January 16, 2015

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer for Spring 2015

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A huge hit in the makeup world right now? Hybrid Foundation slash Concealer products and Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer brings you the trend in 20 shades?

How’s it work?

Well, think of it as your one stop shop for both foundation and concealer in one product!

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer ($27) is oil-free hybrid formula that acts as a foundation and concealer all in one. The formula has a breathable creamy texture that adapts to your skin’s needs so if you’re oily it soaks up excess oil and if you’re dry? It adds hydration.

The formula apparently treats dry patches to extra moisture while making sure your shiny or oily areas are matte. Formulated with polymers that won’t dry your skin a few dots is all it takes to create a beautiful canvas for your makeup.

The long wearing formula is lightweight and breathable.

I haven’t tried it yet but you can be sure I will be!

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer for Spring 2015 is available now at Sephora.com.

I receive a small commission if you shop through my link.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Jessy

    I’m a big fan of their Moisture Surge CC cream and tinted moisturizer. I use them almost daily and the Dramatically Different Moisturizer is definitely my HG moisturizer. I’m intrigued about how this will perform on my super dry skin. I’m considering ordering one as I type this lol

      • Jessy

        I will hold off until I read your review then 😀 I’m always on the look out for your recommendations on concealers because I think we have similar skin type/concerns. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on this one.

    • Tina

      I have super dry skin and I put my moisturizer along with MAC’s strobe cream first then apply this foundation and it is GORGEOUS!!! It last all day long… I’m loving it!

  • Blog

    This looks interesting, but I’m not a fan of the applicator. I wish all foundations would come with pumps.

    • Dee

      A Pump would be wonderful. Will still try though. I’ve had good luck with Clinique foundations. Wish they would be bring their stick foundation back.

  • amy

    Hmmm… I’ve tried a few items of Clinique over the last several years, and I’ve found them mediocre at best. Still, this sounds intriguing, and at $27, it may be worth a try. Now, if they only make a shade that suits my bizarre skintone-if so, I’ll definitely give it a try.

  • michelle

    I decided to give this a shot. When I am in a rush or doing groceries etc I use concealer as foundation and quickly always rub some in. I like the applicator for quick application. Hoping it is good!

  • Brooke Jones

    Muse I will be very excited to see your review on this one! I have found myself on the struggle bus lately with my makeup and skincare!! I have switched everything and am still dry and flaky.

  • Janine L.

    I’m looking forward to your review on this. I’m very curious about it. I dont think I’m a fan of the applicator though. Would love to hear what foundations it is similar to, if any.

  • Staci

    I also dislike the applicator, but my main problem with Clinique is finding the right color. At every counter I’ve been to, the lighting sucks. What looks ok in store turns out to be too pink, too dark, or too something else when I get home.

  • Liv

    I have been a long time user of Clinique products. I really like that it is a concealer and foundation. I bought this already and it is arriving Monday and I can’t wait to try it. I usually don’t buy foundations without trying in store, but Alabaster is my usual Clinique shade so here’s hoping.

  • Melissa

    Sounds interesting & if it saves me a step in the morning I’ll try it!!! It looks like a small bottle though. Tarte has something similar like this I think in their tsv coming up soon.

    • Dawn

      The bottle is GINORMOUS! And the coverage is fabulous, so you only need the teeniest bit. I have dry skin,particularly during our MN. winters,so I use a pretty rich moisturizer as well as a heavy duty physical sunscreen under this – and it looks really good, if I do say so myself. I could see having flaky problems with this if your skin isn’t well exfoliated, though.

  • Sarah

    I don’t get the whole concealer + foundation thing. Is it not just a heavy coverage foundation which could be used exactly the same? I already use a heavy coverage foundation that conceals too so…??? It just seems like a gimmick product.

