I’m new to wearing foundation and so far have tried a couple and talked to a lot of my girlfriends who tell me it’s a very personal choice. It all seems to depend upon the weather, what they are doing that day and how their skin is feeling in general. Seems very complicated and a little unnecessary to me. But then what do I know! As I said I’m new to this foundation wearing.
The one thing Clarins always gets right is the presentation and this product is no exception. In its striking red box with clear white text it instantly gives you an understand of its style and sophistication. Open the box and you are delighted with a perfectly sized square glass bottle with a gold top complete with thumb print notch on one edge to house a simple C. For a foundation bottle its sexy and one I would definitely display on my dressing table.
Its packed full of goodness for your skin with a cocktail of minerals and plant extracts that aim to give your skin the illusion of a natural and flawless complexion. Something I’m pleased to report it actually does. I’m lucky I think, through out my teenage years spots were something that didn’t plague me and as a result my skin is pretty clear, apart from a broken vein or two on my cheek and the usual areas that are a slightly different shade, oh and my freckles which I like. This Skin Illusion Foundation however just gave me a completely even skin tone that allowed my natural colour to radiate through. I’m lead to believe this is the mineral silicon from Brazil that helps to fill and smooth small lines but adds a subtle opalescent glow to your skin tone.
From France they harvest pink algae that’s rich in active silicon, which helps the skin appear more plump and energises the cells for better hydration and as a result a more supple and younger looking skin. Brown algae extract and acacia gum help to lock in the skins natural moisture to reduce dehydration and acts as a reservoir of moisture that is released through out the day. Finally it has a protective barrier against pollution, oxidants and UV through the use of white tea extract and succory dock-cress or nipplewort as it’s more commonly known.
I’ve learnt a lot about foundation on this journey and have now accepted that its not just about how it applies, looks and feels but also that the range of colour available can be the deciding factor. Too few colours are as bad as too many. Clarins offer 10 shades to suit the palest of complexions to the darkest.
As I’ve just mentioned how it applies is very important. I do find it easier to apply with either my fingers or a damp brush. I found with this foundation my fingers gave a more even and transparent result and meant I reduced the risk of any tidemarks around the neck, hairline and ears. Not a good look! However the flip side to that is I found it didn’t stay on all day. As the day progressed I found the coverage thinned and towards the afternoon I had to just touch up a couple of key areas around my ‘T’ section. Its not a huge criticism as it applies so easily and feels like liquid silk and after a day in the office we all have to touch up the face before heading off for a drink after work.
As with all Clarins products it retails at the slightly higher end of the high street market. This foundation is £24.00 for the 30ml glass bottle with pump. I’m certain though when you’ve tried it you’ll also agree its £24.00 well spent.
Am I now a foundation user? Yes I do believe I am and this one will certainly be on my list of likes. Will I wear it day to day? Not convinced I will be, I will definitely wear it when I go out and want to present a flawless naturally health complexion with minimum fuss.
Thank you Clarins for introducing me to this Skin Illusion Foundation SPF10. www.clarins.co.uk or call 0800 036 3558 to find your nearest stockist.