To be honest, I’m not a huge foundation fan. Yeah, that’s right. I’m more of a BB Cream, tinted moisturizer kinda’ makeup junkie if I use a liquid. Or I go for powders. I think it’s because most foundations are just SO MUCH WORK. All that blending, blending, buffing-I’m much too lazy for all of that! So it took me a bit of time to try Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10($42).
Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10 is a light-reflecting, hydrating foundation that’s made with classic Clarins ingredients of mineral and plant active ingredients. It’s apparently suitable for all skin types, but I think it’s better suited for normal to dry skins, and combination skin if set with some powder. It’s much too hydrating for oilier skin types in my opinion.
I don’t get how this shade is porcelain though? It’s a tad dark for the lightest shade don’t you think? Now, I haven’t seen the other shades, but I’m thinking another shade would have been better suited for me. Although, I was able to make it work as you’ll see in the pics later. It’s a thick creamy foundation, and does have a really light cucumber scent which I like. The scent does dissipate, but those of you with a sensitive nose and hate cucumbers(HI LARIE) probably won’t like that.
What I really like about Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation is how radiant it makes my skin look. Glowing in fact! And that’s thanks to the light optimizing complex and pink opal in the foundation. It really does a fantastic job of capturing and diffusing the light, making imperfections less noticeable. It has a light to medium coverage, and really melts into the skin leaving it looking quite natural and skin-like. Guess that’s why it’s called Skin Illusion!
Ok, enough talk! Here’s my skin before in all it’s red, patchy glory, and sized smaller so it doesn’t scare you all too much. 😛
And here’s what Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10 102.5 Porcelain looks like applied on my face.
I’m also wearing some mascara and brow powder in that after, but that’s it! I think you can see the glow that Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation gives! It does a pretty good job at covering redness too, but I could use a bit of concealer to help with some of the stubborn red parts. I use a Beauty Blender to apply it, as I do find that it can catch on some dry bits otherwise. I’ve been using a retinol product once a week now that it’s fall, and it’s such a good one that my skin is flaky for quite a few days after. The foundation can settle into pores, so if you have ’em like I do, you might want to use a primer to make sure that doesn’t happen. Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation lasts pretty well on me too, but not much past 8 hours. It lasts longer when set with some powder though, but for me that kind of takes away from the lovely glow it gives. Also why bother with SPF 10 Clarins? I’d rather there wasn’t any SPF in there, because 10 is not going to do anyone any good. It doesn’t matter to me as I always wear a separate sunscreen anyways, but there are some people that still don’t and might think that’s good enough protection.
You can find Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF10 at all Clarins counters right now and online as well. It’s quite a lovely foundation actually, and worth a try now that the weather is cooling. It would be a great foundation for fall and winter that’s for sure!
What do you look for in a foundation once the weather cools? More coverage? Hydration? Light Diffusing? Or do you keep using your old faithful?
*product sent by PR for review, thoughts and redness are mine! And I’m even redder now that the weather is getting cold dang it. 😛