What can I say? I am a little biased when it comes to Clarins foundations. One of my all-time favourites has been Skin Illusion for years now. What I love most about the brand and its formulations is that they bring skincare and makeup together so that not only is your foundation doing what you need it to do aesthetically, it also has the bonus of skin benefits.
The most recent foundation launch intrigued me for one reason in particular - Tested and Approved Mask Friendly. As with all of their products, Clarins carry out clinical studies/consumer surveys, the person wearing the product means as much to them as the product itself, so you can be guaranteed when they launch a product they can back it up.
Being a normal skin type, I can pretty much try any foundation on the market. I would have a slightly oily t-zone but nothing excessive. For me, your base is and should be your number one priority before any foundation application. Hydration is your best friend for longevity and smoothness in texture. Clarins Everlasting Longwering foundation contains ingredients that both hydrate and mattify the skin in synergy. Bamboo powder extract helps to mattify the complexion, whilst Quinoa extract helps to moisturise the skin. A test proved that women experienced a natural even complexion after prolonged wear, free of mask marks and streaking.
Clarins have a fantastic online facility where you can try on the foundation shades in real-time when it comes to colour matching. All you need to do is stand in good daylight, makeup-free and try different shades with your phone. Could you give it a go?
For me, I have always recommended choosing two foundation shades. Once you find a foundation you love, it is more beneficial to get a lighter and darker shade rather than finding an exact shade. As we all know, our skin tone changes throughout the year. The winter months are darker, resulting in us being paler. In summer, our skin tones are darker, thanks to the majority of our time spent outdoors. Let us not forget that in between these times and during, if you are a wearer of false tan, you will need to adjust your foundation shade accordingly. Having the option of mixing foundations to create your perfect shade is ideal. Once you try it a couple of times, you will get the hang of it.
Here are some sample shades of Clarins Everlasting Longwear Foundation that I swatched on my arm;
L-R Flesh - Caramel - Coffee
Over 35 shades to choose from
Inclusive of all skin types/tones
Personally, I prefer to apply my foundation with a brush, but you can use clean, sanitised hands for a sheerer finish. A sponge is another option for a cushioned effect. Check out my IGTV now for a detailed demo on application and tips.
*Top tip - The consistency of this foundation goes a long way; start with half a pump through the centre of the face, delicately moving towards your hairline, ears and jawline. It is highly pigmented, meaning its buildable, medium to full coverage. If you have a drier skin type, you might like to apply an illuminator underneath as a base and skip on powder; alternatively, if you have oily skin, you will be surprised how little powder you will need to keep those oils at bay. Thanks to a plant-based micro patch extract that binds water to the skin's surface, it keeps the skins surface layer hydrated, resulting in less oil production.
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to check in with me and my beauty thoughts. Keep me posted if you try out this amazing new foundation from Clarins. Available in selected stores and pharmacies nationwide and also over on www.clarins.ie
Until next time!
INGREDIENTS* : AQUA/WATER/EAU. METHYL TRIMETHICONE. CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE. DIMETHICONE. SILICA. ISODODECANE. ALCOHOL. BUTYLENE GLYCOL. ACRYLATES/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER. CI 77492/IRON OXIDES. PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE. PENTYLENE GLYCOL. DIMETHICONE/PEG-10/15 CROSSPOLYMER. POLYGLYCERYL-3 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE. SODIUM CHLORIDE. CI 77491/IRON OXIDES. BAMBUSA ARUNDINACEA STEM EXTRACT. PARFUM/FRAGRANCE. AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT. GLYCERIN. CI 77499/IRON OXIDES. DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE. ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE. TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE. SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE. PROPYLENE CARBONATE. ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE. DISODIUM EDTA. HYDROXYETHYL UREA. CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT. DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL. SODIUM BENZOATE. MARRUBIUM VULGARE EXTRACT. SODIUM CITRATE. ALGIN. PHENOXYETHANOL. ACACIA SENEGAL GUM. PHENETHYL ALCOHOL. FURCELLARIA LUMBRICALIS EXTRACT. TOCOPHEROL. LAPSANA COMMUNIS FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT. MARIS SAL/SEA SALT/SEL MARIN [M3567B/112]