Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Review

by jomol on January 28, 2013 · 51 comments

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Review


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.


Foundation Ingredients


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.

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