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I bought this foundation after being disappointed with the staying power of foundations I already owned. To give a bit of background information, I have combination skin that leans towards the dry side, so naturally many of the foundations I own are quite moisturizing. However, I found that they didn't last the full length of the day and with working 8-12 hour days I need something that lasts.
I bought this on the advice of the Clinique sales assistant who advised Superbalanced as it offers more coverage than the foundations I'd used previously and was good for mattifying the T-zone without drying out the rest of your skin. Despite the sales assistant being more interested in talking to the assistant at another counter, she did match the foundation to my skin type very well.
I was matched to the shade Alabaster, which is no surprise as I am very fair and it was a perfect match for me, not being too yellow or too pink. This foundation definitely feels more drying than the foundations I'm used too but as I found out this is no bad thing as this one actually lasts without slipping and sliding all about my face. It doesn't last for 12 hours, and I've yet to find a foundation that does, but it does last for a good 8 hours, still looking as good as when I applied it in the morning.
For me, this foundation isn't suitable for everyday as it does give medium to full coverage which isn't necessary for me everyday but it is nice for bad skin days where I need more coverage and for nights out where I know I'm going to be photographed. This has dried my skin out slightly so I would say it's important to use a good moisturizer beforehand but for those with oily skin, I think they would love this foundation because it mattifies really well, without looking flat.
The only cons for me are the price, I think this is worth £15-£20 rather than the £22 retail price and it also doesn't contain a pump, which is very annoying as you waste product pouring it from the bottle onto your hand. For a £22 foundation I would expect it to come with a foundation as even cheaper foundations do, but perhaps they want you to use more so you repurchase it more often.
It was at the end of last year that I decided it was high time that I started to buy some better quality makeup products. This decision was not because I wanted to be snobby about a particular brand, indeed I am one of the first people who likes to look out for a bargain. Instead it was because I wanted to see if a better quality product would sit any better on my skin. Clinique are a brand that I first used on my wedding day some five years ago now, and at the time I really liked the way their makeup lasted all day and gave a glowy look to my skin. Consequently when I went to buy a new foundation, it was Clinique that I turned to.
~Selecting the Right Product~
On the Clinique website, I was pleased to find a foundation selector questionnaire which asked a couple of questions before recommending a particular product. I liked the way that I could select the amount of coverage I preferred, my skin type and the look I like (i.e. matt or dewy) before making a purchase or going in to my local store. Although in my twenties, I have quite dry skin around my eyes and cheeks with a spotty zone on my chin but generally lean toward a product that offers lighter coverage. As a result of the questionnaire, I was recommended this Clinique Superbalanced Foundation. This foundation promised to be a great equaliser for combination skin which provides moisture and absorbs oil where needed and I thought this sounded perfect for my skin needs.
A particular concern of mine when buying foundation is whether the colour will look natural on my skin. This is quite impossible in my opinion to check online and therefore I did need to do a visit to my local Boots to get tested. Unfortunately in my case, the Clinique lady was rather busy at the time I visited and had a queue of people waiting to see her, therefore I took it upon myself to try out the various shades myself. It was quite difficult to assess the perfect colour on my jaw line, however I knew that a lighter colour was preferable and therefore picked up a bottle of the 02 Fair shade. This colour is a pale ivory with small hints of pink and beige and I hoped that it would sit on my skin all year round. First impressions were good, I loved the neat packaging that this foundation is presented in and the way that it looked when I took it home and sat it on my dressing table.
~Presentation and Packaging~
This foundation is presented in a small box which is a pale yellow in colour with a myriad of leaves and flowers illustrated in pastel colours giving an overall air of this being a natural product and has the shiny silver Clinique logo shown on the front. Inside, the foundation sits in an upright glass bottle which is topped with a silver screw top lid and has the Clinique logo printed onto the front. The glass bottle coupled with the outer packaging gives an expensive look to this product in my opinion and is definitely suggestive of quality and cost. Opening the lid of my bottle, my first impressions were that this foundation is quite thick in consistency which I was surprised at given that I had selected medium-light coverage on my questionnaire. Running my finger around the rim of the bottle, the foundation feels slightly oily to the touch (although it promises to be oil free) and I was pleased with this as I have quite dry skin and hoped this might restore a glow to my skin. This foundation is fragrance free which is good for people with sensitive skin although personally I do like a hint of fragrance as otherwise I do think foundation has the tendency to smell a tad chemically (if that is the correct word) after a few months sat on my dressing table.
