Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Review

by jomol on January 28, 2013 · 51 comments

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Review

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I am so thankful to Rati and Sanjeevji for steering me towards Clinique because it has completely changed the way my skin feels and its turning out better with each product.  Today, I am reviewing Clinique’s Superbalanced Foundation.  Now, the USP of this foundation is that it takes care of dry patches on the skin and at the same time, prevents skin from getting greasy, isn’t that amazing?  Read on further to know more about this product.

Product Description:

Clinique Makeup

An oil-free liquid foundation that adds moisture and subtracts oil where needed.  The smart makeup base.  Absorbs oil where oil control is needed, moisturizes where hydration is needed.  Slips onto skin easily.  Oil Free.  Shake well before using.  For combination skin types. Non-acnegenic. Streak-proof and sweat-proof.

Ingredients:

Foundation Ingredients

Price:

Rs. 1900 for 30 ml.

My Take on Clinique Superbalanced Makeup:

I absolutely love this foundation.  Its the best I have ever used.  Its a liquid foundation that comes in a thick, sturdy, glass bottle with a steel cap.  Now, there is no pump dispenser which I would have definitely liked since its a pretty runny liquid that would have got easily dispensed through the nozzle or pump dispenser.  I shake the bottle well and use my fingers to get a bit of the foundation out.  Its a wide mouth, so one has to be careful.  When I checked, there were around 22 shades available, and I picked up the shade “Sand.”  Though this foundation is 100% fragrance free, there is some slight inevitable “foundation” fragrance that is obviously not “perfumed.”  The texture of the liquid is so awesomely smooth and lightweight, it just spreads nicely on the skin.  I do not have to hurry up to blend it in because it does not concrete up on application.  I use my fingers or sometimes a foundation brush to blend it in and it layers up so smoothly on to the skin.

Makeup Foundation 1

This foundation is for normal to oily skin, so this is not suitable for dry or very dry skin.  The coverage is sheer to medium, though one can build up.  If you have stubborn blemishes or patches, it won’t cover them up; however, slight imperfections get covered up nicely.

Makeup Foundation 3

There is no need to use a strong moisturizer underneath because this foundation has the unique quality of hydrating dry patches and then controlling oil where it is needed.  I however do use the Clinique Dramatically Different Gel because it is a nice moisturizer.  With the previous foundations I have used with the exception of Lotus Herbals Purestay Foundation, I ended up with greasy face after say 2 or 3 hours, but that’s not the case with this, it remains fresh for a long time.  Its superbly lightweight, so I don’t feel as if a heavy base is layered on my face.  It does not cake up on my skin.

Makeup Foundation 4

Makeup Foundation 5

Another feature is that this makeup does not oxidize too much, it does not turn orange or any other color drastically, just like Lotus Herbals Purestay Foundation.  There are no shimmer or glitters in here.  I don’t wear it with a primer, but even then it does stay for long hours; however, I did notice that it gets transferred to my phone, so setting it up with powder or compact is advised.

Makeup Foundation 6

Makeup Foundation 7

Yay, it did not break me out.  Just to test it, I wore it in a patch on my skin and kept it overnight, there were no breakouts the next day! There is no SPF in this foundation; however, I do not think that’s a con.  I just feel SPF in foundations are additional baggage and impart a whitish cast.  I would rather want that the foundation remains clean.

Office goers can use this for daily makeup because it does not look heavy and gives a smooth finish.

Makeup Foundation 8

I love this foundation and would repurchase it once its over, its that good.

Summing up the pros and cons of Clinique Superbalanced Makeup:

Pros of Clinique Superbalanced Makeup:

  • Unique formula that adds moisture and controls oil on the skin as appropriate.
  • Extremely lightweight foundation with smooth texture that blends into the skin well.
  • Provides sheer to medium coverage.
  • Fragrance free, though still there is still some kind of “un-perfumed” fragrance.
  • Does not cake up.
  • Does not oxidize greatly, hence makeup stays fresh for a long time.
  • Does not make skin greasy.
  • Does not break oily skin out.
  • No need for heavy moisturization because this foundation itself takes care of dry patches.
  • Good for regular office makeup.
  • No SPF,  hence no whitish cast.
  • Available in 22 or more shades.
  • No shimmer or glitter.

