About a month ago, I wrote a product review on Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation which is a powder foundation. I’ve been very impressed by that foundation, and part of the reason is that it is formulated with very clean ingredients, many of which have skincare benefits. For those that want a clean foundation with a more traditional formula, Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is another option from this brand.
I’ve been using Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint for a couple of months now and I have a lot of thoughts on it that I’d like to share. Before I get into the full product review, there’s one important thing I want to point out about this foundation. The product’s name implies that it’s a very thin, light coverage product, but that is not actually the case. This foundation is quite thick, closer to cream than liquid, and provides medium coverage.
Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint claims directly from CloveandHallow.com
Flawless but real-looking skin, bottled! This breathable, buildable foundation formula provides stunning medium coverage and a demi-matte finish. No caking or creasing, ever. No matter your complexion color or undertone, we’ve got a match for you.
If you swear by our best-selling Conceal + Correct formula, Liquid Skin Tint will be your new go-to for perfecting your entire complexion. Just blend into skin with your fingers, brush or sponge, and layer for desired coverage.
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Other product details
- Price: $26.00
- Net weight: 1 oz. | 31 g
- Made in the USA
- 12 shades from ultra fair to deep
- Free of parabens, phthalates, fragrance, talc, PEG-s, and more than 1,500 other potentially harmful ingredients
- 89% natural ingredients
- Shelf life: 12 months (this is according to the product’s packaging; CloveandHallow.com suggests using the product within 6 months of opening)
- Where to buy: CloveandHallow.com and Amazon.com
- CloveandHallow.com ships internationally.
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- Overall rating: 6.8/10
- Inclusivity: 7/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 6/10
- Staying power: 8/10
- Ingredients: 7/10
- Price: 6/10
Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.
If you read my review of Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, this section may feel a bit redundant (I apologize in advance!). As I mentioned in that review, clean beauty brands tend to have smaller shade ranges than mainstream brands. That holds true for both the Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, which comes in 14 shades, and their Liquid Skin Tint, which comes in only 12 shades. These are far from the smallest shade ranges I’ve seen, but there is certainly a lot of room for improvement.
I analyzed each of the 12 shades of the Liquid Skin Tint and they are distributed from ultra fair to deep as follows:
- Ultra fair: 1
- Fair: 1
- Light: 2
- Light-medium: 1
- Medium: 1
- Medium-dark: 2
- Dark: 2
- Deep: 2
First, I want to commend Clove + Hallow for making shades for every (or nearly every) skin tone. The problem with this shade range is that there aren’t shades for every undertone, for every skin tone. For example, I have fair skin, but the only fair shade has golden undertones. Since I have neutral undertones, that shade would look slightly yellow on me.
I took the shade matching quiz to determine my best shade and it suggested shade 03, which is light with peachy undertones. As I feared, that shade is slightly dark on my fair skin. I still wear it, but it would be nice if I could find a shade to match my neck! People with light, medium-dark, dark, and deep skin tones each have two undertone options, but ideally there would be 3+ unique shades available for every skin tone.
Hopefully Clove + Hallow will be able to expand the shade ranges for both foundations in the future, in order to be more inclusive.
Packaging/ease of application
Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with a twist-off cap. A pump would’ve been nice, but I think Clove + Hallow was trying to keep the packaging minimal. It’s also possible that they chose not to add a pump because the foundation itself is so thick, it might not dispense properly from a pump.
Because of the thick texture of this foundation, it can be tricky to apply and blend properly. Clove + Hallow states that it can be applied using fingers, a brush, or sponge. In my experience, that is simply not true. I rarely use my fingers to apply any complexion products, but for the sake of this review I did try it a few days ago. I was not at all happy with the result, as it looked very streaky. I had similar results with the sponge–it was as if the foundation wouldn’t stick to the sponge so it wasn’t blending hardly at all. My favored application method for foundation is a brush, and thankfully a brush does work to apply this foundation.