~Application and Use~
This foundation requires applying via screwing open the lid and pouring the required amount out of the bottle. This is actually easier said than done as the foundation is quite thick in consistency which means that it pours very slowly out of the bottle and then comes out in one large blob which makes controlling the amount you need quite difficult. In addition, this method of application means that my bottle is now scarred with a thick layer of foundation which makes my fingers messy every time I pick it up. Once the required amount is poured out of the bottle it is then ready to be applied. Makeup professionals might suggest using a foundation brush for this purpose but in my case I prefer to pour a small blob into my palm and then dot it over my face before rubbing in with my fingers as I like to slightly warm the foundation before applying it to my face. The foundation dots quite easily on the five key areas of my face and after dotting on I rub it in slowly paying particular attention to my slightly blemished facial areas such as my chin and forehead. I like the way that the foundation rubs in and feels moisturising on my skin rather than leaving a dry layer, however I do find that the coverage of this particular foundation is slightly thicker than I prefer for daily use and therefore I do not need concealer under this particular product.
~The Finished Look~
After applying a small blob of foundation to my face I then assessed the quality of the foundation. In my opinion the results were good, the product easily masks small blemishes and doesn't sit in the fine lines around my eyes as other foundations. The finished look gave a slightly shiny look to my skin, which gave the impression of having perspired, however after I had applied a small amount of powder over the top my skin looked fresh and flawless but not shiny. The coverage was good but slightly heavy on my skin and as a result when I scrutinised my face in the harsh light of my car mirror it was obvious that I was wearing foundation. I had hoped, perhaps naively, that being an expensive product this foundation would look very natural on my skin however, it might have been the colour not being quite right or just the very harsh lighting which made it look noticeable. After a day of wear, the foundation still provided good coverage on my skin but was beginning to look slightly dewy. The feel on my skin continued to feel like there was something there, not in a bad way but in a way that reminded me that I was wearing coverage on my skin. At the end of the day I washed my face and was pleased with the way this foundation came off quite easily with my standard makeup remover. I like to ensure that I remove every trace of product from my skin and therefore with this foundation I did wash my face twice to ensure every last drop was removed.
Perhaps it was because I selected the colour myself and didn't get a chance to speak to a professional, but I failed to get the perfect shade of foundation when I purchased this product. Although I am fair skinned and got the fair shade, it still gave a light tide mark around my jaw line and gave the impression that I did have a full face of makeup. At the time of buying it was particularly hard to see the difference in shades of colour and therefore it might have been helpful for my Clinique counter to have a line of colours in order of shade from lightest to darkest in the event that there isn't a makeup advisor available. In my case, the shade suits my skin perfectly when I have a tan, however in the winter months it is noticeable and requires a good amount of rubbing in. As a result of this foundation being quite noticeable on my skin, it has been relegated to occasional wear on the occasions where we are going out for the evening or I have an interview or meeting that I want to look particularly polished for.
~Price and Availability~
When I purchased a bottle of this foundation last year it cost £21 for 30ml which at the time I considered quite expensive. A look online now reveals that it is currently £22 for 30ml on both the Clinique and Boots website, however it is worth looking out for special deals on the Clinique website in the event that you can get a couple of other items thrown in for better value. Due to the in-frequency in which I wear this foundation, I still have half a bottle left despite buying it last year but still consider it to last quite well and with daily wear would have thought a bottle should last for a few months.
