carries the usual Clinique logo and is packed into a calming light green shaded pack that clearly shows it is part of the Clinique anti redness solutions range. The added bonus with this product is that it also has an SPF of 15 built in, which helps to protect the skin from over exposure to sun damage and means that even if your foundation product lacks this you still get some protection from this product. The plastic tube is light and easy to handle with it been pliable and easy to hold making it quick and simple to squeeze to release a small amount of product out of the tube to use as and when required.
The light and easy to use silver toned plastic lid twists on and off with light pressure and once the tube is sealed and the lid is in place there are no leaks or spills that I have noticed. The lid can be used as a base on which to stand the tube of cream in an upside down position on a dressing table or in a bathroom cabinet, as it has an even edge to it that offers a smooth secure base with a slightly indented mid section. I usually keep the product in a make up bag and only stand it up like this when I am about to apply it to the skin, although I find that fact that you can stand the tube on a flat surface helpful as it means I can lay out the products I am using at the time and use them in the correct order.
~Allergy tested and fragrance free!~
The information on the tube of primer cream suggests that the product classed as being allergy free and having used the product I feel that I am able to confirm that I have had no adverse reactions to it. The product is also considered to be fragrance free, although in my honest opinion it does have a very light fragrance to it that I can only assume comes from the ingredients within the blend used to make up the skin primer. In use when applying the cream to the skin, I feel that the cream gives off a very lightly fragranced almost herby and green type of scent which lasts for a short while as the primer sinks softly into the skin.
I have found that over time this light herby green scent does drift away and happily it is never over powering or chemical based in its fragrance, with it giving off a natural scent that is not at all unpleasant. Over the course of a few days the use of the Daily Relief Cream and the matching Soothing Cleanser from the anti redness range can really help the Protective Base to give maximum results, as the skin is slightly less red to start with and takes on a softer less weather prone and damaged look that makes the cream easier to blend into and onto the skin, giving lighter more even looking results once foundation has been applied over the top.
~Texture and tone~
Out of the tube the primer cream has a rather odd looking light olive and avocado green tone to it, which is what helps to counteract a certain amount of redness of the skin. It almost looks like the kind of product you might choose as a face mask with its soft green colour and it is this light soft green tone which is so helpful when the cream is in use. The texture of the cream is light and and smooth and it has an even feel to it that makes it easy to apply a small amount of product to the skin. As the primer is oil free it never feels too greasy or oily once set in place and allows you to apply a light covering of foundation over the top once the primer has sunk fully into the skin.
You will of course end up with a light green hue/ tone to the skin once the product has been applied, which does take a while to become used to and there is a fine line between applying to much or too little of the product, so some care does need to be taken when using this. I have found that too much of this on the skin can leave you looking oddly grey and ashen faced even after the application of foundation if you over do the primer! The hard learned lesson here is that less of the product is most certainly more when it comes to giving the best results.
~Natural effects with a little effort!~
In use if wanting to achieve the most natural effect I would recommend a very light application of the primer cream to the skin, followed by a light and natural evenly applied foundation and a radiance boosting brow and cheekbone enhancing highlighter type product to give the skin an ultimate boosted and improved look. Applying the product in this way does help to counteract slight redness of the skin, without having to resort to over heavy make up and foundation in order to cover the problem and although this product will not cure or improve the redness at its source it will certainly help to mask it a little.
Directions for the application of the product do advise that you moisturize your skin prior to applying this and I would tend to agree with these directions. I have found the results to be much better when applied in this way rather than trying to get an evenly blended result on over dry and reddened skin, as dry non moisturized skin tends to soak up too much of the product resulting in an over heavy and grey toned finish. During wear the product stays on well once finished with a foundation product and should last for a full day without the need to re apply it.
~Price and rating~
As mentioned this is a temporary solution for skin redness and it can only do so much to mask this, however I feel the product is worth trying out for those times when your skin is in need of a more calmed and even looking quick fix. Although Clinique products can be seen as being pricey to buy I have found the Clinque skin care consultants to be very helpful in offering advice, as well as giving out complimentary skin care products which can be tried prior to purchase.
