This is a foundation I have wanted to try for months now, it was on my April wish list, but I have been dying to try it since last year, this is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer.
I decided to go into Boots to try a sample, as it’s a pretty expensive foundation to try and potentially not like.
As I have bought a Clinique foundation before, I asked the sales assistant what the similar colour to Alabaster was. Luckily enough, they had the exact same shade range…Or I thought they did. The sales assistant happily gave me the sample of the foundation and off I went.
First of all, let’s start with the claims:
“A foundation-and-concealer in one for a natural, beyond perfected look that lasts all day. Lightweight, moisturizing makeup covers thoroughly without clogging pores. Skin breathes comfortably, colour stays true, even through sweat and humidity. Due to the rich pigment level that enhances this flawless coverage makeup, shades may appear deeper when first applied. Leave the foundation to settle just for a few minutes, this will allow the high pigment in the formula to adapt to your skin tone which is why you get such a flawless perfected finish. Suitable for ALL skin types.”
- Medium to high coverage
- Not keen on the scent
- Quite a heavy feel on the face
- 28 available shades
- Matte finish
- Liquid foundation (medium thickness in consistency)
- No mention of SPF
- 30ml bottle
- RRP £27
The packaging I love, I am a bit fan of Clinique’s packaging and how it just looks so clean and simple. Not over board or flashy, it’s just…classic. The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a silver lid. Now instead of the normal pump, no pump dilemma, this foundation comes with a magic wand applicator, which some people can find unsanitary but it’s the exact same as using a doe foot applicator with your concealer.
This foundation is medium to high in coverage, you can build it up with two layers to get a higher coverage, but I did find that it didn’t completely cover my blemishes.
Now to get onto the shade, as I mentioned I have used Alabaster before, which is quite a close colour match for me, so I thought this would be the same. I was mortified when I opened my tester tub to notice how dark it was, in comparison to the alabaster shade I had in another foundation from the same brand, this was no where near pale enough for me.
As I wanted to test the formula and longevity of the product, I wore it round the house so I could still test it out, without going out in public and looking like a umpa lumpa.
When applying, this is quite a thick foundation but blends quite easily, but you do have to be quick, as it dries. The colour definitely didn’t match at all, but it went on nice, until I started to notice that it wasn’t settling well into my lines or on my nose. It didn’t seem to want to sit well and it was quite hard to blend it for it to look flawless.
The other thing I noticed was the smell, I recognised the smell and I just couldn’t place it, I really didn’t like the scent to this foundation. I even got my mum to smell my face once it was applied and even she said it wasn’t nice. I finally figured out what the smell was…it was Play Doh, which even though it bought back childhood memories, this is not how I want my face to smell.
After wearing the foundation for a while, I did start to notice that the foundation shade was changing to match my skin tone, as the claims say. Now it didn’t completely match me, but it had improved from the umpa lumpa stage.
I do feel, that even though the colour wasn’t right, it’s not a foundation I would purchase due to the way it applied to my face and the longevity just wasn’t there for me, it was obviously fading and breaking down on my face throughout the day. I am really disappointed, as I was really hoping this foundation would be perfect and something I could use to alternate between this and my go to product.
Overall, I really wasn’t impressed with this foundation, it’s like they say, you should never meet your idol, as it can be disappointing, this is how I feel about this foundation.
I would rate this a 5/10, it’s not the worst foundation I have ever tried and it’s not the best. It is something I will try again with different skin care products, primers etc, just to see if any difference is made. I do this because this is one of Clinique’s best sellers and well reviewed by customers and I can’t let this one slip away from me.
- All foundations were applied with a beauty sponge (for best application)
- Before applying the foundation, I moisturised with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, Benefit POREfessional primer and Soap and Glory Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture (secondary primer)
- All opinions in these posts are my own opinion, everyone is different, if I don’t like a product, it doesn’t necessarily mean it wasn’t good, it just didn’t work for me
- All products mentioned, I purchased myself and have not received any benefits for writing these posts
- I have combination skin, this will always effect the way the foundation works, so bear this in mind when reading the reviews.