~Overall Comments and Marks~
It is quite difficult to mark this particular foundation as a result of my comments however, as a result of the slightly heavier than desired coverage, dodgy colour results, expensive cost and messy bottle design I would have to award this product three stars. I would recommend this foundation to users who like heavier coverage and have dry skin, however when my bottle is finally used up I will probably look at another range or brand to get a slightly more usable foundation.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I bought this product recently and found it decidedly average which is disapointing considering the price. Let's start from the outside in. The foundation comes packed in a nicelittle box which is designed in a fresh and simple way , floral colours, clean lines. The box is quite sturdy and despite being flung around in my make up bag has maintained its shape. The foundation bottle is a thick plastic, again sturdy and yet nicely designed. The product has a lovely smell, non perfumed but clean and fresh. The foundation goes on reasonably smoothly but I have found it becomes heavy and stuck in my frown lines and difficult to blend around my jaw lines and hair lines. I have since bougt an expensive make up brush which has helped to solve this problem but disapointing that I needed to. Once applied using the brush the coverage is very good, the product is of medium to heavy thickness and does cover blemish spot and red marks. However I do find it easy to smugde, if I brush my fingers across my face ( I am a fidgeter ) they be become make up coated immediately. I also find the heavy formula makes my oily skin look slightly greasier as opposed to matte. Once I have finished the bottle ( too expensive to throw out !) I won't buy another one.
Over the years I have tried many foundations, cheap and expensive alike, but find myself returning to the Clinique Superbalanced time and time again.
I first visited the Clinique stand around 8 years ago where the customer advisor matched my skin type and tone to this foundation. Having fairly pale skin with a peach/pinkish undertone I am most suited to number 1 - petal. The foundation comes in a range of shades so I'm sure there would be one to suit all skin types with the help of the Clinique staff.
The foundation itself is thick and creamy but blends really well into your skin. It doesn't simply sit on top of your skin like many other foundations I have tried. I tend to apply it with my fingertips but I have also tried to apply it with brushes and sponges, both of which work well.
It is designed for combination skin, I think it is perfect and does not leave skin too dry or too oily.
It is packaged in a glass bottle but the glass is fairly thick, I have dropped many's a bottle on my bathroom floor and it has never smashed (or chipped a tile!). When purchased the bottle comes inside a neat little cardboard box (which I usually recycle!).
The bottle holds 30mls of foundation and currently costs £21.50. While this is pricier than some foundations, it goes a long way. On average a bottle will last me around 2 months, this is with applying the foundation every day and some days more than once for example if I am having a night out and remove my make up to reapply!
I like this foundation because it can be layered, for example I use a light amount during the day and would apply more layers for an evening out or a special occasion.
The foundation is fragrance and oil free. Fragrance free is important to me, I cannot bear when I can smell an unpleasant product smell on my face!
Having very pale skin, I've always struggled to get a foundation that matched my skin tone perfectly, either underestimating and getting an even paler one that made me look positively ghost-like, or ending up with the dreaded "tangoed" look...not good either way!
I eventually realised that constantly trying different foundations in the vain hope of one day miraculously choosing the right colour for me was a false economy so decided to splash out and visit a "proper" make up stand in Boots and have a consultation with someone who knew what they were talking about! The result was a purchase of this Clinique Superbalanced foundation in No 27, Alabaster. Looking back, it was most definitely worth paying the extra for the product, given the expert advice it came with as, having so many shades to choose from, I would never have chosen this particular one myself as in the bottle it looks too dark for my skin tone.
As I said, I bought it in Boots, several years ago now, and from memory it was around £20. This was way more than I would normally have spent on a foundation. However, I concluded that spending £20 on one foundation that was perfect was better than spending £10 each on three foundations that didn't really work for me! And not only was the shade right for me, it was also a foundation suitable for my combination skin type too, so there should have been no problems with it drying my skin out/making it oily either.
The superbalaned foundation comes in a small, clear glass bottle (containing 30ml of product) with the traditional white Clinique branding and information printed on it, stating that it has been allergy tested and is 100% fragrance free and oil free. Annoyingly to me, this bottle also comes in a small cardboard box, which although very pretty, doesn't contain too much more information than the bottle (certainly more than I need to know or have any interest in anyway) and, to me, is another example of over-packaging. Whilst I do realise that glass is obviously not as robust as plastic and can break much more easily, the quality of these little bottles is exemplary and the glass is by no means fragile, indeed it's quite chunky, so I would think the flimsy cardboard box wouldn't do much more to protect it should it be dropped or banged.
