Clinique Redness Solution Foundation Review with Swatches

clinique redness solutions makeup foundation review and swatches

Introduction to Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation

In the quest for a great complexion, one often encounters the common hurdle of skin redness. Whether it’s due to sensitivity, environmental factors, or skin conditions, redness can be a challenging issue to address. Enter the Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation – a product specifically designed to tackle this concern. This foundation is not just another makeup product; it’s a thoughtful blend of skincare and makeup, offering a solution for those grappling with sensitive skin and redness.

The Clinique Redness Solutions range, known for its gentle yet effective approach to skincare, brings forth this foundation as a beacon of hope for many. With its unique blend of ingredients, including the noteworthy Lactobacillus Ferment and advanced probiotic technology, this foundation goes beyond mere coverage. It works to improve the skin’s condition over time, offering both immediate and long-term benefits.

But what sets the Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation apart from the myriad of foundations available today? It’s not just about masking imperfections; it’s about correcting and caring for the skin. This product promises to address the needs of sensitive skin, correct flushing and redness, and provide a comfortable, breathable coverage that doesn’t feel heavy or cakey. 

As we delve deeper into this comprehensive review, we will explore the key ingredients and their benefits, analyze the application and texture, showcase a range of swatches for different skin tones, and I’ll share my experience using this foundation. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Clinique or a newcomer to the brand, this article aims to provide you with all the information you need to determine if the Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation is the right choice for your skin.

Table of Contents


  • Ideal for those battling skin redness, this foundation combines makeup and skincare, providing relief and treatment.

  • With Lactobacillus Ferment and probiotic technology, it's not just about coverage, but also improving skin health over time.

  • It offers a hydrating yet lightweight feel, perfect for combination or oily skin types, and maintains a natural finish throughout the day.

  • Shades come in neutral undertones which are great for neutralizing redness and blushing.

  • Whether using a brush or fingertips, the foundation blends effortlessly, offering seamless coverage.

Clinique Redness Solutions Innovative Ingredients:

Clinique Redness Solution Foundation Ingredient Deck:

Water\Aqua\Eau, Methyl Trimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Triethylhexanoin, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide (Nano), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Glycerin, Caffeine, Caprylyl Methicone, Stearic Acid, Methicone, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Laureth-7, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)] <ILN43332>

Clinique Redness Solutions Lactobacillus Ferment and Probiotic Technology:

At the heart of Clinique’s Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation is a blend of cutting-edge ingredients that set it apart from typical foundations. Central to its formula is Lactobacillus Ferment, a probiotic ingredient known for its skin-soothing properties. This probiotic technology represents a significant advancement in skin care, especially for those with sensitive skin.

Lactobacillus Ferment is a type of good bacteria, similar to those found in yogurt, known for its calming and balancing effects on the skin. When applied topically, it helps strengthen the skin’s barrier, reducing its vulnerability to irritants and environmental stressors. This is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin types, which are prone to redness and irritation. 

In addition to Lactobacillus Ferment, the Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation includes other ingredients aimed at soothing and protecting the skin. These components work together to provide a calming effect, making the foundation more than just a cosmetic cover-up. It acts as a shield, helping to reduce the immediate appearance of redness and providing ongoing care for the skin.

While the foundation does contain SPF 15, it’s important to note this usually isn’t high enough for adequate sun protection. So additional sun protection may be necessary.

Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation Swatches

Clinique’s Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation is specifically formulated not only to cover but to provide a therapeutic color corrector for those who experience flushing, blushing, and redness.

As you can see from my photo, the range features a selection of shades with neutral undertones, carefully crafted to neutralize redness. Starting with ‘Calming Alabaster,’ the lightest shade, moving through ‘Calming Fair,’ ‘Calming Ivory,’ ‘Calming Neutral,’ and ‘Calming Honey,’ and ending with the deepest shade in the lineup, ‘Calming Vanilla.’ The swatches show how each shade is engineered with a neutral base to counteract the appearance of redness seamlessly.

While the selection of shades might not be extensive, the neutral undertones across the range mean they can blend with many skin tones, diminishing redness without altering the natural color of the skin. Another way to use Clinique Redness Solution Foundation is as a primer. Apply a thin layer to targeted red areas on your face then apply your normal foundation on top.

Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation Review

I’ve been on the lookout for a foundation that’s kind to my combination to oily skin and that also eases my redness. And I’ve got to say, Clinique’s Redness Solutions Foundation has been a pleasant surprise. When you apply it, there’s this nice hydrating feel to it—not too rich, just right. It’s refreshing but without any heaviness.

The finish it leaves is a natural glow that lasts my entire day. That’s pretty impressive, especially for someone with an oilier skin type like mine, where makeup tends to fade by midday.

The ‘Calming Neutral’ shade is a real standout. It’s a true neutral that pulls off a bit of a balancing act on my skin. There’s a greenish undertone, which might sound off-putting, but believe me, it works wonders for toning down any red areas. It just blends away the red without looking obvious or cakey.

Speaking of blending, my favorite way to apply this foundation is with the Smashbox Blurring Foundation Brush. I’ve mentioned this brush before as a favorite and it works great with this gel/cream base.

To put it simply, this foundation is something of an unsung hero. It’s been a solid addition to my beauty routine, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a quality pick, especially if you’re trying to manage redness without going full-on with coverage.

Final Thoughts on The Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup Foundation

As I reach the end of this review, it’s clear that Clinique’s Redness Solutions Foundation has carved out a niche for itself in the beauty market. It’s refreshing to find a product that lives up to its claims, particularly for those of us navigating the tricky waters of combination or oily skin and skin redness.

The hydrating, refreshing feel combined with a natural, glowy finish provides meets all my needs. The neutral undertone of the shade range is a color corrector in disguise that neutralizes redness without the need for heavy, cakey layers.

Throughout my time using this foundation, I’ve appreciated its weightless presence on my skin — it’s there, doing its job, without making itself known. It supports and enhances without overshadowing your natural skin.

If you’re on a quest to find a foundation that will treat your skin with care, provide lasting coverage, and help manage redness, Clinique’s Redness Solutions Foundation deserves your attention. It’s a product that doesn’t shout for attention yet becomes an indispensable part of your daily routine. It’s truly an unsung hero, waiting to take its place in your makeup arsenal.


Yes, Clinique Redness Solutions is often recommended by dermatologists for rosacea as it’s designed to reduce redness and has soothing ingredients.

Yes, it is water-based and oil-free, making it suitable for sensitive and redness-prone skin.

Apply with a foundation brush, like the Smashbox Blurring Foundation Brush, or fingertips, starting at the center of the face and blending outward. Use a light touch for even coverage.

smashbox blurring foundation brush


Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation is not being discontinued. But make sure to check to keep up to date on their product line.

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