Superprimer Universal Face Primer
1 fl. oz. for $27
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Universal Face Primer doesn't fit in with the other Clinique Superprimers because it doesn't actually make any color-correcting claims and doesn't impart any color. It also has an entirely different formula, with this one treating skin to a broad range of antioxidants.

Universal Face Primer is colorless and has a thin lotion-like texture that helps smooth skin and fine lines. Unlike the other silicone-based Superprimers, the Universal Superprimer is water-based, hence its thinner texture.

What it does have in common with the other primers is its ability to enhance makeup application and wear. The skin-beneficial antioxidants this contains make it more than just a primer, and that's to your skin's benefit!

This colorless primer is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.

  • Smoothes skin texture and softens fine lines.
  • Aids makeup application and wear time.
  • Includes several skin-beneficial antioxidants.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • None.

Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Dimethicone Silylate, Sucrose, Isopentyldiol, Algae Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Caffeine, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18 Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Stearyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polyethylene, Isododecane, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Laureth-21, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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Good Primer

This is a very good primer especially for sensitive skin or those sensitive to heavy silicone primers/ingredients. Not greasy or too slippery. Absorbs quickly and a little bit goes a long way. I have dry skin and this is comfortable. Nice demi-matte finish, wears well under makeup or BB/CC creams. No irritation or breakouts. Doesn't change pore size much or temper redness.But does even texture and improve makeup application and wear.

Reviewed by
michelle c.

I really like this foundation primer. The only problem I am noticing is that it creases slightly in my 27-year old "wrinkles" by the end of the day. I can't figure out if it's the primer or Clinique foundation. This definitely lasts longer than anything I have tried.

Reviewed by
Liz B.

I like this primer, but for me it does not seem to give much slip when applying my foundation. It goes on a little dry for me and I have to apply it quickly. However, it is great for filling in my large pores and helping my foundation stay put most of the day.

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Best primer ever!

This is the best primer I have tried and I have tried a bunch of them. Most of them feel drying to me and I did not like the feel. Some primers also were too shiny and showed through my foundation and or hard to blend. I like the fact that this one has antioxidants in it. Also you use less foundation. Kuddos Clinique!

Reviewed by
Jackie C.
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