Ever had one of those days where you’d rather wear a paper bag over your head than have someone see your face?! Well my friends, today is one of those days for me. My foundation looks h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e. I have seriously spent the day holed up in my office at work to avoid having to see anyone. When I went out to get lunch I looked down at the ground so no one would notice my face. Yep, it’s that bad. And guys, I am so sad that I hate this foundation that much because it’s from one of my fav skincare brands, Clinique. That’s right, this worst-of-the-worst foundation is the Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup Broad Spectrum by Clinique and I actually got it for free as a Platinum Perk from Ulta Beauty. So why am I wishing for a face transplant today? Weeeelllll…………
- Retails for $29
- Available in 30 shades (I purchased shade Meringue)
- Contains Vitamins C and E to promote a brighter skin tone over time
- Medium Coverage
- Recommended for Dry Combination to Oily Skin
- Sweat, humidity and water-resistant
It’s amazing how different companies can make that standard 1 fl oz of product look like so much or so little depending on the packaging. The Even Better Glow comes in a slim squeeze tub that fits comfortably in the hand and makes it easy to dispense product. It would be perfect to throw in your bag for travelling, without worrying about it shattering or taking up too much real estate in a suitcase.
I really liked the consistency of the Even Better Glow formula. It was smooth without being too runny and creamy without being too mousse-like. After priming with a tried-and-true primer (the Pro Filt’r primer by Fenty), I applied less than a dime-sized amount of foundation using a beauty blender, and at first the foundation actually looked very pretty. I was pleasantly surprised by the solid medium coverage after expecting more of a light-medium coverage. The finish wasn’t so dewy that my skin looked oily, but instead a nice natural finish that had that “real skin” sheen to it.
The formula also held up nicely when I powdered it down and gave it a spritz of setting spray. All in all, when I left the house for work, I felt pretty good about how my skin looked.
Flash forward about 30 minutes. I’m at work, and I pull out a compact to see how the Even Better Glow is holding up. And it wasn’t holding up well at all. At. All. Somehow the foundation had broken up on the center of my chin, leaving my skin obviously poking out. You could also see a lot of texture on my chin and alllllll of my pores. I could also see some minor creasing in my smile lines, but I wasn’t too worried about that because that’s where I tend to crease with just about any foundation. Not great for only about an hour and a half of total wear time. I did my best to press the product back into the skin on my chin and went about my day.
About an hour and a half later I looked again and immediately wanted to go home and wash my face. My entire face looked super textured, and all around my mouth was cakier than I have ever seen it, even with full coverage foundation. It was separating, emphasizing my pores and the wrinkles on my forehead, and looking like I had applied three times as much product as I had. Any attempts to blot the foundation just lifted more foundation off of my face, so I gave up on that pretty quickly. I was Cakeface for the Day and absolutely not living for it.
**PLEASE click each photo to see them close up. I need someone out there to understand how disgusting I felt today!**
If you still don’t believe the extent of my despair, compare the images above with these images of how my skin looks when wearing a foundation I love, the Velvet Matte foundation by Make Up Forever:
Obviously I don’t think that the Even Better Glow foundation by Clinique is worth it. I really wanted to love this foundation because I love Clinique’s skincare products and the price tag was more on the affordable side, but I don’t think I’ll ever reach for this product again. I’ve tried a lot of different foundations and had formulas crack or flake or rub off, but never have I had one that made the texture of my entire face look so poor.
This foundation did get pretty high ratings on both the Ulta Beauty and Sephora websites, which surprises me. Have you had a better experience with Even Better Glow? If so, send me a message and let me know!!
Thanks for reading,