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Clinique Superbalanced Foundation Makeup Review

Updated on July 1, 2013
Photo © Redberry Sky
Photo © Redberry Sky

Clinique’s Superbalanced Makeup foundation was a part of my product haul when I went for a professional makeover at a Clinique counter in a local department store recently.

I was a little wary of buying this foundation, because even though I love it, it comes in a glass bottle and only comes out very slowly. This doesn’t just test my patience when I’m getting ready in the mornings, but it means that a good portion of the make up actually gets stuck in the bottle and never comes out! At £21.50 ($23 in the US), even a little bit of this is just too much to waste, and although it’s very pretty and sturdy packaging, I wish Clinique would put their foundations in a more easily accessible pot, or ordinary plastic tubes.

4 stars for Clinique Superbalanced Makeup

Quick Summary

Price: £21.50 ($23.00) – expensive but worth it.

Coverage: I’ve ditched the concealers since I started to use this, and it gives me a good, even skin tone.

Skin Tone Match: I use ‘Nude Beige’ and it’s one of the very few foundations that has properly matched my very pale skin.

Ease of Application: A bit tricky to get out of the glass bottle, but the actual application is a sheer, smooth dream.

Staying Power: It lasts all day and evening, and my skin feels as soft and fresh at the end of the day as it does when I first apply it. It also doesn’t rub off easily, and there are no little patches of colour on my date’s white shirt after a slow dance…

Feel of make up after application: Soft, fresh and natural.

Overall: I give this 4 stars out of 5. It loses a star only because in the past when I’ve had Clinique foundations that come in glass bottles, I know that there’s quite a bit that I have to throw away because it simply won’t come out of the bottle! If it weren’t for this waste, I’d give this 5 stars because I absolutely love it!

Superbalanced Makeup: Ease of Application and Colour Tone

With that gripe out of the way, what is the product like? It’s liquid smooth and sheer, and really does even my skin tone out without giving me a false-looking colour. I have very pale skin and I struggle to find foundation that works with my skin tone, but this is very natural and even a thin layer goes a long way towards covering up my imperfections. I got ‘Nude Beige’ - a very light colour that doesn’t add any yellowness to my face (a problem I’ve had in the past with other foundations).

Superbalanced Makeup as a Make Up Base

Although, as I said, this foundation is liquid-smooth, it does have enough thickness to it’s consistency to give proper cover and provide a good base for the rest of my make up, and once it’s on, it has a soft matte-like effect that makes my skin feel wonderful.

I’ve been using this foundation for about two weeks now, and so far I haven’t had to use any concealers or other spot-cover-ups – although my skin does have many imperfections I’m very happy with the coverage of this alone.

Superbalanced Makeup: Evenness of Coverage

One final note in praise of this is that because it dries to a soft finish, it doesn’t ever leave any dry-looking patches – I’m no expert when it comes to applying make up and I’ll admit that my application isn’t always the most even or smooth, but whereas other foundations have made my lack of skill visible to all, Clinique’s Superbalanced Makeup manages to gloss over my hurried mistakes and gives the appearance of smooth and even skin.


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    • Pauline Davenport profile image

      Pauline Davenport 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hiya Redberry Sky,

      It's the best when you find a foundation that suits your skin. Although out of my price range at present, it does sound to be a lovely product. Having said that, if you don't need to use concealer, it does bring the price down a bit doesn't it?

      To get the most out of the annoying glass bottle, why don't you stand it up side down on your dressing table ? That way it should come out quickly every time. I do that with washing up liquid, olive oil - all sorts of things when there are just tantalising bits in the bottom needing to be used up.

      A lovely article - thank you. I think I'd better get saving up for some.....

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Hiya Pauline - you're right about the price - the cosmetics I got from my recent adventure was really a splurge I rarely do!

      I've had the glass bottles before from Clinique, and you're absolutely right, balancing it upside down really helps to get the most out of it, but the bit of foundation that never seems to come out still irks me a bit after I've paid so much money for a product. But it does look very nice on my dressing table!

    • mattdigiulio profile image

      mattdigiulio 4 years ago

      This is a very well done hub -- thanks for sharing! I love the way you structured this review. Voting up, useful.

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Cheers mattdigiulio :)

    • Vieenrose profile image

      Vieenrose 4 years ago

      I absolutely love this product!! It's hard to find a good foundation that matches my skin tone so when i saw your review &purchased i bought a backup. It love how it's not too cakey& thick and how it doesn't completely cover your skin- more like it enhances.

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      I thought the same, Vieenrose, it's a lovely sheer foundation and the tones are very natural. Like you, I love this foundation :)

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