I wanted to love this new foundation from Clinique. It’s called Stay Matte and lets face it my combination skin (with oily t-zone) could use all the help available staying less oily. Just so you have an idea of how oily my forehead and nose gets most foundations last on my skin a few hours (3-4) before I need to take a powder. The unfortunate thing here is that this foundation has the same staying power as regular foundations in my stash. I was disappointed to find that this formula was no different performance wise than foundations that I’ve purchased that aren’t named or marketed to oily girls like me! That’s not what I was expecting.
I was hoping it would help me stay matte longer but it never happend! I would put this foundation on and three hours later the grease was visible. Not what I was hoping for. In the first one to two hours my skin looks fantastic. So by hour three when the oil poors forth its a surprise. I was so sad to see this happen day after day but by day four I was done with this stuff. I may pull it out when the weather gets cooler but as far as day to day in the Spring/Summer this is a miss for me. The color match was dead on, I got #26 Amber. I love the color match and the first two hours but thats it. Boo hiss!
There are a wide variety of shades available (over 20!) and at $23 this foundation isn’t too darn expensive for 1 oz. I just wish it worked better keeping me looking “normal” for longer. I hate touching up and I want something that I don’t have to mirror check all the time. Some foundations that really work better for me are MUFE Mat Velvet+, Mac Pro Longwear, and Nars Sheer Matte. With those I can go for the better part of the day without touching up.
I would have to say that this foundation was a miss so if you have combo or oily skin get a sample of this first before purchasing.