Rated 4.26 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Would continue to buy this product
This is an excellent foundation if you are looking for a something nice and affordable. Especially if you have sensitive skin, or issues finding a shade that matches your skin tone. Since, I'm Indian some shades are either too light for me or too dark, but Clinique foundation actually matches my skin color. It's really lightweight and buildable coverage. I don't use too much, cause I don't need to and overdoing it will result in it looking cakey. Even though it dries as matte, it's not completely flat. If you touch your face after applying it some can transfer to your fingers. So set with little bit of powder afterwards. I have combination skin so I don't feel the need to set it with a powder. Also, I live in Texas where it's really hot and this is one foundation that does not start dripping and coming off my skin. It gives u a natural look to be yourself even after applying foundation.
Most Helpful Critical Review PLEASE BRING BACK STAY TRUE!!!!!!!
I was so heart broken when Clinique discontinued the Stay True foundation. I have been using Stay True for 25 years and it was the absolute perfect foundation all around. It had perfect coverage, a beautiful matte finish, the color Stay Ivory matched my skin tone perfectly and it made me look like I had perfect skin when in actuality I have very oily, acne prone skin and acne scars. I tried to keep an open mind and went to my Clinique counter to try the new Stay Matte, hopeful that it would be a new and improved version of the Stay True, but was sadly disappointed upon trying the Stay Matte and feel that it is definitely a huge downgrade from the Stay True foundation. The palest color that I tried looked very yellowy on my pale pink skin. I do not like the coverage, the finish, or the color selection at all. I hate the thickness of it and how it makes every little flaw show up on my face. It even made my usually oily skin look dry and patchy and accentuated every fine line and acne scar. There is not a color in any of the new foundations that is for people with pale skin with pink undertones. They must think that all pale people have yellow undertones. Clinique, either bring back the Stay True or come up with an adequate replacement for it or you will be losing a loyal customer.
Reviewed by 1377 customers Very comfortable but the colors have an orange tint
🍊 from Ulta
This is the only foundation I have found that isn't greasy and stays on. It's very comfortable. It's great for combination and oily skin but it would not work well for dry skin.
The colors on this foundation all have this orange tint to them, even the lightest color, linen, which is the color I use. I look ever so slightly orange in certain lighting. I have tried the two lightest colors and they both have this orange undertone! The colors online look nothing like how they actually look. I would switch foundations because of this but I can't find one that's even close to being as comfortable as this one. It stays on all day and stays pretty matte.
Love this light but perfect foundation!
C from Florida
I have been using this for years. When my last foundation was discontinued I didn't know where to turn and fortunately an employee helped me find this one. It's so lightweight yet it provides fantastic coverage that lasts all day and even through perspiration. There's no scent and it looks very natural. It's also extremely easy to apply. Loves it!!!
Second Tube as Good as the First
None from Peru, IN
I use it each day to provide good-looking, fresh skin. No one believes how old I am, and I contribute that largely to Clinique.
Definitely would buy this makeup again
NJ from AL
I love this makeup. I've been using it for several years now.
Need a primer and setting powder to go with it
Mo! from Richland,WA
It's hard for me to find the right shade for my skin so I'm glad that Clinique has my shade.
I noticed I need to wear a primer under the foundation or it really just slides off my face and it dries matte which sometimes dries and makes my face look like the Sahara dessert it I don't use a primer or setting powder. Maybe it's just too matte for me? Idk
But other than that it's breathable, wearable, and has a nice build able coverage if needed
Shadow Addict from MN
Decent foundation but the matte didn't last long. I have really oily skin and have had issues finding the best foundation for my skin. I found it worked best when I used a translucent powder several times throughout the day.
Good coverage but still bad (for me)
Mel from Orlando
Even with this and the matte powder, my skin still became very oily. I don't recommend if you tend to have very oily skin.
Leen from West Virginia
Clinique has a great reputation. This doesn't fail. Love the smooth way it goes on. Love the matte finish. You can build for a little more coverage. Nice medium coverage over all. Stays on all day. This is a keeper.