  • blah

    “adapts to your skin’s needs so …”

    I’m sorry but speaking from the research I’ve done and the knowledge I’ve amassed this is unlikely. I don’t know who Clinique thinks it’s fooling here (except the fools like myself who think that $27+ is somehow reasonable for 1 oz of mostly cheap emollients, preservatives and a little bit of pigment) . If this is a semi-matte fomula than leans dewy, oily skinned people will find that it adds to the shiny appearance of their skin, while anyone with dry skin will probably find the mattifying effects undesirable so only people with combo to normal-ish skin that don’t mind shine will find this worth it. I own several semi-matte formulas because the only formulas that won’t cause flakiness are so oily-looking that it makes my face look like I’ve been sweating for hours. Setting anything with translucent powder (mufe’s, for example) just causes more flakes, that’s how dry my skin is. So dry that non-emollient powder can’t even adhere to it. Anyway. The only semi-matte option that isn’t too awful is Airflash because of it’s watery consistency, mainly. I still get flakes when using it though, AHAs don’t help, not even properly formulated ones.

    “won’t dry your skin” means nothing to me. It’s all about the consistency, pigmentation and formulation. Liquid foundations like this are a dime a dozen. Very boring, very interchangeable.

    • Tina

      I have no idea why you think this… I’m a dry skinned girl and I love this stuff. IT Cosmetics celebration radiating powder looks awesome over it as well…

  • Kiss & Make-up

    They sure chose a good name for this one, lol! I might give it a try. I may. I probably will. Yeah, I will.

  • Faye

    The applicator makes it look like it would be hard to use as a foundation, no? But I do love using one product for both by mixing a heavy foundation or concealer with some moisturizer. I find using the same product in two different densities makes my concealer blend more seamlessly more quickly. 🙂 Not a bad idea, but like everyone else writes, I’m dubious about whether this product does that better than others!

  • Joan

    I received this yesterday from Sephora. I was excited to try it. I really don’t understand their shades. They may have 20 shades available, but so many of them are for Very Fair to Moderately Fair and they’re too dark for those skintypes. I ordered the Ivory (Very Fair for Neutral skintones). I have the Ivory shade in their other foundations and it’s fine. I usually buy either Fair or Ivory for Very Fair skin for pink or neutral skintones. In other brands I would buy the Light shade. This Ivory shade is too dark for me. You also need to dab very little on with the sponge applicator. I overdid it on one side of my face and it was way too much. I’m sending back the Ivory and ordered the Fair. Hoping that shade will be good because I was really looking forward to using this foundation/concealer. The Alabaster would be too light for me and the next shade is for golden undertones. I find the Clinique shades for Very Fair skintones are too dark for fair skin. They really need to re-think their shades.

    • Isabella Muse

      grrr really hate that! I haven’t had a sec to head to store for a swatch and I decided against ordering online as I figured I’d run into issues with the shades :-/

      • Joan

        I received the Fair shade yesterday and I am keeping it, but I am still surprised that it’s described as a Very Fair shade. The saving grace for me is that it is for skin with pink undertones, but still a tad darker than I’d expect it to be. When it’s available at the Clinique counter (I’m told the beginning of February), I just might check out the Alabaster shade, but thinking that might be too light. Probably a shade in between would be just right. I’ve only just swatched it on my face checking the shade. I’m anxious to use it and see what I think of the coverage.

        • Isabella Muse

          joan let me know how it does under eyes, I’d be very curious how it applies!

          • Joan

            I guess I’m lucky that I don’t have to put concealer under my eyes, so I’m not sure about the coverage of this foundation under the eyes. This is the second shade I’ve tried and I’m not thrilled with it. It’s just ok. Might be returning it. First I tried Ivory for very fair skin with neutral undertones. Returned it, then tried Fair for very fair skin with pink undertones. Now I’m waiting for the Alabaster, which I would never buy in a Clinique foundation. Would be too light, but I’ll try it. In my opinion, Clinique really missed the boat on the shades in this foundation. Shades for very fair skin are too dark. I don’t have that problem with other Clinique foundation. Also, I would probably give this foundation 3 stars out of 5. It’s ok. I really wanted to love it. I’m anxiously awaiting your review on this foundation. Maybe it’s just me.

