Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector
Last Updated:01.15.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This twist-up stick concealer is meant to neutralize redness. It does that to some extent, but you most likely won’t be impressed with the results because the color goes on too yellow. Essentially, what this does is trade one discoloration problem (redness) for another (sallowness), and the more you blend to soften the yellow cast, the less redness coverage you get.

Although this has a smooth, silicone-enhanced texture, its finish tends to magnify the slightest crease and put the spotlight on large pores. Moreover, the formula contains several waxes and thickeners that are a problem for use over acne-prone areas (assuming your redness is from blemishes).

Those with sensitive skin should be aware that this color-correcting concealer, which really isn’t corrective in the least, contains potentially irritating plant extracts, most notably grapefruit extract. Although not present in a large amount, this needless irritant can hurt your skin’s healing process and make redness worse.

Interestingly, the magnolia bark extract this contains may have effects on skin similar to the effects of hydrocortisone (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). That can help reduce redness, but your skin is still left to deal with the potential irritation from the grapefruit and the tricky yellow cast. Please see our list of Best Concealers for several options that do a better job of concealing redness while still looking natural.

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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