Clinique has dabbled with color-correcting products before, as their Redness Solutions line attests. However, unlike most of the color-correcting misfires there, the Superprimer line is preferred—mostly because these primers feel great and impart really, really subtle color.
The fragrance-free, skin-smoothing silicone base does a good job of aiding makeup application and wear. Although the colors look concentrated when squeezed from the tube, they sheer out on application and become almost imperceptible. Although that's actually a benefit, the minimal tint won't correct the moderate to severe discolorations that a traditional color-correcting concealer would. The latter, however, are much trickier to use, making it difficult to achieve a natural look.
This primer for "Discolorations" is supposed to correct hyperpigmentation and blemish marks. It dispenses from the tube as a light salmon shade, but on the skin the color is nearly transparent. It's good that this primer doesn't skew the color of makeup applied over it because that would lead to some strange color combinations! Besides, you'll get more coverage for dark spots and red marks from a concealer and foundation than from this primer.
Bottom line: Although this is a good foundation primer, it does very little to hide discolorations. So it's not worth considering for color correction, but it's fine for all skin types to use under foundation.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isododecane, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytostearyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Methicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Coconut Acid, Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Yellow 5 Lake, Manganese Violet, Chromium Oxide Green, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Ultramarines.
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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