Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Clinique's Perfectly Real Foundation


So, I guess you could call this my first beauty review on A Glass Of Ice and so of course, in true festive, celebratory style.. candy canes had to be involved.  Christmas has already started to work it's way into my life through festive cupcakes, Destiny's Child belting out 8 Days Of Christmas and the annual 'turning on of the lights' at more places than I can count on my hands.  With this in mind, it made sense for a touch of the festive season to creep into this post..


''I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses and eat cookie dough and go ice skating and maybe even hold hands!'' - Buddy the Elf


Before I go off on a tangent and start discussing Christmas decorations, chocolate yule logs and carol singing, I'll get down to business.  I only started experimenting with foundation a few years ago, however up until quite recently I had been using mineral powder foundations.  In my opinion, the wall of disapproval I was met with for using a powder foundation was warranted.  I have naturally dry skin and so the powder highlighted this and aged my skin cosmetically in appearance pretty badly.  This isn't to say that powder foundations aren't just as good, if not better, than liquid foundations and instead it's purely to say that they simply do not suit my skin.  A couple of casual skin consultations later and i'm introduced to Clinique's Perfectly Real Makeup Foundation..





















Once I had managed to overcome my excitement at having found a foundation that was light enough to match my skin tone, I was able to form a first impression.  The packaging itself is fresh, appealing and accompanies the brand's concept of keeping appearances natural with an understated beauty - one that doesn't wave it's arms around to be noticed.  Upon trying Clinique's foundation for the very first time over a year ago, I was worried at how dark the bottle seemed and wondered how the hell I wasn't going to look like an orange-flavoured lollipop.  Thankfully, there was no need to be alarmed as the pale shade of foundation that had been recommended to me was perfectly suited to my skin tone, which is just as well considering the brand propose this foundation makes 'skin look real but better' and 'more even, perfected, healthy'!      



Only a very small amount is needed for considerable coverage and the liquid effortlessly covers blemishes and undesirable marks/bumps.  Clinique claims their Perfectly Real Makeup Foundation is a 'weightless foundation that provides the perfect match and a natural finish' and I can quite happily confirm this!  Another positive of this foundation in comparison to other liquid foundations I've tried samples of, is the smooth touch to the skin even after application - there is a definite 'second skin' appeal.    




The foundation shade shown here is 01, their lightest shade.  Overall, I've been hugely impressed with this foundation and so much so, that since trying it for the first time over a year ago, I've not looked at another foundation.  If I had to rate the product, I'd be giving it a solid 10/10 and ten golden stars to hang on Clinique's Christmas tree!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Wow! 10/10? Need to buy it!!!

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    1. I'm definitely impressed by this foundation! Have a lovely week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. Glad to hear that this foundation has worked out so well for your Gabrielle. To earn such high marks, it must be a winner. I don't wear foundation anymore since switching to BB cream but my first foundation back in the day was from Clinique :) Your nail color is very pretty btw.

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    1. I really have been incredibly pleased with this foundation. I'm yet to try BB creams, but there's always time in the future for me to do so! Oh thank you, it's Mauve 09 by Max Factor! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Sounds so good! I am glad you found a foundation that works for you. I am obsessed with those candy canes - they are so cute!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Haha I'm glad you like my candy canes, I thought they were so cute I just had to have them!!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Thank you for your lovely comment! Glad I've found you! Such a stunning blog. Keep it going.. x

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    1. You're more than welcome and thank you for your kind words - so pleased you're enjoying my blog!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. I've never tried any clinique products, but my mother swears by their lip products! Maybe I'll get her to try this foundation out!

    Kayla

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    1. That doesn't surprise me, their Clinique products are super impressive as well haha!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. I'd definitely recommend this foundation! Have a great week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. Great review, i would never have thought this was your first, lovely pics and this foundations sounds great!

    Vievelle

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    1. That's really sweet of you to say, thank you so much!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Oooo! This sounds like the perfect foundation, Gabrielle! I haven't tried any Clinique foundations but this sounds like the perfect starter product.

    Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Clinique also do the most incredible chubby sticks for the lips, if you're heading their way!! :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thank you for your comment!

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  10. I love Clinque & the candy canes in the background are so festive I love this post :-)
    Serene xoxo

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    1. Haha I'm glad you noticed my little candy canes, Serene! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Sounds like you've been loving this foundation! I have pale skin as well, so I know how it feels to find a foundation that is actually light enough - total success!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone on that one - it felt like a miracle to have found this one haha!!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. I am not looking forward to change my foundation right now, but this choise looks very interesting! :)

    Konstantina|
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    1. I'm just glad your current foundation is working well for you, Konstantina! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. I've been on the hunt for a new foundation! Great review! I will definitely look into this one!

    be the plebeian

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    1. Fantastic, let me know how you get on with your search for the right foundation!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. Wow 10 out of 10, what a glowing review! I really should check this foundation out! I have naturally dry skin too so this sounds great for me!

