During this year's long, humid summer, I spent most of my time wearing either BB creams or nothing at all on my face. Every time I tried getting ready, heavier products would just slide off in the heat, and I'd be left with a gooey mess of eyeshadow, mascara and streaky foundation by the time I'd finished. Thank God the weather toned down a bit, and I could finally think about purchasing a full-coverage foundation.
I popped into Debenhams and wandered over to their newly-acquired Urban Decay stand, and asked the assistant whether they had any full-coverage products. After 20 minutes of test-applications, and her trying to convince me that their medium-to-low coverage foundation (which is the only one in the brand's entire range) was buildable, I moved on; I wasn't prepared to wake up earlier in order to apply several layers of foundation to get the right coverage - I needed a product which could give me results in a single application.
Next stop - the Clinique stand. Upon hearing the words 'full-coverage', the assistant directed me straight towards their Repairwear foundation. She stated that, although the product was 'anti-aging', it was great for young skin as well. She then tested a patch on my skin, and handed me a 5-day supply to test out by myself; this is a great service, by the way - Clinique's samples always provide enough for a good week's worth of use. The assistant also gave me a similar-sized sample of their Superprimer, which I mentioned in my latest beauty haul.
I didn't even have to use this sample for 5 days to know that I was set on buying it. After the first application, I was so happy with the results that I purchased it from the website straight away.
The formula is creamy, rather than moussey, and evens out really well with the use of a buffer brush - I don't recommend a flat brush as this can make the formula sit on the skin rather than blend in - I'm currently using Real Techniques' buffing brush, available in their Core Collection. If you are using a buffing brush, I've found that you can mediate the coverage of the formula by taking a small amount and really blending it into the skin, or using a slightly larger amount to achieve full coverage.
It stays put for at least eight hours, after which time it seemed to cake slightly around my hairline; I advise using a good primer and moisturiser as a base, to help it stay smooth and even for longer. If you're looking for a foundation to take you from work to early morning clubbing, this isn't for you.
Its SPF is slightly low at just 15, but I tend to use a facial sunscreen underneath my makeup anyway, regardless of the factor of the foundation, as you can never underestimate the damage caused by UVA and UVB rays.