Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10

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).

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Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10

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.

Swatchy Time!

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Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10 102.5 Porcelain

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. 😛

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And here’s what Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10 102.5 Porcelain looks like applied on my face.

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Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation SPF 10

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. 😛

  • Hey Tracy, I thought it looks way too dark in the swatch, but it seems like a great match for you once you put it on! Foundations have a way of surprising people. I think I’ll have to skip because you said it’s not for those with oilier skin, but I love how youthful and radiant it makes you look!

    • Right? I was like WTH. It totally matches haha! Yeah it’s not for oily skin I feel. But thanks! I do like it a lot!

  • Some foundations do change colors once applied on skin. I often shop foundation unswatched, and I’ve experienced this, too. It looks like this is a good match for you after all. Love how natural and glowy the finish is!
    I tend to look for lighter dewy foundation for myself in the colder months, but I also use different sunscreen and moisturizer underneath which seems to make difference as well. 🙂

    • This one surprised me SO MUCH. Yeah, me too. I change up my sunscreen and moisturizer too. We sound the same!

  • I like hydration and light diffusing BUT NO, I DON’T LIKE CUCUMBERS, LOL. WHYYYY. I haven’t been happy with any of my foundations or powders lately, boo. I think because I haven’t been wearing anything besides a little bit of concealer, I’ve gotten used to the way skin looks?

    BUT YOU LOOK AMAZEBALLS. ALWAYS. <3

    • HAHAHAHA I KNOW! You and my mum. She hated them too LOL!
      You sound like me. Staying at home most days kinda’ make you more comfy in your own skin, hey? And you don’t care so much about covering it all up!

  • Liz

    This one looks really nice and natural on you! Was scared of the swatch though, lol. I also hate stifling the glow with powder, so even though I’m more oily than dry, I just let the shine through and blot a lot in the afternoon. Clarins makes good foundations.

    • Thanks! ME TOO, I was like WHAT?? NO. But it worked somehow!
      They do! This is my first and I’m impressed!

  • This gives you such a beautiful glow! It might be too dewy for my oily skin, but I can imagine mixing this in with my ColourStay for some extra sheerness and sheen 🙂

    • Thanks! Yeah, I feel it’s too dewy for oily, but your solution would probably work for sure!

  • I haven’t tried any Clarins makeup products (just their skincare), but I am all about luminous foundations so I must give this a try!

  • It does look radiant! And I think the shades look like they’re totally for me!

  • Lily

    LOL at the smaller photo. You totally cracked me up. With my new blog layout, all my pictures have to be resized LARGER and it scares the hell outta me. HAHAHA!

  • This sounds pretty awesome for non-oily types, and it looks beautiful on you. Or, I should say, you look beautiful with it on your face! Cuke-scented foundation? I love that idea. I love cukes! Have you ever tried the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush? I only got mine about 2 months ago and it has been, truly, a game-changer. And that’s not a word I toss around. It makes any BB Cream, tinted moisturizer, or foundation go on beautifully and takes NO EFFORT. It takes me 30 seconds to do my whole face. It really simplifies things! 🙂 Oh and it’s under $8 bucks USD so it would be around $11 CAD. It’s amazeballs.

    • Yeah I have it! But it the buffing action my skin can’t take. Buffing starts to exfoliate and dry bits show up. With the Beauty Blender being damp and the tapping motion to apply, that doesn’t happen. It really a dry/dehydrated skin’s bff for foundation. I use it even to apply mineral foundation too. Works SO well for that.
      Thanks! It’s a good one!

      • Man, this makes SO MUCH SENSE. Whenever I use a Beauty Blender, I find my skin is VERY shiny by late afternoon. That never happens with the RT brush. I guess a B. Blender is really a better solution for dry skin and the RT brush is better for oily folks! Mama needs exfoliating/buffing and you need a damp spongey bouncer! What?!? LOL!

      • Yup! Hahahaha! And my irritated skin right now really can’t take any buffing!