    Rebecca
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    1. With dry skin, this foundation is definitely a winner - just be sure not to cake it on! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Great review ! Thanks for sharing this !

    Liza
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    1. Thanks ever so much, hope you've had a lovely weekend so far!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. 10/10?? Wow, such a generous rating, Gabrielle! I'm sure this is one of Clinique's best-sellers. Great for the coming festive season indeed! xoxo
    Luxury Haven

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    1. It's a generous rating, but the foundation is certainly worthy of it in my opinion! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  17. Thanks for the great review! I have heard so many good things about Clinique's foundation, I need to get my hands on them sometime :)

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    1. You're more than welcome. Clinique have a great reputation and it's well-earned, if you ask me!

      Gabrielle x

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  18. I love your use of candy canes! I don't wear foundation much and currently have a MAC one, but if I were to buy again I would try Clinique :)

    Ayesha xxx
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    1. Ah, I'm glad you like my candy canes - I just had to have them! I'm glad you don't wear foundation Ayesha, as once you start you just can't stop haha! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  19. Congrats on your first 'proper' review - you aced it!

    Clinique is such a great brand, I find all their products are always the best quality possible. I've never tried this one though, but it suits your skin one quite well (I can never find any foundations or concealers or whatnot because brands never sell shades as pale as mine ahaha).

    Amy;
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    1. Thanks a million, Amy! I agree that Clinique offer very high quality products and also with very pale skin, it's a brand to certainly look into! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. This sounds like it's really worth a try! I love using Clinque so this won't be any different! I love the Christmas themed photographs!

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    1. It most certainly is and thank you! I'm glad you're feeling the festive vibe too haha :)

      Gabrielle x

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  21. What a great product, I love how it just seamlessly blend into your skin! Awesome review!! xoxo~ Lena

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    1. It was quite hard to make that show in the photos, so I'm glad you noticed Lena!!

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Love your post, review and photos. <3 I haven't tried clinique's cosmetics yet except for their perfume line - I love Clinique Happy. Smells so good. I'd love to try this foundation.

    x, shekinahjoy.com

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    1. Thank you so much, that means a lot! I'm the opposite way around, having never tried any scents by Clinique before!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Clinique is a great brand. I love the Christmas themed photographs!

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    1. I agree and you and me both!!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. I have never tried Clinque but I always wanted to buy their Face Soap. Your review is great - makes me want to try it out even more! Love your pictures - nice and festive!

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    1. You know I've never heard of their Face Soap before, but I'll be sure to look into it now! Oh thanks Jana, so glad you like the photos!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. This is one amazing post
    Glad i came across your blog

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    1. Thanks very much, that's always wonderful to hear!

      Gabrielle x

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  26. Very nice Inspirations

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  27. Congrats on your first review, love it!

    Jasmine x

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    1. Thank you Jasmine, it was a lot of fun to write!

      Gabrielle x

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  28. The perfect festive review indeed Gabrielle! Thanks for sharing! And thank you for your adorable comment! ;)
    ♥XO♥
    Jeanne
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    1. You're more than welcome Jeanne, so glad we're connected again! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  29. Brilliant first beauty review, can't wait for the next one! :) x

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    1. Oh thank you, that means a lot to hear!

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  30. Hi dear
    Great review, thanks for sharing
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Arien, have a lovely week ahead!!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. I love this brand, always great products!!!

    Kisses, love Paola.

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more Paola, they produce consistently great cosmetics!

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  32. Fantastic first review! This one sounds wonderful. I love a foundtion that is lightweight. I've been using Clinique Even Better foundation and find it to be amazing, so I'm sure I would enjoy using this one as well.

    Keisha xo
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    1. Thank you Keisha, that means a lot coming from you! I know what you mean, heavy foundations can cause the skin to feel suffocated and so Clinique is like a breath of fresh air! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  33. looks like so great stuff! I can't wait to try it out!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Let me know how you get on, Melanie!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. Clinique product are a guarantee!!! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

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    1. That's so true - thanks for sharing your thoughts on this post!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Wonderful review, love Clinique products. ;-)
    Lovely greets Nessa

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    1. Thanks heaps Vanessa, have a great week!

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Hmmm I am in the market for a new foundation and find that so many after they dry end up looking dull and dry out my skin even when they go on with a lot of moisture. I will have to give this one a whirl, sounds promising.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
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    1. I know what you mean, many foundations testers I've tried have produced a similar effect. Good luck with your search for a reliable foundation! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  37. great review! sounds good :) kisses from Poland

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    1. Thank you, hope you've had a good weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  38. Hello beautiful Gaby! In my opinion your skin is so naturally beautiful and you always radiate a beautiful glow. Now, if that is the foundation you have been wearing then I will too give it a 10 out of 10 because your skin always look flawless. I have dark spots on my face and finding a foundation that is able to conceal them in a natural looking way has been super challenging for me. I have been using the Estee Lauder Double Wear for a while but have been looking to try a different one. I recently found the Stila foundation and have been happy with the coverage it provides, not as good as the double wear from Estee but it provides me with a more natural base (I am ok with my dark spots showing a little bit:-)) After reading your review I am now tempted to give the Clinique teint a try. Will let you know if I do! Thanks for sharing my beautiful friend! Blessings to you and your family always! xoxo, Jeannette

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    1. Hey Jeannette! That's really lovely of you to say, thank you :) I tried the Estee Lauder Double Wear but didn't find it to suit my skin, but I'm so pleased it works for you as it receives great reviews right across the internet! You're more than welcome, have a lovely week ahead! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Nice review!

