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Mini Review: Clinique Superbalanced Makeup

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup

Ok, so normally I don’t review things unless I’ve used it for a while so I can get a good feel for it. But I’m making an exception in this case. I got a foil packet of Clinique Superbalanced Makeup from somewhere or other, and the four days’ worth of foundation was really all I needed to decide. So take it with a grain of salt, but I’m just as interested in what people didn’t like as what they did. And now I’ve spoiled the plot twist. Oh well.


  • The shade I got (Ivory, which is closer to the middle of the shade range than you’d expect from the name) is a good match for me.
  • It’s not expensive ($23)
  • Not much else to say here, actually


  • It’s pretty difficult to apply – much buffing is required to avoid streakiness.
  • Despite the claims it does not control oil, at least not for me.
  • Instead of feeling ‘blended in’ to the skin, it sort of sits on top.
  • By the end of the work day it feels heavy and greasy.
  • It settles into pores and lines in a very unflattering way.

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This is what I end up with by the time I get home from work. Check out the horizontal lines on my forehead, and under my eyes (click the image to see full size). You guys, I promise my skin doesn’t usually look like that. Not that there’s anything wrong with some wrinkles and creases, but I’m not in a hurry to invent new ones for myself.

So yeah, the blind date with this foundation didn’t really work out. Sorry Superbalanced, but I’m going to go home and never call you.


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