It has definitely been a while since I posted, nearly two months in fact. I will of course blame that on my poor time management and stress during exams because it happens every year, even though I vow to change my ways. Oh well, I’m back now, exams are over and I have a very long list of posts I need to write. I’m starting with a foundation review as I have been testing this ever since I was gifted the Clinique Even Better Refresh Foundation at an event last month!
The Clinique Even Better Refresh Foundation is quite a mouthful, however name aside it comes in 27 different shades and you get 30ml of product – the standard for most foundations. The Clinique website claims this can offer you 24 hour full coverage while still giving you a natural finish. It contains hyaluronic acid to hide any fine lines, peptides to smooth the skin and salicylic acid to retexturize the skin. I love hyaluronic and salicylic acid and both already feature in my day to day skincare, so to add that into a foundation was never going to be a bad thing. The lovely ladies at the Clinique event helped me shade match and for once I wasn’t the lightest shade, just the second lightest WN 01 Flax.
I haven’t actually used many Clinique foundations before as all the ones I have purchased in the past have all been too dark for me, so it was really nice to finally be able to try one with a good colour match. While the packaging isn’t very luxe compared to my NARS Natural Radiance or MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, it is on the more practical side: plastic tube, perfect for travelling. It’s also transparent so you’re able to see how much product you have left.
For a full coverage foundation this actually has quite a thin texture, it’s not the water type texture of the NYX foundation drops by any stretch, but it’s not a formula that will weigh your skin down. It blends fairly easily, especially when using a beauty blender, though if you want fuller coverage always go for a brush. This won’t be full coverage after only one layer, it’s a nice medium coverage if you don’t build it up which is perfect for everyday wear. However, if you’re wanting to cover all your imperfections two layers, applied with a brush, is the way to go. The finish is exactly as they describe: natural. It is not matte, nor particularly glowy, instead it just looks like my skin but better. I want to say ‘facetuned’ but it doesn’t quite blur everything which is partially why it gives such a natural finish; it doesn’t mask the skin below. There is no SPF which is a little disappointing, but we should all be wearing a separate SPF anyway. It’s just nice to feel extra protected from the sun as we get towards summer.
I know this claims to last 24 hours, but I am never going to wear my makeup for that long so I won’t be able to confirm that, however I was able to wear it for a 17 hour shift at work. (I tend to test most foundations whilst at work as I rarely put on makeup for longer than 8 hours otherwise.) I think 17 hours is still a decent test; I do a lot whilst at work so it’s definitely put through its paces, I can be waitressing, stocking the bar, washing up, the list goes on. Before I wore it to work I did give it a blog photo test, I do this quite often, checking products are the right shade for me to wear out of the house, and I also see how it photographed: this photographed beautifully. I found that this wears really well up until the 12hr mark; no touch ups needed, no oil coming through or transfer. I don’t usually powder much anyway as my skin is combination dry, though after the 12hr mark I did see a little shine peaking through. I haven’t found a single foundation that can maintain how it looks on application over 12 hours, usually around my nose begins to wear off and it starts to settle into fine lines. I’m not annoyed that the Clinique Even Better Refresh foundation also did this, it didn’t look bad when it began to show signs of wear, it just didn’t look as good as it did when I first applied. For shorter periods of wear it looks natural and wears beautifully – I’m definitely going to continue using it.
I would recommend it for those wanting medium/full coverage without looking cakey. It’s certainly not a cheap option, but it is one that is dermatologically and allergy tested, so you shouldn’t find your skin having an adverse reaction. If you’re interested in the foundation you can sign up on the Clinique website and get a free 10 day trial instore, which is definitely worth it so you don’t waste money on something that doesn’t work for your skin. Again although it is pricey as I’ve gotten older I’ve found that I am much more likely to invest in my base products than any other and would consider repurchasing at this moment in time; though as a beauty lover I do like to try new things.
You can buy the Clinique Even Better Refresh Foundation from the Clinique website for £30.
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