The rules of life clearly state that if you're on the way home from holidays abroad and have any money leftover, you must spend it in the Duty Free. And despite having millions of foundations anyway in your stash, it's ok to buy another one. Without researching it at all. And you can't access wifi in the airport to search for some quickie reviews because the wifi doesn't work. You are stranded at the Clinique counter with money to spend and no way to see if you're going to be left disappointed. So you take a chance, like Abba said.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation & concealer was my purchase of choice on the way home from Spain and behold my review!
I do like a multipurpose product, mainly because it speeds things up in the morning and Beyond Perfecting is described as a foundation and concealer. I rarely put concealer on in the mornings before work as I like to embrace my dark circles. It's not because I'm always running late and don't have time. Noooooo. That's not me at all at all... But the big doe foot applicator, while being a bit unhygienic having to dip and then double dip, means you can apply the product under the eyes and on any blemishes you want to cover.
Now, along with being multifunctional, it's suitable for all skin types which is a bold claim. So those with dry skin can use it along with the oilier skinned ladies like myself. I think that's the thing that intrigued me the most, having a one product fits all claim. Now let us look at my scaldy mush without any makeup shall we?
With it's super thick texture, a little goes a long way and the first time I used it, I lashed loads of it on. I was caked in foundation, but knew where I'd gone wrong and every time since then I've used less and am sorted. After applying it a few different ways, I've decided that I like it best when applied with a beauty blender. That gives the most flawless finish ever and makes sure I don't have cake face. I find it blends into my skin easily, doesn't sit in pores and gives me a near perfect finish. It has a tendency to cling to my dry patches a bit, so take note anyone with dryer skin than me, I'm in the process of revamping my skincare routine so hopefully any dry patches will be gone pronto and then I'll be sorted.
I wanted to show it in action as a foundation and also a concealer, so you can see the before and after photo above. State of the redness on my face but sure that's what foundation is for and you can see it covers it perfectly, evens out my complexion and despite the heavy coverage, doesn't look or feel heavy or cakey on the skin.
Using it as a concealer under my eyes, you can see that it brightens my undereye area and I think I look more awake don't I? Like all concealers on me, I have to set this with a powder or else it creases on me but it stays put for the work day and sure when I'm home it doesn't matter what I look like!
The foundation is a tough one to describe in terms of finish because while it dries matte, it leaves my skin with a really soft radiance to it, but is dry to the touch. I guess a satin finish might be the best way to describe it. I've found that I need to set my oily bits with a powder which will help get me to about the 6-7 hour mark. Without powder, my nose starts to shine like a beacon of hope for all the world after about 4-5 hours.
It promises to stay put through sweat and humidity and while it hasn't been that hot or humid in Ireland yet, I'll be putting it through its paces when summer comes. See how I said "when"... not "if"... It lasts for the work day on me which is all I ever ask for when testing out foundations. And for any budding YouTubers out there, it looks flawless on camera too.
I bought this in the shade Alabaster which was the second lightest shade available in the airport and I'd say it's ever so slightly dark for me, but I can make it work once I blend it down my neck, so anyone paler than me will have to see if there's a lighter shade, fake tan a bit or look for something else. Also, the lady in the airport told me that it can oxidise as the day goes on, but I haven't had an issue with that, so it's worth noting and maybe test it out before purchasing.
I'm really enjoying wearing this lads and I'm so happy that my unresearched purchase has worked out great! It's €33 and is on Clinique counters now, but at the moment, Debenhams has 10% off and it's €29.70. Every penny counts eh!