Jun 06 2014

Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Foundation (Hot Weather Beauty)


Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Foundation has been tried and tested by many, many beauty gurus, enthusiasts and junkies….but I could not resist adding my own thoughts to the numerous reviews out there because of how much I LOVE this product, particularly its resistance to the effects of heat and humidity. In my mind, this foundation is the perfect product to be the first featured in the Hot Weather Beauty series.

Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Foundation

According to Clinique.com, this foundation is “tested for streaking and fading at 88°F with a constant 80% humidity, all to prove Stay-Matte stays fresh. At the same time, this patent-pending formula absorbs shine, controls oil, resists sweat. And you stay matte all day.”

Do I find these claims to be true?

Generally speaking, YES.

I’ve been using this foundation on and off since last summer. The true test, however, came when I moved back home to The Bahamas.

To recap (this is included in the Summer Essential SPF Sunscreen homepage): during the summer months, temperatures range anywhere from 85°F (29°C) to 95°F (35°) with relative humidity usually above 70% and the UV Index ranging from 8 (Very High) – 11(Extreme). You can find more information on the weather and climate in The Bahamas on The Bahamas’s Department of Meteorology’s website or travel weather sites like myweather2.com.

I don’t think I realised how well this worked at keeping oil at bay and mattifying until I stopped using it for about a week or so to test out some other foundations.

Here’s the thing, when its hot, we are all gonna sweat, that’s a given. What is truly impressive about this formula is how breakdown is minimal to non-existent when you actually do sweat. For example, I wore my Garnier BB Oily/Combination Skin formula the other day and walking from my front door to the car, had me sweating (as it usually does). I tend to sweat alot on my face and from the crown of my head which starts to drip down my forehead. When I settled into the car and looked at myself in the mirror, I was shocked to see my foundation breaking away and forming pools of nastiness which dripped down towards my brow. My face looked like a melting candle – not a good look.

I had become so accustomed to this not happening, that I took for granted how well Clinique’s Stay Matte Foundation was actually working. The next day, I returned to using this product and sure enough, the difference was striking. Although I did not stop sweating…I really paid attention and noticed how the moisture from my sweat seemed to sit atop the foundation without breaking it down in any way. I was able to blot the moisture away without disturbing the products on my face. (Of course if you take a wet napkin or towel and go to town on your face the foundation will come off, but most of us won’t do that, right? Blot with a gentle touch.)

Another great feature of this product is that I find it mixes easily with other foundations, bb creams, tinted moisturisers etc. I’ve used this along with my Jouer Mattifying Tinted Moisturiser, Kat Von D Lock it, L’Oreal True Match Lumi, UD BB Cream and have had no problems with application. I apply this foundation with either a dense, flat top brush or a beauty blender.

This foundation will be an oily skinned girl’s dream. I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin or moderately dehydrated skin as I have used it in the winter and experienced some difficulties blending it when the skin is very dry, particularly along the jawline.

Lastly, this foundation has a great shade range. With 29 shades I would venture a guess that most people will be able to find one that suits them.


  • Hot Weather Rating: Excellent (Mattifying, Oil-Control, Sweat Resistant)
  • Does not cause break-outs
  • Shade Selection: Great (29 shades from very fair to deep)
  • Coverage: Medium
  • Price: Average/Affordable (Retail: $23.00 USD/BSD)
  • Available locally: Yes! (The Cosmetic Boutique/John Bull). It is also available online at a number of retailers including Clinique.com, Sephora.com and Macys.com.)




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  1. This sounds like an amazing product. I’ve been looking for something that will stay all day and look fresh in the evenings! I already love Clinique, I’m gonna have to check this out.

    And hey, my husband’s from the Bahamas!! We were there last summer. What island are you on? He’s from Nassau. Glad to find your blog 🙂

    1. Natalia, thanks so much for stopping by. My apologies for the late reply, have been out of the country for a few day. I am so excited to have someone with a Bahamian connection check out my blog. Yes, I am in Nassau.

      Definitely check out the foundation, it’s really a great product especially in the heat and not too bad price wise. 🙂

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