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.