Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Not for the faint of heart
This is my first review of a Clinique product, though I have been using them for a few years. In looking at the somewhat mixed reviews of this product. I think people don't understand that this product is for a certain type of skin (oily and acne prone) and to be used as part of a particular type of regimen (do not mix this with other acne topicals unless you intend to).
This foundation works GREAT for me. Mainly, it DOES NOT BREAK ME OUT like nearly every other foundation and even many other Clinique products I seriously break out from so many things, I have to be super careful about what I put on my face.
I give this five stars because this product is made for oily and acne prone skin, yet it works like a high end foundation. THANK YOU for making make up that those of us with very picky skin and easily clogged pores can use.
This has salacylic acid acne medication in it. This is why it is not for the faint of heart. You are basically putting a specific acne MEDICINE all over your face. SA is often used in "spot" treatments but it really is better as an all-over preventative. But using too much of is (such as mixing with another SA topical, or other acne topicals, you can go too far and irritate your skin. So I use this with only sunscreen or moisturizer underneath it during the day, and use any other acne medicine at night.
SA causes the top layer of your skin to turn over faster, basically. For those of us whose skin clogs because, in part, the top layer is not turning over fast enough (there are other factors too) this is great to have incroporated into a foundation that also doesn't break you out. If you don't need it, it might be slighly irritating like if you used too much retinol or something similar.
TL;DR: If you have oliy and break-out skin and have responded well to salacylic acid in the past, are looking for a foundation with some buildable coverage, oil control, and if you already have a sunscreen or moisturizer you like to wear under your foundation, give this a try.
Most Helpful Critical Review PLEASE BRING BACK CLARIFYING POWDER!!!!!!!!!!
I have been a Clinique customer for many, many years and just love the Clarifying tube and Clarifying powder. When I saw this item I thought well the other acne products work very well so lets give this a try. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After using for a few weeks I started getting worse than usual breakouts and this was the only thing I changed in my daily skin regimine. It goes on too thick and doesn't cover like it says it does. It feels like a think layer on top of the skin and does not cover the redness. After 5 hours of wear my skin was getting shiny and oily.
When I spoke to a Clinique consultant they recommended a powder on top of the makeup to "set it in". So now it feels even thicker on my skin and I am having to buy 2 products to do the job of one!
The Clarifying Powder was an awesome procduct that controled shiny, oily skin, helped with breakouts, and went on in a few seconds.
With this new product you have to work it from the center of your face to the hairline, as stated by their "how to" instructions. Doing this will stretch the delicate skin layers and cause wrinkles.
I am not at all happy with this new product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why doesn't clinique keep the products that acne customers like and ADD to the options available for oily and acne skin customers. The customers with regular skin have numerous options, but we only have a few items to choose from. Maybe it's time to look at other makeup lines.
Reviewed by 1500 customers Love this foundation but nams have changed
KeelyM from Philadelphia
I have used this product for many years & love it in all seasons for all occasions. It does help acne, does not cake or look overly shiny. But the names of their shades seem to have changed since the last time I purchased it. I used to use "fresh ivory," which is no longer an option.
Best for acne!
MJ from TX
It's a great foundation - and it covers the acne that I'm getting since I'm over 50. (Geez louise - wrinkles AND acne???!!!!)
I love this product !
kim s from TN - Tennessee
I have used this makeup for years. I do not have acne ......it used to be called Oil control years ago. It has great coverage and helps with my oily zones.
lina from Delaware
Great for oily skin!
Shirls23 from Los Angeles, CA
As someone who has acne prone skin, this foundation truly has helped my skin immensely. It feels so light-weight on my skin. I like how I can build my coverage. It gives my skin a natural looking appearance. I love how this foundation suited to treat and prevent acne breakouts. It has definitely helped reduce redness of a breakout and diminish it too. My face doesn't feel baked with product.It's my forever go-to for foundation!
Helps Acne but Its Orange
Mic from Ohio
First of all, this is over priced. But, its the only foundation that doesn't irritate my acne prone, sensitive skin. The colors are extremely orange though.
My go to Foundation for years!
Micmac from Vermont
I've been using this foundation for years! I've always struggled with acne and although this foundation doesn't necessarily heal my acne, I've never known it to make my acne worse (like every other formula I've used did). Its super easy to put on and doesn't get cakey throughout the day! It also actually covers up my acne without using any other products (unless I'm having a particularly rough skin week) — most other foundations thay I've used have only 1/2 covered the redness, etc. I seriously use this every single day and highly recommend!
Just not worth it
Aly from Birmingham, AL
This product just did not work for me. The formula broke apart on the oily areas of my face and clung to any of my dry patches to create an overall patchy finish.
