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Beyond Perfecting – The Latest Clinique Foundation

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If there’s one thing about magazines I love it’s getting a few freebies to try out. I got this Clinique Beyond Perfecting sample which I couldn’t wait to try out. The only problem with foundation samples is that we aren’t all one shade of skin. More often than not it won’t match but that doesn’t stop me wanting to see what it’s like. I can’t afford to buy every new foundation that comes out so even if the shade is wrong I still like to test it out. To the amusement of anyone that sees the photos below this sample was multiple shades darker. It proves that nanyone trying to tan using your foundation does not work.

Clinique – Beyond perfecting

It’s not often you see a foundation that can also work as a concealer as well. For this to happen it’s got to act like skin so on the spot coverage can’t be seen or all over application blends in well. As the foundation was so far from my natural pale skin shade (Mac NW 13 or Revlon Colorstay in Buff) I didn’t test the 12 hour claim out. All I wanted to see was how the finish on my skin looked & felt.

Beyond Perfecting - The Latest Clinique Foundation - bottles

The You’ve Been Tangoed Test


Beyond Perfecting - The Latest Clinique Foundation - no foundation


Beyond Perfecting - The Latest Clinique Foundation - foundation

Firstly when I saw the shade I was put off using my buffing brush so I could use it with a different foundation after. I also avoided my blending sponge as the dampness alters the coverage & application. I went with my fingers instead, shockingly enough it worked really well. This feels slightly oily to touch, ( even though it’s oil-free) it blends out really well with enough time to work with it before it sets. I over applied it to my forehead accidentally & kept blending out until it looked even without any trouble. What impressed me most was when I put it over a dry patch of skin I have on the inner corner of my eye. Foundation clings to this & almost always makes it visible. I applied it over the lids so they weren’t white compared to the rest of my face. This hid the redness without pointing it out, it can’t change the texture but it blurred it in with the rest of my skin. It feels very moisturising even with such a natural almost matte look to it. To look close up to your skin there’s no tell tale signs that it’s not your skin. Sometimes foundation sits in your pores and stands out like lots of tiny little spots which really bugs me, this didn’t do that either.The concealer part to this works really well & in a few areas I applied extra, it’s buildable without getting cakey. The name Beyond Perfecting actually makes sense for this foundation concealer hybrid.

Final Thoughts

I need to get a sample of this in the right shade, there are 21 available so hopefully one will match me. It can be used as a light or full coverage base & doesn’t have any spf in it. Why would I like that there is no spf? Well I’m already looking for one for my wedding day & I think this is a contender to my Mac Mineralize Moisture foundation. Don’t let the wrong shade put you off trying samples, I tried the Dior Star foundation last year from a sample & it looked awful on me.

Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting is 30ml for £25.

I’ve done an update on this foundation when I picked up a closer shade match for Beyond Perfecting.