I do love trying out new complexion makeup products and when I saw a new Foundation and Concealer from Clarins, the Clarins Everlasting Long-Wearing & Hydrating Matte Foundation and the Clarins Everlasting Concealer, I knew I just had to try them along with their primer, the Clarins Instant Smooth Line-Smoothing Perfecting Touch.
The Clarins Instant Smooth Line-Smoothing Perfecting Touch (£26.50 for 15ml) comes in a little glass jar and with a spatula. Now I must admit, I don't always like pots as they aren't as quick and easy as tubes, but I know that for this kind of formula, a pot does work better. This primer is a combination of makeup and skincare and has an ultra-light, ultra-smooth texture that glides onto the skin beautifully, leaving a veil on the surface to fill in lines and smooth away the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. The texture is more silicone than creamy, but I find that that kind of formula works best for smoothing away pores and fine lines, and it really does work instantly, and I have tried a LOT of pore-blurring primers in my time. Once applied, it blurs out pores and fine lines and leaves the skin super smooth, moisturised and more even-toned, which allows such a smooth, even base for foundation application. It doesn't feel thick or heavy on the skin, and in my opinion if I didn't know I had it on, I wouldn't be able to feel it, it is that lightweight and comfortable to wear.
The Clarins Everlasting Long-Wearing & Hydrating Matte Foundation (£31.00 for 30ml) is available in 24 different shades, and I opted for the third lightest, 101W, which works really well for my fair to light skin tone. The Foundation comes in a glass bottle with a gold cap and a push-down applicator, which I tend to prefer when it comes to foundations. This is a long-wearing and hydrating foundation that is enriched with plant extracts to also provide a variety of skincare benefits. The lightweight texture contains Bamboo Powder to mattify the skin and absorb excess oil, Quinoa to deeply hydrate and Organic Oat Sugars to instantly lift and tighten facial contours for a flawless complexion. As a rule, I prefer a dewy skin look, but my skin has other ideas and I do get oily later on in the day, however as this is a mattifying formula, I find that I don't get the normal slip and shine on my T-Zone that I do with some foundations. This formula does have a slight fragrance to it, which I think all Clarins foundations have, and so if that is something you don't like, I would skip this foundation, but if it doesn't bother you, like it doesn't bother me, even with sensitive skin, then I would highly recommend trying it out if you like full coverage, mattifying foundations.
The Clarins Everlasting Concealer (£23.00 for 12ml) comes in eight different shades and for this, I opted for the lightest shade 00, as I tend to only need to use concealer on my undereyes, so I do prefer something lighter that helps that area to look brighter. The Concealer comes in a squeezy tube with a small tip where the product comes out of and personally, because I am lazy, I prefer an applicator I can apply straight onto the skin, but that isn't really an issue. The formula contains plant extracts and Horse Chestnut Escin to improve circulation and drain dark circles, and Quinoa to deeply hydrate the skin. I do love makeup products that have skin-loving beneficial ingredients in them, especially as I am 37 years old, so I do need something more concentrated around the eyes and especially as I have naturally dark undereyes. A little goes a long way with this product as it does provide high coverage, and its ultra-light texture blends easily into the skin without having to rub and push the product too hard into the delicate eye area. I find that this manages to hide my dark circles and brightens the eye area beautifully, and one tip I have previously learnt, if you have hooded lids like I do, is to sweep the concealer outwards and upwards to lift the outer eye area.
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