Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

I’ve documented my struggles with finding the perfect foundation before (here), but after living with just a BB cream for about four months I started to feel the need for more coverage. So the hunt for the perfect foundation began all over again. For me that would be a medium coverage (but buildable) foundation that is glow inducing, lasts about 12 hours, is undetectable and comfortable even on my sensitive and dry skin. I’ve come to accept though that the PERFECT foundation most likely won’t fit within my budget, so some sacrifices would have to be made.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Doe Foot Applicator

Enter the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, which manages to cover all my flaws (dark circles included) without being detectable or irritating to my skin. The foundation delivers enough moisture to keep my skin feeling happy, but the finish is very natural and not as dewy as I would have liked. This is however easily rectified with a little bit of facial oil mixed in.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

I usually apply my foundation at around 07h00 in the morning and only take it off at 22h00 in the evening and this is where it beat all the previous contenders, as it looked even better after a few hours of wear. My cheeks usually have foundation for breakfast, but this manages to keep the rosy-ness (made-up words are the best!) at bay and only goes slightly patchy around my nose (nothing that my finger can’t touch up).

In terms of coverage, less definitely is more. I usually make around 3 to 5 small dots on my face with the doe foot applicator and then blend in with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush.  Then I go back in for concealing should I need to (usually a little bit around my eyes). I’ve found that the coverage is definitely buildable to full but then it takes a while to settle before it starts to look natural. It doesn’t crease like other concealers do around my eyes and also doesn’t feel dry.

With a wide shade range available and ticking so many boxes, I believe that this could be a favourite among many.

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Pink Beauty

pink beautyI always associate pink with beauty and whilst the colour can be tough and fierce, I like it most when it is unpretentiously sweet. Here are some of my top pink beauty buys- Just in time for summer!

  1. Chanel Le Blush Crème De Chanel in ‘Affinite’, available from R440.
  2. Lancôme Gloss in Love  Sparkling Lip Glaze in ‘Under the Spotlight’, available from R270.
  3. Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in ‘Pudgy Peony’, available from R215.
  4. Essie Nail Polish in ‘The girls are out’, available from R105.
  5. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Intense, available from R485 for 30ml.

What are your favourite pink beauty buys?

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Review: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

100_5377Available here, for R355 for 40 ml or visit your nearest store for a free sample as I did.

Clinique’s CC cream promised more coverage than most BB Creams whilst leaving skin looking dewy and moisturized. CC is an acronym for “colour correcting” and the sales lady promised me it would minimize the redness on my cheeks which is my main concern. It also corrects sallowness, dullness and grey. I have been using Clinique’s Supermoisture Makeup foundation and although it does deliver the coverage and dewiness I was after, it does leave my skin feeling slightly sticky. So whilst it looks amazing, it doesn’t feel so comfortable. I was hoping that this CC cream would solve all my problems and I am happy to report that it did!

Most alphabet creams are only available in three shades and I’m usually somewhere in between the light and medium. Luckily I didn’t have this problem as Clinique’s comes in 6 shades. I do think they could however make more darker shades. My shade is “Very Light” and although it looks quite orange in the container, it blended to quite a neutral light shade. I might have to go a shade darker for summer though.

The consistency feels like a thick cream and not at all like the Moisture Surge cream which feels like a gel to me. Once it heats on you skin it almost feels like it’s melting and blending becomes a dream.

At first blending was  a little tricky as I used it after moisturizing my face. It felt a little streaky and I couldn’t blend it into my skin. I also felt a little oily, as though I had on too much moisturizer. Bearing in mind that it is a very hydrating product, I prefer using the it on its own. This creates a more natural feel and it becomes super easy to spread without creating streaks and it doesn’t feel as though the product is just sitting on my face. Even though my skin is quite dry I feel this cream is easily absorbed and it delivers enough moisture to carry me through the day.

As far as coverage is concerned, i’d say it gives more coverage than most alphabet creams yet less than a medium coverage foundation would but it is buildable. It makes my skin tone look more uniform, essentially the purpose of a foundation, and it almost eliminated my redness which I think is amazing. It also added a nice dewiness to my skin making it appear moisturized and healthy without feeling sticky or thick. It delivers all the positive aspects of my foundation with only sacrificing a little coverage.

This product offers SPF 30, which is a little higher than what most products used to offer, though I feel companies are shifting to a higher SPF, which is great. Please do bear in mind that sunblocks need to be re-applied during the day to offer continuous protection. No foundation or other makeup can replace your sunblock. For me this is fine for everyday use as I spend most of my days inside anyways and only see the sun early in the morning (when the cream will still offer protection) and when I leave work the sun is setting. When I plan on spending days outside I use a higher SPF 40 that I can reapply, so no problem there.

The price might be a little steep but do bear in mind that it comes in a 40 ml container instead of 30 ml, which is standard for foundation, so you get a little more product. I also believe that with products that has such a huge impact on how your skin looks and feels you can splurge a little and rather save on colour products which you’ll use less often and less of. Lastly remember that you are saving on your moisturizer as well as this doubles as moisturizer and foundation.

This product is great for everyday use as it is easy to apply and gives a great natural look.  I will definitely be purchasing a full-sized CC Cream as soon as I finish my foundation. Please tell me what you thought of this product and whether it has helped you with sallowness or grayness.

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