Last week I was out shopping with my Mum and she took me to the Clinique lady in John Lewis. She was buying all her favourite products when I mentioned I'd like a new foundation. At this point, the sales person whisked me up into a chair, allowed me to complain about my skin and what I would want from my ideal foundation, and then pulled out this product
This is Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, a gel-textured foundation created for combination to very oily skin which gives a sheer to moderate finish. There are a huge range of colours (around 20) and the one I chose was "2 - alabaster" which is in the "very fair" range. Even with my super-pale skintone this blends in really well
The foundation is packaged in a squeezy tube so it's easy to get the perfect amount (compared to a pump) and doesn't get all germy. I applied a small dot to my hand and then used a foundation brush to apply on recommendation from the Clinique lady.
I chose to apply it quite thin - I prefer a sheer look. This is the result without any extra concealer. As you can see it makes my skin look really fresh but not very chalky matte like other matte foundations I have tried . It feels very light compared to other foundations and hasn't caused me to have a breakout with daily use.
I didn't find it clung to any dry patches, although it did still melt around the creases by my nose by the end of the day so I had to re-apply for a night out after work.
The overall verdict - really impressed. I haven't tried a mattefying foundation which gives such a lovely glow and I haven't broken out because of it which is also something I've never experienced (hence why I did this disgusting and horribly embarrassing blog post about giving up foundation for 2 weeks around 2 years ago). This foundation is £22.50 from Clinique which seems like a good price for a lovely product and I will definitely buy hundreds more!