Foundation Review: Clinique Even Better Glow

clinique even better glow foundation review

Whilst I continue my epic deliberation over whether I like or dislike Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Weightless Foundation (even after eight weeks I simply can’t make up my mind) I’m going to turn my hand to reviewing face bases that are total no-brainers. The ones I’ve loved instantly, the ones that have a clear advantage when it comes to finish or longevity or oil-control, the ones I look forward to putting on. Like jeans that make you feel less lardy in the middle region, or bras that don’t squeeze your ribcage like a boa constrictor, these will be the foundation marvels that have wowed me and made their way up to take  permanent residence on the bathroom shelf.

clinique even better glow foundation review

And I will start with the Even Better Glowfoundation from Clinique, which is the perfect spring-summer base for anyone wanting to look as though they have healthy, hydrated, even-toned skin. This is the latest addition to Clinique’s Even Better line, which targets dark spots and uneven skin tone. There are serums and correctors and sunscreens and eye things to tackle the underlying skin tone issues, and on the makeup side, two foundations that help to instantly brighten and even things out.

clinique even better glow foundation review

The original Even Better foundation has a creamy, medium coverage that looks quite luminous in natural light – but a velvety, soft luminous rather than anything that could be called glowy; the new Even Better Glow has a sheer-to-medium coverage that could absolutely be called glowy. It’s a very clever little foundation, actually, because it looks so real that it tricks you into thinking that it’s one of those barely-there, juicy-skin complexion enhancers. It tricks you into thinking that it’s merely adding some polish and shine to your skin, when in fact it’s doing a lot more than a bit of basic skin tone correcting.

clinique even better glow foundation review

The coverage is misleading; sheer-ish but with pigments that are luminizing and so reflect light away from imperfections rather than having to camouflage them, meaning that the resulting finish is sheeny and delicate rather than heavy and opaque. Skin looks real rather than airbrushed – this won’t cover lots of pigmentation but it will look believable, healthy-looking and fresh.

Here I am, then, before the Clinique Even Better Glow – usual bits of redness around the nose, minor blemishes, dark-ish circles (though I seem to have caught myself on a reasonably good day!), one eyelid that seems in danger of actually folding over on itself :

clinique even better glow foundation review

And here I am after one sheer application, applied using both fingertips and brush because I like to see what works best (both methods are excellent with this foundation):

clinique even better glow foundation review

And closer in, before and after – look to the chin if you want an idea of coverage level, there’s an (admittedly small!) spot there:

clinique even better glow foundation review

clinique even better glow foundation review

And then one for those who are really pedantic about how a foundation looks on the skin at extremely close range – you can see that this is smooth, doesn’t cling to any dryness and doesn’t have any oily residue:

clinique even better glow foundation review

It’s just beautiful and dewy-looking, without the oil. Actually, one of my favourite things about the Even Better Glow is that it looks as though you’ve had a facial with a load of hydrating serums and masks – there’s that quenched, plumped sort of appearance to the skin – but it’s purely cosmetic. I wouldn’t say that it’s a drying foundation, not by any means, but it certainly doesn’t seem to hydrate the skin in any significant way. It’s all visual trickery.

clinique even better glow foundation review

Which makes this quite universally appealing – those with dry skin can layer it up over the top of their serums and creams and so on and will appreciate the “hydrated skin” look, those with combination or oily skin will love the oil-free formula that has rather impressive longevity, really, considering the lightweight formula and juicy-Lucy sheen. Although I’m still not sure it’s the best choice for very oily skin if you’re after targeted oil control – something like Effaclar BB Blur or the Dior Mousse foundation would be good, just off the top of my head, if you’re after a weightless, perfected finish that’ll keep shine at bay.

clinique even better glow foundation review

I’ve just found some notes I made for this Even Better Glow foundation – I must have written them when I first tested it. Initial impressions, if you like. I wrote “the finish is so juicy and delightful that it really gives the appearance that the skin is mega-hydrated. Quenched. Clinique do the whole skin-quenching thing really well and this makeup feels to me like the cosmetic answer to their own Moisture Surge range. Almost like a cheat for hydrated skin.”

A cheat for hydrated skin. Is that a thing? Should it even be a thing? Probably not. There’s no substitite for nicely hydrated skin. But hey, anything that gives me a one-step youthful glow gets a big tick in my book. It’s more  of a low-key glow than Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser, less high-maintenance in terms of blending than something like Lancome’s Teint Idole and a gloss to challenge that of Chanel’s Les Beiges Gel Touch Cushion but with more in the way of coverage.

clinique even better glow foundation review

What else? Convenient, lightweight packaging that travels well – just a simple squeezy tube with a sensible nozzle – and no scent to the product, if that’s important to you. The formula boasts longer-term benefits, including Vitamin C to help with pigmentation and brightness and sunscreen to help protect from further damage, but in all honestly I would be looking to my skincare to provide those things.

clinique even better glow foundation review

I’ve used shade CN20 here (top swatch in the photo above), but I also have WN04 (bottom swatch) and that doesn’t look too ridiculous, so I have no idea what my true match would be. Both are fine, CN20 makes me look a little bit warmer and healthier, so that’s the one I’ve been using. I suppose the sheerness of the formula means that you can be a little more relaxed with the shade (there are 30 altogether, which is great news), but if you’re wondering what you’d be and can’t get to a counter, I’ve just seen that Clinique are doing a free 10 day sample on their website here. Might be worth a shot – also if you know your shade and just want to give the new formula a try.

