Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Hello Beauites! I've said it before, and I'll say it again...foundations are my weakness. I cannot help buying excessive quantities of foundation in my never-ending quest to find the perfect base, and sure as day, as soon as payday rolled around, I was on the look out for a new base product. 

After watching millions of reviews and first impressions on YouTube I finally settled on the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, as it sounded just like what I was looking for. The Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer is a 2-in-1 liquid foundation and concealer, which promises full and flawless coverage for up to 12 hours. This foundation also claims to have smart technology which tailors itself to your skin, adding hydration to any dry areas and absorbing excess oil if needed. This was the main claim which attracted me to the foundation, I have oily dehydrated skin so I often find that foundations targeted at oily skin are a little too matte and drying for the dehydrated side of my skin, so this combination sounded perfect. 

The foundation comes in 21 shades, however I did struggle a little to find the perfect match for my skin. I ended up going for the lightest shade, however it is a little too dark for when when I've not fake tanned, so I think this will definitely end up being a summer foundation for me. It's a real shame that the foundation doesn't come in any lighter shades as I know a lot of people just won't be able to find a match, which is disappointing from such a large brand. Clinique do say that you should expect the foundation to go on a little dark at first, and that it will adapt slightly to your own skin tone after a couple of minutes, due to the rich pigments in the foundation, however I still found it to be a little of the dark side.

Another interesting thing about this product is the applicator. Instead of your standard pump, this foundation comes with a giant doefoot applicator. When I first heard about the applicator I was worried that I'd be sat at my vanity for ages dotting my foundation on, however the applicator really is huge so you're done in no time at all. The idea behind the applicator is that it allows you to easily control how much foundation you're applying and can be used to pin-point areas where you feel you need a little more coverage, such as around your nose and under your eyes. I actually really like the applicator after my initial reservations and find it's a great way of controlling exactly how much you're using - so there's no wasted product stuck on the back of my hand! 

The first thing I noticed when applying this foundation was just how thick and creamy it is. I expected the foundation to be fairly light feeling as it claims to be a lightweight foundation, however this is definitely one of the heavier foundations I've tried, so if you hate the feel of foundation on your skin, I'd give this one a miss. However, if you're more of a full coverage girl then I think you'd love the formula of this. Unfortunately I found this foundation to be a little too thick and heavy for me personally. I tried applying it with different brushes, sponges and even my fingers however it always seemed to sit on top of my skin and look quite thick. I also found it quite hard to blend in as the formula was so thick, and it just didn't give the me flawless look that I was expecting. I have quite bumpy, uneven skin so I need a foundation that's going to smooth everything out and unfortunately this one clung to the bumps a little, highlighting them. The texture of my skin is something I'm very self conscious about, so this was a big no-no for me.

The coverage however, was something that I really liked about this foundation. I have a lot of acne scarring and redness on my face from years gone by, and this foundation covered all of that with ease, so it was a real shame that I just didn't like the formula. As this is a concealer and foundation hybrid, I've been mainly using this as a concealer to cover my dark circles and where I have acne scarring, and it's worked really well for this purpose.

Overall, I had big hopes for this foundation but unlike the other thousands of bloggers who seem to love it, it just wasn't for me. I am still using this as a concealer and the bottle will surely last me ages, so all is not lost I guess, it's just such a shame that it didn't work out the way I'd hoped.

Lots of Love,

Becky xo


  1. The swatch looks a little too dark for me too! It's a shame it doesnt come in lighter shades as I would of loved to try this out as I am obsessed with foundations, I own around 30 ha ha x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  2. I went in there and they told me that they didn't go light enough for me :s as i'm the lightest shade in another foundation from Clinique. A really good in-depth review! Thank you! xo

  3. The swatch looks so dark, I definitely don't think it's my shade, such a shame when they realise so many shades yet it's still not your shade!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  4. This sounds really nice and I love the fact that it's a two in one. x

  5. Really enjoyed this review, nice a detailed! It's a shame about the shade, I'm so pale so I struggle to find a pale shade in foundations so much so I just always fake tan now. It sounds like we have the same skin type and I struggle also with finding a foundation that keeps my oily zone matte and my dry zone hydrated. Such a pain :(


  6. Aww. its seems like a very good product but what a dissapoinment that its not up to your liking esp with the shade range... I love full coverage foundation but dislike that thick and heavy foundation feeling on my face. However I might still want to try this out in the future. I think if I were to get this, I might use it as a concealer as well. Thanks for sharing. :)
    Sincerely Renny

  7. This product seems to be interesting for his 2 in 1 action.

    Alexandra x
    I order a few days back the It Cosmetics CC Cream know i have to wait to get it in my mail box.. My two big favourites are definetly my new CĂ©line Trio Bag and the Tom Ford Cream To Powder Eyeshadow in naked bronze.

    Alexandra x

  8. Lovely review! I am using their even better foundation and love it :) I don't think this would be for me either though! | A friendly beauty and lifestyle blog

  9. hmmmmm sounds like a concealer more than foundation. Too bad it didnt work as well as you'd have hoped.

    Try Urban Decay naked skin if you havent yet :) I love it!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  10. Interesting that this foundation wasn't for you! I'm keen to give it a go as I quite like another clinique foundation although sometimes I do find the consistency a bit too thick. Great post x

    Ciara Rose | AllureImpassionedGoddess


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