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Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
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on 7/18/2018 2:35:00 PM
More reviews by summerseabreeze
Skin: Oily, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Firstly: this is a very silicone-heavy primer with no anti-ageing benefits other than cosmetic ones that last until you cleanse your face on a PM. Other than vegetable oil and some Vitamin E there is nothing of benefit in here for the skin, just a list of chemicals and FOUR types of silicone (those like myself who cannot tolerate silicones beware!). I didn't use this daily, only on the odd special occasion. Even if I was to use it daily I can see this lasting forever as a little goes a long way, dispelling any doubts I had when purchasing such a tiny sized product (0.5 fl oz). As a primer I have to admit it did do the trick. Pores and fine lines were instantly blurred, creating a good base for my CC cream/SPF. I have to stress though that you really do not need to use much because if you do it has the tendency to make anything applied on top slip right off. At the right amount you will get a good base for foundation that will help m/u stay on longer whilst leaving a nice matte finish, or as I discovered I can just use a powder on top and not require anything else for a 'barely there' look - useful if you don't have the time to apply the works but still require coverage. Selena x~ My HG list ~(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective) 1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel Cleanser5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment
on 11/27/2016 12:41:00 AM
More reviews by dinavara
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
This product claims to leave you looking "almost perfect". Seems you have to already be almost perfect if you use this product. Did nothing special. Wish there was an actual primer out there that worked for people who actually need one...
on 9/12/2016 8:38:00 PM
More reviews by cozycat
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
I have a problem with very large pores on my nose (from blackhead extraction gone wrong some years back, so I'm left with permanent mini crates...my nose looks just like the surface of a strawberry up close lol)...plus a few noticeable ice-pick scars on my right cheek. Apart from that, I have pretty decent, smooth-textured skin.Anyways, this stuff blurs all the imperfections away and filled in the little crates and ice pick scars. My skin looks smooth and perfected even upclose. I apply it directly on my nose and scarred areas (patted on AFTER foundation then set with powder...or before pressed powder if I'm skipping foundation). I only use the tiniest amount where needed, it's more of a 'spot-corrector' or 'spot-filler' for me. Due to the price and the thick, sillicone-y texture of the cream, I would not feel comfortable using it all-over my face as a traditional primer...I can get a cheaper primer for whole face use. This stuff does make my nose shinier than usual later in the day, but it's nothing a little powder can't fix...as long as the giant pores stay hidden, I'm happy! This product is a game changer for me. I will always repurchase for as long as my skin does not react negatively to it.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 7/28/2016 4:26:00 PM
More reviews by iyma
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
Skin type: combination but more on the oily side. Sensitive with some acne scarring.Hi guys!I've literally just joined this site and thought I would review this FAB product first! I've been using this for a good few years now.I LOVE the feel of this product on moisturised skin. It feels soft and very smooth. I apply a 'good' amount all over my face (not too much though) and wait for a couple of minutes. This primer works like a dream with liquid foundations. I find my foundation is easier to apply, my skin looks more even and it helps control the oils, especially on my cheeks. I have tried other products but always come back to this one. I would defo recommend it! Ok so the price tag might be on the high end for such a small pot (£26.50) but I do believe it is worth it! I'm not keen on the glassed packaging because when you only have a little product left in the pot, it is difficult to scoop the product out due to the inside rim. So if you use your fingers and have long nails, you will struggle to scoop every last bit!I haven't noticed much difference to my fine lines and pores but I do feel it just 'works' with the rest of my make-up. Hence I gave it a 4* rather than 5.This primer is not itchy, flaky or smelly like some other primers. Hope this helps!
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 4/4/2016 10:07:00 PM
More reviews by SharyCristina
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I wouldnt buy this again because it did absolutely NOTHING for my enlarged pores . It's ultra expensive and it doesn't work
on 3/27/2016 5:37:00 PM
More reviews by mona28
Skin: Very Oily, Medium Brown, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Love this primer, great for large pores and pitted scarring which i have lots of. Smooths out my skin and dries matte which I love cause I'm very oily. Was using the Clinique pore refining instant solution which works great too.
on 10/27/2015 12:53:00 PM
More reviews by Rachelthereplicant
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse
Based on positive reviews, I decided to give it a go. Pros:- The spatula for hygienic reasons- A little goes a long wayCons:- My skin feels oily. Bad if you have oily or combination skin like me (even though I read from other reviewers it was ok for oily skin - it didn't work for me). Perhaps I'll only wear in my cheeks from now on.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 9/6/2015 2:52:00 PM
More reviews by Christ77
Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure
I noticed in another members reviews whom stated that darker skin ladies may not get the best results this product has to offer. That assumption is incorrect. I'm African American and I love this product. This primer does not alter my foundation shade nor leave a white/pale cast. It actually blends seamlessly. Darker skinned women please give it try.
12 of 12 people found this helpful.
on 8/15/2015 5:23:00 AM
More reviews by crickett85
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
Best under makeup primer for my over 50 dry skin, period. Best skin perfector to use when I don't care to wear additional makeup, period.Side by side (using Benefit THE PORE fessional on one side of my face over a basic moisturizer & Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch on the other half)Clarins-Completely blurs imperfections-Completely fills in fine lines & wrinkles & even some slightly deeper ones/blurring out the rest-Completely Obliterates enlarged pores, freckles/age spots-Blurs out/smoooths over and gives a look of perfection to that dry/loose (face it "turkey waddle' area under my chin and on the upper part of my neck.It's heavy duty Dimethicone with a definite puttly like 'skin" tone that PERFECTLY blends into my own light skin tone.Given the above, I'm fairly certain one would not be as happy with the results if one had darker skin or oily or combination skin.Please bear in mind that I have quite light but very dry over 50 skin.Now, when I use the Clarins with a BB Cream over it (or Foundation), I am applying both the Clarins and the BB cream (or Foundation) with a Foundation brush using a rapid tapping motion. This generally gives me flawless coverage for several hours (no powder, I use blotting paper if absolutely necessary, it usually isn't)I then apply a few dots of cream blusher which are also rapidly tapped on with a foundation brush.If I am wearing a BB cream or foundation, I use one with an SPF of 25 or greater. If I am going without extra coverage, then I also pat on a spf (using a foundation brush)I now have flawless coverage good for several hours.P.S....it looks good..in fact perfect...but it is untouchable except with light tapping motions and a foundations brush...heavy dimethicone will slide like a California mud slide if you rub it.On days when I don't feel I need "perfect" coverage, I will go for something lighter but still good, like my Benefit the PORE fessional.
11 of 12 people found this helpful.
on 6/22/2015 8:24:00 AM
More reviews by Valmerc
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
The product itself is excellent. It's a silicone-based primer, so works well as expected.It's a thick cream and a little goes a long way.Silicone is cheap, so this is very over priced for what it is.It is stable, but the jar does open up for contamination.
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