The foundation itself is quite a thick, creamy liquid and to start with I simply tipped it upside down onto my foundation sponge to get the required amount out and used the sponge to first of all dot it around my face and then to blend it in properly. I know some people like to use their fingers to apply foundation but as I wear glasses sometimes I prefer not to get it all over my fingers and so use a sponge.
I was really pleased with how easy this foundation was to blend into my skin and immediately that I applied it I could see that it was the right colour for my fair skin tone. It matched perfectly and, apart from the obvious desired effect of a much more even tone where it had been applied, you couldn't see where the foundation started and my skin ended. And, even better, as promised on the bottle and by the Clinique consultant that sold it to me, it hasn't had any effects on my skin, neither drying it out nor making it feel oilier like some foundations have done in the past. Once applied it is very long-lasting and even when wearing it for an all-day wedding I didn't feel the need to reapply at any point.
As I don't wear full makeup every day and only tend to wear foundation for nights out and special occasions this little bottle has lasted me a very long time - I would estimate about 3 years now - and so for me it was excellent value. The problem I have found as it comes to the end of the bottle though is that, as it is such a thick liquid, it doesn't run smoothly out of the bottle and so when I use it now I end up having to either shake it like a mad thing for ages to get any out, or to stick a cotton bud into it to get any product. This can be slightly annoying but isn't enough to put me off buying another bottle when this has gone completely.
So, in conclusion, for me this is a very good foundation and definitely worth the price tag (although if you're canny and buy from a large Boots store during a triple points weekend you could theoretically save up to £2.50). I would recommend to anybody struggling to find the right shade for them to bite the bullet and get a proper constulation...it may cost you more initially, but in the long run I think it is good value as you don't end up spending money on the wrong product for years to come. The slight niggle of getting the last of the product out of the bottle is by no means bad enough for me to dismiss this foundation and I will definitely be buying another one when this has finally gone, although I do hope that they've since done away with the accompanying cardboard box. And, looking on the Boots website, there are 20 different shades to choose from so there should definitely be one suitable for everbody!
This foundation suits most skin types - I have quite dry skin and my friend also uses it with oily skin and it works well for both as it is oil-free. It is perfume and oil free so might be a good purchase for those with skin complaints. You can build it up for more coverage and I find it blends really well so it can be used daily and for a more full look in the evening. The only problem is the bottle - there is always a lot left that you can't get out and for quite a small bottle that can be quite annoying. I definitely recommend this product and although it is slightly more expensive than the average foundation it is worth it. Unless you are looking for strong coverage, a little goes a long way and it doesn't dry out quickly so I don't find I need to re-do through the day.
I love the fact that the color looks very natural. It is also very easy to apply and buildable with a decent brush. It doesnt give that powerdy effect which i had found most foundations give it gives a very natural, matte finish. The foundation is easily blendable and because of the natural look leaves no obvious foundation lines. The foundation gives out a nice consitancy and good coverage so you dont end up with alot of build up. and the last huge postive doesnt cause me break out in spots even with using it regularly .
This make up is so clever as it seems to moisturize my skin, but doesn't leave my face looking like an oily either. One of of the downsides include the fact it isnt a pump foundation so you have to pour it out and can sometimes end up with more than u want so you end up wasting some. Also the packaging which looks good but is annoying in that you cant tell when the bottle is empty and cant get every last bit out of it .
overall thought the postives definitly weigh out the negatives and for a good price ... you cant go wrong :)
I found that usually that with some cheaper brands of foundations it can be a challenge to find a shade that is suitable for my very fair skin without being slightly too dark or having that horrible orange tinge that makes that awful visible like between your face and neck - not a good look! So I decided to invest in a more expensive foundation with the hopes of a well matched shade that would enhance my complexion rather than making me worried I looked a bit like an oompa loompa!
