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My Foundations: Clinique anti-blemish solutions

Third entry in the foundation series...



Firstly, upon doing some research for this post I discovered that this anti-blemish line has been renamed Acne Solutions. The anti-blemish liquid foundation is still available in Cave Shepherd where I purchased mine. I love the squeeze bottle with the nozzle packaging since it makes it convenient to travel with and there's generally not a mess during use.

As seen at the Clinique counter in Cave Shepherd, Broad Street

07 fresh golden was the darkest shade available, but on a few different retail sites I did see two-three darker options. Fresh golden is too yellow/olive for me. I usually mix this with another liquid foundation that has a red undertone but for the purpose of this post, I set it with a powder foundation with a red-ish undertone. The day I re-tested this foundation I discovered that upon initial application it really emphasised my pores.

From Clinique's UK site: "Formula: Liquid. Coverage: Moderate

Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup is lightweight for oily or blemish-prone skin that needs smooth coverage and skin-clearing treatment benefits. The oil-free foundation, conceals, controls breakout, neutralizes the appearance of redness and helps prevent future blemishes while providing moderate coverage and a natural finish that never looks chalky and is soothing to the skin.

Skin Types: 2 - Dry Combination, 3 - Oily, 4 - Very Oily
"

Under store lighting

In natural lighting

The anti-blemish claims stem from the fact that there's salicylic acid in the formula. It also contains antioxidants (lecithin and tocopherol) and sunscreen (titanium dioxide).

I wouldn't recommend this for any type of dry skin since it dries down to a matte finish and emphasized my pores as stated earlier. The formula applies well with a foundation brush (I always dampen mine with e.l.f Mist & Set) or a damp beauty sponge

Swatch comparison to the foundations reviewed thus far 

Given our ridiculous heat in the Summer, this foundation holds up well. You do see oil breakthrough in the T-zone after a few hours but the product doesn't slide off your face. I'm not a touch-up type of gal but if you're into that, it's nothing that blot papers and powder couldn't fix. I recommend helping it out with a mattifying primer and setting spray, but then again, that's my standard M.O. You can watch this keek to see how it looked at the end of a couple hours.

While skin care in your coloured beauty products is a nice touch - it would be better if there were ALL good ingredients to begin with - you don't truly see the benefits of it unless you use them frequently. Thus, it's neither here nor there to me. If my shade of this foundation was available I would consider repurchasing.

p.s. I did say that I usually mix this foundation with another. I've found that this formula increases the wear time and coverage of more "natural finish" foundations.

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