68% would repurchase
on 6/20/2018 2:15:00 PM
More reviews by madaba
I wanted to like this, but it just doesn't do much. Even if I use 6+ drops, the impact is minimal. To clarify, I don't use this on my face -- I use it on my legs, mixed with moisturizer -- so maybe my review isn't valid for the typical user. On a positive note, virtually no scent and it absorbs very quickly -- no stains on my sheets like with St Tropez.
on 6/19/2018 10:22:00 AM
More reviews by hearthayley
I was talked into buying this by a few Sephora workers. Needless to say I will be returning. I have combination/acne-prone skin, and I was told that this was a good sunscreen as it did not contain any "oil" that could clog my pores. However, this sunscreen being a chemical/physical combination, irritated my skin and caused me to get little red dots all over my cheek, nose, and chin. I am guessing that this is due to the chemical ingredients, as when I was wearing this my face felt "hot" compared to how it normally feels, and the acne spots did not look like they were my typical "clogged pores" but rather irritation to the skin itself. This was also very greasy, however it is summer so it may not be so greasy in the winter when the humidity decreases. Overall, I did not like how this felt on my skin at all. Every day that I wore it I disliked it more and more. However, as with any product, this may just work for your skin type. I suggest finding a few samples to try before making a purchase.
on 6/18/2018 2:53:00 AM
More reviews by gioja
I have bought this in the old packaging (the one here in the main picture) because it has been discontinued and been replaced with a new, more practical one, and I found it on sale in a departement store at a unbelivably great price. The only shade available was 107 and although right now I'm quite pale and I would need 103 Ivory, I thought that this will be perfect for the transition period when I have some tan and my winter shades don't fit anymore. Still, I couldn't resist wearing it immediately when I came home because the package looks so luxurios and I was really curious to know if I had wasted my (little) money. Long story short: it is amazing!!!My only experience with mineral makeup is with Jane Iredale Base, which I like but it doesn't control oil in my T-zonel very well and after a while it highlights my pores. But in principle I love the idea of foundation in powder form because I think that when you wear serum, moisturizer, sunscreen and primer, something with even more silicones on the top is just too much for every skin. It is ok for special occasions but not for 18 hrs a day every day - this way enlarged pores won't disappear and it becomes a vicious circle.One of my favourite powder foundations is Estee Lauder Double Wear because of the natural finish, the medium coverage and it is quite longlasting.Although Clarins Skin illusion is called mineral makeup, it conteins ingredients that you wouldn't find in hardcore mineral makeup. First of all talc, which is actual a mineral but seems to be on the black list of many consumers, even if it is in many powders, foundations, eyeshadows and even in some primers. Anyway, I personally don't have any problems with high quality talcum in my cosmetics.It has also other ingredients that are good to the skin and something that makes light refects because it doesn't look plain and matte like most powders.The package is luxurious but a bit tricky, you have to screw the top and push the included kabuiki brush down in order to release it. Then you have to work with the seal/bowl and the sifter before applying the powder. If you have the space and the time it is a beautiful ritual. Of course I wouldn't do it on the plane or in my car. But for these purposes I would decant a bit of powder in an old BareMinerals Veil container.I have used the brush, which I really like, and after swirling it in the little bowl, I applied the powder with circular movements buffing it all over my face wearing only my moisturizer underneath.Beautiful! It was a bit too dark but the effect was so natural and luminous with medium coverage. And it didn't highlight my pores and dry areas. It is quite comparable to EL Double Wear Powder Foundation in this, even if this has more luminosity.I applied the rest of my makeup and went out for dinner. When I came home that night my T-zone was a bit oily but the powder didn't shift.I have tried it with differnt bases: only serum, only rich moisturizer, sunscreen, with primer on the T-zone, which made it last quite long and on naked skin. It always looks good. So good, that I have started considering buying the right shade, 103, in the new package for the full price.But guess what? In my country shade 107 is the lightest available. I couldn't find anywhere 103, or even 105. Why does Clarins only distribute medium to deep shades in the most countries? This is a reason why I never buy their foundations, even if the quality is great.I hope they will soon change their distribution policy because I think that they are loosing a lot of clients. But should I come across shade 103 in one of my travels, I would buy it immediately.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 6/12/2018 10:11:00 PM
More reviews by Alexdematla
I have been this cleanser every morning in the shower for years now while in the evenings I have various cleansers which I rotate. However when I travel and need to pick just one cleanser to take with me, this is it. It leaves a nice clean feeling to my skin without drying it too much and has a pleasant smell. Love it!
on 6/10/2018 2:17:00 PM
More reviews by Doodleses
Am I glad I discovered this - I feel like I've unearthed a several decades-long beauty secret.Clarins claims this brightens, tightens, and adds radiance to the skin. The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a multitasking moisturizer AND primer (if you choose to wear makeup over it). You can go bare with this balm - it's essentially a facelift in a tube. On days when I have a bloaty face, I press this balm on (don't rub this in!) and it tightens my skin and makes my jawline and cheeks sharper and more defined. When I want to dress to impress, I add this to my makeup routine - applying it after my usual moisturizer and using it as a makeup base. My application focuses on my cheeks and jawline because that's where I experience the most bloating. This has a scent, but I personally find it alluring. It makes me feel high class. I was reading on Nordstrom how women have stated that they've been using this balm for over 10+ years, which is incredibly inspiring because makeup and skincare nowadays feels very commercial and gimmicky. I have yet to use this as a mask, mostly because I wear it underneath my makeup. It gives my makeup a dreamy look, and I look positively poreless - with the addition of a lifted effect. The balm helps my foundation melt into my skin. This is a really great product as, since recently I've gained a bit of weight, it keeps my face looking fabulous.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
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