12.31.2014
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Even Better Compact Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Rating
$31
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Skin type: Normal, Oily

This compact foundation is the cream-to-powder alternative to Clinique's liquid foundation, Even Better Makeup SPF 15. Although a good option for normal to oily skin, the compact-style packaging compromises the effectiveness of the skin-beneficial ingredients and antioxidants over time by repeatedly exposing them to light and air. Therefore, when it comes to anti-aging benefits, the original Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is "better" than this compact-style counterpart because its packaging keeps the anti-aging ingredients stable.

Still, for fans of cream-to-powder makeup, this is a very good foundation. It has a demi-matte, powdery finish and the texture is creamy, yet surprisingly lightweight. It blends easily and provides flawless medium coverage as well as mineral-based broad-spectrum sun protection. Best of all, it stays put! Eight to ten hours of wear can be expected, even on oily skin. The extensive shade range has options for very light to very dark skin tones, but the majority of the selection caters to those with light to medium skin tones. All the shades are recommended except Linen (pale peach) and Clove (deep orange brown).

Note: This foundation's rating is due to its overall performance rather than to its SPF rating. Given the 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 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.

Pros:
  • Silky, cream-to-powder foundation blends easily.
  • Broad-spectrum mineral-based sun protection.
  • Extensive shade range; options for very light to very dark skin tones.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Compact-style packaging won't keep anti-aging ingredients stable.
Claims
Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 3.8% Other: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Tribehenin, Squalane, Glycereth-8 Hydroxystearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Arachidyl Propionate, Ozokerite, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate Palmitate, Trihydroxystearin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Simethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite . May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide.

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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06.07.2015
Great product and linen is fantastic!

Why wouldn't you recommend the Linen shades? It's a beautiful shade and very hard to find elsewhere - I would totally recommend to anyone with very fair skin that is neither pinkish or orange. It's for people with neutral or very very light golden undertone and it's very hard to find that shade. As a pale-skinned Asian with the lightest golden undertone practically in existence (neither orange or pink-toned), I find it perfect for me and others such as me.

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01.02.2015
I wanted to love it

I bought this foundation for a trip to Japan and wanted to pack minimal and non-messy cosmetics. The coverage is lovely, it wears well, but after using it for two weeks I developed a huge, pus filled zit on the side of my nose and whiteheads across my cheeks. I have combination skin.

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RENEE T.
04.10.2014
gummy in the t-zone @ hour three

An excellent Clinique manager, Amber, at Southcenter Mall near Seattle, applied this to me with expert finesse. That is the good news. Back home in Florida, it turns into a gooey mess in the t-zone, esp. on my nose. {I did not glob it on, FYI.} So disappointed. Costs too much and not anywhere near the matte finish of Revlon One-Step. I am returning this. I was willing to splurge but it needs to be better...much better...for oily skin.

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Nan
01.14.2014
a "Best" for me

Well, I rate this a "Best" foundation for me. I have the alabaster in the liquid Even Better and the shade is too light, the texture too heavy on my skin. The Even Better compact feels much lighter on my skin and the "alabaster" shade is darker than in the liquid, making it a better match for me. It looks natural, has a glow but not a shine and I love the control I have in a compact foundation. I really love this one; it doesn't cake or settle into lines; so glad I tried it!

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BRENDA a.
07.01.2013
Disappointing results for combination skin

I bought this foundation for a two week trip and wanted to "downsize" my cosmetics bag (I usually use Barely There Tint with MAC powder for my daily foundation). The texture and coverage are lovely, but after wearing it for two weeks I have developed what look like big whiteheads across my cheeks and chin, not to mention a large pimple on the side of my nose. Very disappointing.

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Renee T
05.25.2013
Not very good texture and quality for Clinique

This product is an excellent idea but the overall wear quality is not. The shade I used was the same as what I normally wear in the liquid foundation of the same name. Liquid Even Better is better than the compact. The compact is drier on the skin even if you dampen the sponge a bit. In fact, I have Normal/ Combo skin and it was way too drying on my skin even after a good layer of moisurizer w/ sunscreen. Save your money for the liquid Even Better. This is not worth the $$$ you spend on it.

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