Will Clinique’s Redness Solutions concealer solve your redness woes?

The product: Clinique Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector

The shade: I, for one, am a huge fan of using yellow to counteract red. Yes, red and green are opposites on the colour wheel, but in case no one’s noticed – you’re not a piece of white canvas, so the rules don’t apply the same way! What I’ve found with most fair to light skintones is that yellow really does work better than green, but of course (as with quite a large number of products), your mileage may vary.

But does it work? Okay, here’s the thing. The colour works quite well with my skintone, toning down both redness and darkness where I have scarring, blemishes, or even just undereye circles. It actually works remarkably well, to be honest, not just “alright” – I use this corrector on its own, without any need for an additional concealer or foundation.

However (and you knew there’d be a however), there are the drawbacks. For starters, I find this wears off during the day, needing touch-up even before lunch, much less dinner. And then you have to consider the fact that, well, my skintone’s not all that common (and I doubt this would work as well on a darker complexion). All in all – lovely shade, and great in theory, but perhaps not as good as it could be.

The verdict?

Pass on it. It’s definitely not bad, but with so many better options out there, I just can’t recommend this one (especially at the $20 price tag). If you’re looking for a great concealer, try timeBalm or Glamoflauge; if you’re toning down redness, perhaps Clinique’s Mineral Solutions powder? I hear the loose one’s silicone-free ;)

We’d love to see: a slight reformulation, perhaps? If this lasted all day and never caught on dry bits – well, then I’d be sold!

The ingredients:(god, this list is hideous. Free of parabens, though!)

Squalane, polyethylene, ozokerite, polyglyceryl-10 decaoleate, kaolin, ethylhexyl palmitate, candelilla wax, bis-hydroxyethoxypropyl dimethicone copolymer, water, grapefruit peel extract, magnolia grandiflora bark extract, poria cocos sclerotium extract, astrocaryum murumuru seed butter, glycerin, caffeine, lecithin, ethylhexylglycerin, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, lysine, cetyl peg dimethicone, hexyl laurate, sodium hyaluronate, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, tocopheryl acetate, caprylyl glycol, tocopherol, silica, hexylene glycol, sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, phenoxyethanol.

+/- titanium dioxide (ci 77891), mica, iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499)] <iln36657>

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  • Reply Amber

    I have used this for some time and I agree with you that yellow does work better than green to cover red areas. I also have tried the yellow Clinique powder marketed in this same "Redness Solutions" line and found it did absolutely nothing but take up room in my make-up drawer.

    My conclusion on the stick is the same as yours, although my complaint isn't so much it wearing off but the dry, cakey consistency. I find that prepping the area with Clinique's Moisture Surge lotion (the really slippery pink one) helps it go on smoother and blend better, but it's a bothersome step. I am planning to try MUFE's yellow primer soon.

    I used to be a total Clinique girl throughout high school and college – all my skin care was Clinique and 99% of my make-up. But over the past several years I've been so disappointed in almost all their products (especially their make-up) and there are so many better products out there in the same price range. I still use a few products regularly but not much else.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    i seriously need to get my hands on some timeBalm! my erratic sleeping pattern is wreaking havoc on my already bad under-eye circles=/.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM
  • Reply Larie

    I've actually never tried green to counteract redness, but most of my concealers are peach based, I think. Yellow makes me look a bit sallow, but I guess it would depend on the specific shade. I think I'm funny-colored anyway, lol.
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    April 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    I found this too dry and cakey as well. I like my Smashbox Yellow Halo Powder a lot when I'm too red.
    I keep looking for Glamoflauge, but the light colour is never in stock. Sigh.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM
  • Reply Jfunnyvalentine

    Thanks for the honest review! I think I'll take your advice and skip on this one

    April 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM
  • Reply Emily

    Thanks for the review! Will probably stay away from this one. It's so difficult to find a proper, performing concealer!

    April 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM
  • Reply Justine

    I had a clinique makeup person apply this on me when I went in to buy the redness foundation and she applied it on so thick and cakey it was incredible bad on me. I found it too thick as well.

    May 1, 2011 at 12:19 AM
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