Water, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trehalose, PEG-10 Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Laureth-7, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone Silylate, Xanthan Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Silica, Coconut Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Bismuth Oxychloride.

They say:

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.

I say:

I had high hopes for Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. Clinique are a brand I respect and I use at least a couple of their products pretty much every day. They also offer a good selection of foundations in a wide range of colours and finishes.

On paper, the Beyond Perfecting Foundation sounded ideal for my combination, sensitive skin type. First, it’s supposed to provide a light, natural, and yet full, coverage. Secondly, it claims to be moisturising even though it’s oil-free. Thirdly, add to this a sweat-resistant formula, plus a fairly inoffensive ingredient list and I was expecting great things. After wearing it for a week, I’m still on the fence. I don’t know how I feel about this foundation. I’m confused. Really confused.

On the left – bare face. On the right – after applying Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer.

Beyond Perfecting Foundation comes in a weighty glass bottle with a doe-foot applicator which is useful for spreading and dabbing the product onto the face. The texture is quite thick and creamy and a little goes a long way. After dispensing a small amount and applying using a beauty blender (my preferred method for liquid foundation) the results were all good. On the positive side, my skin looked smooth and fairly flawless; the colour seemed fine (I’ve got the lightest shade in the bunch – 01 Linen) and the finish was nice – a bit dewy, but not greasy. It all seemed to be going so well. After about ten minutes, though, the finish had changed.

From a distance it looks okay (left) however, close up (right), you can see patchy areas, especially around my nose, and some gathering around my laughter lines.

Close-up in the mirror, I noticed the foundation was clinging to all my dry patches. It had settled into my fine lines and wrinkles. It looked heavy and obvious on my skin. My complexion felt sticky and moist to the touch which, for me, being prone to oiliness, wasn’t ideal. Additionally, my face did actually become greasy, fairly quickly.

Due to these results, I didn’t feel entirely comfortable wearing this foundation. I worried about it during the day and was always aware of looking very shiny, despite powdering regularly. Because the product was also sinking into my wrinkles and becoming patchy in areas, I just lost confidence in it.

As a result, I wouldn’t buy Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer again. It’s not a bad foundation by any means, in fact, I think it has a lot going for it; it’s just not for me.

It doesn’t look too bad when first applied and viewed from a distance!

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  1. Ariadna
    25th March 2017 / 9:13 pm

    From afar it looks quite good but you’re right, when you do a close up it doesn’t look that great! It’s a shame, because it did sound pretty amazing! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • 27th July 2017 / 11:26 pm

      I know, right; another disappointment… Oh well, a good excuse to keep testing products! X

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