You can find Clinique Even Better Glow Foundation at Clinique, John Lewis*, Boots* and most department stores for £28.

UPDATE: at the time of writing, some shades are half price at FEELUNIQUE*

Browse All Foundation Reviews


© 2018 A Model Recommends®: all opinions are my own and any sponsored or paid posts will always be clearly marked as an AD in the title. I accept press samples and receive product and services to review as part of my job. *Outbound links are affiliate links, which means that I receive a very small percentage of any sale made. This does not affect my content in any way and does not cost you anything, but you are most welcome to Google the products on a new page if you prefer. Please see here for full "about" section and disclaimer. A Model Recommends and Ruth Crilly are registered trademarks.



  1. April 13, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    Alright, I’m sold! I’m currently loving the L’Oréal pro-glow foundation and your review of this Clinique foundation is how I feel about pro-glow.

    • April 13, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      Pro Glow is supposed to be amazing!! It’s only in the states though right? x

      • Denise
        April 14, 2018 / 8:45 pm

        Loreal launched it in the UK, on Amazon only though, as Amazon exclusive. It really is very good.

  2. Zoe
    April 13, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    Hi Ruth, how does this compare to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, do you know? I need to re-purchase my Chanel but this looks great!

    Zoe x

  3. Helen
    April 13, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    I just went to make a purchase only to find that it’s only some of the darker shakes that are half price. I hate it when then do that!

    • April 13, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Oh bloody hell really? I will update! x

  4. April 13, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I am looking for oil control, so I don’t think that one is for me, but it looks lovely on your skin.

  5. Sandie
    April 13, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Thanks for this great review! I’m an ‘Even Better’ fan so will be switching to this one for summer!

  6. April 14, 2018 / 8:21 am

    Glowy and hydrating but oil-free? I’m sold. It sounds like a great one for when the weather (finally) gets a bit warmer. I’m usually a bit limited in foundation choice as I’m super pale but 30 shades sounds very promising. X

  7. Nia
    April 14, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Only 2 shades are £14 and both are very deep shades.

  8. Michelle
    April 14, 2018 / 9:19 am

    I have tried the Bobbi Brown Weightless foundation and hated it. I could feel it on my skin all day and couldn’t wait to wash it off. Tried it for about a week.

  9. Abbey
    April 14, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I love your low-key fringe! This foundation looks really nice, but I always have a problem with Clinique going orange after an hour or two. It definitely looks worth getting a sample, though. Lovely finish.

  10. Sarah
    April 14, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    Couldn’t see the 10 day trial on website with your link?

  11. April 15, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    Ruth your make up looks lovely, very natural. I’m just looking for a new Spring/Summer foundation and this sounds perfect. Can you let us know what blusher / bronzer and eye make etc up you’ve used also? Thanks. X

    • April 15, 2018 / 10:51 pm

      Yes it’s Tom Ford bronzing powder in “Gold Dust” and on the eyes, a mixture of things from the Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp palette! x

  12. Elise
    April 16, 2018 / 7:55 am

    Thanks so much for bringing this one to my attention – LOVE IT!!!!

  13. Nina
    April 18, 2018 / 7:42 am

    Hi from Austria!

    Based on one of your reviews I bought the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet which I am in love with. How is this Clinique Even Better Glow in comparison?


  14. Ashley
    April 25, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    I picked this up a few days ago after reading this and I am loving it! Thanks for always doing such thorough reviews with close-up before and afters.

  15. Kerry
    May 22, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Ruth, tried this after your review and loved it thanks so much. The even better one was my wedding day makeup base and looked so lovely in photos but I like this new one even more.
    Quick eyelid question! I also have one eyelid that’s slowly taking over my eye although much more noticeable than yours. I’m wondering if it’s because it’s the side I always sleep on? Out of interest do you find yours related to sleeping patterns? Mine is really starting to annoy me and I’m not sure an eye cream will make any difference!

  16. Lyn-Marie Norton
    May 27, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    I’m glad you love it. I’ve been using it since it was launched and was hoping you’d review it as I always check your recommendations. I use Even Better foundation for going out and Even Better Glow for everyday and work. It’s so easy to use and gives a lovely finish. I’m nearly 50 so it’s great for more mature skin.
    The shades have names as well as numbers (I can remember a name rather than a number). I’m Cream Chamois in both though they’re very slightly different.
    Someone above mentioned oxidisation- I don’t find that it turns orange at all. I also find it lasts well, and doesn’t go patchy even after very long shifts at work.

  17. Nnedi
    June 7, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Yes! I’ve been using this foundation for the past few months because I wanted something not so heavy with less coverage and I’m in love!! Honestly a fabulous everyday foundation. Great review, thank you!

    Nnedi | iamncxo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.