Why You Need… Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer review

While I started using eyeshadow primer a long time ago, a face primer is something that I didn’t systematically incorporate into my routine until relatively recently. I just didn’t see the point. Sure, my T-zone is on the oilier side, but foundation never slides off my face, so why bother?

I’m going to use the new Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer as an example to tell you why you most probably should take this extra step!

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer packaging

Clinique launched their Superprimer line recently (among which Universal Face Primer, Colour Corrects Discolourations, and Colour Corrects Dullness are available in Belgium. 30ml/1 oz. RRP: 27,50 euros). I received the clear one, Universal Face Primer to try. From what I can see, this is the only one in the line-up that has water (instead of cyclopentasiloxane) as the first ingredient. This gives it a lighter and runnier consistency, like a light lotion. Like other Clinique products, the primer is unscented.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer product claim

The claims seem simple (creating an ideal makeup canvas, smoothing skin’s texture, prepping for makeup application and wear) compared with the tinted versions in the line-up, but it keeps its promises!

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer squeezed out:

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer squeezed out

You really only need a tiny bit of this for the job, and the consistency makes it easy to spread. The skin becomes smoother, and the pores seem less obvious. Even when my skin is a little blotchy-looking (the joy of PMS), putting this primer on instantly smooths my skin out and makes it look less irritated. Since it’s water-based, it feels much lighter than a silicone-based primer. The foundation glides on much more easily afterwards, and it stays intact for longer. It is not a primer that claims to control oil, but get this: since it blurs my pores, it does to a certain extent delay the look of shine for several hours (I did a half face primerless/half face with primer test).

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer slightly smoothed out so you can see the texture. It is ever-so-slightly light-reflecting (it contains a little bit of mica), but you don’t really see this once it is blended into the skin.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer lightly blended out

Besides doing what a primer should do really well, Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer actually packs a good dose of antioxidants. My sample came without a box, and so far the only ingredient list I have been able to find online is here. I suffer from allergies all year round (long story short: I developed allergies to animal fur 5 years into my cat lady career. Antihistamine pills are my best friends, but they don’t completely eliminate the morning sneezing), so the skin around my nose tends to be very fragile. Sometimes, putting a primer or foundation on stings a little.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer never stings my fragile skin. Instead, it manages to calm my skin down or at least instantly makes it look like nothing is wrong! After I have removed my makeup at the end of the day, I can also see that my skin has stayed pretty happy (hydrated, plump, and calm) underneath this primer. In fact, I think it is quite comparable to my beloved Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer!

Bottom line: If you have never tried a foundation primer or haven’t quite found one you like, definitely take Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer into consideration! It has a light texture and does everything a primer is supposed to do. What’s more, it works well for the sensitive areas on my face, and it keeps my skin plump and calm!

What is your favorite primer, or do you skip it? I often hear people say that they can’t be bothered to go through an extra step, but a good primer makes foundation application easier, and you will be grateful at the end of the day!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    I love the fact that it’s waterbased!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah it’s thin and easy to spread out!

  • Lily

    You make this sound really good, Sunny. I have a few primers sitting around, and I use it only when I need special care. I agree that good primers make a difference… but that would mean waking up 5 minutes earlier for this extra step. Hahahahaha!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, I actually use a primer pretty much systematically nowadays! It’s really not that bad though! I put my primer on and start doing my eyes. By the time that’s done I can put the foundation on already. Especially in a humid climate, this is almost an essential step ;)

  • http://polished-polyglot.blogspot.ch/ Nati

    Oooh , this sounds great! I’m also in the allergies club. I’m allergic to loads of stuff, and my skin is also irritated around the nose. I shall try this one! Though I don’t know if it’s available in Switzerland… must check :) Thank you for this great review Sunny <3

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Nati, aww I’m so sorry to hear that! I’m sure this is/will be in Switzerland! I hope it’ll work for you. I love it for being gentle on the fragile skin around my nose :)

  • beauties

    my favourite primer is the perles météorites by Guerlain :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      OOOO yeah I haven’t tried that one yet, but I’m willing to bet it’s great!

