Getting my hands on a bottle was no mean feat. For the first month all shops were sold out of the lighter shades. Thankfully, my grandmother spotted a bottle of alabaster in Galway and sent it up to me.
To give you a perspective on my make up needs, my skin type is normal with an inclination towards dry skin if the weather's bad. I never suffer from oily skin.
My first impression of the make up was Jesus Christ, look at that applicator wand! It is huge! I'm not a fan of using wands and sponges when applying foundation. Besides from the smoother effect using that your fingers gives, I'm ever mindful of the fact they're a germ trap. Bacteria are gross anyway, but bacteria on your face breeds spots so my concern is justified.
I like to use a very light but not watery foundation. I'm blessed with reasonably good skin so there's really no need to use anything heavy. I found this product was thick without being heavy, but it still wasn't as light as I would have liked. However, if I was trying to cover up blemishes then this would be ideal as it provided coverage without cake.
My favourite thing about the Clinique range is that they cater to the paler skin tone. Other brands (I'm looking at you, Rimmel) print 'ivory' on the bottle but what you actually get is orange. Clinique also match your colour based on whether you have pink or yellow tones so you end up with the most natural looking make up.
The concealer combination didn't really seem to add much to the overall effect. I tried using a dab on a blemish, letting it dry, and then applying the make up all over but I found I got better results the next day when I used a separate concealer.
My make up stayed put throughout the day and there was no need for reapplication.
This foundation + concealer retails at £25/€33 which is very reasonable for such a good quality foundation. My experience with Clinique foundations is that a bottle lasts a long time with careful usage.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a thicker coverage, suffers from an uneven skin tone or breakouts. If you're like me and use foundation to give a nice finish to your skin rather than need it to cover problem areas it may be a bit much for everyday use, but an ideal make up for the evening when you prefer something a bit more substantial.
|Shade: 2 alabaster|