Couldn't find a color match
:( from Ulta
I couldn't find a color match. The foundation looks amazing for around four hours but then it gets clumpy and a a little shiny on my combination skin. It also dried out my skin. I'm going to try a different brand.
Nan from Arkansas
I have tried probably 5 other foundations and end up coming back to this one
Stays on all day
Jerrie from Dixon CA
My skin is too dry so I switched to even better
I love this foundation. It looks most natural while giving
MJ from CO
Apply with fingers. Blend in.
Longest lasting Matte Foundation for me
Josie W. from East Texas
I've tried other brands over tine, but I always come back to this foundation because it gets me to the look I prefer. I just went to a 10 AM funeral in 90 degree weather w/ serious humidity and this foundation lasted pretty much all day!
Favorite Buildable Foundation
AG from FL
Great foundation. Buildable to add more coverage if you'd like. Has a very natural finish. Doesn't get blotchy or change color over time. I have a bit of acne and it doesn't irritate it or make it worse. I've been using this foundation for over a year. Love it!
I always come back to this foundation
Lina V from Pasadena CA
I've been using this foundation for years, Ive tried MANY different foundations and I can't find one that is better than this one. No matter what I always come back to this one, the only thing that's an issue is oxidizing. I suggest getting a color a few shades lighter and using a good primer before use to help it not oxidize. Otherwise you'll look orange. Its actually matte and dries down matte, transfer proof most of the time lol depending on what primer and moisturizer you use. Its not full coverage but med coverage, I usually use a brush to apply and blend it out with a sponge. Highly suggest using a translucent setting powder as well. I wish there was a bigger shade range but other than that its my all time foundation.
Nat from Goleta
I got this, because it said it controlled oil, and reduced shine, but that was not the case. It made my skin more oily than before.
Leigh from CT
Recently moved from CT to FL. I have extremely oily skin and needed a new lighter weight foundation for the humidity here. I paired this up with the Stay Matter Sheer Powder and have been very pleased with the stay power.
Kim from Texas
goes on easy
Love it and will buy again and again
Pattid from Orlando
It went on smoothly with a little going a long way. Matte finish and great coverage of dark spots
Saki from United states
I love this foundation! I have oily skin and have yet to find a foundation that lasts all day... Until this one, goes on matte and looks great all day.
My favorite makeup
Patty Cakes from Avondale, AZ
I been looking for this makeup for months, before the pandemic & it turns out that the one I've been wearing Honey#11 for over 17yrs, changed the number. But it appears to be the same color. Lol
Must have for oily skin!
LJ from Portland, or
This foundation is a game changer! I'm in my late 30s and STILL super oily.... I look really shiny mid-day (if not sooner) and was noticing that the foundation I was using was starting to slide and settle into any fine lines and really not lasting the day even with a setting powder. Stay Matte is keeping me from getting as shiny and I'm finding I'm breaking out less because of that. Bonus for super fair skin- there's actually a shaped light enough to match me, while still cutting out my pinkish tones. Love it!
I absolutely love
NikiNu from Baton rouge
Covers dark spots,light weight and matte finish.
Julia from Milwaukee WI
I really love the Clinique brand. I use their face lotion and face scrub. I had high hopes for the foundation. I tried it with a dampened beauty blender, dry beauty blender, and with a brush and it just did not agree with any of it. Tried two different setting powders with it. After only a couple of hours, my skin looked oily and cakey. Very disappointed. Everyone's skin is different though, so hopefully, someone out there has better results.
Nicole from Ann Arbor, MI
I have fairly oily skin and can't get most foundations to last the day. I had been loyal to Estee Lauder's Double Wear light but I feel like they changed their formula because it started to feel greasy and just wouldn't last like it used. A friend turned me onto this and it's amazing!!! I'll never use another product. I get at least 8 hours of coverage. The formula is light and I dont feel the heavy weigh down you get with some liquid foundation. My only complaint is that it doesnt have any spf in it so I switch products if I'm gonna be in the sun for any length of time.