Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup: Review

One of Clinique’s latest and most versatile foundations is the Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup with SPF 15. When Clinique first released this foundation, I knew I wanted to try it because of its promise to deliver a flawless finish while still feeling extremely light on the skin.

This foundation is formulated with a smooth, silky texture and is meant to automatically adjust to each area of your face whether it’s oily or dry. This auto-fit technology allows the foundation to hydrate your skin where it’s dry and also control shine where your skin tends to get oily to deliver a natural matte finish. Because of its ability to adjust to your skin, this foundation is supposed to be great for dry combination to oily skin types.  It is also oil-free, as well as sweat, humidity, and water resistant.  As far as coverage goes, this foundation offers a sheer to medium amount of coverage.

Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup

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 Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup


Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup in the color Silk Sable, #18.

This foundation has at least 5 shades that will fit women of color very well (medium deep to deep). If you have medium deep to deep skin tones, I would suggest looking at shades 16-20.

Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup


I applied this foundation in two different ways. First, I used my damp beauty blender to press the foundation into my skin and I found that this method was ok.

I then applied a second layer of the foundation with a stippling brush and preferred this method to the beauty blender. I found that the silky texture of this foundation blended more smoothly into my skin with a brush as opposed to the texture of a beauty sponge. I also found the brush to provide that flawless amount of coverage without looking dry or cakey.

With a brush, the application was extremely smooth and the foundation blended very well into my skin with minimal effort. I also found that you can build this foundation to provide medium to nearly full coverage, however it is best to be light-handed. Though the foundation is not cakey, it may have the tendency to look thick if you apply too much at one time. Therefore a little goes a long way.

Kiko Stippling Brush


The Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup promises to deliver a natural matte finish, and I can say it definitely delivers on this promise. Although the finish is certainly matte, it still provides a very natural look.

I also set this powder with Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Medium Deep which is a mattifying setting powder. I would recommend setting this foundation with a powder if you have combination to oily skin or if you tend to sweat throughout the day.

Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup Review

Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup Review

Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup Review

Lasting Power

For me, this is where a foundation either stands out or gets taken bake to the store. I have combination to oily skin which means my skin gets oilier as the day goes on and I usually have to blot several times during the day.

I have yet to come across a foundation where I did not have to blot all…except for this one. I have never expected a foundation to completely control my oil given my skin type. However, using this foundation has greatly heightened my expectations when it comes to oil control.

After I applied and set this foundation, I went about my day running errands, and walking around outside in 90 degree weather. When I checked my makeup on my way home, I was shocked to find that there was no excess oil on my face and the foundation looked nearly identical to how it appeared when I first applied it. The rest of my body was hot and sweaty, however my face did not move.

Therefore if you are an oily girl, or tend to sweat during the day, I would most definitely recommend this foundation. I will say that I noticed minor breaking up in my smile lines after several hours of wear. The settling was not very noticeable for me, however if you have very mature skin, this may not be the foundation for you simply because of it’s potential to settle in fine lines and wrinkles as the day goes on.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would give the Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup a 9 out of 10. The performance was way more than I expected out of a $25 foundation or any foundation for that matter.

The coverage was flawless yet natural and felt as if I was not even wearing makeup. The application was extremely easy and it delivered fully on the matte finish. I did not have to blot at all which gave this foundation major brownie points for me.

The 1 point I took off is for the possible tendency of this foundation to settle in fine lines after several hours of wear which may make this a poor option for those with mature skin. However, I would consider this a long wearing foundation.

Overall, this is a holy grail foundation for me and I won’t be caught without it.

You may purchase the Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup here.

To see my full review and demo of this foundation, check out my video here.

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