Following my earlier post about the Clinique 5-day foundation trial, I have given my 3 sample pots of foundation a whirl, and written a little review on them!
I tried each foundation for 3 consecutive days, no powder, using the same skin-care products - Clinique's foaming cleanser, no. 4 Clarifying Lotion and an oil-free moisturiser - on each day, for an unbiased result (well, you can take a girl out of Biosciences...) These are my thoughts on them:
Anti-Blemish (02 Fresh Ivory)
(apologies for the bed-head!)
|shiny and mostly worn off after|
a day at uni - unimpressed face
This was my least favourite of the three. Apart from the sample being slightly too dark for my skin-tone I thought it gave a good amount of coverage initially, but unfortunately it wore off during the day.
I found it difficult to blend evenly with my fingers, leaving a streaky appearance, but it was slightly easier to apply with a foundation brush. I also thought the consistency was a bit 'cakey' for my liking.
I'm also not convinced of its 'anti-blemish' properties - It claims to not clog the pores, so not exacerbate any problems with acne or breakouts, but I didn't see any difference whatsoever after the three days - if anything I thought my skin was slightly worse after using it!
Stay-Matte (06 Ivory)
It was a good match for my skin-tone and definitely stayed put over the course of the day a lot better than the Anti-Blemish foundation. The coverage was very good and remained a 'matte' texture nearly all day, but it didnt look or feel heavy at all.
Pore Refining Solutions (02 Alabaster)
|do my pores look big in this?|
|natural light (and a bit of desk-lamp light)|
It was quite thick and had a lovely silky feel and a dewy appearance - something I don't usually go for with my already oily skin - but I didn't end up looking super-shiny!
I'm not sure how much it actually minimised the appearance of my pores, but I felt like the dewy-ness probably detracted from the most visible ones and gave my skin an overall healthy glow.
|natural light - happy face!|
I think I'm more likely to buy the Pore Refining foundation, simply because I have already tried several mattifying foundations, and it would be nice to have something different for a change!
If anyone has tried Clinique foundation or if you have a go-to foundation for oily skin, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts!