When I saw Youtubers comparing Milani Conceal + Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation + Conceal to Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Conceal (whoa long names!), I was intrigued. I have been using the Clinique foundation for a couple months now, and probably more than any of my other foundations, and I really like it! I like that is it full coverage, I like the texture it is on my skin, and I like the way it wears throughout the day.
While the Clinique isn’t a terrible price for $27, I was definitely curious to give the Milani $8 alternative a try because I had heard so many positive things about it.
I will say right off the bat, I like Milani’s pump MUCH better than Clinique’s doe-foot applicator. The applicator going in and out of the bottle and touching your face (even if it’s clean) just isn’t my ideal scenario. With a pump, you know bacteria isn’t going in and out of your bottle.
Both contain 1 oz of product and both are thick, full coverage foundations, but neither are too heavy.
(Left Clinique, Linen , Right Milani, Creamy Vanilla)
Look at the difference in those colors! Hard to believe those are both my color, but the Clinique foundation goes on one color and oxidizes to another, which can make it a little tricky to pick out a shade online.
(Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation, 01 Creamy Vanilla)
Honestly, they are pretty similar products. I mean, they basically have the same name. With both of these foundations the finish on the skin is not super dewy, but also not super matte. It is a finish similar to the actual appearance of nice, healthy skin. Although the Milani does seem to have a more dewy appearance on my skin. I never set my full face with powder because my skin is way too dry, but neither feel tacky on the skin, and my other makeup glides over it just fine without getting patchy. The biggest difference for me, and my dry skin, is within a few hours the Clinique starts to cling to my dry patches and stops looking as flawless, which is not something that really bothered me until I compared it to the Milani. If you have more oily skin, you might prefer the Clinique.
I actually really prefered the way the Milani foundation looked on my skin and the way it held up through the day. The color and texture just seemed more flattering and gave more life to my skin. However, if you have a hard-to-match skin tone you may be better off getting color-matched at the Clinique counter because they have a very wide selection of colors (20 shades!) as opposed to Milani’s 8 shades that I was able to find in Walmart (other drugstores may have more), or 14 shades online. Also, I feel like I know plenty of women with skin fairer than mine, but I have to pick the lightest Milani shade. So there may not be a shade for everyone in this line.
So is it a dupe? I would say, yes! If you want a product very similar the the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation but aren’t ready to drop $27 (or if you have drier skin), definitely check out the Milani Conceal + Perfect at the drugstore.
What is your favorite foundation?