Unfortunately, I’ve found that this foundation doesn’t look great on my skin no matter how I apply it (though it does look best with a brush, by far). It looks patchy on my skin, as if it’s clinging to dry patches. I have combination skin (oily t-zone and normal everywhere else) with no dry patches, so I don’t understand why it looks like that. I am disappointed that this foundation doesn’t make my complexion look even and smooth like most foundations. Fortunately, it seems to look a little better after I’ve worn it for a few hours and my natural oils have had a chance to break through.
Building on that idea of my natural oils improving the appearance of this foundation, there is one thing I’ve found that can make this foundation look better right from application. If I apply a very small amount of facial oil before applying this foundation, it blends much more easily and looks better overall. I also think that using a smaller amount of this foundation keeps it from looking patchy or cakey.
Despite this foundation’s downfalls, the staying power is pretty good! Clove + Hallow claims that it’s crease-proof and lasts all day. I have to disagree with the first claim as this foundation does settle into my forehead lines before I’m even finished applying it to the rest of my face. However, the overall longevity is excellent.
This foundation doesn’t wear away easily. I do powder my face since I have combination skin, but I don’t think that would even be necessary for normal skin types. It holds up better under a mask than most other foundations. On the day that I took the wear test photos below, I wore a mask for a little while shortly after the 2:00 photo was taken. Some foundation did wear away on my nose and chin, but it wasn’t obvious from a distance, as you can see in the 6:00 photo.
As far as oil control, I think this foundation does a little bit better than most others. My oils did start coming through before that 2:00 photo was taken, but my skin just looked healthy and glowy at that point. By the time I took the 6:00 photo, my skin was looking more greasy, but still not bad. I think this foundation would cooperate well for touch-ups if you wanted to blot or powder your face to eliminate excess oil.
I was blown away by the ingredients used in the Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, so I expected to be impressed by the ingredients used in the Liquid Skin Tint as well. Unfortunately, after researching all 15 of the Liquid Skin Tint ingredients, I feel very “meh.” Most of the ingredients are texture enhancers or preservatives. Glycerin, a natural moisturizer, is the only ingredient that has skincare benefits. See below for the full list of ingredients:
Water*, Coconut Alkanes*, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/ Polyhydroxystearate/ Sebacate*, Silica*, Glycerin*, Dextrin Isostearate, Coco-Caprylate/-Caprate*, Quaternium-90 Sepiolite*, Sodium Chloride*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite*, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum*, Potassium Sorbate;
May contain: Titanium Dioxide (Cl788921), Iron Oxides (Cl77492,Cl77499,Cl77491)
While I wish this foundation included more ingredients that have skincare benefits, I do appreciate that the majority are naturally derived. It’s also important to note that I don’t usually even review ingredients for coverage products. The only reason I reviewed ingredients for the Clove + Hallow foundations is because the brand prides itself on its clean formulas with short ingredient lists.
Compared to most foundations that aren’t considered to be “clean,” Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is probably superior because all ingredients have been found to be safe by strict EU standards. More information on Clove + Hallow’s “Clean15” philosophy can be found here.
Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is $26.00 for one ounce of product, which is a standard amount for liquid foundations. A lot of clean foundations are very expensive, so when I was looking at Clove + Hallow’s website the first time, I thought this product was quite affordable.
This is the only clean “liquid” foundation I’ve tried so far, so I don’t know how it compares with others on quality. However, I don’t think this product is worth $26.00. If the formula is improved to be easier to blend, and if the shade range is expanded, then I think $26.00 would be a fair price. As it stands, I expect more from a $26.00 foundation.
Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is a popular clean foundation in the clean beauty world. I was so excited to try it and I’m disappointed that it doesn’t work better on my skin. I will definitely use up this foundation, but I don’t plan to repurchase it.
As you can tell, I didn’t hold back at all in this review. I had a lot of negative things to say about this foundation. While it didn’t work as well for me as I’d hoped, that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad product. In fact, it works very well for a lot of people. I’m not sure if it comes down to skin type, or maybe it works better alongside different products than what I’m using. I will say that I think people with dry skin should avoid this foundation. However, it might work very well for someone with oily skin that’s looking for a moderately priced clean foundation.
Do you have experience with any clean foundations? If so, do they perform similarly to how I described this one? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!