Almost Powder Makeup SPF 15
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Almost Powder Makeup SPF 15 has a buttery smooth texture that slips on like a second skin and blends to a seamless satin-matte finish with a hint of sparkling shine. This feels incredibly light for a pressed-powder foundation capable of sheer to medium coverage, and you get brilliant sun protection from 13% titanium dioxide (in addition, there’s a synthetic sunscreen active, something you don’t typically see in a product being sold as mineral makeup). Almost all eight shades are soft and neutral; Deep Honey may be to orange for some skin tones, while Deep is slightly ash, probably due to the amount of titanium dioxide. Deep Golden is best for tan skin tones, which is about as dark as the shade range goes. Whether applied with a sponge for medium coverage or a brush for a sheer look, this is an outstanding powder foundation with sunscreen.

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.


Active: Titanium Dioxide (13%), Octinoxate (2%), Other: Talc, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Silica, Squalane, Boron Nitride, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cetyl Caprylate, Diisostearyl Malate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Methicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Palmitoyl Glutamate, Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate, Palmitoyl Proline, Alumina, Tocopherol , Palmitic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tin Oxide, Sodium Dehydroacetate May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

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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Great Powder with SPF!

I love this powder. It goes on smoothly and leaves skin with a nice matte finish. I love that it has SPF, I use it over a moisturizer with SPF15. It feels light and gives good coverage. You can apply it more lightly or heavier for more of a foundation coverage. I do need to lightly reapply every couple hours or I begin to shine. Overall great!

Reviewed by
Brooke R.

I was looking for a compact foundation for ease that I could take on trips & the plane. I have combination skin with no blemishes or problems. However, once applied this foundation accentuated pores and made my skin look very dry & powdery. I would not recommend for anyone.

Reviewed by
Kris P
Poor shade selection

I have a sensitivity to "chemical" sunscreens, and all-mineral powder sunscreens make my face and my cheeks blotchy. I tried Paula's Choice powder and I really liked the texture, but there isn't a color match for me. I was so happy to see a recommendation for this foundation. I bought it and it's great, but, out of only 6 six shades, my only choice was Deep. It works, but it's not really "warm" enough. Wish there were more available colors. Thank you for the recommendation!

Reviewed by
Scarlett A.
Pleasantly surprised

I purchased this after reading the Beautypedia review. I like the idea of powder foundation, but Bare Essentials and others have never worked well for me. I was so surprised with how well this covered. (I use a foundation brush to apply; the sponge included is kind of worthless.) I like that it is a pressed powder; so much less mess. Keep in mind this is meant to be a foundation; not a finishing powder. I have redness in my skin, and the neutral fair color was perfect - too too orangey.

Reviewed by
Erika H.
Not fine milled

I give it a try since it is rated the best. Shade is fine. But the product is not fine milled and set to a chalky finish. If you plan to use it as pressed powder for touch up, just forget it. May work if you use it as a powder foundation and apply it with a brush. Sponge and puff won't work. I think it should be rated as 'average' or at most 'good'. I will stick with shiseido powder products.

Reviewed by
Wahoonito Z.
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