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I've found the foundation for me!
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup
Member Name: redhead78
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup
Advantages: Great choice of colours, easy to blend, kind to my skin
Disadvantages: Hard to get the last of it out of the bottle, unnecessary packaging
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!
Summary: A fab foundation that will be a permanent in my makeup bag