Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup Review and Swatches
In need of a matte foundation?
I am, my skin is in freak out mode. With the weather turning from hot to cold, I’m oily one second and dry the next.
This week in particular was a good time to test out the new Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup since I got a new brush head for my Clarisonic and it seems I have to break it out because my skin is going all oily after using it for the past few days.
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Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup is an oil free (obviously right? Hence the name!) foundation that promises a light texture with full coverage.
This range is offered in 20 shades and claims that it can hold out in 88 degree temperatures without fading or streaking.
The gel-like formula is a rich and creamy. I felt like it blended out flawlessly and it proved very easy to work with due to the moisturizing feel of the product during application. I tried it when I was dry and I tried it when I was oily and each time it blended out to a truly lovely finish. On my dry skin it didn’t accentuate patchy areas and on my oil skin, it mattified shine.
It indeed offers sheer to full coverage that will conceal redness, acne scarring, and darkness. So if you have needs for a fuller coverage foundation rest assured this will easily offer you the coverage you need be it lighter or heavy.
My problem with it was the fact it oxidizes fairly fast on me and fades away very quickly. I experience this with a good deal of foundation products so it might not be fault with the formulation just my crazy skin.
One thing I did notice was that on my oily areas it did well to mattify on application but I did see shine and oil return within a two hour period. I think the texture is pretty hydrating for something that’s supposed to dry down matte so I do question if this will work with someone who has super oily skin.
(Swatched 09 Neutral)
Overall, Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup is a luxurious formula and feels more expensive than it actually is ($23) however I do wonder how mattifying truly oily skin will find it because on my very tame oily areas it didn’t do too well providing a matte finish. On the upside, don’t be scared of it if you have drier skin as I thought it applied and looked beautiful on such a skin type.
This is available now at Clinique counters.
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This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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