Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer ($50AUD / $27USD) has got to be one of my favourite full coverage foundations / concealers recently released on the market. I was incredibly surprised at how amazing the coverage was with a single blended out application. It gives my skin a beautiful natural finish that lasts throughout the day.
It feels lightweight, doesn’t dry out my skin and it goes without saying how flawless the coverage is. Clinique claims that the foundation / concealer is designed to be moisturising which is a huge plus for someone like me who suffers from dry skin.
I was a little iffy on the method of application (and admittedly still am) via a very large doe foot applicator because hygiene is always a concern for me. It’s not that different from how most traditional concealers are dispensed, but for a foundation I’d much prefer a pump bottle. I personally swiped the product a couple of times on the back of my hand, and then used my traditional foundation brush to apply it to my face.
If you aren’t looking for a full coverage foundation, as the name would suggest, Beyond Perfecting can be used strictly as a concealer. Which then explained why having the doe foot applicator makes a lot more sense, as it is perfect for spot treatment.
My main issue with this product is the shade range. That statement probably sounds a little surprising given Clinique released around 13 shades. However the shade I picked up was Alabaster, the lightest shade on offer for this product range and as you can see from the comparison swatches with other foundations, it’s pretty dark.
When I apply it on my entire face it actually appears to match my skin tone perfectly so I’m convinced this is a great foundation for photoshoots, but in real life it does look like I have a slight tan. If you are MAC NC20 or lighter, then you definitely won’t find a good shade match here.
All in all, this is still an amazing product that really surprised me. If you can find a shade that matches you then I highly recommend it! I doubt many people will regret picking this up, the formula is on point.