I am skeptical of foundations being touted as coverage and treatment in one. In theory, it should be a brilliant idea. If you wear foundation, than you are wearing a product on your face for near half the day. Foundation would be an ideal product to introduce treatment ingredients. Except, I am skeptical of big beauty companies actually putting anything that has a real skin treatment like effect in makeup. Why? Think about it. It is a two for one! You pay for one product what they would prefer you to pay for two, three, or more. Look, I am a product junkie, but if you tell me I could legitimately get the same affect from one product, as I would from four, I would jump ship and just redirect my compulsive tendencies to another aspect in my life. So, when I bought Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15, I was focusing more on the foundation aspect, and not the “even better” part, which I presumed would be neglible. Beauty marketing is incredibly misleading. So, I am commenting on this product as a foundation.
1. Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in Golden Neutral, 1.0 oz for $27.00
This is marketed as a moderate coverage foundation, that can be used on dry and oily combination skin. I cry foul and believe this is more appropriate for dry-normal skin. Not that I can’t use it for my oily skin, but it is ideal for dry skin types. Also, I think this is more of a medium to full coverage, assuming you can set it. This foundation takes a while to set, actually I don’t think it sets in the same way that the Urban Decay Naked Weightless Ultra Definition Makeup sets. This foundation definitely kind of sits on skin in a moist way. You don’t feel it like a layer but the sensation of moisture is there, if you are oily.
What I like about the foundation is that it can be sheered out, it can be easily mixed with other products, it doesn’t pill, and it is in a convenient container that can be thrown in a gym bag. This foundation is no YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat or Urban Decay Naked Foundation, but it is still a good foundation, and since it is cheaper than both of the other foundations, it is a good value. Not great value. It is still better than most drugstore foundations.
I got the shade Golden Neutral. I swatched it next to YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat BD50. They are very close shade wise, but Golden Neutral has a stronger golden base. I am not sure if you can see, but it offers more coverage than the YSL BD50, which is allowing my own skintone to peek through its soft-focus gel formula and toning down the shade’s darker tone.
Overall, I am dissatisfied with Clinique’s shade options. Considering all the shades they have, you would think they would have a better shade option than Golden Neutral, which I can only use sheered out and blended. Like many foundations, this color gets darker on your skin as time goes by.