    Maria
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  40. I am so happy Gabrielle that this foundation worked so well for your skin! Clinique has never disappointed me either!! Love the brand!! <3 And love how comprehensive your review was! :)

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    1. Thank you Anshul, I was certainly relieved to have found one suitable for my skin and to stop 'the hunt' :) So glad you like the brand and thank you for your kind words!

      Gabrielle x

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  41. This looks really great, never used Clinique products before :)) Happy weekend doll xx

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    1. I would certainly recommend the brand, have a lovely week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. i'm in love with this! great post x happy thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks very much for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  43. Oh this is wonderful! I know that this foundation doesn't do well on my skin but it's great to know it works for you!
    Edita
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    1. I'm sorry to hear this foundation doesn't work for your skin, but thank you all the same! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  44. I've never tried this product but it seems interesting!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this post, Enrica!

      Gabrielle x

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  45. I need to try this out! Thanks for sharing :-)
    Kisses Emina

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    1. That's great, let me know if you decide to take the plunge! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  46. 10/10 is a bold statement! I might look into it when I've used my current foundations :)

    Corinne x
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    1. It certainly is a bold statement, but I wouldn't say it unless I truly believed so! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  47. I've never tried their line before but after your review I might as well check it out ;) It looks like a real beauty to have! :D

    xxx

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    1. There's a first time for everything! I'm so happy to have shared this with you!

      Gabrielle x

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  48. Very interesting review, I will try this product!
    Thsnks for share dear!

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    1. I'm glad you think so Alisa and you're more than welcome - happy it was of some use!!

      Gabrielle x

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  49. Great review! Clinique products are always high quality. I use their eye shadows and lipsticks religiously. :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a million Tina - I agree, Clinique products are always brilliant! I also use their lip products and I used to have an eyeshadow palette by the brand, but it's recently finished - time to find a new one! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  51. Very great review post! Clinique's products are the bomb. Happy weekend. xo

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    1. Thanks Kenny - glad to across another Clinique fan!

      Gabrielle x

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  52. I love how you did a photograph here! It makes the product looks very interesting!

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    1. I'm so pleased you noticed the candy canes, Gail!!

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  53. clinique always does the best job :)

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more! Thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  54. Looks like a great product, definitely worth trying! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. I used to use their bb cream all the time but then I switched. Never tried their foundation! Definitely loving your review and all of your pictures with the candy canes are super adorable!

    Denise
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    1. I'm yet to try a BB cream, so thank you for the reminder, Denise! Oh thank you, I'm so glad you like the candy canes - I thought they were super cute :)

      Gabrielle x

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  56. Ooo I'll have to try this. I also suffer from being cosmetically aged by products- helloooo Rachel's fine lines! Hahah the bit about being an orange lollipop made me giggle- it's super hard finding a perfect shade.

    Rachel xx
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    1. Haha this made me laugh, it's good to know I'm not the only one! It really is a fear of mine to look like an orange lollipop, which made finding this foundation all the greater! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  57. i haven't tried this yet since i don't really explore to other stuff when im committed and loving what im currently using. But this review is great, thanks for sharing <3

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    1. I know what you mean so I don't blame you for looking to change! Thank you all the same Sarah!

      Gabrielle x

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  58. Looks like a product worth trying, great review! :)
    Love your blog, hope to see you soon on my blog
    www.beneaththecoat.com or Bloglovin or Facebook :)
    Kisses from Zurich,
    K

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    1. Thanks Kristina, I'll make my way over to your blog now..

      Gabrielle x

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  59. What a great review! This sounds good. I will keep this one in mind because I don't like the one I use now so this is just perfect! :)

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    1. If you choose to try this one, I really hope that the foundations works as well for you as it has done for me! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  60. Wooow..this one seems like a winner..i havent tried clinque foundation yet...but i definitely want to

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    1. It is definitely a winner in my book! I hope you get your paws on some Clinique foundation in the near future! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  61. Wow- 10/10?! That's amazing, I think I may have to try!

    ican'taffordmylifestyle

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    1. I wouldn't give it a point less than 10 out of 10! Let me know how you get on if you choose to try the Clinique foundation!!

      Gabrielle x

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  62. Sorry I'm so late to comment. (just catching up on blog posts) but I've been looking for a better foundation, sounds like I should check this one out!

    KR

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    1. Don't worry about it, it's lovely to hear from you! Let me know how you get on with this foundation if you choose to give it a go! :)

      Gabrielle x

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