Earlier this month, my husband and I were running some errands together. He wanted to pick up a few gifts, so he dropped me off at the mall. I decided to go to the Clarins counter and get a sample of the Skin Illusion foundation, and get color matched. The sales associate was SO nice. She wasn’t pushy at all and did a great job matching me.
I’ve never tried any Clarins foundations before this, but I have used their primer, which I love. The sales associate gave me two sample packets, which was more than enough for 5+ uses, and she put it in this teeny-tiny adorable bag with her business card. I was very impressed with the professionalism and presentation!
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION (from Nordstrom.com)
A light-reflecting, hydrating foundation formulated with SPF 10 that perfectly combines mineral and plant active ingredients to create a naturally radiant complexion. The unique blend of ingredients continuously hydrates and protects the skin, beautifully enhancing the complexion with a new radiance.
This foundation has SPF 10 and the consistency is fluid, but not runny. It is very, very soft and velvety; the texture is very nice and luxurious. On the skin, it looks really natural, as it has a satin finish. It isn’t cakey or heavy, is lightweight, blends easily, and when it fades, it doesn’t look patchy. Coverage is medium according to Clarins- I found this on the sheer side of medium and really liked it.
I was color matched to shade 109 Wheat, which was an excellent match for my neutral skin. There are 14 shades in the line (on Nordstrom’s website). The foundation does have a very fresh scent, like cucumbers. I think it actually smells quite nice, but if you have sensitive skin, this might be a problem. It’s a refreshing change from the typical heavy flowers scent that so many foundations have.
The wear time is pretty average. I get about 7 hours before seeing some fading, and that is set with a powder. I usually touch up my powder throughout the day anyway. My skin type is mostly normal. I’m not sure how this would do with oily skin or dry skin. I suspect that it might cling to dry patches and have less lasting time with really oily skin, so a powder and primer would likely be necessary.
My favorite thing about this foundation is the weight. It is SO light that I can’t even feel it on my face. It doesn’t clog pores or make me feel like I’m wearing a mask.
This foundation does not oxidize on my skin, but that is a problem I rarely have.
Overall, huge thumbs up from me. I would purchase this in a heartbeat, but I need to finish up some products first, particularly since I just purchased the MUFE foundation in November, and am loving it.
The price of the Clarins foundation is pretty average in terms of high end foundations- it’s $39 for 1 ounce. This also pairs amazingly with the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer!
Have you tried any Clarins foundations before? What do you think of them? I definitely want to go to the counter to try some other varieties. 🙂