Having suffered from mild rosacea for a few years, I am always on the lookout for products to conceal the redness on my face without making it look like it has been dipped in pancake mix. This time that search led me to two makeup products from the Redness Solutions line by Clinique: the Targeted Corrector and the Instant Relief Mineral Powder.
Despite the way these two are advertized (helps skin “keep its cool” and reduces redness on contact) they do not reduce redness (at least, not on my skin); they merely conceal it. Good enough for me, so let’s get on with the review.
Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector
Before corrector (left) and after (right)
This is a yellow concealer pen with a thick, pasty consistency. It’s pretty dry, so I would avoid using it on the undereye area (luckily, this is the only part of my face that never gets red and bumpy like the rest!). The best part about this corrector is the great coverage it provides -– I have tried it both with and without foundation, and the redness was covered up pretty much completely in both cases.
Its weak point is that it makes enlarged pores stand out even more (perhaps this could be fixed by using a primer underneath; I personally don’t like primers so I have not tried that) and accentuates dry patches if used on bare skin.
RATING: 8/10 overall
Instant Relief Mineral Powder
Before powder (left) and after (right)
I have mixed feelings about this one – on one hand, I hoped for more coverage, on the other, it looks so natural no one can even tell you have it on.
This product works best as a finishing powder -– it sets your makeup and absorbs the oil while covering up mild redness. Coverage is very sheer, and I like the natural finish. I don’t think it could look cakey no matter how much of it you applied. I have oily skin, and I found that the Instant Relief Mineral Powder does not last as long as I’d like (up to 4-5 hours), but if you have dry skin, I think you will get better performance out of it.
Apart from having rosacea, my skin is also very sensitive and acne prone. Happy to report that this powder did not clog my pores or cause any irritation whatsoever.
Overall, I would say that the Instant Relief Mineral Powder does not conceal redness as much as a full coverage foundation would, but together with some lighter everyday makeup (such as a tinted moisturizer or a lightweight foundation) it can do wonders. I have worn it on a bare face on days when I did not feel like putting on any other makeup, and although it does not cover up my rosacea, it does reduce it by quite a bit.
PRICE: $32.50 (trust me, this jar will last you forever!)
RATING: 9/10 when used as a finishing powder, 7/10 for its redness reducing qualities