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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

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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13 Responses to “Will Clinique’s Redness Solutions concealer solve your redness woes?”

  1. Amber, on April 28th, 2011 at 8:16 am said:

    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.

  2. callitbeautyblog, on April 28th, 2011 at 9:19 am said:

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

  3. Larie, on April 28th, 2011 at 9:48 am said:

    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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  4. 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.
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  5. Jfunnyvalentine, on April 28th, 2011 at 4:59 pm said:

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

  6. Eee! You do, you do, you do! My love for timeBalm is crazy and undying.

    :D

  7. Lol! Oh, aren't we all? :p (Funny-coloured, that is.) Yellow works wonderfully for me, personally, because I'm fair, cool-toned, and have yellow undertones – a fairly uncommon combination overall >.<

  8. Aww, sorry to hear that! Glamoflauge is worth the wait, though ^^

    Will put the SB Halo powder on my to-try list! I wonder if it's 'cone-free…

  9. Aww, that sucks! I have a friend who uses the Redness Solutions powder, and she absolutely adores it. Different strokes for different folks, I guess! :P

    I'm not insane over the Clinique range, but then again – I'm not insane for *any* range, really. I do think they have a lot of great "staple" items, though, and theirs are the only lipsticks my sister's found so far that she can wear. So, they end up with a positive rating in my book (even if they're a little boring!) ^^ I don't suppose you'd care to share any faves? :)

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

  11. 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.

  12. Amber, on May 1st, 2011 at 10:58 am said:

    I use Clinque's rinse-off foaming face wash religiously to remove make-up before using my regular cleanser. I also really like their mascaras, particularly the high impact. It's the best overall mascara I've found (and I've tried out A LOT of mascaras!). That's honestly about it for me with Clinique lately.

    I do love Clinique's branding more than any other brand – their modern, sleek, clean look is so impressive. I love the white and silver with pastel. They're marketing and packaging shows phenomenal design.

  13. Thanks for the recs, Amber :) Will definitely put the High Impact on my "to try" list – I've been hearing a lot of good things all 'round about it, recently!

    Love the Clinique packaging as well. As you said, it's definitely very modern, sleek, and clean ;)

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