Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation Review


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!


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.

clarins4Clarins 109 Wheat, MAC Face & Body in N2, NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe, Bourjois Healthy Mix 53 Beige Clair, CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous in 205 Natural Beige

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. 🙂

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4 Responses to Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation Review

  1. Katherine M says:

    I haven’t tried their foundations before but I do use Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer. I just love it! It comes in a small container but lasts a long time. It is so soft, it feels like butter lol. Definitely helps make my skin look softer! 🙂

  2. Erin says:

    Looks very lovely on you, Melissa. I love Clarins stuff. I have several of their products- powder bronzer (better than Guerlain’s), eyeshadow quad (love their shadow- goes on like velvet- but lasting power not long), and I find their blush is very natural and finely milled. Even Paula’s Choice reviews gives them a very good score. (I have a gift with purchase pink blush that has an amazing glow). Their chubby lip crayons are excellent- last summer I got a beautiful coral shade, and a self adjusting pink that is amazing! I also have their 3-dot eyeliner, which is nice, but I find it takes a while to apply and I get impatient. I haven’t used much in the way of their skin products- only samples. Merry Christmas, Melissa!

    • MelissaC says:

      Thanks for the recommendations, Erin! 🙂 I will have to try more from Clarins. I have never tried their other color products. Have a Merry Christmas!! 😀

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