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favor- “ette”: beauty balm

So remember when I told you that I used to be a make-up artist? I’m working on a post about my favorite make-up tips and tricks, but this latest find was too good to keep till then.

I had been looking for an upgrade from my daily sunscreen/tinted moisturizer, but didn’t want a full-on foundation, which would be too much “look” for my everyday life. Just something with a bit more coverage and sufficient sunscreen (which I’m obsessive about), as I did not want to deal with two separate products.

And then I started seeing something called “beauty balms” everywhere – have you heard of them? They are new, and claim to “do it all”  – foundation, sunscreen, anti-ager or make-up primer, depending on the company.

I’m typically skeptical of cosmetics that multi-task, but then I found out that Clinique had just come out with their version of the beauty balm (or “BB”). Having worked for them for many years I can attest to the fact that they really do their homework before rolling out a new product. The web site described their BB as offering, “SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, plus enough coverage to banish imperfections”.

photo courtesy of Clinique

It sounded like exactly what I was looking for, so I gave it a try.

I absolutely love it!

It gives me more coverage than what I had been using, without looking heavy or “makeup-y” at all. It has an SPF 30 (score!) and gives my skin a polished, finished look. It’s also comfortable to wear and lasts the entire day.

The only issue I had is that it goes on very dry. Although my skin is (still!) oily, I am at the age where I prefer more of dewy finish, as opposed to matte. So what I do is apply the beauty balm immediately over my moisturizer, to give it a little “slip”. Works beautifully.

What are your go-to, can’t-live-without make-up items? Do you find yourself wearing more or less make-up now than when you were younger? Let me know!

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Note: I was not compensated by Clinique for this post; the opinions expressed here are completely my own.


  1. Jennifer Cullen on March 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Sheri, you are a woman after my own heart. I’ve used both the Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer and the Laura Mercier one. And now I’ll have to try this one. Living in South Florida, it’s soooo important to have the high SPF. Especially since I am a woman of a certain age! Thanks.

    • sheri silver on March 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

  2. Cindy on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I really like makeup and love to experiment with it. With that said, I definitely like natural look… and turn it up with fun eye shadows and heavier mascara when I go out. I consider myself a die hard Bobby Brown/Aveeno fan. I like the simplicity of the Aveeno skin care/moisturizing sunscreen line and the natural colors that Bobby offers.

    This BB cream sounds fantastic. I will def try it!

    • sheri silver on March 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

      LOVE Bobbi Brown too!

  3. Meri on March 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I wear much less make up, I have never really been in to make up but my skin is changing. I feel like I wear more natural products too. I am in love with Origins VitaZing. Same concept but SPF 15. I adore.

    • sheri silver on March 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

      I love Origins – must check it ou!

  4. Lisa Sperling on March 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for this lovely review – I’ve been looking for a good foundation + sun screen, and this sounds like something I’d love to give a try. I usually go pretty natural – just some concealer, a little bit of powder and mascara. However, I’ve been a big fan of the red lipstick trend and would love to experiment with that!

  5. Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger on March 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I just had to go look at what I use to remember. It’s Clinique “Super Defense” moisturizer, SPF 25. I love the idea of higher SPF and a tint. I’m sold! Thanks for the great tip.

    • sheri silver on March 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Oh good! Hope you love it! 🙂

  6. Hotly Spiced on March 22, 2012 at 6:23 am

    That foundation/sunscreen/anti-ageing product looks great. I hope we can get it here in Australia. And I am definitely wearing a lot less eye shadow than I used to! xx

    • sheri silver on March 22, 2012 at 7:03 am

      You can order it on-line if it’s not available locally – and yes, I wear MUCH less eye make-up these days too! 🙂

  7. Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) on April 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try a beauty balm – this looks like it’s the one for me! Going on dry is a big plus for me because of my oil-prone skin.

    PS How cool that you used to be a makeup artist!

    • sheri silver on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      If you have oily skin I think you will LOVE this (and yes, being a make-up artist was one of the cooler jobs I’ve had!)……

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