I’m quite a fan of the Clinique Even Better serum which I use for spot treatment. Of all the “whitening” serums I’ve been using, its the one that seems to work best for me in the quickest time. I don’t use it all the time though. And then Clinique came out with the Even Better Makeup foundation which I also liked because of the texture on my skin.
Now, to complement this is the Even Better Concealer. Honestly, I’m not quite sure about the use of the “Even Better” name because whilst this does do a pretty good job in making your skin look even better, as I’ll show you below, it confuses me somewhat because I associate “Even Better” with the skincare and less so makeup. I think it contains some of the ingredients in the skincare, so it not only conceals but “treats” but honestly, I’m not quite sold on that.
Still, for a concealer, I’d say it ticks all the right boxes barring just one small fly in the ointment 🙂
The jar packaging. Ah Clinique, if you could have just packaged this concealer in a tube, I’d have been all over you, raving about how absolutely wonderful this product is. Ok, so it isn’t quite the be all end all but what this little jar of concealer means, is that you need a brush to apply the product.
I happen to have a synthetic brush on hand so it didn’t bother me, but if you don’t already have a brush then you will be irked because a) your fingers will get in the way of the small opening of the jar and b) its too bothersome if you have long nails. So you need a brush to use this product.
Texture wise, its pretty good. It looks and feels thick but on skin, it isn’t. It is very easy to blend and what I do is use a brush to pick up product, dab on the parts I need to conceal and then use my finger to pat it in place. What I get is pretty good concealment of blemishes, spots and particularly, dark eye circles. Here are the unretouched before/after photos.
Note: Look around the eye area, cheek and the blemish spot on the cheek
It is medium coverage though not 100% coverage. But I like how it looks because it looks natural and not heavy on skin, while covering up redness, if you see the spot on the cheek.
It isn’t drying, it has a nice slip yet stays on skin all day giving you an even better base. The lightest shade is quite perfect for me, and it even lends a slight brightening tone to the skin. What I like the most is how natural it looks on skin once blended in. In the swatch below, its unblended on left and blended on the right… but you can’t see anything on the right can you? Yeah, neither can I 😛
It is, by all accounts a very good product. I think Clinique has done very well for themselves with this concealer. Now, please put it in a tube already and I swear they can do no wrong then 😛
In a nutshell
The Clinique Even Better concealer is a cream based concealer that comes in a little glass jar. You will need a brush to apply this best. Packaging aside, I love the texture and coverage, which is medium coverage. I’m not crazy about looking flawless so all I really need is to lightly conceal blemishes and under eye circles. There is a slight brightening effect and it isn’t dry or drying, so its really good for the under eye area. It helps me look more awake. Do note that I do not have serious dark eye circles so I don’t know how it performs on those. But for my daily use, I love it. It isn’t thick or dry or drying, stays on all day and hides what needs to be hidden without looking plastic and fake. I love it and only wish it came in a tube instead of a pot.
Pros: Cream texture is long lasting without being dry, drying or cakey, Medium coverage and buildable, Brightening effect, Conceals blemishes and can be used on the under eye area to brighten and hide dark circles
Cons: Jar packaging requires the use of a brush to apply
Who will like this: Anyone who wants a long lasting concealer that has brightening properties, Anyone who needs a medium coverage concealer that can work on blemishes, marks and the under eye are without drying up the skin and accentuating fine lines
I’ve come across some people who say that this formula is too thick but I will disagree. If you use your fingers to dig out the product I will agree then. Its way too thick. However, if you use a brush, pick up the product, dab it on skin then use your fingers to dab and smooth it, it almost disappears into your skin. Its the heat from your fingers that help even out the texture and that is why I always blend and set my concealer with my fingers.
I make no comment on the price. I think its a fair price for the product, and it will last a long while even with regular use.
Have you tried the Clinique Even Better concealer? Did you even realise it existed? 😀 Well, now you do, and if you are in the market for a new concealer, I will urge you to take a look at least, to see if you mind the jar packaging that much or if it will tick all the right boxes for you too 🙂
Clinique Even Better Concealer comes in 4 shades Price: RM80 Availability: All Clinique counters