Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Believe the Hype: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Clinique has long been one of my favourite brands for skincare. I was originally introduced to the brand when I had a lot of problems with my combination skin growing up, as most teenagers and young adults do, and still get the occasional hormonal spotting (someone tell me why it's always in funny places, like in the middle of my forehead or at the tip of the nose so that it becomes literally unmissable? WHY!?). Luckily with Clinique's products I got rid of my skin problems – however I was left with some acne scarring, especially on my cheeks. Fortunately most of the scarring has faded away on its own over the past few years, but my skin is nowhere near where I would love it to be, which is where a good primer, foundation and concealer come in. Problem is, I'm quite lazy on an everyday basis and don't want to spend anymore time than necessary doing my make up by applying 40 different products to my face to get a good coverage, especially in the mornings. I'd rather just sleep the extra 2 hours.

I've long been a fan of Laura Mercier and Benefit when it comes to base products, but there has been so much hype around Clinique's new Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer I thought I would give it a go as my previous foundation was running out, and I think I've found The One. And by The One, I mean the game changer foundation that excites make up enthusiasts and make up lazy girls like me alike. The product gives a full coverage without feeling too heavy or cakey, leaving a natural looking skin that matches beautifully with my own tone. It moisturises, doesn't clog my pores, and lasts throughout the whole day. And it comes in 21 different shades, Vive La Diversité. Application from the beautiful glass bottle is fuss free with no pumping, squeezing or {place another dodgy word here}.

I originally went on the hunt and shade testing in Central London, rummaging through three Boots stores, John Lewis, Debenhams – all were sold out in my shade, the Cream Rose. I've never seen that happen before, it gives a good indication to how much people are after this product, and for good reason as it is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I was left with 2 choices; get on the WAITING LIST (bonkers, I know) or try to find it online. At this point I was determined to try it asap, so opted for ordering online from John Lewis. It's also available online from Boots here. Happy concealing.

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