Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repair Foundation Review

The cheeky little sausages at Clinique have released a new variety to their ever-popular Even Better makeup range. The Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repair Foundation looks like a winner on paper – Full, but natural coverage, blurs pores and plumps the skin. So, let’s see how it performs.


Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repair Foundation

24-hour hydrating foundation with flawless full coverage and a natural finish. Creates a virtually poreless look. Smooths and plumps for younger-looking skin.

Key Points

  • No Parabens, Phthalates, Fragrances
  • Oil-Free
  • 24-hour wear
  • Contains Hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin while wearing
  • Contains BHA Salicylic acid to refine the skin and reduce texture

Packaging and Formula

Housed in a squeezy plastic tube that allows for total control and hygiene – A+.  It is simple, chic and easy to travel with and store.  The formula is not runny, nor is it thick – it is the perfect medium. Creamy and super lightweight, from the first swipe you can feel the hydration but not in a juicy, oily kinda way. Instead, your skin looks and feels like it has had a big drink of water and is full of health.


Application and Longevity

Application is a breeze. Despite the lightweight consistency, not a lot of product is needed to get decent coverage. It applies well with fingers, a sponge or a brush – so whichever method works best for you, go for it. There is no effort needed to blend out and it can easily be sheered out or built up to reach your desired coverage. Personally, I like to wear it on the sheerer side to allow my little freckles to peek through.  The finish is a natural satin which is seriously the most flattering result on earth.  It disguises those pesky little pores and leaves the skin smooth and somewhat blurred.

Throughout the day, the finish remains to be really lovely. While it does tend to get a little more glowy, it isn’t greasy. I completely embrace this, as it looks so healthy and youthful.  However, some oily babes may not appreciate this but the glow factor can be combated by blotting or powdering. You can feel those hydrating and plumping ingredients nourishing your cute little mug which is a brilliant added bonus.

At no point through the day does my face feel tacky, sticky or even heavy. It is so lightweight that you forget you’ve even got a face on.  I find that it lasts my whole day of work easy, and even a good 12 hours later it is still looking beautiful.

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Final Thoughts

I really have to think hard to find any flaws with Clinique Even Better Refresh. It is just beautiful. From the gorgeous glowing, radiant finish, to the lightweight but full coverage, this foundation has really impressed me.  I just love the way it makes me look so youthful and fresh. The only little critique I could mention is that it slightly fades in some areas of the face, but this is expected after a full day of wear and no touch-ups.


Who Would This Work For?

Almost anyone. People with a love for an absolute matte finish probably wouldn’t like the radiant finish. But otherwise, it works ridiculously well on my oily skin while still being formulated for dry and dull skin types.

If you’re interested in this little gem, Clinique will supply you with  10-day supply to ensure you love it as much as I do. You can get your voucher here, and then head instore to a counter to claim.

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Chat soon,

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


  1. May 9, 2019 / 5:27 am

    I have tried samples of the Clinique Even Better and Even Better glow and they were both lovely foundations. This new one sounds like my kind of foundation. I love hydrating formulas and glowy finish. Lovely review.

    • onabeautybender
      May 9, 2019 / 12:19 pm

      So so so very impressed with this foundation. The finish is just stunning x

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