So I popped into my local Clinique counter - I have always found Clinique staff to be well informed about their products and helpful without being pushy. The Clinique lady asked me a few questions first - what foundation have I previously used, what skin type I had, what coverage and what finish I would like from my foundation. I was promptly recommended the super balanced make up which claimed to meet all my needs I had stated. I had 3 stripes of different shades on my face to determine the correct shade for me and was offered to have my face done properly with it, however I was happy enough to just see that the stripe on my jaw line actually matched the colour of my skin!
On the website for Clinique it is claimed that superbalanced will equalize combination skin, minimize appearance of fine lines, protect skin from environmental damage, is oil free and water resistant. That is a lot of claims for just one foundation! I felt that my skin did feel more equalised however I couldn't really comment on minimising the appearance of fine lines because at present I do not have any! I liked that the foundation is oil free and it is definitely water resistant! I feel that this foundation has a very good coverage, enough but not so much that it looks caked on but not too sheer that I see no point in wearing it. I wear it most days, it gives my skin no problems at all and doesn't give me the feeling that I am wearing too much make up. It has a nice natural finish which is exactly what I wanted and I am generally very happy with the results of my purchase. It retails at approximately 21 pounds available online or at Clinique counters through various department stores. I do however wish that they would have changed the packaging.
This particular foundation comes in a glass bottle which looks nice but I don't think is particularly practical. It is far too easy for too much foundation to come out and the last thing you want when you have bought an expensive foundation is for there to be wastage. A plastic squeezer bottle would have been more appropriate as this would have allowed you to easily control how much you use and you could also cut the bottle when you have nearly used all of the product to get at those last bits! Having said this, there are much more expensive foundations out there and even with some wastage I still find that this foundation lasts me months, even through using it basically every day and so works out as good value.
I am so happy that I have found a foundation that meets all of my needs. Of course not everybody has the same needs but I find Clinique has a foundation to meet everybody's individual needs so if you think your foundation isn't doing its job properly then get yourself down to a Clinique counter. I have also found that Clinique are happy to give you a sample of foundation in a pot (it may be wise to take your own as they do not always have some) then you can try it out for some time to be really sure that your purchase will be well informed. A fantastic foundation that I have now been using for over a year!!
I have used this foundation for several years now and won't be swapping any time soon. I'm 52 years old, and when I reached 45 my skin tone and texture changed quite dramatically. My favourite Rimmel foundation started to look wrong, and although I spent a small fortune trying various different alternatives from the cheaper ranges, I couldn't quite get it right.
After a few failed purchases I decided I needed professional help, and I visited a local independent department store which stocks many of the premium brands. I chose the Clinique counter simply because the assistant looked like I wanted to look! She was about my age, attractive and well made-up, but in an elegant, understated way. I was there for over an hour, undergoing a full 'foundation fitting' and came away with the Clinique Superbalanced Foundation in Ivory which I have used ever since.
This is a liquid foundation, which comes in a chunky glass bottle. It passes my 'dressing-table-attractiveness' test! The 30 ml bottle costs about £21, and Clinique describe it as a moderate coverage foundation, giving a natural finish, which is suitable for combination skin. They say it absorbs oil where needed, and minimises the appearance of fine lines. Like most Clinique foundations, it is oil free and contains anti-irritants and anti-oxidants. It is also water-resistant and perspiration-proof.
*** My experience***
I use this daily after applying a serum and moisturiser. Using my fingers, I place several dots of foundation on my face, then blend it across my whole face with my finger tips. It blends very easily, and leaves no 'tide-mark' around my jaw or neck. It feels very light on my skin and I don't actually feel like I am wearing any foundation. Although light, it is gives an excellent coverage and completely evens out my slightly blotchy skin tone. It looks fresh and very natural - people have commented that I am lucky to have good skin and not need to wear make-up!! Obviously this is due to the sales advisor helping me to choose exactly the correct colour, but with twenty shades available there should be one to suit everybody. It lasts for a good eight hours - if I was going out after work I would need to re-apply it, but I think that is the case with any foundation. Before bed, all remaining traces are removed easily with a standard (cheap!) cleansing cream.
