Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation


I had never tried a Clarins foundation before, so when I was recommended to use their Skin Illusion formulation, I was half excited, half apprehensive.

The packaging is lovely: Heavy glass with a gold cap and a hygiene-conscious pump. The formulation is very thick compared to my normal choice in foundation. It’s somewhere in between a liquid and a crème. It applies quite thickly, which made me think that I wouldn’t like it at first but the finish is surprisingly natural (hence the name!). It has a medium, buildable coverage that leaves you looking flawless yet fresh with a slightly dewy finish.

This formula is designed for normal to dry skins so if you get oily, I’d steer clear. If you have drier skin, like a fairly high level of coverage but don’t want to look too caked in makeup or too matte, then this would be a great choice for you. It also comes with SPF 10 which is great basic everyday protection.

Personally, it provides a little more coverage than I like for everyday wear, but I love this for going out or if I’m on camera. If you’d like to see me wearing this foundation on camera, click HERE.

A lot of reviews online rave about it’s lightweight feel, but this is one aspect on which I would be inclined to disagree. This isn’t a heavy foundation by any means, but I can certainly feel that I’m wearing it. If you’re looking for a more lightweight foundation for everyday wear, then I would recommend going for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

It’s on the more reasonable end of the high end market price-wise at £24, but you can get it for £21 with free delivery HERE.

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