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Recent CLARINS Reviews

Primer/ Corrector -CLARINS -Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

on 4/14/2019 7:41:00 AM


Like Monistat chafing gel and numerous primers, this has silica powder suspended in a silicone base. It mattifies skin slightly, which "blurs" pored and wrinkles - just like how shiny highlighters make them look worse - without feeling as drying as most powders, or having a white cast or tint (on my super pale skin anyway).
- It's in no way a moisturizer or other skin treatment, unless you think your skin benefits greatly from said silicones with a little vegetable shortening added + silica powder. (Which I guess could be the case depending on what you're planning to add on top!)

So, I'm gonna compare it to Monistat gel.

- I just applied each to half of my face; immediate effect is identical to my eyes: less texture, which comes from cutting skin sheen without looking powdery.
I'll check in again in a couple of hours to see if I can tell any difference then.
UPDATE: well it's 4 hours later and I'd definitely be a lot shinier on both sides without anything - still no perceptible difference.

- As for "pore-filling" effect, the Clarins thicker texture feels more likely to have that, but I don't think either of these does actually. Looking in a 10x mirror I don't see tell-tale white dots in my pores (again, I'm very pale) on either side. I really think the actual skin surface is about the same, just blurred thanks to the cut sheen.
The fact that I can't see any difference with/without either of these under powder foundation seems to confirm that.

- Ingredients-wise the base is very similar, but the Clarins primer has hydrogenated vegetable oil among the top 5 or so ingredients, and many more ingredients much lower down.
- It's firmer and has a creamier/greasier feel, where the Monistat is (even) slicker, more slippery and feels a bit more powdery.

- So far I've never noticed any longevity-difference under makeup with either product.
- And I don't even see a visual difference with vs without either product under BareMinerals og foundation, in regards to pores. One of these days I'll try to do a proper half-face comparison. Also under different liquid foundations. As of yet I haven't seen it add anything under Mac face & body.

- As of now, only real use I see for either of these on the face is when you want to go without any base products, but still cut skin texture & shine a bit. If I were a man very concerned about gender presentation but also about my pores, this might appeal to me.

- Oh, bonus tip: the monistat gel on top of shiny lipsticks works the way that the Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer advertises that it works. That is, it gives a semi-matte finish (without the formula acting like an actual matte lipstick, so it doesn't make it more long-lasting, less transfer-prone or drying.)

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Liquid -CLARINS -Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation SPF 15

on 4/14/2019 12:45:00 AM


I've been using this for the last 4 years. It really has that light diffusing quality and has taken a few years off my look. It doesn't last all day...I will try a setting powder to see if that helps. It gives a lovely dewy finish.

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Toners -CLARINS -Toning Lotion with Iris (Alcohol-free)


I’m on the fence. I’m a dermalogica kind of girl but it’s way too expensive and looking for something that’s more reasonable. So I was given this sample to use with the gentle cleanser with tamarind. I mean thank heavens I my face didn’t swell up like it did with the cleansing milk gentian but it doesn’t do anything really. I feel like the products I was given are meant for people who don’t breakout and are ONLY, I repeat, ONLY trying to balancing their oiliness. Other than that don’t expect it to give you that glow you would expect to get when you pay €30 for a toner..

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Cleansers -CLARINS -Gentle Foaming Cleanser With Tamarind and Purifying Micro-Pearls


I always read reviews so I decided to start doing the same too as it could benefit someone. I’m African and my skin is hypersensitive plus acne prone. I’ve got to say save yourself the money and go for something like neutrogena(way cheaper). This cleanser leaves my skin feeling squeaky but not squeaky clean. I haven’t really broken out from it cause I’m still using my dermalogica face lotion which works really well. The price for what the product delivers isn’t worth it! I guess it’s just the brand

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Cleansers -CLARINS -Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed

on 4/7/2019 9:01:00 AM


They ruined this one. A few years ago this was my hands down fav. Loved the lather, the way it cleaned my skin, and especially the scent. The only reason I ever stopped using it is that I moved to the US and it became harder to find in stores. Anyway, I was reading the reviews about it and was very surprised to see people commenting on a cheap laundry detergent scent. I wondered if maybe I was romanticizing it but when I tried it recently, it was god awful. I am mystified as to why they would ever have stopped using the lovely vaguely floral scent they had before. Pretty sad about this because it still works as well as before, but I can’t deal with that smell.

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