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Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

BB creams are all the rage at the moment, so it was no surprise to hear that a top brand like Clinique was bringing their own version out.

The Clinique Age Defense BB Cream has an SPF30 and helps to prevent the premature signs of ageing with UVA and UVB protectants. It has a very lightweight formula but also manages to smooth the skin and hide some imperfections. It seems to have a lot more coverage than all other BB creams I have tried, but without looking any heavier. In fact, to me, it looks as though I am wearing no make up when I wear it – in a effortless kind of way, not a ‘daaaamnnn, get that girl some make up’ kind of way!

I have quite a lot of scars on my face, and it managed to cover them with ease. At the time of taking the photo below I was having a period of particularly bad skin – apart from the raised spot near my nose, the BB Cream has managed to hide those imperfections.

It wears well through the day without needing to be reapplied and leaves the skin with a nice, naturally dewy kind of finish.

As I am used to wearing a full-on foundation it feels a little strange
to me going out feeling so light in the face, so I have taken to wearing
it for days I’m not meant to wear make up but am not brave enough to go
barefaced – like swimming.

As well as being worn on its own, it can also be used under foundation as a primer to help your foundation last longer – I have enjoyed doing this, knowing that what I am putting on under my (quite heavy) foundation, is doing good to my skin.

It is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, oil free, dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, Super Gorgeous tested, non-comodegenic and suitable for all skin types. Phew!

It comes in two shades for pink or golden undertones – I used the pink – which is fine for me, but too light (almost white) on my mum who has golden tones – so if you decide to invest, make sure you get the right one for your skin tone.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream is available exclusively at Harrods and Clinique.co.uk right now, and nationwide at selected Clinique counters from the 2nd March 2012 and is priced at £25 for 40mls.


  1. February 10, 2012 / 9:27 pm

    I really want to try a BB cream, their just like tinted moisturisers i guess.
    The shades look to light for me though.

  2. February 11, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    Excellent review and finally a BB cream/BB cream inspired product that seems to work! I love that it looks like skin and that it still manages to offer some decent coverage!


  3. February 11, 2012 / 7:25 pm

    Thank you guys – you are too kind, I have a good camera haha!

    Danielle – although it's quite pricey it definitely offers the most coverage and staying power of all the BB creams I've tried.

    PP – yes, I think it's like a thicker tinted moisturiser really. It is quite light. For comparison I am an NC20 in Mac and it worked fine for me – but it's meant to adapt to your skin tone

  4. May 30, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    Wow, thanks for a review! I was hesitating between this one and Estee Lauder but I think I'm gonna go for Clinique… What shade did you use?

    • May 31, 2012 / 3:03 pm

      At the time I used it there were only two shades – pink and yellow, I used the pink which is very light! I think they've introduced some new shades now though 🙂 x

  5. February 23, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    Im using this product too! In shade 1. Does this oxidize? I've only used it once!


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