Good for acne skin
Carl from Miami
It can cover my acne perfectly with the very smooth and lasting texture. It also cure my pimple because every time after I remove my makeup I can see my pimple got smaller
Smooth Looking Skin
Selma from TX
I have been using this product for about 2 months and absolutely love it!! For years I used the powder foundation from Clinique but working out for my oily skin. I was apprehensive that the liquid foundation would be heavy but I was so wrong! This full coverage foundation, in color 28 Ivory gives me the coverage I want without feeling heavy, cakey, or my pores on blast, lol. After I put it on I dont even feel it, next I finish it off with Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder, in color 101 invisible Matte (all skin tones).
mic from ohio
I gave this 4 stars because I think it is way too pricey, however, I do like this foundation. It has a very natural finish, and the shade range is pretty decent. I wouldnt say its super matte, but definitely not dewy. There is alcohol denat high up in the ingredients which is NOT good for skin, but hopefully this doesnt harm my acne prone/sensitive skin.
I like this brand of product very much. It keeps my skin wel
coco from portland
I like this brand of product very much. It keeps my skin well.
Covers my acne blemishes
Ace2143 from Pacific Northwest
I love this stuff! I use Cliniques acne care products. I've never had acne until the last few months on my chin and forehead. This stuff covers it up well and it leaves your skin looking natural and doesn't dry it out. It lasts all day long and really helps with oil control. I definitely recommend this product!
Great for acne skin
Karen66 from Wrightstown, NJ
I have been dealing with hormonal acne for years. This foundation has helped keep it at bay and is a light coverage.
C from westland
No idea if this foundation does what it claims. I have very pale skin and the lightest shade was so orange that while swatched on my arm it was mistaken as a bruise. So if you have very fair skin I suggest not wasting your money on this item.
Love, love, love it!!!
Leighann from Peru, NY
I have extremely sensitive skin and cystic acne break outs that I hate!! This makeup helps to keep the break outs away and makes my skin look almost flawless. I absolutely love it!
It does clear the skin but will also burn and cause bleeding
Arie from Los Angeles, CA
I used this every day and in the end it caused my skin to burn, crack, and bleed. I guess the marks left were also what is called hyper-pigmentation? It looked more like a burn mark to me. It caused the burns around my mouth area and chin and from my experience with skin peels--that's the area to peel first, so with that I believe they were burn marks. I discontinued before they spread further. On my part, I should have discontinued as soon as I noticed my skin getting darker around that area. Only after it started to dry more was it discontinued. After that I had to heal my skin. Only now with scar away and a skin peel is it gone. I guess I thought it would work because I've had experience with these types of products but it was just too much.
It did do its job however. My skin stayed clear, or mostly clear when I decided to eat foods that exacerbated my acne. I will not be using it again because of how it burned me. I ended up moisturizing more too late and could not use it again. Luckily there are other ways to clear the skin of acne and have good makeup:). On top of that--the shades are very limited so it works out in the end as I don't feel I have to have this.
I cannot say whether I would recommend this because I don't know what type of moisturizer to use and how much because I thought mine was enough so more would have to be used. Also, maybe use every other day or so. Hesitant to ever use again because of the development of the burn over time.
AK from Yuma,AZ
This foundation was amazing before I started having dryness issues with my skin. It literally separates on your face and makes your face look super crusty. If you have dry skin DO NOT USE THIS
Best foundation I have
Julydw from Miami
It's being almost 8 years and this foundation and the acne solution line got rid of my acne and kept my skin looking beautifull. I just love it and would not ever change it.
Bella from Florida
I was looking for a foundation that wouldn't break my face out and this was perfect.
I would buy this product again
Angie from Happy valley, or
I use this product everyday, and it's the best for my face, it keeps my skin complexion clear.
Nice, mainly use it cover spots
tapiocachips from WI
I have acne prone skin and this foundation doesn't worsen it. It can be a bit drying so if I am using all over my face I need to moisturize more. Otherwise I usually tend to use it to cover up spots.
Brooke from Idaho
I was recommended this a few years ago by a representative in store and have been using it since! If you can find the right shade it goes on super nicely with a brush or beauty blender and stays on well especially when paired with a good primer! I don't know how much it actually helps with my acne but it doesn't give me anymore breakouts.
Calibee from Westlake Village, California
Keeps my skin in the clear!
Helps My Acne-Prone Skin
lovesmakeup63 from Hazlet63
I'm a 56 year old makeup loving girl who still gets occasional breakouts. (Really?!) I have tried dozens of other foundations by other brands, both prestige and drugstore. I always come back to this one! I don't know why I bother trying other foundations! This foundation doesn't feel heavy or cakey and it lasts all day! It does settle into my fine lines and wrinkles, but what foundation doesn't? They all do. The price point is less than other prestige foundations but more than drug store. It is worth every penny. There is also NO scent!