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You could ask to be booked in for a colour match/ makeover type of thing though this is not essential (helps if they are busy that day, though, and they can spend enough time with you). However, there is usually a charge which can be offset against a purchase. If they do colour match you then definitely ask them to let you walk out of he shop with a mirror to check in different light- I've fallen foul of dodgy lighting many times!
Also, MAC and Bobbi Brown have a greater range of shades (I've always found Clinique too pink for me but Yello undertones suit me better). Is there something in particular about Clinique that you like (eg fragrance free?). John Lewis has a good returns policy and it is quite possible that the other stores do too.
Have a look at Beautypedia or Makeupalley for product reviews, too.
Sorry I can't say more about the longevity and finish as I haven't found a Clinique foundation to match my skin, but I know friends of mine have really liked their foundations in the past.
Well as it happens Ive just been away for the weekend with my sister in law and she showed me her new Clinique 2-1 foundation/concealer. She rates it very highly and her skin did look lovely.
I then showed her my new one which is the moisture surge CC Creme Compact.
SIL has been using the Clinique skin care range for years but this is her first try at the makeup. It was also my first purchase after explaining my problem to the sales assistant. She did a wee make over on me and I just loved the foundation. I also bought the chubby sticks eye shadow and a few of the lipsticks which is what I had gone to buy in the first place. So all in all we are both very pleased with Clinique.
I should say I have used Clinique's eye shadows/liners/lipsticks and liners and mascara in the past/ some currently and am very pleased. They tend not to irritate me. I am intrigued by the new foundation and concealer and I would definitely consider if the shade worked for me.
I started to use their CC cream after getting a free sample earlier this year. My skin feels great at the moment (which I won't fully attribute to using this product of course - it's a combination of products and care). The coverage is good but not too heavy (which I don't want anyway). I bought the full size CC cream last week as my sample is about to run out which makes it obvious how I feel about it
I have used Chanel Vitalumiere and Laura Mercier's Oil Free foundations prior to this. I may return to them one day but for the moment I'm very happy with Clinique.
As a pp already mentioned reviews on sites like MakeupAlley are very helpful.
Unfortunately I seem to be allergic to most of their stuff too, and I've always felt they're overpriced and eying the curve when it comes to new stuff. I bought their moisture surge and after one day had to go to a&e both my eyes were nearly swollen shit and my face was bright red- I spent the next week peeling. That kind of put me off, I'm not an allergy prone person and did wonder what they'd put in it. Also used their 123 skincare routine and nearly took the top layer of my skin off. I think some of their products are pretty harsh.
I've just switched from their skincare to epionce but I still use their foundation and cc cream and some other makeup. I use the redness solutions although I may change as the redness is no longer an issue. I rate them very highly.
Sorry for the late response. I use Clinique Superbalanced makeup and have for about 10 years and have just stumbled upon No7 Stay Perfect foundation. Both I can recommend I am thinking il get some more no7 when I run out of Clinique (just see how it goes). Hope that helps )
I don't recommend Beyond Perfecting. I used a sample from a magazine. Right shade, but it's really heavy. I caught sight of myself in the driving mirror on the way to work and thought, "what have you done to yourself?". I looked waxen and weird. Felt quite smothering on the skin too.