Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation: Review & Swatches


Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick is the newest addition to Clinique's Chubby family - a portable, twist up foundation that can be used all over or for spot concealing. It arrives with Clinique's first ever Buff Brush, suitable for use with any foundation formula, including this one.


I go into a lot of detail in this post, so if you're after a quick lowdown on Clinique Chubby in the Nude:
  • Comes in 10 shades from Abundant Alabaster through to Curviest Clove. 
  • Coverage is buildable from sheer to medium, though I think it looks best worn quite sheer. 
  • The formula is oil-free, long wearing and has a natural looking satin/semi-matte finish. 
  • I can wear it sheer on my dry skin, though think it will work best on normal skins. 
  • Although oil-free, I'd avoid if you're very oily as although solid, it's quite creamy. 
In all honesty I wasn't feeling this on first use... most foundations are slow burners with me (closely followed by mascaras) so this was no surprise. I don't make judgements after just one use and realised my (dry) skin needed some attention to give it a fair run. Skin prep is really important for me when it comes to foundation and I'm increasingly realising that the correct skincare can make or break whichever base goes on top.

On day two I prepped using my current favourite beauty device, the Foreo Luna, which leaves my skin feeling baby soft. If you don't exfoliate regularly, try any gentle exfoliant to reveal newer, softer skin for a more even foundation base. I upped the hydration levels with Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Balm DHC Beauty Lift Essence and Oskia Renaissance 360 Supreme Cream, then went in with the foundation.

This time I used Clinique's new Buff Brush (instead of fingers). I'm a big fan of this... super soft, it has slightly sparser, longer bristles than my usual buffing brushes and gives quick coverage with a natural finish. I've also tested the Real Techniques Buffing Brush with this foundation, which works well too, so if it ain't broke...

I used 2-3 stripes of foundation across each cheek and 1 on my nose, forehead and chin. The product is surprisingly creamy and warms quickly on the skin; while it does need some working in, it blends more easily than I expected. One light layer gives me semi-sheer coverage - enough for daytime with the addition of concealer - and I'd describe the finish as quite skin-like, on the cusp of satin and matte.

My skin looks better than I expected with this foundation, especially as I don't usually get on with any compact or solid foundations. I'm not wowed by it as I personally love a more dewy glow, but it's more than acceptable and I expect a lot of people will love it.


HEAVY SWATCH: Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick in  Capacious Chamois (top) & Intense Ivory

BLENDED SWATCH: Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick in  Capacious Chamois (top) & Intense Ivory
Intense Ivory and Capacious Chamois are the 2nd and 3rd lightest shades in this foundation. I haven't seen Abundant Alabaster in person, but it looks quite a bit paler. Intense Ivory leans pink/beige and Capacious Chamois is more yellow/beige toned. 

I'd definitely need the fairest, Abundant Alabaster, in Winter, but can get away with either of these shades for now, after a little self tanning (more on that soon!).


I don't see myself using this product on a daily basis as I think liquid foundations with a radiant finish are better suited to my dry skin. I also prefer the whole application process with a liquid or cream foundation. I do however think these are perfect for both travel and on the go touch ups or pairing with a tinted moisturiser/BB cream for extra coverage where needed. I'll be keeping one in my handbag for this purpose and the Buff Brush has gone straight into my everyday stash!

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick and Buff Brush, £23 each, are available now at and due to hit counters on Friday 15 April 2016.

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