*** The Verdict***
This is the now only foundation I own. I have it in two shades - Ivory which is my staple choice, and Vanilla for the rare occasions when I have a suntan. At £21 I suppose it is quite expensive, but a bottle lasts me about four months and it does everything I could ask of a foundation. I don't begrudge paying that little bit more for the confidence of knowing that I look as fresh-faced and attractive as I possibly can at 52 years old. Having said that, it is not purely a product for mature women. My eighteen year old daughter borrows it occasionally and, although my shade is slightly dark for her, she would buy a lighter one in a heart-beat if she could afford it!
I most definitely recommend this product.
Clinique Superbalanced Foundation Make Up is the best foundation I have ever used-and trust me I have tried a few! In fact it's such a fantastic foundation that the Sunday Times Stle & Beauty Awards 2010 voted it the winner of best foundation. And that is well deserved for this product.
Foundation is the base to every make up bag. It's the first thing you put on when applying make-up and therefore it's your base for every other product and needs to be the best of every single one of them. Foundation needs to be purchased according to your skin type and shade and also needs to provide the level of coverage that you desire without contributing to any potential skin problems-for example dry skin, oily skin, acne etc. Foundation won't help any of these issues which is why it's important to find a foundation that will work with your skin rather than contribute against it.
Thats why Clinique Superbalanced Foundation works so well for almost all skin types. They have three different ranges within this brand:
1.Very Dry To Dry
2.Dry to Combination
Within those three skin types there are 20 different shades that can be tested to match up against your own skin colour. As Clinique is a 'counter' brand not a high street brand when you first go to the counter an assistant will help you match up your skin tone to the most suitable shade. This is usually done on your jaw line and will take a few attempts to find the right one. The assistant should also give you a quick consultantion about the type of skin you have and what coverage you would like. Personally I wear range number 2. Dry to Combination. This is the most common of skin types and the most easily suited foundation. I don't really have what I would class as dry skin but day to day elements does dry your skin out and like lots of women by T-Zone sometimes gets Oily so this foundation works well to neutralise the T-Zone and also keep my cheeks bones covered from the elements. Personally my shade is Ivory as I have quite pale skin, but another beauty with this foundation is when you do wear fake tan and therefore change the shade of skin, the Superbalanced Foundation adapts to this so you don't need to worry about having a spare shade for those special occasions.
Clinique Superbalanced Foundation has the consistancy of a 'thin' foundation. It's not thick and gloopy but more like a liquid foundation which I love as it doesn't make me feel like I'm layering make-up on with a trowel! Never a good look! However once it's on, the foundation does provide that beautiful matte finish look which you don't expect with a liquid foundation. I used to assume that I would have to buy those awful gloopy and thick foundations to get that level of coverage, but was so pleased to find I didn't need to!
This foundation is also full of anti-irratants and anti-oxidants and is non-acnegenic and is oil free. These things all contribute to my overall rating of 5 stars for this foundation. Providing protection from the elements is also present in this foundation and to know that my skin has even a small level of protection is a bonus for me. Being someone who wears make up most days this gives me some comfort over what I'm doing to my skin!
Clinique Superbalanced Foundation comes in a glass bottle with a silver style lid and comes per 30ml. The cost for 30ml is £21, a figure which has grown over the last few years quite a lot but is still worth it because for that it should last approximately 3 months if used on a daily basis.
This item is my foundation for life! Expensive, but toally worth it!
I bought this foundation when I noticed a friend of mine, who has a similar complexion to mine, suddenly started having flawless skin that looked wonderfully natural. When were out with friends for dinner and everyone was complementing her skin. I asked her later and she told me she just bought this foundation.
I tried it and was happy to find it had the same effect on me :) I have normal skin and she has dry skin so I guess clinique are delivering what they promise.
The bottle is square with a metallic lid as you can see in the picture. It's surprisingly light as I expected it to be heavy because of the thick glass bottle. Once you remove the lid, there is no applicator or anything. You just use a sponge or your fingers on the opening and flip the bottle to get some foundation out. On the bottom of the bottle it tells you that once opened, it can be used for 2 years. Which is good since my 30ml bottle lasted for a long time, of course it depends on how much you use and how often. The foundation itself is not thick but rather a thinnish liquid. It's easy to apply and blends in well with my skin.
