Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 in "Light": Review and Swatches

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Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 in "Light": Review and Swatches
Now that summer is here and the sun is radiating all day long, it's extra important make sure I have sufficient sun protection on my face and body. I have fairly oily skin so I don't like to layer makeup over sunscreen, especially in this hotter weather. Therefore, a lightweight foundation or BB Cream with SPF is my go-to option. Clinique has very recently released a five-shade BB Cream range designed specifically for those with oily, acne-prone skin, and it has SPF 40! So, to read more about the Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 ($39 CAD), click......
Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 in "Light": Review and Swatches
Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 in "Light"
Packaging:
The Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 comes in a compact 30ml plastic bottle. The product dispenses from an easy-to-control nozzle spout. The formulation is super runny so even with the more precise spout-opening, I still end up with a bit of a mess.
There is a large ball inside the bottle to help mix the product so made sure to shake it well before each application.
Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 in "Light": Review and Swatches
Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 in "Light"
Formulation:
This is a super runny and thin medium coverage BB Cream/foundation. The obvious upside to a runny formulation is that you can get a very lightweight application. The product gave a nice all-over glow and it covered up most of my discolorations and blemishes. The downside of the thinner formulation is that any dry scabs or acne scars may get accentuated. Oil-free, the BB Cream feels nice on the skin and it is a lot less greasy compared to your traditional sunscreen. However, I wish it had a more matte texture. It isn't shiny but it doesn't have an anti-shine formulation, so I still have to blot and powder throughout the day to keep my skin shine-free.
The shade "light" is a bit too pale for me, I am NC20 (slightly darker now after my vacation) and I think "light" is suitable for those with NC/NW 15-20 skin tone.
Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 in "Light": Review and Swatches
Left: Bare skin; right: Medium application of the
Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF
(apologies for the hastily blended part on my forehead)
Overall:
I like this foundation (or BB Cream if you will) for its high SPF sun protection. I like the lightweight texture and the nice coverage, but I wish it had more oil-control. Also, I don't know if it's actually feasible, but it would be extra nice if a tiny bit of salicylic acid is added in the formula to help further combat acne.

Availability:
Clinique is available online and in stores at Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers, and Sears.
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