I put Clinique's foundations through their paces, and here's what I found

The hits, the misses, and everything in-between of Clinique's foundation offerings

Madeleine Spencer in Clinique Foundation
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When I was 15, I was very spotty. Very spotty indeed. And I really wanted to cover those spots, so I spent hours trawling magazines for the best foundation, including Marie Claire, where I eventually found a recommendation for the best foundation for oily skin, which was made by Clinique.

I spent all my pocket money on that first Clinique foundation, and wasn't disappointed; it covered all my spots while treating my skin to a host of ingredients to help it heal.

I made the shift to a different Clinique formula a couple of years later, and found it equally as solutions-based, and was impressed by the wear and the skincare included in the formula.

The DNA of the brand hasn't changed, with its foundations designed to plug gaps other brands don't. 

As a make-up artist, I know all too well that Clinique is a brand that delivers on bases—but that's not to say you can't make a wrong turn. To help you navigate shopping for some of the best foundations out there (on which Clinique certainly delivers), I've just tried and tested every Clinique foundation on the market. While testing the Clinique foundation range, I kept my experiences in mind, and looked for the ones which marked Clinique's impressive formulas out—helping you determine which might be the best choice for your personal preferences.

As always when it comes to foundation, I tested for longevity, finish, ease of use, and the particular additions which turn me into a devotee of a foundation, like skincare or blurring particles. Here are the Clinique foundations which stood out...

Best for that your-skin-but-better finish

Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation SPF20

Madeleine Spencer in Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation SPF20

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Best for red and sensitive skin

Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15

Madeleine Spencer Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15

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Best for a flawless finish

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

Madeleine Spencer in Clinique Beyond Perfecting™ Foundation and Concealer

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Best for sheer coverage

Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF25 

Madeleine Spencer in Clinique Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF25

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Madeleine Spencer

Madeleine Spencer is a journalist and broadcaster who has contributed to titles including Grazia, Glamour, InStyle, The Independent, The Evening Standard, and Stylist, as well as offering commentary for the BBC, Sky News, and ITV.

She is keen on exploring the significance beauty rituals, products, and memories have on people from different walks of life, and enters into conversation on the topic with guests on her podcast, Beauty Full Lives.