Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Clinique Superprimer - Colour Corrects Redness

If you read my 2013 Beauty Favourites (read here) you'll know that my favourite face powder of the year was the Clinique Redness Solutions Powder, a yellow toned finely milled powder which cancels out the red tones in your complexion. You'll also know that I struggled to find a face primer that I really liked. When I saw this Clinique Superprimer I thought it may be the answer to my beauty prayers, and my mum was lovely enough to buy me it for Christmas.

Designed to work in the same way as the face powder, this primer is yellow and is therefore meant to 'correct redness'. When squeezed from the tube the primer is bright yellow in colour but once smoothed on to the skin it becomes more translucent. As a silicone based primer it has a smooth texture which glides on to the skin effortlessly and really does help to even out skintone and minimise the look of pores.

I wouldn't say that the colour correcting properties are life changing. Depending on your skintone there may still be some areas of redness after application, but it certainly does calm down these areas and make them easier to conceal.

The primer made my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth so applying foundation over the top was effortless. It didn't seem to work too well with my everyday foundation - the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, probably because of the differences between the mousse and silicone textures of the two products. They just didn't sit right together. However, it did work well with my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. It therefore, suggests this primer works better with liquid foundations (I haven't tried it with a cream or gel formula).  

As with all primers I have tried, I have not found that this primer increases the longevity of my makeup. My mousse foundation seemed to gradually slide off my face throughout the day but the staying power of my Nars Sheer Glow was about the same. I am yet to find that perfect formula that works like glue to keep my foundation in place all day.

I do think that this is one of the best primers I have tried. The texture is very similar to Benefit's Porefessional but my skin seems to react to the Benefit one in a less than desirable way (hello breakout!), which hasn't been a problem with the Clinique alternative. Plus it has the added bonus of helping the red undertones of my skin!

As my Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse is my everyday foundation, this primer will not be in my daily 'rotation' (as the beauty bloggers like to call it) but it will definitely be a reliable product to turn to on particularly bad pinky/red days and for special occasions to use alongside my favourite liquid foundations, or just for days when I want super smooth and soft skin!

The Clinique Superprimer for redness colour correction costs £20 for 30ml. Clinique's Superprimer range also includes primers to colour correct discolouration, sallowness, and dullness, and each formula is a different colour to cancel out these skin concerns e.g to colour correct sallowness the primer is a lavender colour.

Have you tried any of the Clinique Superprimers? Let me know by commenting below....

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