          • Isabella Muse

            mmmmm…! sounds disappointing so far Joan! 🙁 I tried seeking it out at Macys but counter didn’t have it yet, kinda scared to buy online as the shades sound off!

    • Cindy

      Agreed. I’m an NW20 in Mac. I ordered the fair shade because it was advertised for people who were very fair with pink undertones. The foundation arrived today and it was so dark, it was unwearable for me, and it wasn’t pink-toned, it was orange. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of someone with orange skin, other than Snooki. I am so disappointed with this color. I’m going to wait until it is available in store at Sephora so that I can test out some other shades and make an exchange. On the bright side, after I put a little bit of this foundation on my hand, I hopped in the shower and the water beaded off of it. I think that’s a good sign regarding the longevity of the product. Also it seemed to blend well and didn’t feel too drying.

      • Joan

        I’m an NC20 in Mac. I totally agree that the Fair shade does not have pink undertones, but does look orange when blended in. When I first got it and swatched it on one part of my face, I thought it would good, but wearing it today, not so. As I stated above, I can’t believe how dark the shades are for very fair skin. Also because of the orange tinge on the skin, blush does not show up true to color. Clinique missed the boat on this one. Maybe medium to dark complexions will have better luck with the shades. Also, I really wanted to love this foundation. Maybe if I was happy with the shade, I’d like the foundation better. I’m trying the Alabaster next, which is the lightest shade with neutral undertones. I would never buy the Alabaster in another Clinique foundation. It would be way too light. Usually I can go with pink or neutral undertones. I’ll report back on the Alabaster shade.

  • yelitza

    I was looking for it online but was unsure of what color would suit me best. I have light medium skin with warm undertones. My skin is a tad darker than Isabella Muse.

    • Isabella Muse

      this one I have to swatch on counter, having a hard time deciding my shade!

      • Dawn

        I’d absolutely suggest getting color matched at the Clinique counter if you’re interested in this one. I bought it in Fair-if I had bought sight unseen and gone by the color descriptions (not just on Clinique’s website, either, but Sephora’s as well) I would have ended up having to return it, as I’d never put myself in a “very fair” category. Fair is a PERFECT match for me, and I’m liking this foundation very much. It makes skin look flawless, without looking like makeup, for me anyway. I can see it lasting forever, as the bottle is huge, and the amount you need is ridiculously small. The one other thing I’d suggest is making sure your skin is well exfoliated and thoroughly moisturized – I’d think even oily skinned ladies would need an oil free moisturizer under this.

  • yelitza

    Me too! Clinique color system has been a very tricky one at least for me. Honey tends to be rosey-beige and wheat too dark – orangey (past foundation colors) I was at a Clinique counter at Sears (Puerto Rico) yesterday to be exact and the representative told me they have reformulated almost every single product on the line (they are toning down the alcohol levels!) alcohol leads to free radical damage on the skin.

  • yelena

    so I got this as a gwp at Nordstrom a while back and I gotta say I have actually been loving it.
    I was skeptical because I read some bad reviews online, but since my under eyes and skin are dry, I am actually happy to report this concealer/foundation is very comfortable on my skin and I don’t mind the large application at all.
    I just dot it under my eyes and above my cheeks where I want some coverage and tap tap tap it with my ring finger as much as I can, and once it’s spread enough I blend it out with a little blending brush (I use the little pink brush from Real Techniques).
    finally, I set it with a light tap of powder (u use the light matte shade from the elf contouring quad) and I am good to go. I love how my skin looks, its almost matte but not dry or flaky…In between satin and dewy maybe? don’t get me wrong, I hate any kind of dewy or shimmery look on my face, but this makes my skin just look healthy and supple. maybe that’s a better description. anyhooo, I would recommend it especially if u can get a sample. a little goes a long way!