      • rachlovespenguins

        Oh goodness I LOVE the Guerlain one! It’s got a nice serum-like feel to it and of course smells divine. I can’t be super-sure on its effectiveness as a primer since I don’t often wear a face full of makeup, but I feel like it creates a nice base for what I do put on. If you can get a sample definitely give it a try! Primers aren’t generally on my radar but for certain issues I have to say these new Clinique offerings have been intriguing me too.

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          OK you guys have officially convinced me: now I need to try that! I think I never thought about giving it a go because it boosts radiance, and I do have a shine-prone T-zone so I wasn’t sure how that’d turn out.

  • peggy timmermans

    Hmmmm… i don’t know if you can compare it with the Hourglass one. This one has silicones in it and for what I feel it’s still different than the Hourglass one.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, actually cyclopentasiloxane is high on the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer’s ingredient list, and it is a form of silicone as well. If I really have to compare, I’d say I still prefer the Hourglass one. However, for a fraction of the price, this one really isn’t bad!

      • peggy timmermans

        I agree with that! The Hourglass one is really really expensive! But I have to admit, it works well on my skin and doesn’t give me any spots.

  • http://rocaille-writes.blogspot.com/ Rocaille

    Great review, Sunny! It sounds like it might also be a bit comparable to Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, which is more water-based as well.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Monika! I have a little sample tube of that one but I haven’t given it a proper test drive yet. I should do that soon!

  • Icaria

    I’m one of those who hasn’t jumped on the primer bandwagon but I must say I rarely wear foundation. This will probably change soon and so I’ll try the small Hourglass I just recieved first to see how I like it and take it from there. Good to know that there’s a more affordable option. Thanks Sunny! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, ooo you’re in for a treat! The Hourglass one basically doubles as a skincare product for me. My skin always looks MUCH BETTER at the end of the day if I have that primer on!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    This sounds interesting! I don’t usually go for primers, but it’s nice to hear of one that isn’t so silicone filled.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, there are some water-based formulas around, so you actually have options!

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    i was talking to my friend about primers the other day. i also skip this step typically unless i’m testing something out but recently i’ve thought about how my foundation might be soaking into my skin and how that might be leading to my clogged pores and unhappy skin.
    i guess using a primer might stop this? but wouldn’t the primer sink in then instead of the foundation? if only there was an intense shield that could stop makeup from sinking into my skin…
    i think from what you’ve described this clinique one might be good for that?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, I am not too sure about the sinking-in part actually! I have the distinct impression that my skin seems happier after a long day with a primer, but I’m not too sure if it’s the primer or primers in general. But yes, the Clinique one does that to a certain extent! I suppose it’s better to let those antioxidants sink in than whatever there is in a foundation? ;)

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Hmmmm sounds interesting! I just hate the siliconey feel of most primers. This one still has quite a bit of it. I don’t mind them on my nose, but if I use them all over they ruin my skin.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, aww I’m so sorry to hear that! I know my skin is happier with this primer underneath my foundation, but I don’t wear a full-face of makeup all that often at all. A lot of the times I put stuff on just to test it out and photograph a look ;)

  • ValleyDoll

    I did not know this one already. I will certainly keep this one in mind !

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, it’s relatively new on the market so go check it out!

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    Primer is something I’ve played around with but never fully incorporated into my routine, I certainly think I should discover one to have when I need it. This one sounds great

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, a good primer is definitely nice to have! You never know when you’ll need one!

  • http://beautyandtheeyeliner.wordpress.com/ Natalie

    I love the Mineral Veil, so I may have to check this out. It sounds amazing, I love a good primer, and its also something I’ve only recently started using everyday (dang you PMS, I hope yours wasn’t too bad).

