Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Clinique's Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (say that five times fast!) is a beautiful product that unfortunately has some not-so-pretty flaws when compared to the very best foundations.
This fragrance-free fluid foundation lives up to so many of its expectations that it's a shame it doesn't deliver across the board. Its lightweight texture is a dream to apply and blend, offering medium coverage that's best for normal to dry skin.
Though the foundation feels moisturizing, it isn't overly emollient; instead it just provides a dewy finish that gives skin a healthy glow, exactly as advertised.
The shade range is among the more expansive of Clinique's foundation offerings, with more than two dozen natural-looking offerings for fair to deep skin tones. It also wears well throughout the day without creasing or fading.
Another plus is the inclusion of several antioxidants, including vitamin C, which works with the sunscreen to improve an uneven skin tone.
As this foundation's name states, it provides broad-spectrum SPF, which we're always happy to see in a makeup product. The problem is that the SPF rating is only 15, and global health experts agree that to get the best sun protection, you need to use a product rated SPF 30 or greater.
Another snag is that this contains grapefruit peel extract, which irritates skin and contains ingredients that can increase skin's sensitivity to sun exposure (something you absolutely don't want in any product, especially one with SPF).
Were it not for these two drawbacks, this would be a fantastic foundation for normal to dry skin. As it stands though, there are far better options, even among Clinique's other offerings.
- Good range of shades for fair to deep skin tones.
- Attractive dewy finish.
- Contains several antioxidants.
- SPF 20 is below global recommendations for optimal sun protection.
- Contains a high amount of grapefruit peel extract, which can irritate skin.
References for grapefruit extract:
Food and Chemical Toxicology, March 2012, pages 756-60
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, December 2005
Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.
Although a sunscreen rated lower than 30 will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad-spectrum protection, we always point out when it does not have a rating of SPF 30 or greater because that's so important for the health and appearance of your skin.
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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