Thursday, 19 September 2013

Over the Hype 01 - Clinique Superbalanced Makeup

Over The Hype - Clinique Superbalanced Makeup | www.latenightnonsense.com

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?


30 comments:

  1. The YSL Touche Eclat Foundation. Worst foundation I have ever tried. I have 'normal' skin and after a few hours wearing this, my complexion was a mess. Greasy with oily patches and I just looked GROSS. Plus the MUA gave me the wrong shade.

    Total disappointment.

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    1. It's so upsetting when you fork out so much money for a high end product expecting to get better pay off than high street. Goes to show that we can save our pennies as it's not always going to work out.

      xo

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  2. I wasnt keen on this foundation I found it stuck to all those dry nasty bits! however, my step mums swear by this stuff so I guess it's just preference!

    Emily
    www.beautybyemily.co.uk

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    1. How funny! I gave this to my little sister and she seems to be having a better time with it than I did. I did pre-warn her to use lots of moisturiser beforehand though!

      xo

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  3. So many foundations have been a let down in my opinion such as the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. The shades are so orangey and it's so thick!

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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    1. I've heard that it has little glittery particles in it too. That would put me right off!

      xo

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  4. That's such a shame, I hate when high end stuff is disappointing.

    Katie xo
    http://sugarfixxbeauty.com

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    1. I wish I'd gone for something like Urban Decay or Laura Mercier thinking about the price now...

      xo

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  5. I really dislike Clinique foundations. Every single one I've tried either is not the right color or I just plain hate it. I don't think I'm ever gonna waste money on them. I'll just stick to their chubby sticks.

    Zoe

    The Caribbean Flower

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    1. I love most of their other makeup, just not the foundation. Every time I have a test patch done at the counter I leave the store looking either too orange or too pale. Lighting has a lot to do with it, but it's a real annoyance!

      xo

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  6. Oh no how annoying! I hate when expensive brands really let you down! I'd give taking it back a go for sure, especially as they matched you t the wrong colour anyway! Out of interest, what foundatiosn are you using that are fab? I need a new one!

    nakedbeautyblog.com

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    1. I'd say go high street. You can't go too wrong when you're only spending small amounts. The new Rimmel Match Perfection is supposed to be amazing!

      xo

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  7. I have this and it works well with my combination skin and I also have the powder too but the customer service from Clinique is one of the best i've had from counter brands in places like Boots. I bought a different colour from the airport when I come to wear it 2 weeks later it was a completely different shade to my skin so I took it back and they happily exchaged it for me, no questions asked! They didnt even ask to see my receipt!

    xx

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    1. They are fantastic like that, which is more than can be said for a few other brands... I ended up giving the foundation to my sister, it just didn't feel right taking it back.

      xo

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  8. I'd definitely try the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation, I think it is so nice :) pain in the bum though as it comes without a pump.

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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    1. I do love that foundation! I'm getting my mum to trial it at the moment with my Bourjois BB Cream (as she's darker than me) so she doesn't have to keep forking out for her UD foundation. It'll be her every day backup. :)

      xo

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  9. Everytme I've been colour matched at a Clinique counter its been wrong. So now I avoid Clinique foundations like the plague.
    So annoying when something like that happens though! :(

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one. Not great when you pay so much money.

      xo

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  10. clinique has a handful of foundation offerings which i really should take a look at. for some reason this is a brand i often over look.
    thankfully no major bad foundation experiences. just a LOT of mediocre ones.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. I don't doubt these would be great for a more oily skinned lady, just seems odd they market this foundation for dry skin when it clings to dry patches like no other!

      xo

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  11. clinique has a handful of foundation offerings which i really should take a look at. for some reason this is a brand i often over look.
    thankfully no major bad foundation experiences. just a LOT of mediocre ones.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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  12. I was like you and disappointed with clinique foundation. It was so oily for me and my makeup would never last using it! Also it never lasted long so was very irritating!! Shame because I like their stuff. Their tinted moisturiser wasn't great either when I really wanted it to be :(

    apinchofshaz.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

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    1. I've heard there are certain ones that are worth trying, but I just don't think I could part with that kind of money again for the risk.

      xo

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  13. Such a shame when a product doesn't work out for you but their customer service sounds amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    1. Customer service there is fab! I do love all their other makeup though. :)

      xo

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  14. I'm currently on the great hunt for my holy grail foundation and I believe I found it in Lancome Teint Miracle. It's glorious! But I haven't even purchased it yet other than the sample because I'm trying to get my grubby hands on every department store foundation first...and I'm so glad I saw this because I was thinking hmmm, maybe I shouldn't overlook Clinique (as I often do) but this makes me think they won't have anything for my very picky taste haha.

    Definitely look into Lancome. Their teint miracle and teint illuminance (I think?) are both amazing.

    xoxo
    Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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    1. I will definitely look into these, thanks Kelly! Having dry skin and trying to find a decent foundation is such a nightmare. I wish I had any other skin type. Even oily!

      xo

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  15. Foundation is my biggest issue... I hate applying it. I've always loved the idea of Clinique foundation because they have a good skincare range so it sucks this didn't work out. xxx
    Life of Verity

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    1. I use their 3 step skincare system, but it just didn't seem to help this when it came to my dry skin. Odd when I have no problem with other dry skin foundations.

      xo

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