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As a glow lover, I was very excited to try out the new Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer. I have been getting on very well with it indeed! Here’s what you need to know.
What is Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer?
- Makeup-perfecting, skincare-infused face primer
- Lightweight texture
- Designed to illuminate skin for a radiant boost
- Each tube contains 20 billion prismatic illuminators to harness light and brighten the skin
- Includes vitamin C and three forms of hyaluronic acid
- Aims to locks in makeup for 16 hours
- Fragrance free
- Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist tested
- Suitable for Very Dry to Dry, Dry Combination, Combination Oily, Oily skin types
- Suitable for contact lens wearers
Vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) – helps even the look of skin tone.
Acetyl glucosamine – helps smooth skin & target uneven skin tone
3 forms of Hyaluronic Acid – helps to hydrate the skin
Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Swatches
I thought it might be helpful to show how this product appears before it is blended into the skin.
Here it is immediately after it is dispensed:
Here it is spread across the skin, without blending:
And here it is lightly blended in:
Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Before & After Photos
See below for photos of it under a light layer of foundation.
I knew I liked this primer as soon as I applied it to my skin. It feels like skincare in the lightest way, and it smooths into the skin effortlessly.
It is super comfortable on the skin, with a weightless feel and no tackiness. The Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer gives the skin a lovely instant glow and I think it would work well as a super light base to add a touch of concealer on top on minimal makeup days.
I tested it under foundation, as that’s its primary use. I opted for one of my current favourites – the Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation Natural – which I love for how smooth it makes my skin look, and how long lasting it is – but I sometimes wish it was a tiny bit glowier.
The Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer underneath that foundation just lifts it a perfect amount and gives it the kind of glow that I love.
Here’s a photo of the Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation Natural without the primer so you can compare. This is just the foundation (sorry it’s a bit of an old pic from that foundation blog post when I first wrote it a couple of years ago):
And here is a photo of the same foundation with Clinique’s glowy primer applied underneath:
I think it just gives it an extra lift and radiance that’s super flattering without looking overly reflective. I also found I could use a bit less foundation and still get a lovely flawless look.
I tested it over about 6 hours (I was quite late to do makeup that day) but it my makeup literally stayed looking freshly applied and just like I have a really healthy-looking complexion. I almost didn’t want to take my makeup off at bedtime.
I am going to test it out with a couple of other bases too, and if there’s anything game-changing I need to report, I’ll update here. For now, it is has gone straight into my makeup bag. I think it will be great for refreshing makeup from day to night too, so I’ll give that a whirl too.
I haven’t tested the skincare benefits over time, and of course I use a lot of other skincare too, but I love the fact that it contains Vitamin C and three types of HA for brightening and hydration. There’s something called Acetyl Glucosamine as well, which also targets uneven tone, so it has a good amount of skincare in there if you are looking for a hybrid product.
Where to buy it
The Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer is £30 and available now via the following links: