Dear Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation,
I really wanted to love you. I really tried to make it work, but today I realized I have to let you go.
When we first entered each other’s lives, I had stars in my eyes. I’d heard what everyone had to say about you, and they were nothing but great things. So I grabbed my favorite buffing brush as of late and got to work.
Oh, my god. I couldn’t believe it — you were so easy to blend, to build, and your finish was so even and just… perfect. I’ve never seen myself with so few freckles, but then again, I don’t generally go for fuller coverage foundations like you.
As I went on with the rest of my makeup, I kept remarking at how amazing my base looked. It seemed like we were quite a match, but there’s something you should know… I don’t really fall easily, or ever at all. I can’t help but anticipate disaster.
While we seemed to be compatible on so many levels, you were a few shades too dark for me from the get-go. Love can require some sacrifice, and I understood that.
So we went out into the world together, and I was feeling like a total boss.
Eventually, the dream started to fade and reality began to set in. A few hours after we left, I looked in the mirror, and you separated across my skin the way oil beads up around water. It didn’t help that you weren’t quite my shade, which just exacerbated the visibility of our impending separation.
You really let me down.
I’m just 23. All around, I’m pretty easy going — my skin and I aren’t very fussy, too oily, or too dry. We’re right down the middle. Fine lines haven’t settled in yet, and I don’t have large pores, acne, or much varying texture. I can’t imagine what you’d have done to me if I did.
I couldnt let you go that easily. You were special to me. I had to try everything.
So I woke up the next day and used my Beauty Blender. We went through the same high of flawlessness for about five minutes before you decided to love my Beauty Blender more than my face, and you refused to stick around.
I tried more product, tried also using a setting spray to meld everything together so I could apply another layer on top, but not even that worked. You’d already made up your mind. You loved my Beauty Blender more.
So then I turned to the Internet. I read the claims and suggestions on sephora.com, and though they were so far from what I had experienced, I was desperate and took their advice.
Maybe it was just a misunderstanding! So, today I sat down for round 3. I really want to love you.
I’m using another buffing brush and a single dip into the bottle for application, just like Sephora told me to.
Alright, we’re good… This could work. This could totally work. I’m adding a tiny bit more in troublesome areas, and then setting it with a light dusting of my trusty powder. As I finish the rest of my makeup, I notice my base is still looking fantastic. Yes! This is going to work. Our time is now!
But it was short lived. I looked in the mirror a couple hours later, and you’d separated into lines I didn’t even know I had. That was the last straw. It’s over. We are not compatible.
But just because we didn’t fit doesn’t mean you aren’t deserving of someone else’s face. I hope you find that match. I wish it could’ve been me. What we had for a total of, like, an hour and a half was incredible.