Cons of Clinique Superbalanced Makeup:

  • Expensive, MAC foundations cost a little less.
  • Does not provide heavy coverage.
  • No pump dispenser or nozzle even though this is a liquid foundation.
  • No SPF, not a con for me.
  • Formulated for normal to oily skin, so not suitable for dry or very dry skin.

Will I Repurchase Clinique Superbalanced Makeup?

Yes, along with Lotus Herbals Purestay, this is one foundation, that I am going to repurchase.

IMBB Rating:

4.8/5

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Aarthi January 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

I have this and it oxidised badly on me jomo chechi :( its lying untouched !

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jomol January 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hi Aarthi…..ayyo….but it didn’t oxidize on me that much. Actually, you should try Lotus Purestay foundation then, its damn good and does not oxidize :)

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Aarthi January 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thanx for d recco chechi :) gonna get lotus purestay soon :) and you shud also chek the inglot ysm cream foundi chechi coz my skin is truly lik yours and ysm was very light and great on skin <3

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Devie January 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

Whoa! Really detailed review, Jomol! Clinique SuperFit used to be my HG foundation, but then they discontinued it :@! I’ve always admired SuperBalanced’s glass bottles from afar, but never tried it. I didn’t know it worked so well (no breakouts overnight!?), gotta try it out now :)

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jomol January 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

Devie….you should def try it. You know my skin breaks out with with every product, but not with this one :) BTW, I read your superfit’s review this morning, I don;t know how I missed it earlier :)

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Preethi January 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hi Jomol

I have been following IMBB for a longtime and I love all the reviews here. Particularly I love the way U write

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jomol January 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thank you so so much Preeti :) its a great compliment :)

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Sakshi January 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

Great Review Jomol!
Even I have been using the same Foundation! Its Amazing!! :))

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jomol January 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

High Five Sakshi :)

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neha January 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

me too love lotus purestay
and have been eager about this since the time u mentioned :)

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jomol January 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

Neha…..I love the Purestay one…….its too good :)

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Rama January 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

jomol, nalla reviewaanu.. :)
i keep buying foundations and it doesnt get over at all and now wen i see my dresser shelf, i feel guilty..for spending too much on stuffs that i already have…

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jomol January 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Rama…..nanni :P ask me, I buy lots of stuff and never finish them :P

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sakhi January 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

sounds great….

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jomol January 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Sakhi….yes :)

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Mithu January 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Jomol, nobody can beat you in writing skincare/skin related product reviews..another detailed review…:)

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

Thankooo so much Mithu :)

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reema January 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

woww nice reivew jomol.. and must say you have taken very good photographs

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

Reema…..thankies :)

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Surabhi @ Womanatics January 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Kya review hai Jomo.. I think its worth the money. I have been wanting to buy a foundation for a very longgg time but online kaise purchase karoon yehi doubt hai. as in foundation mein toh color matching bhi chahiye na.. :(

btw, did you buy it online? and haan meri post?

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

Surabhi……online mat purchase karo, even in store, I had to spend a lot of time to get the correct shade. I didn’t buy it online :)

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Shilpa January 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Hi, awesome review Jomol. I’m following IMMB since last year but whenever I comment here,it goes into moderation and vanishes. Writing this one with “hopes” that atleast this will be published and I can join your gang. :)

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

Shilpa….yay, your comment got published :)

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Shruti January 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Nice! Someone’s doing a major Clinique haul I see! :D
Great great review, this does look promising. BTW which foundation brush do you use?
I am at crossroads between using damp sponges and brushes. I really dont know which ones will be better for a dewy and natural look.

