Clinique Repairwear Anti-aging Makeup Foundation

My dermatologist did a fair amount of work on my face recently. He burned off two suspicious red marks that were not responding to cortisone cream, and he zapped a couple of broken capillaries around my mouth. When he was done with me I was a sight. On the way home that day I stopped by Gottschalks and had the employees at the makeup counter match a concealing foundation to my skin tone, I had a feeling I was going to be needing it!

The first foundation that I was shown was made by Lancome, and while I love their products the $58 price tag was too high. I don’t normally even wear foundation, and just needed some to touch up these spots until they healed. She then told me that Clinique makes a very comparable product for about half the price, so I went to the Clinique counter and had that sales gal match my skin tone. She assured me that I would get full coverage with Cliniques Repairwear Anti-aging Makeup.


The Clinique Repairwear comes in a 1 ounce clear glass bottle, with a clear plastic lid over the pump style top. It is available in a variety of colors, but the color that was chosen for me was 03 Fair Neutral. The pump lid allows you to remove a little or a lot, and it’s nice not to have to put your hands into the bottle or jar.

Product Claims

  • Allergy tested
  • 100% Fragrance free
  • Oil free
  • SPF 15 protects against UVA/UVB rays
  • Moderate to full coverage
  • Gives a “natural line-smoothing finish
  • Continuous repair
  • Makes skin look flawless
  • Luxuriously moisturizing
  • Helps block  amp; mend the look of lines and wrinkles instantly

My Experience

I have many Clinique products that I love, but this foundation is not one of them. First, the “expert” at Gottschalks did not do a very good job of matching my skin tone, and she chose a shade for me that was too light. She told me to apply the product to the areas on my face, lightly spreading it outward and blending it into the rest of my face. I followed those instructions exactly, but had some problems with this foundation.

First, I have dry skin and specifically requested a moisturizing foundation, and was assured that the Clinique Repairwear was indeed moisturizing. The company does make that claim on the box. However, I found that I still needed to use a good moisturizer before applying the Clinique. Second, my face looked terribly pasty, and the spots on my face were still visible. As much as I dabbed the foundation on and blended it in, it didn’t help, and face my face actually looked worse.

I love the feel of this foundation, it’s very creamy and smooth and does spread on easily, and I appreciate that it does not contain any of those tiny shimmering particles, as I don’t care for that look at all. True to Cliniques claim, it does not have any scent, and that was really appreciated as I don’t like using a lot of scented products that all compete with each other. I would rather choose products joint pro peptide 50 ml cream for more effective results.

This product retailed for $26, which is cheaper than the Lancome brand, but I have used supermarket brands (such as Maybelline), and had better results. I believe a big part of my problem was the gal at the Clinique counter just didn’t do a very expert job of matching the foundation to my skin tone. Had I used the proper shade I may have been happier with the product, but as it stands I can’t recommend Clinique Repairwear Foundation at this time.

About Ingredients

I have no idea if Clinique condones testing on animals, as I could not find this information on my package insert or on the company website. The active ingredients in this foundation is titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are the ingredients that provide the sunscreen protection. Aside from the chemical ingredients that are in most personal care products these days, Clinique also used some natural botanical ingredients such as yeast extract, astrocaryum murumuru butter, barley extract, wheat germ extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, birch bark extract, artemia extract, saccharomyces lysate extract, thermus thermophillus ferment, ascorbyl tocopheryl maleate (form of Vitamin E I believe), glycerin, mimosa tenuiflora bark extract, caffeine, rosemary extract, soybean protein, and chamomile.

Colors Available

Clinique Repairwear Foundation is available in these colors: Ivory Petal, Fair Neutral, Bare Buff, Alabaster Breeze, Vanilla, Porcelain Beige, Honey, Neutral, Nutty, Sand, Beige and Porcelain Beige. The Clinique website has pictures of each of these shades.