Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repairing Makeup
Clinique’s Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repairing Makeup is one of the brand’s better makeup offerings, providing natural-looking coverage, skin-beneficial ingredients, and convenient packaging.
Housed in a plastic squeeze tube, this lightweight cream foundation is easy to apply and blend, thanks to the number of silicones in its formula. It has a satiny feel that sets to a soft demi-matte finish and provides medium to full coverage of uneven skin tone and blemishes.
True to Clinique’s claims, this minimizes the appearance of pores as well. It feels lightly hydrating, making it best for those with normal to slightly dry skin (if you have very dry skin you’ll likely want something more emollient, and those with oily to combination skin will prefer a more matte formula).
Performance-wise, this is admirable in almost every way. It doesn’t fade or smudge, and creases only slightly towards the end of its 8-hour wear time, which can easily be buffed out with a sponge, brush, or fingers. It’s also easy to remove with a standard makeup remover, and comes in a good range of shades for those with fair to medium-deep skin tones.
Even better (pun intended!): this foundation boasts a good number of beneficial ingredients. There’s skin-brightening niacinamide, a couple of skin-replenishing peptides, antioxidant resveratrol and vitamin E, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate. While it’s not quite par with an actual skin care product, we’re always happy to see foundations that offer more than just coverage. Did we mention this is fragrance free as well?
Overall, it’s a great foundation that checks a lot of boxes – so is absolutely worth checking out!
- Provides smoothing, medium to full coverage.
- Comes in a good range of shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones.
- Contains brightening, replenishing, and antioxidant ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
24-hour hydrating foundation with flawless full coverage and a natural finish. Creates a virtually poreless look. Smooths and plumps for younger-looking 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 arent regulated by the FDA and can mean anythingthus, 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 foundationsmany of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin colorthough 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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