I love the benefits and the look of loose powder mineral makeup, but I have never been able to master the art of keeping myself and my workspace, clean, while using them. Even with the right brush and a shaker jar, I always manage to spill powder everywhere.
But now Clinique has come up with a clever way to package mineral makeup so that even clutzes like me, can’t mess it up.
The new, Clinqiue Superbalanced Powder Makeup SPF 15 $34.50 is just what I have been waiting for. The container makes it all possible. The mirrored compact is essentially a jar with a space below for an anti-bacterial powder brush. But here’s the twist: instead of loose powder that can spill, it’s contained with a built-in “shaver at the top, that lets you grind a single-serving dose of fresh, loose powder! Your product stays inside the top of the well, so you can sweep it onto the brush and onto your face without loose powder mess.
This is so fantastic, I’d recommend it just for the packaging. But the foundation is wonderful, too. “Smart technology” helps keep skin moist, but controls oil. An encapsulated complex of moisturizing ingredients including phytosqualene and murmuru butter actually gravitate to dry areas of your skin to moisturize it. The mineral rich formula is sweat and humidity resistant, so your skin looks moistly matte, not shiny and greasy. There’s SPF 15 for some sun protection on a daily basis, and Vitamins C and E to protect skin against free radical damage. And with all of this, of Clinique makes it fragrance-free and oil-free, and good for all skin types–even sensitive skin.
If that’s not enough to make you want run and buy it right now, you’ll love the fact that there are eight semi-sheer shades, so you will find at least one you love. Mineral makeup looks natural, so you can fudge the color tones a bit as well. For example, I tried #o4 Natural which is in the middle of the light to dark range, but while it looked dark in the compact, it looked fine with my light skin with freckled skin anyway.
A calibrated clockwise turn will give you the right amount for your face, but whatever you don’t use stays in the compact’s well. Use it alone (or as a finishing touch with Clinque’s Superbalanced Liquid Foundation makeup). For casual days,it’s all you need to look put together.
Find Clinique at your favorite makeup counter, or visit the Clinique Web site for more information
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