At a cost of around £14.50 for 40mls of product it may seem like a large investment for a small amount of product, however the cream is very light and will last for sometime if used sparingly (which gives the best results on the skin). Over all I feel the product is useful for those times when your skin needs a helping hand in order for you to look and feel your very best which is why I want to give the product a 4 star rating. Care is required when using the product as too much really is too much, although once you get the balance right the resuts can be rather good.
I suffer from rosacea which is a chronic skin condition that leaves my face red and inflamed. There are so many creams on the market that promise to help with the redness and I have tried most of them at some point but I have yet to find that elusive product that does what it promises.
I was really excited when I first heard about the redness relief range of products from Clinique as I thought finally a big multi-national company were entering the rosacia market and with all their money for research then their redness products were bound to be good.
I popped into my local house of Frasers and the Clinique lady talked me into buying the entire range of products as she said they would work best together. When I got them home I decided to go for a bath and use my new products. Unfortunately I was left disappointed. The cleanser left me itchy and blotchy and I discovered the urgent relief cream contains hydrocortisone which anyone who suffers from rosacia knows never to put on your face as it can aggravate the condition and make it worse.
The only semi decent product in the whole range that is suitable for rosacia sufferers in my opinion is the protective base.
The Clinique redness solutions base is a cream that you apply before adding moisturiser or make up. What makes this cream special is that it is green in colour. The green colour of the cream is supposed to neutralise the redness in your skin and disguise any flushing you may have. The other ingredients are supposed to help soothe your skin and it contains an spf of 15 to help protect it from the sun as all rosacia sufferers know the sun is a big cause of flare ups.
The consistency of the cream is rather thick and I found it hard to rub it in properly and you have to be really careful because if you add to much then your skin will take on a really ashy colour. It does help to disguise the redness but it really does take a little bit of trial and error to be able to get the correct amount for your skin as too much and you will look ill and too little will do nothing to disguise the redness.
Personally I also feel that the spf of 15 is far too low for rosacia sufferers and should really be a minimum of spf 30. As for the soothing effects I didn't really find that this was particularly soothing as it was quite drying on my skin.
It is priced at around £14 for a tube of 40ml which isn't a bad price for Clinique products but there are cheaper better alternatives on the market.
For me personally I have never been so disappointed with a range of products as I was with the Clinique redness solutions. I have read good reviews from other people so maybe they just didn't agree with my skin type but as they are designed for sensitive rosacia skin and my skin is usually much more tolerant I am inclined to believe the fault lies with Clinique.
I really feel as though they missed the boat with these creams as their other products are normally so good.
For me the only product I would even consider buying again is the daily protective base but even this I feel is over priced as boots do a green cream in their no7 range that I find actually works better.
I definitely couldn't personally recommend any of the redness relief products but as any rosacia sufferer knows it's trial and error trying to find the right skin care regime that works for you.
***What is so special about Clinique's redness solutions range?***
This was a breakthrough for Clinique when they brought out their new redness solutions range last year. What is so fantastic about the range is how Clinique's guiding dermatologists have used all their expertise of what causes and aggravates redness and made sure their products are oil free (an aggravator of redness), are calming and soothing and are completely for sufferers of rosacea (a chronic condition of redness) and for those with the most sensitive skins.
Clinique has also understood that there are two types of redness sufferers:
1. People with temporary flare ups/redness which come about due to particular factors for example, the weather or drinking alcohol
2. People with permanent/ongoing redness
***What is this daily protective base?***
This daily protective base is the perfect makeup base which is perfect for both types of redness sufferers, it smooths the skin and it is green in colour (to neutralise the redness). It also contains SPF 15 to protect the skin which is extremely important for redness sufferers. It is £14.00 for 40ml, only a very small amount is needed so it lasts a very long time.
***What else is in the redness solutions range?***
Also in the range is a redness solutions cleanser which removes makeup thoroughly yet gently whilst soothing the redness (this is for people with permanent redness) RRP: £15.00. They also do a redness solutions daily moisturiser which relieves visible redness and and improves the skins texture and feel. This retails at £34.00 and is for permanent redness sufferers. The last product in the range if only for people who have temporary flare ups, it is called urgent relief cream, which instantly relieves the flare up of redness (perfect as an emergency cream).
