Continuous Coverage SPF 15
Last Updated:12.21.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very opaque, full-coverage cream foundation that will certainly not look natural no matter how well you blend. What it will do is provide substantial camouflage for irregular pigmentation or birthmarks. That's what some people need, but we cannot stress enough how the use of foundations such as this should be limited to only areas with prominent discolorations. Applied all over, this can easily look thick and mask-like.

The sunscreen active ingredient is all titanium dioxide, and this, coupled with the thick, powdery finish, can lend a chalky look to the skin. The four shades are good (and best for light to medium skin tones), but the pluses and minuses mean that this is definitely a trade-off foundation.

This foundation is best for normal to dry skin that's not prone to breakouts.


Active ingredient: Titanium Dioxide. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Mineral Oil, Talc, Propylene Glycol, TEA-Isostearate, Isostearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Isopropyl Lanolate, Micro-crystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Algin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, TEA-Stearate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben May contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines

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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Continuous Coverage Foundation SPF 15 by Clinique

I can't understand why Paula would only give this a "average" rating. I've used this for the last few months. I'm in my late 60s and still have slighty n/o facial skin. I use this to cover all the less than perfect stuff that I'd like to hide. It works great! Yes, it's opaque but that's the idea. It's oil free and you don't need an extra concealer with it. I use "Ivory" and since it matches my skintone, I'm happy. You don't need a lot so it lasts months. I recommend it highly.

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