Foundation Review Series: Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-free Makeup

Friday, September 28, 2012

I'm back with another foundation review! Once again, I have something from the #1 selling luxe foundation brand - Clinique. You may remember my previous review of the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup. This time around, it is the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup.
Clinique: This lightweight gel-cream texture provides all day coverage with a mattifying finish and feels as comfortable as wearing nothing at all. Controls oil breakthrough and keeps skin shine-free, even in extreme heat and humidity all day. Contains shine absorbers to refine the look of troubled areas. Skin looks and feels flawless all day long.
Here are my thoughts on this foundation.

I adore the packaging of this foundation. It isn't the most luxe-looking foundation, but it is definitely sturdy, easy to transport, and very hygienic.

This foundation is on the thicker side. It is still exceedingly easy to blend, whether it be with your fingers or with a foundation brush. I usually prefer to apply my foundation with a foundation brush because foundation brushes give me a more flawless coverage, but this foundation applies just as beautifully with fingers.

I received two different colours - 3.5 Cream Rose and 5 Fair. Fair is a little bit darker and more yellow-toned, and Cream Rose has an obvious pink undertone. What's great about this foundation is that it has a large range of shades, 20 to be exact.

In the swatches above, it looks like Cream Rose is very much lighter than Fair, but on the face, there isn't much difference aside from the undertones. I highly recommend Fair if you have slightly more yellow-toned or olive skin, and Cream Rose for anyone who has a rosy/pink undertone.

I love this foundation's medium but buildable coverage. From the get-go, this foundation is very matte and dry on the skin, so this is absolutely perfect for people with oily to very oily skin.

Shown below are pictures of the foundation on my skin (and me sporting pink lipstick for bright pink lipstick day in honour of Pink Hope!).

Applied with a foundation brush.

Applied with fingers

Although this foundation is very matte, it still manages to keep my skin moisturised. It also does this amazing thing where it turns my natural 'shine' into a glow instead!

I always apply the foundations that I review on the day that I write the review, so that I have a clear idea of what I am reviewing while I am writing the review. I have had this foundation on for an entire day, and it hasn't budged a tiny bit! I can see a little bit of a glow on my skin from my skin's natural oil, but my skin doesn't feel oily at all, and it hasn't at all settled into the creases or pores in my skin.

Overall, I really enjoyed this foundation. It doesn't have as amazing a glow as some of my luminous-finish foundations, but I think it is perfect for a daytime foundation, because it does a fantastic job at keeping the oiliness at bay. It has a large range of colours so that almost every skin type is covered, and it lasts the entire day without budging, settling or fading.

If you're thinking of purchasing this foundation, it is worth AUD 50 for a 30mL bottle and retails at Clinique counters nationwide.

This product was sent to me for review and consideration in accordance with this site's Disclosure Policy.

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