Clinique Even Better Refresh Foundation


I returned from vacation in Northern Wisconsin (Madeline Island!) a little tan and none of my foundations looked right.  I realized that they were all too light compared to my face and neck.  I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new foundation so I thought of Clinique.  I think Clinique has excellent foundations that are overlooked in favor of splashier brands, and they are a great value.  I went to the Nordstrom in San Francisco (during the summer sale) after work and the makeup artist directed me to this relatively new release.  I use sunscreen as part of my skincare routine so it was not very important to me that my sunscreen contain SPF.  (Check out this video from Wayne Goss about SPF in foundation and why you should always use your own SPF!)

I color-matched for “40 CN  Cream” based on the tan on my neck.  During winter, I am probably a “CN 28 Ivory.”  The “CN” stands for “Cool Neutral.”   

I mostly use a Beauty Blender or makeup sponge to apply foundation.  The foundation applies beautifully and blends to a nice medium plus coverage.  I thought my skin and tan still showed through but the foundation evened out my skin tone and red cheeks.   

I find that this foundation lasts 8-10 hours if I wear a primer.  By the end of my workday there is still some left evening out my red checks.  It feels hydrating but does not make my skin oily in the T-zone.  The only time I have felt oily at the end of the day was after a walk home from Bart in hot weather. 

 Clinique’s Even Better Refresh foundation is $32 for 1 ounce/30 ml. It is sold in a plastic squeeze bottle that makes dispensing easy.  It does not have an odor/smell. 

My Skin

I have dry/sensitive skin and have not had any issues with this foundation.  If I wear the wrong product, my T-zone gets oily and I might break out around my nose. My dry skin also absorbs most foundations so that by the end of the day, it doesn’t look like I am wearing any foundation. 

Product Description

Clinique’s Details:

Clinique advertises that Even Better Refresh foundation delivers
“full coverage plus hydrating repair.” The foundation “smooths and
plumps, too. Skin looks revitalized, more youthful.”

Clinique claims to address the following skin concerns with this foundation:  (1) Dry Skin; (2) Fine Dry Lines; (3) Dullness; (4) Uneven Skin Tone.

Who It’s For:  Dry, Dry Combination, and Oily Combination


What It Is: Full-coverage foundation with 24-hour wear that revitalizes skin for a more youthful look.

What It Does:  24-hour hydrating foundation with flawless full coverage and a natural finish. Creates a virtually poreless look. Smooths and plumps for younger-looking skin.

Key Ingredients / Technology:  Hyaluronic acid plumps fine dry lines, potent peptides help keep skin smooth and salicylic acid retexturizes skin.

1.0 fl oz. /30 ml

Clinique Clean Philosophy:  No parabens. No phthalates. No fragrance. Just happy skin.

Product Specifications


Coverage:   Medium to Full


Finish:   Natural


Formulation:   Liquid


Skin Type:   Dry, Dry Combination, Normal, Oily Combination 


Ingredient Callouts: None, though Dimethicone is the second ingredients in case you watch out for silicone.

Pros & Cons



Extensive Shade Options


Skin-like Finish


Long lasting; lasts through the workday


Easy to apply (I like using a Beauty Blender but a brush works well too)



Contains alcohol


Pricey (but not as expensive as other high-end foundations)