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Before I start talking about how to get “perfectly balanced” skin, you should know that my natural skin is anything but. I’m not the kind of girl who can put A, B, or C foundation on her face and have it look matte, even, and/or aesthetically pleasing. You can see in the frightening before/after picture below that even with an exorbitant amount of light on my face, my skin is visibly hyper-pigmented, discolored from hormonal imbalances, and well, pretty darn dull. Part of that dullness can be attributed to my Floridian skin’s aversion to the Maine climate– and the rest can be attributed to bad dermatological genes. I, like most women, don’t want to feel like I’m wearing clown paint on my face either, so finding a foundation that feels and looks natural with decent coverage and SPF is the key. I’ve always been a fan of Clinique’s gentle, skin-friendly ingredients, so I jumped at the opportunity to test out their new Superbalanced Silk Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation.
Since I’m about three hours away from a decent mall, I looked at Clinique’s color matching chart online and ordered three shades of Clinique Superbalanced Silk Foundation– 03 Silk Bare, 07 Silk Sahara, and 08 Silk Canvas. You never know if your best guess will be way off, so even though I’m moderately fair, I still ordered one shade from the Very Fair color group in case the others didn’t match well. As predicted, 07 Silk Sahara was the perfect shade for my Polish-Italian skin tone, and it didn’t require a whole lot of blending upon application, which was nice.
This formula is super light and provides good, buildable, and (most importantly) lasting coverage for women who prefer a more natural, ie not heavy clown paint, look. There’s no pump, so I applied directly with my fingertips instead of a makeup brush, primarily to ensure I wasn’t wasting any excess foundation. With a few spot concealer treatments around my T Zone, I felt completely confident with the amount of coverage provided. My skin stayed matte, oil-free, and pleasantly silky for an entire day of frolicking outside in Camden. Oh, and other added bonuses– Clinique Superbalanced Silk Foundation has SPF 15 in it, and it also photographs very well, which is of valuable benefit to anyone in front of a camera often. All-in-all, it’s really really nice to see a foundation that’s so easy to use and provides natural, balanced, and stress-free coverage with every application. No need to awkwardly check your face on your selfie phone camera anymore.
In case you’re curious how Clinique Superbalanced Silk Foundation compares to Clinique Superbalanced Foundation, I can’t really speak to their differences, so you can/should compare the two on Clinique’s website here.
You can pick up a pretty little bottle of Clinique Superbalanced Silk Foundation online or in stores for $25! What Clinique products have you tried lately– and more importantly, what did you think?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Clinique through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Superbalanced Silk Foundation, all opinions are my own.
Clinique products are amazing! I’m a big fan but I have never tried this one before.
WOW! What a huge difference! I love Clinques lipsticks and eyeshadows, but have never tried a foundation of theirs yet!
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this is my mom’s favorite brand! I also sneak some when I’m home visiting!
Wow the difference is amazing!! This foundation is great!
I love that I have been hearing more about Cliniques makeup range. I have heard absolutely wonderful things about their acne solutions foundation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this foundation – I definitely am going to compare this one with the acne solutions foundation when I’m in a Sephora next.
I have heard nothing but good things about Clinique. I didn’t know they had foundations as well. I guess I can add it to my to-try list next time I go makeup shopping! Thanks for the honest review 🙂
I haven’t tried Clinique foundation but I’ve tried a lot of other Clinique products and I really love them!
This foundation sounds awesome, I’ll have to check it out!
Love Clinique! That foundation looks great on ya!
I too have uneven skin tone and its a pain in the butt!!
Wow what a huge difference!! I don’t have an uneven skin tone but I have a hard time finding a foundation that I like, so I will try this asap
Rachel | The Confused Millennial
I love Clinique Foundation for helping even out my skin! I have particularly red blotchy skin so it’s a great brand for helping out with that 🙂 It’s been a while since I used Clinique though!
You are so naturally gorgeous! This foundation makes you look flawless 🙂
Love! I’m a big skin person since my mom has worked at Lancome for 20 years and has passed the importance of taking care of your skin down. Love this!