Monday, August 26, 2013

A Fave: The Clinique Stay Matte Foundation

It's kind of embarrassing, as beauty blogger, to admit that I haven't reviewed a product I absolutely love. I love this product so much, that I've almost used it all up, and plan to repurchase it. So, I'm here today to talk to you a bit about the Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup. 

A while back, I was in the lookout for a foundation that wouldn't require the use of powder. I don't know about you, but every time I wrap up my foundation routine with powder, I feel like my face is too made up, and often times, it simply looks too made up. I just couldn't seem to find a foundation/powder combo that I liked. But one day, I randomly got my makeup done at a local Shoppers Drug Mart event. The makeup artist used the Clinique Stay-Matte foundation on me and my interest was piqued. I thought the makeup artist applied the foundation a bit too heavily for my taste, but I loved the feel of it and the matte finish so I decided to give it a go. 

One thing I really like about this foundation is that it matches my skintone perfectly. I don't have to worry too much about blending which I love. I apply this foundation very lightly because if you apply too much, if definitely has the capacity of looking cakey. I usually dab it on with my Sigma foundation brush and blend it in all over my face. I barely need more than a pea sized amount to do my whole face.

On my oily skintone, this foundation sits well on application, but it's the fact that it doesn't make my skin oilier during the day that makes me love this product even more. It makes my skin look healthy when my oils break through, not greasy. I find it misleading that this foundation is called the Stay Matte because this foundation isn't that matte. Yes, it's matte, but I usually associate matte foundations with a cakey, heavy look. This foundation doesn't do that at all - when applied lightly, it gives your skin the most gorgeous satiny finish. I thought I'd stop using this foundation during the summer because matte skin doesn't exactly say "summer", but I kept using it anyway because I liked it so much.

I know matte finish foundations aren't exactly popular out there - a dewy skin seems to be the ideal - but as an oily skin gal, I couldn't be happier with this foundation. It seems to work with my oily skin, not try to smother it with heavy ingredients. If you're in the market for a matte foundation that isn't heavy on the skin but still matte, look no further, I'm sure this Clinique Stay-Matte Foundation will do the trick. And at $29 ($23 US), it won't break the bank!

Thanks for reading friends! I am jetting off in a couple hours to attend the Proctor & Gamble Beauty United Launch in Toronto and I am SO excited. I couldn't be more grateful for this opportunity and I will be sure to update with loads of pictures later this week! Feel free to follow me on Twitter or Instagram for real time updates. Thank you to Proctor & Gamble, but also, thank you friends, for reading my blog. I wouldn't be getting an opportunity like this if it wasn't for you all!

Happy Monday!


  1. I need to try this! Was it what you were wearing for the event? Your skin looked flawless, natural, and not oily! I couldn't see the makeup on your skin.

  2. Ha ha I know what you mean re: not having blogged about something you love!!! There's just so much stuff! I don't think this foundation would be for me...I find a matte finish makes me look a little too made, like you said. It's probably all in my head, but eh what can you do. This sounds like a wonderful foundation though...very happy you love it!! Wish I could find a foundation I love so much :-)

  3. This foundation sounds amazing! I am going to have to try it next time I'm out shopping. What is the coverage like with this? Most of the time I end up using powder in order to set my concealer. It's a vicious circle, really: I like light coverage foundations, because even medium ones feel cakey, but then I often need to extra coverage on certain spots, so here comes concealer and powder to set it. In an ideal world, there needs to be something that feels light, but provides enough coverage to get away with no concealer :) Is that even possible?

  4. totally agree with the adding powder bit... makes me look overdone. Ive always been on the lookout for foundation that doesnt require powder and right now im trying chanel vitalumiere aqua and MUFE Matte velvet .. this clinique foundation sounds great and a good option to try next :)