I have tried this protective base on my temporary flare ups which tend to be from the weather in harsh conditions, and it is fantastic at instantly reducing the redness so I no longer look like 'Rudolph the red nosed reindeer!' Not only that but I have used it as a make-up base too because of the SPF and it made my make-up last so much longer.
If you do suffer from redness this is definitely something you ought to consider and try from Clinique, there has been so many success stories from these products and many doctors are referring their patients to the Clinique counter to try them out! There is no recommendation better than that!
During a recent Clinique bonus time promotion, I treat myself to a couple of items as a little pick-me-up - and of course to get my hands on the limited edition Betty Jackson make up bag. I didn't want make up but I didn't want cleanser / toner / moisturiser either as I have an effective brand which I stick to. Along with the Clinique Touch Base for Eyes (which I previously reviewed), the Beauty Expert recommended I try the Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base with SPF 15 for my problematic red skin tone.
The first thing to consider when purchasing redness solutions is 'is your redness persistant or reactive?'. Depending on your answer to this depends whether you need a full facial skin care regime to cleanse, treat and nourish your redness plus a cover up/protector, or whether you just need the latter. I only get flare ups and they tend to be around my nose, to the side of my nostrils and usually come from me rubbing my nose when either my hayfever is at it's ugly height, or when I have a cold.
Don't stop reading though if you have persistant redness, as this little miracle is suitable for both types of redness, it can simply be used as a stand alone product if your redness is just reactive like mind.
After removing the product from the floral lined box, it comes in the signature green and silver packaging of Clinique in a 40ml tube. This is generous - I use the tiniest bit to cover the sides of my nose and my cheeks - I have had it for about 2 months and it still feels full. It costs £14, for a redness corrector this is pretty good - I have previously used Revlon Vital Radiance Redness Corrector (with only SPF 12) RRP £5.99 for 1.5ml; worked ok but didn't last 5 minutes and is a fraction of the size of the Clinique product. Also, the Natural Collection Corrector Stick (no SPF protection) RRP £1.99 for a lipstick sized stick; sat on top of my skin, rubbed off easily and actually gave me a green tinge.
The product is rated SPF 15 which protects the skin from UVA/UVB exposure (without using chemical based sunscreens) which can aggravate both persistant and reactive redness. This can also protect against the damaging aging effects these rays cause. It is 100% fragrance free and asuitable for even the most sensitive of skins. It is formulated with a 'sheer' green tint, so it doesn't colour you in green, it tones your skin to an even finish. The product claims to be comforting.
When I apply the product, I first cleanse thoroughly but gently (I use a comforting cleanser like Boots No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser) then I tone and moisturise using a good SPF 15 moisturiser (currently Boots No.7 Tinted Moisturiser). Next, I dispense a tiny amount of Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base and dab it on to the red areas. I build up my application in thin layers rather than putting a whole load on and having too much. Observing this in the mirror, I can visually see my skin tone even out and the redness lessening.
It's a smooth, soft texture which doesn't feel heavy on the skin, or greasy when applied. It literally melts away, rather than sitting on your skin like a cover up, soothing and nourishing your prepped skin and kindly evens out the redness without making you look green. It is, strictly speaking, a primer for beneath make up, however I use it every day as it is non-clogging for my pores and more importantly it makes my skin look better whether I wear make up or not. It lasts too, it doesn't wear off or transfer and it is fully removed with a regular cleanser or wipe, it isn't oily enough to warrant special make up remover.
Overall I believe that this product is good value for your beauty budget, it is a long lasting (12m shelf life), high performance, 'good for you' product which along with protecting your skin against signs of aging and further redness, also makes you look fab. Unlike some cover ups which worsen your skin condition (I'm thinking spotty skin from clogged pores) leading to persistant use, this one can just be used occasionally as a pick me up, or every day for perfect skin whenever you step out of the house!