I have a lot of skin concerns and redness around my nose is one of them so I'm always constantly looking out for that it product to help remedy my problem. When Clinique launched their new range of superprimers, one of them targeting redness, I knew I had to try it. I mean, it's not just an ordinary primer, it is a superprimer, so it has to be not just good, but super good, right?!
So what are these superprimers? According to Clinique, they are a range of 6 different primers, each one having a different tint to it to address different skincare needs. For example, Purple corrects sallowness, Pink corrects dullness, and Yellow (the one I have and am reviewing today) corrects redness. You may find more details about the entire range of superprimers on Clinique's official website.
The superprimer comes packaged in a generously-sized squeeze tube (and it reads “colour” as opposed to “color” corrects redness). It is a yellow tube and the product inside is tinted yellow as well. Does that sound odd to you, too? From what I know, to correct “red”, you have to use something “green” (they are directly opposite each other on the color wheel) but this product is pure yellow without any hint of green whatsoever. I questioned to myself whether it would actually work but decided to give it a try anyway.
This is a silicone-based primer but it is oil-free. The formula feels really light on the skin and it spreads very easily without any greasy feeling. I am acne-prone so I try to avoid applying anything with silicone all over my face so with this primer, I only use a tiny amount and dab it on the problem area around my nose with my fingers and whatever I have left on my fingers, I spread it around onto the rest of the face. It absorbs really well and goes on translucent without leaving any yellow tint on the skin. I also do love the soft, velvety finish it provides.
While it glides on like a dream, my problem with this superprimer is it does not completely counteract the redness, it just simply “tones it down“. And I don't even have a major redness to begin with. With this primer, I normally end up having to pair it with my regular concealer to completely camouflage the redness. If you happen to have rosacea, this primer is definitely not going to cut it.
Another thing is, this superprimer is super-mattifying! It literally makes my skin completely matte upon touch. Sounds good, right? And I think it will really be good for people with oily skin. However, the skin around my nose, besides being red, is also very dry, and this primer just makes it worse – it accentuates the dryness, leaving my skin looking patchy and flaky. I'd recommend you moisturize your face really well prior to using this primer to avoid the issue.
While it fails at concealing redness, this primer actually does a wonderful job at providing a smooth, perfect base for BB cream/foundation. It slightly blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines, and small imperfections to give you the sort of “airbrushed” effect. The perfect canvas seems to help my foundation go on a lot easier (than without the primer) and my makeup stay on longer throughout the day.
Overall, I think if you have a pretty decent skin to begin with and are looking for a decent primer to make your makeup last, this primer will really benefit you. However, if you have a major redness concern, this is not the primer you will want to invest in, unless it's being used in combination with other concealer/corrector. I also think that if it would have come in a traditional green tint instead, or with a better pigmentation, it would have worked out a lot better at combating the redness.