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A modern take on a classic finish – the search for a MATTE powder foundation that gives you the control and flexibility of coverage, while still allowing your natural skin texture to shine through has finally arrived.

Two of the biggest challenges in the search for that perfect, matte powder-finish foundation are firstly finding one that gives you a decent coverage, but also allows your skin to look like skin. As strange as that sounds, there is something about the way most powder foundations sit on the top of the skin’s surface that changes it’s texture and overall appearance – usually resulting in a dull, flat or even fake looking complexion.


Even as a makeup artist, I struggle to maintain that fresh, bright-looking complexion everyone loves, when using a powder foundation. Even more so when I’m in need of a little extra coverage! Flawless skin is without a doubt the holy grail of beauty, however frustratingly one of the hardest looks to achieve. With an endless array of products claiming to fulfill all your wildest dreams it’s hard to know which one to try, let alone buy. Particularly when it comes to the convenience of a powder foundation!


Over the last few weeks I have been trialling a new 2-in-1 powder foundation & concealer that I believe is going to solve all of your -and my- problems.


Clinique’s NEW 2-in-1 Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation & Concealer is an extremely light weight, creamy textured compact powder that glides over all skin types allowing you to build coverage in the areas you need it and NOT in the places you don’t. The double milled powder of various sized particles allows the product to attract and reflect light off the skin’s surface, while giving you the opportunity to blend the product into the skin making the skin and the product become one.


Armed with a unique double-sided, tear drop sponge applicator –  the 2-in-1 Beyond Perfecting Powder enables you to manage your coverage with a mere FLIP of the sponge. With the Flocked side of the applicator allowing you to pick up more product to build a fuller coverage, while the sponge side is designed for blending the powder out for a more sheer coverage. What separates the applicator and the Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation apart from the rest is by using the tip of the sponge applicator in a dabbing motion you can build the powder foundation like a concealer covering bags, spots and doing more detailed work.


Breaking the perception that a powder foundation means your skin can’t have a youthful, radiant finish – like it’s dewy cousin – I have been applying Clinique’s Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlighter in Super Starlight (a golden-beige) to all the high points of the face before applying the Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation. The luminous particles of the Chubby Highlighter instantly brighten the skin, attracting and reflecting light from under the foundation while still maintaining a beautifully sculpted, long wear, and matte complexion! Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds. xMM




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