Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer + 24 Hour Wear
Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer + 24 Hour Wear delivers crease-resistant coverage that looks fresh all day, and is particularly great for use around the eye area. But we're just getting started on what's so great about this product…
The liquid-cream, fragrance-free formula dispenses via squeeze tube packaging, and blends effortlessly into skin. It doesn't have the most buildable texture, (don't expect much more than medium coverage), but we love how the natural finish avoids settling into fine lines and never looks cakey.
There are several shades for fair to deep skin tones, as well as an Apricot Color Corrector shade meant to offset dark circles. For lighter skin tones, you'd use the corrector before your normal concealer color, whereas as deeper skin tones could potentially use it on its own).
The 24-hour wear claim is a stretch, but we're happy to report that this slightly hydrating concealer will get you through a standard work day or more. And of course, unless you're going to be awake for 24 hours (which we don't advise), sleeping in your makeup is a surefire way to wake up to red, puffy-looking eyes.
Note: We're not recommending this as a spot concealer (for blemishes, etc.) because the texture isn't as easy to precisely apply and build the level of coverage that breakouts need. Clinique seems to be on the same page, as their marketing skews more towards using it around the eye area, although they don't specifically label it an "undereye concealer."
- Liquid-cream texture blends beautifully and gently under eyes.
- Natural finish resists settling into fine lines and never looks cakey.
- Several shades for fair to deep skin tones + a color correcting shade for dark circles.
- Lasts well through a standard work day and then some.
- Fragrance free.
- Not the best for spot-concealing breakouts or post-acne marks.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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