Let us state up front that in no way does this makeup’s formula or appearance on skin approximate the improvements possible from laser or light-emitting treatments your dermatologist can provide. It is “laser focus” in name only, although the formula does contain some good skin-repairing ingredients.
This liquid foundation with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen has a creamy, moist texture that spreads easily, but isn’t so slippery that blending is difficult. It sets to a soft, satin finish that feels moist without being greasy. Skin is left looking dewy and you can achieve medium to full coverage, so this works well to camouflage a noticeably uneven skin tone.
The main drawbacks include the shades, which are surprisingly disappointing, and the fact that despite claims to the contrary, this foundation, like almost all liquid foundations, tends to emphasize wrinkles more than downplay them.
Clinique offers a dozen shades, but several of them are slightly to obviously pink, peach, orange, or rose. Shades 01, 1.5, 02, 07, and 08 are the best ones. Consider 03, 04, 05, and 06 carefully, being sure to check the results in natural light or you may have a complexion that looks too rosy. Shades 09 and 11 are also rosy, but their beige tone helps to offset this, at least a bit. Shade 12 is not recommended due to a strong orange overtone. On balance, the shade range has options for fair (but not porcelain-fair) to tan skin tones.
This foundation is best for normal to dry skin and suitable for breakout-prone skin, although the moist finish isn’t likely to feel great over breakout-prone areas.
Note: This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.
Designed to give skins the moisture that instantly helps smooth away lines. So it doesn't settle in. There's also a dollop of the technology the powers our Repairwear Laser Focus serum to help skin look smooth, soft.
Active: Titanium Dioxide 4.1%; Octocrylene 2%; Other: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alumina, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Whey Protein, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Methicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lecithin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, PEG-8, Laureth-7, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride
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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