First Impressions ~ Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation

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First the deets from

Perfectly Real Makeup $26.00

  • Benefits: Controls Oil
  • Skin Types: 2 – Dry Combination, 3 – Combination Oily
  • My Shade: 08
  • Formula Liquid
  • Coverage Moderate
  • Feels like nothing at all. Yet creates your skin’s most perfected, natural look. Patent-pending* micro-mirrored technology optically resurfaces skin. Ultra-lightweight liquid formula is oil-free, non-acnegenic. *US and International Patents Pending

My Thoughts~

  • Super light weight (I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup!)
  • Great buildable coverage
  • After 3.5 hours – I was getting oily in my t-zone 😦 But a blotting paper took care of it!
  • After 8 hours – I had to re-blog with some papers 😦

Confession: I’m sort of a foundation snob!  I bounce between drugstore and department store foundations.  Yet I’m always drawn back to department stores or Sephora because I can be color matched.  That is one thing that’s pretty hard to do in a drugstore.  I went to my local department store this a couple weeks ago and was browsing one of my favorite brands – Clinique when I stumbled upon their foundations.   I’ve never tried any of their foundations but use & LOVE their skincare products and few makeup products like blush, eye shadows, and mascara.

The lady at the counter did my entire face – she explained and demonstrated how it can be built up and in the store it looked amazing!!  I got outside, looked in my mirror and was shocked at how it had settled into my pores (strike 1!) and fine lines (strike 2!) – I couldn’t wrap my head around it since it looked so nice in the store.  Despite settling and oxidizing a tiny bit, I think the big turn off for me was that she applied a much darker bronzer than I ever wear.  Granted, I am pretty light handed with bronzers and blushes – but this pushed me too far outside of my comfort zone.  I prefer a pretty natural look.

I decide to give it a shot at home.  I started with a smashbox primer since I had a meeting that night and don’t have  much time to retouch my makeup between work and the meeting.  I used my real techniques expert face brush and buffed it in.  It applied like a dream.  Its very light and easily built up without getting “cakeface.” I realized in application my lady at the counter might be too new to the job.  She used a flat or paddle style foundation brush and literally painted it on my face for what felt like ten or fifteen minutes.

I did set it with a tiny bit of powder before I left work work.

End of the day report. – It held up pretty well over time.  I only blotted my face with blotting papers to absorb any oil that I typically get in my t-zone.  Obviously my eyeshadow primer didn’t hold up {see pics} but I have oily eyelids and its a miracle for eye shadow to last longer than 6hrs.  It did wear off of my nose since I have crazy allergies that cause me to sneeze and blow my nose a lot.  Otherwise I’m quite pleased with it.  *note* part of its magic is that there is some super fine shimmer/glitter in the foundation.  I didn’t mind this and honestly didn’t even notice until I was reading a couple reviews on clinique’s website.  It is there in sunlight but didn’t show up with the flash from my camera.

Since buying it I’ve worn this foundation for about a week and a half.  I’ve put it through the paces of an outdoor wine tasting and humid night of bar hopping.  Despite sweat – it stayed pretty well.  I didn’t “wipe” my face but did blot randomly because I hate the feeling of sweat on my face!  lol (As if any of us like that feeling?!)

I’d definitely recommend this if you like a lighter foundation that can be built up and feels as if you aren’t wearing anything.  Caution to my oily skin friends – prepare the carry some blotting tissues with you but for the most part it did a great job and I’m happy with the purchase.  If you are true “oily skined” instead of combo – I might shy away from this since I did get some oil in my t-zone throughout the day.

Have you tried this?  What’s your favorite foundation?

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