Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer Review

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer Review

As you all already know, Clinique had come out with the “superprimer” range last year with 6 different primers covering six different skin concerns – Universal Face Primer for smoothing out the skin before makeup, to colour correct dullness, to colour correct redness, to colour correct sallowness, to colour correct discolouration, and colour correct dullness in deeper skin tones. Since, I had a good experience with the Colour Corrects Discolourations superprimer, I wanted to get more from the range, but it was always out of stock. This month however I could lay my hands on the Universal Face Primer and here’s the review for it. Please read on :))

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Product Description:

Allergy tested.  100% fragrance free.  Translucent primer creates an ideal makeup canvas.  Smooths skin’s texture, preps for makeup application and wear.  Colour glides on evenly, stays true.  Lightweight, oil free.  Smooth over entire face or where needed with clean fingertips or makeup sponge before foundation.


Rs. 1710 for 30 ml.


Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

My Take on Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer:

For us – with oily skin, keeping the face/makeup looking fresh is a real task! Primers are a must-have for us.  I had been super impressed with the color corrects discolorations superprimer because it helped me in keeping my face matte and bright.  This one – “Universal Primer” has a white, translucent, oil-free texture that does not feel a bit sticky.  The moment you apply it on the face, it disappears into the skin.  It’s lightweight, there’s no stickiness, film, layer left behind.  Actually, it does not even feel “silicone-y” or “waxy” on top of the skin.  With most of the primers, you can feel them up on your skin, but not this one.  I feel it has a different formulation from the other primers that are popular in the market.  Since it’s water based, it’s suitable for all skin types.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Most primers including the earlier superprimer that I have reviewed form a very satin and waxy kind of layer. This one doesn’t go that smooth and in that way, doesn’t match up to other primers.  It however gives the skin a matte and smooth texture.  I am happy to wear it on its own without any foundation.  You know with primers, you need to thoroughly moisturize your skin before application otherwise you can see dry areas, but with this primer, you can skip moisturization in summers.  It works more like a day cream.  Also, it has quite a lot of antioxidants, so it’s good for skin too.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

There’s no fragrance at all – I cannot detect anything.  Since, it’s allergy tested and completely oil free, you can be rest assured that it will neither trigger nor aggravate your existing acne.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Since it doesn’t form a very silicone-y smooth layer, foundation doesn’t glide that well on it.  Sadly, it does not do much to increase the longevity of makeup, fails on that front.  Though it gives a smooth base, I see that my makeup melts within 3 hours in the summer months, but it might be different during winters, let’s see.  However, the product is not completely disappointing because it scores well as a moisturizing product with a good dose of antioxidants.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Coming to the best feature, as mentioned earlier, you can wear it alone and get a matte face for more than 3 hours (without heavy makeup on top).  During summers, it’s really hard to pile on foundation/compact, but with this, you can skip that routine.  Visibly, haven’t seen much effect on pore reduction either.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Overall, I am happy with this product, it helps my skin in more than one ways even though it fails as a primer. Whenever I go out, I just wear this over moisturizer and do not really bother about the rest of makeup, it does work for me.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Summing up:

Pros of Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer:

  • Water based, oil free.
  • Allergy tested, fragrance free.
  • Contains a good amount of antioxidants.
  • Will not aggravate or trigger acne.
  • Creates a smooth base on the skin.
  • Does not dry out skin.
  • Moisturizes.
  • Can be worn alone.
  • Not tinted.

Cons of Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer:

  • Does not work well as a superprimer.
  • Does not effect longevity of makeup.
  • No SPF.

IMBB Rating:


Though it did not work as a superprimer for me, I am quite happy with the product and the rating shows that – nowadays, whenever I go out, I wear a sunscreen and this primer and I am sorted!  If you are looking for a primer to increase the staying power of your makeup, skip this one!

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12 thoughts on “Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer Review

  1. I like your positive spin on the product and that you were able to make it work for you. Nice review Jomol. 🙂

  2. I have never tried a primer before but this looks petty average for the price, superb review , I am going to try the colorbar one 🙂

  3. i have neva eva used a face primer till date.. *headbang* ; i wana try loreal primer, i read the review here, and it says a lot of good things bou it.. *haan ji* ; good night.. *jogging*

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