Saturday, July 10, 2010

Guest Review: Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

I was very excited to find out about the new Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup from Clinique. A foundation that does the acne control job at the same time sounds like a perfect solution to my acne-prone skin.

What it is: A oil-free liquid foundation with 0.5% Salicylic Acid to help treating and preventing breakouts on dry combination to oily skin, retails $24.50/ CAD30 for 1oz/ 30ml.

What it offers:
- Texture: Light weight and dries quickly.
- Coverage: Medium.
- Colours: 8 shades available, a good selection for different skin tones.

How it performs: I received "02 Fresh Ivory" which is a bit lighter than my match shade, but for testing purpose, I did use it on my face without mixing it with any darker foundation.

The goods:
- The formula is light and oil-free, a big plus, especially during the summer months. The foundation is semi matte when dries. It did not break me out.
- The wear is pretty good, as it lasts until I come home at the end of the day to wash it off.
- It can also be used on the affected areas only as a cover-up/ treatment liquid during the day.

The not-so-goods:
- It is not a full coverage foundation, i.e. I still have to use concealer on top of it. I expect a foundation with acne treatment property would provide more coverage, as often enough, we have acne scars and old spots to cover.
- The liquid is hard to blend at times as it dies quickly. I would suggest to get a bit of product at a time and blend it out completely before getting more product.
- It does oxidize a bit, which works on my benefit in this case as the shade is a bit light on me (Later in the day, it looks like a better match for me). Keep this in mind.
- The low dose of salicylic acid is good to treat rarely occasional breakouts but not for skin with more serious acne problem or higher frequency of breakouts.

The bads:
- The foundation flakes - around my nose and mouth, and on my cheeks. It is not pretty.
Note that I always use a moisturizer and a primer before any foundation, and do not notice any dryness on my face prior to application. Dabbing more moisturizer on top did not help, I tried.

Summary: This foundation works great as a convenient fix for those with light acne problem on normal skin but is not a good solution for combination/ dry skin as it intensifies the dryness.

Have you tried this foundation? Love it? Hate it? Want it?

About Anh

If you a loyal follower of Anh's blog, Sparkled Beauty, then you'll know she has a love for anything with sparkles! Like most of my encounters with fellow beauty bloggers, I "met" Anh on Twitter. When we finally met in person at the Girls Night In at LIFT in April, it was like meeting an old friend. Be sure to check out Anh's blog for her awesome makeup hauls and product reviews! Thanks Anh!


Chelsea White said...

hi there,
yah i have used somewhat of the same thing but with Almay cosmetics, not very good coverage did dry me around the mouth etc. guess that perfect one will never exist haha.

otilia said...

your blog is handsome,you're great,good luck :*

Vida La Glam said...

oh my. i got a sample of that a couple of weeks ago. 4 hours i was an oompa loompa but good idea... maybe it works if i get a lighter shade.

Carolyn said...

Love your blog, it is laid out so well. In particular I really like the pink boarder you use around some products. Cliniques foundations are just okay to me. Not sure, after your review if I would purchase this one.

luminess said...

I have bunch of acne few months ago, and now I have fair face with the help of clinique acne products.