Seeing Red: Clinique Redness Relief Mineral Powder

Heat, cold, emotion, stress, red wine, cosmetic procedures … is there anything that doesn’t leave our complexion looking like a boiled lobster? We know we’re not alone. Beauty market research names reactive or persistent redness among the top three skin conditions that women pick as their primary problem.

So we could barely believe our eyes when we tested Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder ($32.50). It went on like silk, was soothing to the skin and immediately banished redness and broken capillaries. The product even neutralizes rosacea.

If you want to get technical, here’s how it works: A cocktail of caffeine and extracts of magnolia bark, Poria Cocos (mushroom) and Citrus Grandis Peel (grapefruit) tame redness, while natural minerals including calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium absorb oil and comfort the skin. The formula also contains vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant.

The precise yellow shade of the creamy powder was created to blend seamlessly into the skin, leaving us with an even skin tone that lasted all day until we washed it off at night. It can be used alone, under or over makeup. The formula is also non-acnegenic and 100% fragrance-, talc- and oil-free.

All we can say is, Instant Relief Mineral Powder does exactly what Clinique says it’s going to do. When’s the last time that happened? Grab it at Clinique counters nationwide or on