Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Review

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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?

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Review
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

Key Ingredients

 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:

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Swatch
Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Swatch

Here it is spread across the skin, without blending:

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer thickly applied
Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer thickly applied

And here it is lightly blended in:

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer blended in
Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer blended in

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Before & After Photos

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Before Photo
Before
Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer After Photo
After

See below for photos of it under a light layer of foundation.

My Review

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer
Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer Review

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):

After O20 Light Medium Ochre
Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation Natural – Light Medium Ochre

And here is a photo of the same foundation with Clinique’s glowy primer applied underneath:

Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer under foundation
Clinique Even Better Light Reflecting Primer under foundation

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:

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