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

Shruti, thankoo thankoo…I use the Oriflame brush, its good. I have seen youtubers use damp sponge, but I haven’t started using those. For dewy looks, sponges are better :)

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Shilpa January 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

wow,my comment is posted…..awww I’m soo soo happy. :)

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:17 am

Yay Shilpa….high five :)

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Nafisa Ali January 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Sounds so awesome! I want a new foundation for summer everyday use.. Wud this b gud for apne hyd ke summers or th purestay 1 or any odr u’d suggest? My skin is normal to dry but with intense summers it sweats a lot.. I do stay indoors in ac mostly in th daytime but hav a million errands to run toh exposure to heat n sun toh hota hai.. N u knw how it gets here.. Mac studio fix liquid is too heavy n not for summer use, revlon photoready is gud for every now but dunno how it’l b in summers..

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

Nafisa…….this would be great for summers i think because of the oil control. purestay one is also good. Haan, mooze bhi 1000 times bike par ghoomna padta hai, try the purestay one first, its lightweight like this and does not very greasy :)

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supriya January 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Im using estee lauder invisible now,…will definitely check this out …..What is your shade in MAC? just to get an idea on MAC to Clinique conversion as the whole range might not be available in AUS especially for dusky tones

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

Hi Supriya, howz the Estee Lauder one? I am not sure about my shade in MAC, must be in the 40 to 50 range :P

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Nidhi January 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

NIce helpful review J :-) .. this one seems to be promising :-) .. i hav never tried clinique’s makeup :-) as i hav combo skin :-) and its oil and fragrance free .. yeeh good :-)

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

Nidhi…you must try the samples first….its good….I checked chubby stick out too, its too good :)

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Sushma January 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Nice and detailed review Jomol :)

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thanks Sushma :)

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Preethi January 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Which one do u recommend? This or purestay? Heard revlon whipped cream is also good na

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

Preethi…..Purestay one is also good, but there are limited shades…..if you find your shade, you are lucky :) I have heard some people broke out with whipped cream, try it at the counter, go home, and if it doesn’t break you out, get it :)

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Preethi January 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

Thanks jomol Ji… I’m happy happy to see your recco :)

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Dipti January 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

This looks great Jomoleee :) :) I must try this when I have enough money to spurlge..But investing in good foundations, primers and skin care products is worth every penny, isn’t it?

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

Dipti…definitely, investing in good foundations is a must. After trying Clinique, I feel so :)

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Parita January 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

i am eyeing this foundation..will def give it a try in the clinique store!

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

Parita….do try the sample….:)

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Ray January 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

hi..nice review. you ve convinced me to buy it already & lovely clicks :)

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thank you Ray :)

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sandhya January 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

jomol di this is such a nice product! thanks for reviewing

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

Welcome Sandhya :)

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Rati January 29, 2013 at 12:04 am

awww jomo it sounds such an awesome foundation. i’d def give it a try. :)) and i want to burst that bubble on top of the bottle. :D so happy you are enjoying clinique stuff jomo :-*

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

I am absolutely LOVING the clinique stuff Rati…thanks :* I shook well and waited for the bubble to form to click the fotu :* I felt like Einstein doing that.

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Sophia January 29, 2013 at 3:01 am

FOTD evide??? thought we’d finally get to c u coz u wer reviewing a base :-( i used to like clinique anti blemish solns makeup but after a while it started drying out my skin-n yeah dat one also transferred to my phone….mayb all their bases need to be set with powder!! now thinking of giving this a try and with 22 shades i think il get the perfect match :-)

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jomol January 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

Sophia….I have heard their acne blemish one dries up skin, but this one is good. I am going to test the Even Better one also. Yes, setting up with foundation is must for this :)

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Ramya January 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

Jomo awesome review!!! I love Clinique products. The anti-blemish range, including the foundation helped me a lot with my acne. :D I love their loose powder also, and their makeup is superb for sensitive skins :D :D
Now am using MAC studio Fix fluid foundie (loving it), I’d love to try this one next :)

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