The scorching heat, the sweaty day and the streaky face is the life of an average working woman who wears makeup to work. Since most of us stay in areas that are humid and polluted (talking about metropolitans) getting the right products is like playing hide-n-seek with your own skin. Amidst all this rises a foundation that could answer the prayers of most of the concerns one has.
Presenting Clinique Superbalanced Makeup, an oil free face delicacy for any woman who wants to have a long wearing, natural looking, extremely hydrating foundation that lasts till she removes it. At Clinique, the guiding dermatologists claim it to be ‘an extension of their skin care line-up’ and dream towards achieving a global leadership in foundations as its all about loyalty and faith in the product and the color. No wonder Superbalanced Makeup is one of the hottest and fastest selling foundations of Clinique.
(behind the box) ‘ The smart makeup base. Absorbs oil where oil-control is needed; moisturizes where hydration is needed. Slips onto skin easily. Oil free. Shake well before using. Allergy tested. 100% Fragrance free. Moderate Cover. Natural finish.’
This is one of the perfect foundations I found in the hunt towards getting the best possible color, most natural looking coverage and of course hydration. Superbalanced makeup gets its name from the idea that it wicks away oil while keeping skin hydrated. The foundation I use and have pictured is #05 Vanilla
Superbalanced makeup comes in a sturdy milky glass bottle that looks like a cube with an opening. The bottle enables user to see how much foundation is there inside when kept straight and also gives a ‘boudoir’ like effect when you keep it on dressing table. Only the concern is that it can be a bit heavy to carry compared to its plastic counterparts, chances of breakage might be high (although the glass is really sturdy) and it takes forever for the formula to come out of the opening.
Its an oil free foundation that is non acnegenic and non comedogenic with an amazing slip and moderate buildable coverage. This silicone rich formula has silica to absorb excess oil and a protein complex that helps lock in moisture for all day hydration. When applied, the first layer disappears into the skin while creating a lovely dewy effect that imparts a fresh glowing complexion any time. The foundation can be layered to get the desired coverage and effect without going cakey.
Ideally this is a very good foundation for anyone who has a dry combination or combination to oily skin . Dry skins may need a rich moisturizer underneath while oilier skins may need to powder up once-twice throughout the day to combat shine. It contains anti-irritants and anto oxidants to protect from environmental damage and helps minimize appearance of lines and wrinkles. It does not cover scars, marks or pigmentation patches but can be layered over a concealer.
They come in different skin colors and tones. Some abbreviations are as follows N – Neutral, G – Golden, P – Pink, VF – Very fair, F – Fair, MF – Medium Fair, M – Medium, D – Dark. They come in all sorts of undertones but what I like are the formulas with a neutral undertone that suit pink and yellow complexions in one formula. Also neutral tone makes blending easy and if a right color is chosen, this could be a completely fail proof mistake proof foundation.
After cleansing, clarifying and moisturizing, slather a sunscreen or treatment product (maybe a serum) and then apply foundation. I recommend a foundation brush so that it becomes easy to actually paint the face (I recommend Clinique’s foundation brush) and then smooth out with fingers and blend outwards and downwards. You can also mix it with a hydrating product like Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and sunscreen to create a DIY tinted moisturizer.
I do not suggest applying with foundation sponge as they liquid may get absorbed and there may be product wastage. One can also use a duo fiber brush or buffer brush to blend the foundation for an air brushed effect.
Dont forget to set the foundation with Clinqiue Blended Face Powder or newly launched Clinique Superbalanced Powder makeup.
Cyclopentasiloxane, water, butylene glycol, polymethyl methacrylate, dimethicone, isotetracosane, peg-18 dimenthicone, chamomilia recutita (matricaria), hydrolyzed soy protein, tocopheryl acetate, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, coconut acid, isostearyl neopentanoate, cetyl peg 10/1 dimethicone, hexyl laurate, lecithin, peg-10 dimethicone, laureth-7, polyglyceryl-4-isostearate, lauryl methacrylate/glycol methacrylate cross polymer, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, c9-15 fluoroalcohol phosphate, silica, sodium chloride, polyethylene, alumina, disodium edta phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben. +/- mica, titanium dioxide (ci 77891), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77491, ci77499)
What I like about Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Foundation
- Its oil free and hydrating
- non comedogenic and does not cause acne, while it is allergy tested
- natural looking, moderate coverage
- ideal for most occasions indoors and outdoors
- doesn’t turn grey in flash of the camera (unless mismatched undertone)
- ideal for photoshoots, bridals and professional work too
What I dislike about Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Foundation
- Does not have sunscreen . But its actually good as the foundation may not oxidise and look ghostly in flash.
- The bottle can be a bit inconvenient for usage and portability.
- A pump cannot be fixed to extract the foundation
- In the middle of the day, nose can get a bit oily and may need powdering.
- PRICE :Rs.1900 INR (revised prices)
- Packaging 4/5
- Formula 5/5
- Blendability 5/5
- Satisfaction 5/5
- Pricing -4.5/5
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