11.26.2014
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Even Better Makeup SPF 15
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$27
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Any foundation claiming to make skin look "even better" without makeup is going to garner some amount of attention, as this one certainly has. The one thing this beautifully silky liquid foundation has going for it in terms of reducing skin discolorations is its brilliant blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide along with a synthetic sunscreen agent. Combined, they provide reliable broad-spectrum protection (assuming you apply this foundation liberally and evenly).

As for the other ingredients in this foundation, none of them are known to have a dramatic effect on skin's tone or clarity. However, going back to the sunscreen, it's true that keeping skin protected from sun exposure will enhance its clarity and improve skin tone. That's because you're shielding skin from a major causative source of these complexion detractors. But that capability is hardly unique to this foundation, so the selling point becomes less persuasive.

What you'll get with this foundation is a smooth application that blends readily and sets to a soft matte finish that looks very skin-like. It's surprising that something whose finish is so lovely offers fairly significant coverage, especially for minor redness. The only drawback this foundation has it a small amount of grapefruit peel extract. This has the potential to cause irritation, but we doubt the amount used would be much of a problem.

Shade-wise, the expansive palette tends to fall to the slightly peach or pink side of neutral. Many of the colors are top-notch, especially for lighter and dark skin tones. The following shades are not recommended due to strong overtones of peach and rose: Porcelain Beige, Cream Caramel, Neutral (which is anything but neutral), Honey and Beige. There are some good dark tones and the shade range now includes options for very dark skin, too.

Even Better Makeup SPF 15 is best for normal to oily skin, and should be suitable for blemish-prone skin unless you know that mineral sunscreen actives make your breakouts worse.

Tip:

If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative that offers the same outstanding sunscreen protection in a silky fluid foundation with a soft matte finish, consider trying Paula’s Choice Best Face Forward Foundation SPF 25 ($19).

Note: This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.

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Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate 6%; Titanium Dioxide 2.90%; Zinc Oxide 3.5%. Inactive: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Octldodecyl Neopentanoate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Citrus Jabara Peel Extract, Sacchoromyces Lysate Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Sodium Mannose Phosphate, Glycerin, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Methicone, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Lecithin, Laureth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Alumina, Sodium Chloride, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaminopropyl Biguandine; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride

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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06.29.2015
this make is a nightmare my face is burning I can't sleep

You guys must do something about or else I'm going to sue you.

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Grace Fakude
06.29.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Thanks for reaching out to us.  We're so sorry to hear about your experience with this product!  Unfortunately, here at Beautypedia we have no actual affiliation with Clinique.  We encourage you to reach out to the brand directly, though, as I'm sure they would want your feedback.  Their website is http://www.clinique.com/.

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04.19.2015
Best I've tried

I used this years ago and got away from it for some reason. When my sensitive skin went haywire recently, with lots of redness, dry patches and hormonal acne, I decided to go back to it. My skin cleared up dramatically in just a few days, and it miraculously does not irritate or aggravate my skin in any way. I use a pea sized amount and blend it with a brush. Coverage is great and if your skin is oily, you probably won't need moisturizer underneath. Stays on all day. Wish spf was higher.

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Diana S.
04.18.2015
DISLIKE

I have combination skin and was extremely disappointed in everything about this foundation. I used Clinique's Superbalanced for years, but decided to try Even Better due to the SPF and the Paula's BEST rating. The color was a great match at the counter, so I believe it must have oxidized. The texture is thick and not at all smooth, even when mixed with moisturizer. I cannot recommend this product. I'm shocked at the low rating of the Superbalanced, as it completely out performed the Even Better.

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Leigh
03.06.2015
Good product!

It's hydrating without being oily. Makes the skin look fresh and plump. Medium to high coverage. Good range of shades- I'm fair with yellow undertones and it's hard to find a shade that doesn't make me look sick or orange, but this one nails it!

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Ana R.
01.25.2014
like this product

I came to this product as a foundation 'virgin' in my mid-40s, when I began looking for a product that would cover middle-aged blotchiness & redness w/o looking cakey & that would also provide me with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. I've found good match for my skin tone, and it blends easily (with my fingers) and looks natural. However, in summer I switch to Clinique's City Block SPF 25 to get a higher sunscreen rating.

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alix v.
11.25.2013
Ordinary

I had high hopes for this make-up, for my oily skin. This was one of the worst foundations I have ever tried. The lightest shade turned orange on my fair skin. The product did not blend easily and dried too quickly to blend. It was noticable on my skin and did not look natural at all. Needless to say, I returned the poduct for a refund.

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Margaret
09.28.2013
My favorite makeup ever

I've worn a variety of Clinique foundations for many years, this product is by far my favorite. It "goes on" like a dream and has excellent coverage for my sometimes splotchy and reddened skin. I can see how very young women would think this foundation is too thick, but for those who need medium to slightly more coverage, Even Better is ideal. For those who have problems with what shade to choose, try the makeup on and check it in daylight. I hope Clinique never discontinues this product.

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Dianne W.
04.20.2013
Too yellow

As a fair skinned redhead Ivory (01) was the best match, however it has a definite yellow tone and the slightly darker picks were even more yellow as I found out when I went back to where I purchased it and the sales person told me many women choose too light a color. I have cool undertones rather than warm and this looked odd on my skin. I didn't like the heavier texture either. I'm living on a fixed income since I lost my job so price is important to me, but I use Paula's skin products.

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RHODA A.
03.27.2013
Even Better Makeup

Trying this as my new foundation. Covers well - but doesn't look thickly applied - and you don't need a lot of it, which is good considering the higher price point. The neutral was actually the perfect color for me - just make sure you blend well, especially along the jawline. I have aging skin but still experience oiliness and a bit of acne in my T-zone. So far, this foundation works well for me.

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Tamara G.
12.22.2012
Great coverage but may look heavy

I used to wear EB until I switched to Paula's foundations. EB gives great even coverage but someone commented that the foundation looked heavy and "old lady" on me. Even when I tried to put this on as sheer as possible it still had a heavier look than I wanted. If you like medium coverage tho you will love this. If you prefer something more sheer and younger looking (ie. not matte), you won't like EB.

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