Is one of the newest Foundations by Clinique all set to be added to their versatile and ever expanding range in the month of April when it will hit shelves.
This is obviously targeted towards Oily-Combination skin and contains ingredients that reduce shine and absorb oil, giving a prolonged matte coverage for the entire day, especially in humid and extremely hot climate. Think India and Dubai ladies!
I have tested shade 9 and it's a neutral medium shade, not too pink nor overtly yellow which is quite nice overall giving a good indication of how the other 16 shades in the range will be. I however would have preferred a more yellow-beige shade if I would have purchased it myself.
The formula is of a nice gel like consistency, much in the line of MAC Studio Sculpt but less heavier on the skin if you know what I mean. This is one of those new generation foundations which gives medium to buildable coverage but appear on the skin as if one is hardly wearing anything at all.
If you zoom into the picture below you can see how it has provided coverage but you cannot see a traditional foundation like texture at all. It's almost invisible on the skin.
Also, because the formula is so blendable, its actually quite nice to apply it with fingers only on areas that need coverage. If you get the right shade, you can actually get away with applying it that way for a naturally flawless face, if you are someone who doesn't like heavy foundations.
I personally think its best applied with Clinique's Foundation brush. Now I am not a fan of flat synthetic foundation brushes at all. Frankly speaking, I have never used them to apply my foundation as they usually streak a lot and also absorb more product than usual.
The design of this brush however is such that it is flexible where it should be and provides resistance at the right places. Plus the synthetic hairs are very fine and firmly packed together which prevents it from streaking the foundation as they are no gaps. It's also thinner and flatter than drugstore foundation brushes hence does not absorb the foundation as much.
It's also perfect as a large concealer brush. If it can convert me into using it, you have to try it out for yourself, especially if you are a fan of such brushes but quite haven't found the right one yet.
Overall, the Stay Matte Foundation lasts for 8 plus hours, has medium-buildable coverage, invisible matte finish and does not require powder to set it, unless you are really oily and would need a touch up at mid day.
Do you have any favourite Clinique foundations that you think I should try? Anyone excited for Stay Matte to release?