12.18.2014
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Perfectly Real Compact Makeup
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$26
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Powder Foundation
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Perfectly Real Compact Makeup is a talc-based pressed-powder foundation with wow-factor silkiness. It glides over skin and doesn’t look the least bit heavy, even when applied with the included sponge. Those with normal to slightly dry or oily skin will enjoy the smooth matte finish and light, buildable coverage.

Much like the Perfectly Real Makeup, the range of shades is brilliant. Those with fair to medium skin will find neutral option after neutral option. The only potential problem shades are 116 (too yellow), and 120 (slightly peach). Your skin won’t look “believably perfect,” but will look even and polished. A caveat: Those with melasma or rosacea will likely want more coverage than this foundation provides, but its texture is so light it could be brushed over a medium- to full-coverage liquid foundation without detriment.

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Ingredients

Talc, Silica, Isostearyl Palmitate, Methicone, Nylon-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, May contain: 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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06.25.2015
PEACH PEOPLE EXIST!

Paula's Choice Team, I love what you guys have to say, but we need to get something straight: Peach people exist. We do! I'm one of them. Anytime you say to avoid a shade because it is too peach it is usually PERFECT for me! I use 120 and I use it on many clients too and it blends well with certain skintones. Face it, peach people are real and we're proud. Love ya always though xoxoxo

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06.26.2015
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Hey there!  Thank you for your feedback -- I'll pass it along to the rest of the team :)  Glad that you found a shade here that works for you!  Also, The Paula’s Choice Research Team no longer reviews products for Beautypedia, and while The Beautypedia Team is still a part of Paula’s Choice Skincare, what’s new—and you may not yet have known—is that now we have two teams working independently to bring you the best quality reviews, products, and  research-supported expert advice you know and love. One team is dedicated to Beautypedia and product reviews from other brands; the other is dedicated to Paula’s Choice skincare and its unique combination of expertly formulated products and advice on a wide range of beauty-related topics.

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