Something else I have never done is try any of the samples you get free in magazines. I can't really explain why. Maybe nothing has caught my attention, maybe I thought there wouldn't be enough product in them. I don't know. But for some unknown reason to me I tried the Clinique Beyond Perfection foundation sample in a magazine the other day and I was shocked - in a good way. It was amazing, so much so I quickly headed off to go and buy myself the full size version.
The Clinque Beyond Perfection foundation is a foundation and concealer in one, making it full coverage which is completely buildable. The foundation is quite thick which blends easily but dries fairly quickly. It melts into the skin leaving you with a velvety matte finish and a flawless natural complexion.
My skin is mainly dry but I can get an oily T-Zone and have no problems on any areas on my face with this foundation. The Beyond Perfection foundation is oil free so perfect for those who do suffer with oiler skin. It feels surprisingly lightweight on the skin for such a full coverage effect and lasts for hours.
Beyond Perfection goes on slightly darker than you would expect and then cleverly adapts to your skin tone after a few minutes due to the high pigments in the formula. The only downside of this foundation is the colour range for pale skin. Their lightest shade is 0.5 Breeze which is still too dark for me. I need the equivalent of the MAC NW10 or lighter. As the colour of my skin varies so much (because I regularly fake tan) I bought shade 7 Cream Chamois, as I use it to contour with when I'm wearing fake tan. It's a real shame they can't also do lighter shades for paler skin, although it's not only Clinique who don't offer very fair shades - most cosmetic brands don't unfortunately. Boo! :-(
I totally love this foundation for the coverage and immaculate finish it provides, without feeling at all cakey on the skin.
I'm now on a role with being adventurous and trying new foundations so I'm looking try to other full coverage foundations - but ones that are pale enough for me. I've been recommended Illamasqua and Makeup Forever, but if you know of any others then let me know!
BTW I still absolutely LOVE MAC Studio Fix liquid foundation. If you like full coverage foundation and haven't tried it you need it in your life.
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