Thursday, 19 September 2013
Over the Hype 01 - Clinique Superbalanced Makeup
It's a real shame when you come across a product that just doesn't quite live up to expectations. A fairly sporadic new feature, I'm introducing 'Over The Hype' for makeup and other products that I was so excited about and ended up falling short. I'm not usually one for negativity, but I found myself really shocked at a high end foundation that didn't deliver what was promised.
Being a bit of a Clinique hoarder, a trip to one of the bigger Boots stores means browsing the counters and I do like to see what's on offer. This particular trip I was after the Bottom Lash Mascara, after hearing such wonderful things and hoping it would put an end to the dreaded black eyes I would get from long lashes. I'd not long purchased their 3 step system for dry skin, which had been working wonders for a couple of weeks to rebalance my skin, so I felt rather naughty going back in for more products. It was then that the woman at the counter had colour matched my skin to Clinique Superbalanced Makeup.
I was very happy with my purchase, thinking that I might have actually found my holy grail in foundation after a few MAC foundation disasters. It wasn't until the next day that I was able to try it out. It blended okay, took a good amount of buffing for much coverage but overall I was fairly happy with the result, aside from the colour. It just wasn't the right tone, but I can thank fluorescent lights for that one. After just a few short hours I noticed the caking and it had all but rubbed off after a few more, leaving me with essentially a foundation-free face with lots of dry patches. I tried a few days later with the same results, and rotated the foundation in once more after that with hopes that it might just have been a 'bad skin' day. Having now looked on the website at the skin types this foundation is suitable for, it's no wonder I was having problems. It covers the spectrum from very dry to oily, which baffles me as dry skin and oily skin need completely different properties to sit on the skin well.
It was the last time I used it that was most interesting. A claim of being oil-free, tipping the bottle onto the back of my hand ended up coating it with a runny oil like substance. I have since stopped using it and did call out for help on twitter and Clinique did get back to me saying for me to take it back to the counter and it would be at the discretion of the assistant as to wether they exchange or refund me. This is fantastic customer service and not something I even expected from a used makeup product.
I still love Clinique, and dote on their mascaras as well as the moisturiser I have, you just can't win them all. I had the same experience with a MAC foundation that mirrored this, but has worked wonders on many others. I will take my foundation back and see if I can exchange it for another foundation that might work much better.
Have you had any bad experiences with a foundation before?