Clinique Superbalanced Foundation

Contributed by low-sal-life community member in: USA

Last Updated on December 10, 2023

Thoughts from Low-sal-life

I've used this foundation for years (decades). While I'm not thrilled about the coconut alcohol or the edta, I love that this foundation is not fragranced and doesn't cause any skin issues for me. If you can make it through the perfumed space in the mall, I prefer to get color-matched in person, if possible.

This gives me enough coverage (with a green concealer) to take away redness, cover acne, and even skin tone, but it's not so thick it covers my freckles.

Details from company

  • Who It's For: Dry Combination and Combination Oily Skin
  • What It Is: An oil-free liquid foundation that adds hydration and minimizes oil where it’s needed.
  • What It Does: Whether you're dry in the cheeks or oily in the T-zone, this innovative, Superbalanced Makeup delivers just what your skin needs for a naturally perfected look. The long-wearing liquid foundation is silky upon application and provides water-resistant, moderate coverage.


Dimethicone, WaterAquaEau, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Silica, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Coconut Acid, Caffeine, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Lecithin, Laureth-7, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Alumina, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), and Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)]

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Estimated salicylate level

Low risk
Moderate risk

⚠ Notes/Caution

Not the most basic ingredient list. Low-sal folks may be concerned especially on the coconut acid. Also, caffeine contains amines, so that could be a trigger for some. Caffeine is NOT a salicylate nor contains any.