This expensive pressed powder replaces Clinique’s longstanding Soft Pressed Powder, but for the most part the two powders don’t have much in common.
Clinique maintains this powder reduces redness on contact and it does, but so does any other pressed powder that provides light to medium coverage, and there are lots of those that cost half the price of this one! The formula contains some intriguing ingredients, but none of them have substantial research proving they’re a must-have for reddened skin, and they won’t remain stable in this kind of packaging anyway.
What you can count on is that this powder is unlikely to make red skin worse. It has a refined, silky texture that applies beautifully. The soft matte finish enlivens skin without looking dry or powdery; Clinique even includes a serviceable (if small) brush to sweep this on.
Because this is sold as a “specialty” pressed powder, only one shade is available, which obviously limits its appeal. It is a pale yellow color and, therefore, can tone down redness (it’s definitely better than mint green). Thankfully, the yellow coloration is soft and doesn’t add a strange tone to skin. Despite this plus, the powder is limited to those with fair to light skin tones.
Talc, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Astorocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Caffeine, Bentonite, Polyethylene, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Yellow 5 Lake
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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