It also says on the bottle that it is tested for allergies and 100% fragrance and oil free. Although it says on the bottle to shake well before using, I never experienced any problems with it or noticed the components separating.
What I like about this foundation is that it does look natural and I don't feel it on my skin. It also never drys up in lines or under my eyes. I would say it lasts for quite a long time so it looks good throughout the evening.
I received this foundation for my Christmas my sister in law knows that I have combination skin my t zone is healthy where as my cheeks are a little dry so while she was out shopping she picked me up this little wonder from Clinque. It costs around £23 for a 30 ml bottle. There are around 17 shades so there is definitely one to suit every skin tone.The foundation itself comes in a small glass bottle.It is see through so that you can see how much is remaining in the bottle and has a screw on lid. The bottle itself is rather heavy this is because it is made of very strong glass but sometimes it seems a bit excessive for such a small bottle.
To get the foundation out of the bottle you have to tip it up as its just a small hole for the foundation to be applied. I find it easier to get a cotton bud pick up a little foundation with it and then transfer it on to the foundation brush as I find each and every time I tip the bottle up too much comes out and makes a huge mess. The idea is to work from the middle of the face and work out the way towards hair line and chin. You only need a small amount on the foundation brush as I find it does go a very long way.
Once applied the foundation really does look brilliant a real difference in tone of the skin its looks almost flawless but at the same time it is so very light that you can't feel it on your skin. It causes no irritation and last for a full working day up to around 12 hours that is when I start to notice it fading away. It looks really natural but still gives a really nice finish. It can be a little hard to blend it in with the brush around nose eyes and mouth but it is easily fixed by blending with your fingers and achieves the same brilliant finish as with the brush.
As for the combination part of the foundation I have not noticed any real difference in my skin but at the same time it does not get worse as it does with a lot of other foundations so it must be doing something to prevent it from getting worse. I think although it is a little pricey it is well worth it as it stays put all day without rubbing off, its a light noticeable yet subtle finish. There is a shade for every skin tone and over all is just brilliant.
My only down side is I prefer squeezer bottle for application as the opening to the bottle is not very wide and can be very messy when trying to pour the correct amount of foundation out.
I had always struggled to find the right colour foundation for my complection until 6 years ago on holiday in America an extremely helpful shop assistant introduced me to clinique superbalanced foundation. This amazing product started my addiction to clinique.
I have recently tried finding a cheaper alternative but non of the products I've tried come close to this foundation.
At £21 per bottle it does seem expensive for what initially looks like a small bottle however a little really does go a long way. I use this product on a daily basis and it lasts me a couple of months. You can also keep an eye out for the clinique bonus time in department stores such as Boots, Debenhams or House of Fraser. This way if you buy two products you get a goody bag of clinique products to try out.
This foundation comes in 20 different shades so with the help of the clinique assistant it is not hard to find your ideal colour. It blends into the skin really easy and leave no streaks or patches. It is extremely natural looking but with excellent coverage.
I have combination skin but this foundation gives moisture to my dry skin whist controlling greasy areas.
The bottle looks great, it's a glass bottle which gives it the feel of a quality product whilst the glass is extremely strong. I'm very clumsy but in the 6 years I've used this product I haven't broken one yet, despite dropping it numerous times in the floor and I the sink.
I can't recommend this product enough. It is a make up bag essential. It is light, easy to use and not at all greasy or sticky and the results are fantastic.
For me, this is simply the best make up I have ever purchased. I admit, at first I did think Is it worth the money? But I completely feel like it is, and have never looked back. I am now on my second bottle (In 3 years because it lasts so well - yes I do use it every day!)
Benefits I feel it offers are:
Excellent finish when applied on the skin
It REALLY is balanced - I suffer with dry and oily skin, and it works well
No orange lines, the colours are fantastic, they totally blend in - and there is such a big range of them
It lasts all day (well 9-5), you probably will want to apply again if you are off out at night, but still its brilliant.
