This contains acacia micro-pearls which are like tiny sponges that use the natural moisture of the skin to expand and fill in lines/pores making the skin's surface smoother in appearance and feel. Use a light hand when applying this product. Customers that tell me it feels heavy, their makeup slides off, or they experience clogged pores are 95% of the time putting on too thick of a layer. (The other 5% just have very sensitive skin which reacts to everything.) Start with a small dab about the size of a No.2 pencil eraser, and tap/press it onto (don't spread) areas of the face that have fine lines or visible pores. For myself, I use this only around the eyes, nose, and cheeks when using powder or cream foundation. When using liquid foundation, I'll pre-mix the small dab of instant smooth into a nickel-sized amount of the liquid foundation. It makes the foundation go on smoother and also prevent streaking or fading by midday. I do wish that the packaging could be more sanitary...but I like that this comes with a small spatula so I don't have to be dipping my fingers into the jar each time.
I received a sample of this at Sephora. I used it 3 times and it just does not work for me. My skin is a bit sensitve with an oily t-zone. I loved the way it felt when I applied it and it smoothed out my skin nicely. However by midday pores on my cheeks were visible and my t-zone was shiny. I normally use Clinique Pore Minimizer and I only use it on my t-zone! And I get no shininess until the evening. I only apply to my cheeks in summer humidity. The Clarins also made my skin feel kind of itchy. Back to my HG Pore Minimizer!
I almost liked this. I tried it in a variety of ways...just on wrinkles, with my foundation, alone, under tinted moisturizer. I like the results for the most part but it never lasted. I the smoothing quality seemed to disappear. Overall, I've loved other primers more, so I won't be buying this one again.
I think this was an okay product. Didn't really make my makeup last longer but it did apply easier. It actually made my foundation a shade lighter too. So, I HAD to apply bronzer afterwards or it looked like my foundation was a wrong match. Also, makes my pores look like whiteheads! That was the only thing I REALLY hated about this product!!
It is excellent make-up base. Although it seems very heavy and when applied at first it seems a bit oily, but in fact it isn't. It leaves my skin very smooth and mattifys my skin. The only problem is with package, which doesn't seems very hygienic, although you get small spatula with it.
update. I just realized that it is also excellent eyeshadow base.
At first I loved this product - it evened my skin tone and made the imperfections less visible. But it think it causes me breakouts. I'll giv it another try because it's pretty expensive...
This is what Clarins has to say about Instant Smooth... "The perfect marriage of make-up and skin care for a spectacular beauty effect. A magical melting, invisible texture perfectly smoothes the skin by leaving an imperceptible veil over its surface. Wrinkles and fine lines are visually minimized to guarantee a flawless complexion".
That's a lot of hype to live up to and Clarins does a great job of doing so. So far they have come closer to giving me a "flawless complexion" that any other primer has. I apply this to my forehead and the area around my nose where I have a few few visible pores. My foundation goes on smoother and my pores are definitely minimized. My foundation looks great all day with this. On lazy days I can get away just applying ISPT and a bit of mineral foundation mixed with silica powder (either MUFE Hi Def or PL silica [wrote a review for PL. Do yourself a favor and order a sample]) This gives me a great natural look.
The one thing that bums me out about this product is the jar it comes in. I'm not usually a germaphobe but I can see a jar lasting long enough to brew up something good and nasty. Clarins does provide a cute, wee spatula to scoop it out with. In all honesty though, I fully expect to lose the dang thing on the jungle that is my dresser.
It doesn't do anything as far as mattifying but it doesn't claim too either so I guess I can't be mad. There is no SPF added to this primer. But this makes total sense. It probably takes about 2-3 weeks of daily use to get close to the 1/4 tsp of product that is needed to achieve the SPF stated on products. Since you only need a dab of, a jar will last quite some time. A jar costs $28 USD . I expect this jar to last anywhere from 6-12 months so it costs about $4.66 to $2.33 a month.
Overall... Clarins has a winner! The product does what they say it does and is def HG material. A sample has made it to the ever-ready, just in case, travel mu kit.
Skin type= Combo with the occasional hormonal breakout. Tone= DDD w/ golden undertones, NC 50
This is the best primer I have ever used. It is not greasy in the least for me (especially compared to many other primers). I put a little on my fingers and pat/press it only onto areas that need it. I do not spread it all over my face. It makes my makeup last all day (and my makeup was disappearing after a few hours before I began using this product). Maybe it is my age (42) but it is exactly the "magic" I have needed lately. It is allowing me to get better coverage with the same foundation that I've been using, a foundation that I thought was a problem until I tried a sample (and then bought the full size) of this product. I'm very happy with it.
I bought this from Macy's just 3 weeks ago and I must say this is the best primer i have ever used, it makes your skin feel really smooth and foundation blends pretty well. All you need to do is put a very thin layer.
Me: dry, very sensitive skin with few fine lines. I always thought I didn't need a primer but after trying a sample of this primer I was sold. I received a jar in a swap and I'll buy again for sure! This primer feels like butter on my skin, creating a flawless and velvety like base for my foundation (LM Silk Creme Foundation). I think the key is to use a tiny pea-size amount, warm it up a little between your fingers and pat it onto those parts of your face where needed (in my case next to my nose and on my forehead). The silicones fill up the fine lines preventing your foundation from settling into those wrinkles. Because of the hydrating texture I also noticed less flakiness. The little jar (0.50 OZ) will last a very, very long time so actually this primer isn't that expensive at all. I also like the fact this primer isn't fragranced! Highly recommended, esp. for those with normal to dry skin. Update: sadly this is breaking me out. My skin just doesn't seem to like Clarins products.
Ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, hydrogenated vegetable oil, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, silica, disteardimonium hectorite, pentaerthryityl tetraisostearate, alcohol denat., tocopherol acetate, butylene glycol, silica dimethyl silylate, acacia senegal gum, methylparaben, mica (CI 77019), iron oxide (CI 77491), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), carmine (CI 75470).