Right, where was I?
Oh yes, I was mean to be reviewing a new foundation product that I have feelings for.
Meet Clinique's Anti Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF 40.
To say that I was not excited about trying this would be an understatement. I received this in the post and immediately discounted it for two reasons:
1) YAWN. Another bloody BB cream - they all blend into one slightly grey toned blur; and
2) Anti Blemish sounds scary and drying. Wearing this would be akin to stripping every drop of moisture out of my skin.
So I didn't try it for about 2 weeks.
Then one morning, while getting ready for a work trip to Abu Dhabi I decided to "go crazy" and give it a whirl.
I shook it up, squeezed it out and grimaced at the dark colour, before applying it on my face with a Real Techniques blending brush.
Then everything changed.
I noticed how the colour dissipated, migrating from orange to a much more wearable beige tone, and how smooth it blended into my skin. It immediately reminded me of MAC Face and Body, albeit a version with better coverage and one that seems to add a higher degree of radiance to the skin.
Well after that I immediately started googling, trying to see if I was a fluke or if this had received widespread beauty lover appreciation. It seems, from what I have read, that many of us enjoy this.
- The SPF is broad spectrum
- It doesn't settle into fine lines and even if plonked under the eyes by accident will not age you by 20 years.
- Despite the frightening product title, it isn't drying.
- It has decent wear time - although the 5pm Fade will hit it hard and a touch up is required.
- It has medium coverage and can be worn on it's own.
Doesn't that all sound marvellous?
Well yes, it is. And I loved it straight away but I held off on writing a review because I frequently espouse my love for a product only to turn around and decide that I actually hate it (case in point: Hourglass's Hyaluronic Skin Tint).
A few weeks after the fact then I have decided that:
1. I still like it a lot. I love the ease of blending, the fact that it is build able and the way it makes my skin look - natural but with just enough coverage and all delivered in just a few drops.
2. The colour is weird. I have Light/Medium….and it doesn't look that light or that medium when freshly poured and blended…
...and some days I feel like it works and others I feel like it casts an odd hue. It's not yellow toned, or even pink - at times it appears apricot which is a difficult colour to work with.
3. The SPF will cause major flashback. Standard.
4. There are only 5 shades in the range and buying this in store needs to be a thorough and well-researched experience. I say this because you can't just have a look at the colour in the container - you will need to blend it out and see how it dries because what first emerges is very different from what sets. This is a bit of a hassle and as mentioned, with only 5 shades on offer, the chances of you finding a perfect match are slim.
With all that considered then what's the verdict?
I would give this a B+. It won't take the title of Best Foundation Everrrr from Clarins Extra Comfort but it's a lovely light alternative that still hides skin imperfections from view. I ADORE the texture and finish.
Whether or not you will like it will be wholly down to how well (or not) you can colour match yourself to such a limited selection of ranges. If you find a fit then you have officially hit the jackpot!
I know this has been out in other markets for a while so what is your verdict?