It doesn't dry out - like most other brands do!!
It lasts for months.. and still feels like new 6 months down the line!
You can test it out in store to get the right colours
Any negatives.. well I think the only negative is the design of the bottle.. with it being shaped how it is, it can be hard to scrape out those last few bits.. but to be honest at that stage you've had 6-8 months usage of it.. it's time to buy a new one!
Anything else.. well I have recommended this product to a lot of my friends, and I know that not all agree, they don't think it's worth the money, and that's absolutely fine! But for me, and trust me I do usually use every opportunity to save money, I believe that £24 for make up that will give you confidence and make you feel good, is worth it!
I don't usually have a big budget for make up, sticking to middle of the range brands like rimmel and no7, but I wanted something special for my wedding day - to ensure that there were no obvious faux pas' on the photos to haunt me for the rest of my life. Having spent so much on the dress, flowers, hair etc I didn't want to ruin it all with an embarassing orange face. I took myself off to debenhams, where I spoke to the lady on the clinique counter who was able to advise me on the product I should be using. After an initial consultation on my skin type, she advised me that the clinique superbalanced foundation would suit my needs and was even able to colour match this to my skin tone.
The Clinique superbalanced range is designed for combination skin, to balance out the oily patches and the dry patches. I'm prone to an oily T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry skin on my cheeks, so this describes me perfectly. It is supposed to provide moisture and absorb oil where needed whilst also minimising the appearance of fine lines. It also protects the skin from environmental damage, containing antioxidants and anti irritants. Clinique also claim this to be a long wearing foundation.
It comes in liquid form in a small glass bottle with a silver screw top. The clinique lettering is etched on the side of the bottle. It comes in a vast number of shades to suit a variety of skin types. I have pretty fair skin, so opted for no 2 - Fair.
The price is £21 for 30ml, which as I said earlier is a bit above my usual make-up budget.
The foundation can be applied to the face using the fingers (clean, of course!) or a triangular foundation sponge. I find it easier to apply with my fingers as it is easier to blend, but this is really down to personal preference. The foundation itself is quite runny, and as it is in a glass bottle rather than a squeezy bottle, it can be hard to get the right amount of product for application. I usually give the bottle a quick tip and apply bit by bit.
At first I was a bit dubious as the liquid felt a little oily to the touch and I was worried about the effect that this would have on my particularly oily patches on my forehead/nose. Would this really prevent the dreaded shine or would it just make matters worse. I decided to give the foundation a trial run and see how it coped during an average day! I was pleased that, on applying and blending, it didn't seem to leave my skin feeling greasy, in fact it gave quite a matt finish. It was also really easy to blend and the colour matched my skin tone perfectly, it was a really natural look. At the same time, it covered my blemishes and lifted my skin tone to a less lifeless shade. After finishing with a touch of pressed powder, it gave a subtle lift to my face, particularly when catching the light.
The foundation did seem to last all day and it definitely prevented the shine from appearing. Other foundations that I have tried have not done this & I have needed several top up applications of powder throughout the day to keep the shine away. I'm dubious about the moisturising effect that it is meant to have on dry patches though. It by no means left my skin feeling dried out, but I didn't notice any improvement in the skin moisture-wise either. But the superbalanced claim does seem quite ambitious and I'm more that happy to settle for it combatting the oily patches and not drying out the dry patches any further.
The foundation also leaves my skin soft to the touch and without that feeling that I am wearing alot of make up. It is really light and I am really pleased with the natural look that it gives me, whilst still giving me the confidence that blemishes are concealed and my skin tone is even.
This product has proved to me that sometimes you do simply get what you pay for. This is by far and away the best foundation I have used and I don't think I can go back to the cheaper alternatives now. That said, as only a little amount of the foundation is required per application as it blends so well, a bottle has so far lasted me 4 months with almost everyday usage so it actually works out as pretty good value for money. I'm definitely a clinique convert!
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup 30ml / Combination/ oily skin / Medium Coverage / Matte Finish.