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natalie, I’d still say Mineral Veil is better, but this one is pretty good at a much lower price. I dislike how stressed-out my skin looks when my PMS is bad, which fortunately doesn’t usually last long.

  • LifeOfBun

    Hmmm do you have severe allergies? Do you start wheezing and things like that as well? I’m interested because you live with a cat right? That’s my dream but at the moment I don’t see it happening.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Anouchka, I would start wheezing if the cats get on my pillow. I actually live with 3 for the moment (one of them is not mine), but if I take my antihistamine at night, I am mostly fine. I am also allergic to dog fur though, and I know if you are only allergic to cats it’s much, much worse. Do you have allergies?

  • http://scribblewithliner.wordpress.com/ Siri Lovise Eliassen

    I’m one of those whomainly use primer for special occasions, although I do recognize the subtle difference it makes. I can’t really see a difference between the Clinique and the Hourglass one – on my skin – but I actually prefer the way the Hourglass one applies. I think I use half the amount for my whole face of what I do with the Clinique one. The latter, though, is the more budget friendly alternative, not to mention the alternative easiest to come by hereabouts.
    I think I’ve seen research on that, claiming that women of Europe, north and western in particular, are loth to use several products in their routine and prefer multi-taskers, whereas Asian women, noteably Koreans, use, well… a lot more. The point I’m trying to make is that this “Not one more step to my routine” might be a cultural thing.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, that’s my observation exactly! If I had to compare I prefer the Hourglass one, but this one is very cost-effective as well as being packed with ingredients that are good for the skin!

      I see your other point as well. I’ve had a Cle de Peau makeover (because otherwise I don’t know Asian brands so well. I have always preferred European/American brands for some reason), and there were so many steps involved! I’ve got to admit the result looked great, and it lasted well in the warm and humid summer in Taiwan. However, I just don’t see myself doing that on a daily basis!

  • Jacqueline Ma

    I can’t live without a primer because of my oily skin. I’ve tried a few but I always go back to my Giorgio Armani Fluid Master. Blush! I like my primers to have that silicone feel. It keeps my face matte the whole day and my foundation fresh, best of all it doesn’t interfere with the look of my foundation. I also use the GA version with SPF, that one gives me a lovely glowy look.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jacqueline, thanks for the recommendations! I’ve never tried the GA primers, and now I am intrigued!

  • Memoiselle

    Hey Sunny,
    I don’t have a single Clinique product but your review makes me think that this product is something worth trying. Calm, plump and happy! These description makes me excited to try this :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Meryl, you should check this one out! I don’t know about the tinted version, but this one is definitely in my rotation!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    I have to admit I’m too lazy for face primers (and I’m using BB cream just to cut my routine a few seconds short…). You’re allergic to animal fur?? I hope you’re not allergic to your cats, poor you! xx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, if I know I only need my makeup to last for some hours I also skip the step, unless I’m having a bad skin day when it needs an extra boost! And yes I am allergic to my cats! As long as I take antihistamine and don’t let them sleep on my pillows, I’m OK though!

  • Krystle Kouture

    I really like the Smashbox original one its great because my skin texture is uneven. This looks nice too I wonder whether they’ll ever do samples in their GWps!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, I’ve heard a lot about that one, but Smashbox remains a brand I haven’t tried! I hope they at least have some sample sachets, because there is no way for me personally to purchase a base product without having trialed it first!

  • expatmuaddict

    I really want to pick up this and the pink ‘radiance’ one when I am home in the UK-they haven’t launched in Dubai yet xx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Stacey, it’s strange but these aren’t available in Taiwan yet (nor are the new eyeshadows)! You should take a look at the line-up. I hope you’ll like it!

  • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

    I actually don’t really like the hourglass veil primer because it doesnt seem to sink in my skin, but I would def give clinique a quick try. I’m, getting into clinique products lately with their chubby lip balms, so I may check this one out!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Whitney, oh that’s strange! That one kinda melts into mine like a lotion! Do check this one out! I hope you’ll like it more!