Superbalanced Silk Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 has a satin-matte finish that offers a happy medium for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. That said, don't get hung up on the claim that this foundation can "Control oil, yet hydrate where needed." From a formulary perspective, there's no way a product can differentiate between the oily parts of your face and the dry parts.
What this fragrance-free liquid foundation does offer is a balanced formula—neither too absorbent nor too emollient. Hence, it's a nice middle-of-the-road compromise for classic combination skin.
With 20 shades to choose from, Superbalanced Silk Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 suits a wide range of skin tones, from light to dark. The natural-looking medium coverage and the silky texture make this foundation a breeze to work with—it's not heavy, cakey, or streaky in the least. Plus, you can expect it to hold up through a standard workday with minimal fading.
As far as the broad-spectrum sun protection goes, it's not likely you'll apply this foundation liberally enough to serve as your primary sunscreen, nor does the SPF 15 rating meet the minimum that dermatologists around the world recommend. For reliable protection, it's best to wear a moisturizer with SPF 30+ under your foundation, even if it sports sun protection.
In the end, Superbalanced Silk Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 doesn't fully deliver on all of its promises, but it still ends up being a worthwhile option. If you've tried this foundation, let us know what you think in the Community Reviews section!
Active: Octinoxate (7.0%), Octisalate (4.5%), Titanium Dioxide (7.8%), Zinc Oxide (1.9%). Inactive: Dimethicone, Water, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Isodecyl Isononanoate, Alcohol Denat., Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone Silylate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Silk Powder\Serica\Poudre De Soie, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Polysilicone-11, Lecithin, Laureth-7, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides.
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 brand’s state that they don’t 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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