Riding on the success of their Skin Illusion Fluid Foundations last year – which is a staple in my makeup regime, Clarins have released a powder counterpart enriched with the same light-reflecting pigments, minerals and plant extracts. [ Product Write-Up ]
While the fluid foundation restores skin’s optimal hydration and revives skin with light, the brand-new loose powder foundation illuminates complexion whilst delivering a matte finish.
Using ingredients such as Pink Opal Powder & “Light Optimizing+” Complex to infuse skin with amplified radiance and, Pink Algae Extract evens the complexion, the oil-free formula is armed with White Tea & Succory Dock-Cress to shield against UV rays.
In terms of packaging, the chunky cube makes a pretty ornament for the vanity table, but is impractical to carry around for touch-ups. The nifty design also includes a high quality, built-in brush that not only delivers easy application, but also double-functions as a lock-in mechanism to prevent spillage.
Densely packed, the soft bristles grasp enough product and distributes evenly on the skin. There is minimal shedding which is to be expected, but doesn’t bleed when washed.
The foundation comes with a sifter and a stopper, which I strongly urge you not to throw away the latter. Not only does it prevents a powdery mess, the stopper is a good tool to have around to push pigments into my brush so I don’t create patches but a light veil of powder on the skin. It can be a hassle to take it out and dip the brush into the mix, but this method has been serving me well.
Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation in 108 Sand
Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation in 105 Nude
108 Sand is a light beige; 105 Nude is closer to my skin tone with pink undertones. If you are presently using the fluid foundation, try not to use it as a benchmark to determine the corresponding powder foundation. It is best to get matched at the counter.
Rule of thumb: concealers (in this case, liquid or cream formulas) should come first before powder foundations. I deliberately skipped this step to demonstrate the product’s light-medium coverage, and my blemishes as points of reference.
The powder is finely-milled hence doesn’t feel heavy despite having 2 layers on the skin. Blemishes are concealed exceptionally well, as shown in the illustration above, and complexion is evened out nicely. My skin is showing 2 different tones because I did not buff the product over my entire face.
Due to the inclusion of Clarins exclusive Plant Micropatch® that ensures skin comfort, it doesn’t cling nor accentuate dry patches – a common occurrence with powders.
The foundation instantly imparts a soft luminous effect, but due to my combination skintype, shine follows soon afterwards. I apply a light veil of Chacott Finishing Powders as a precursor to control excess sebum.
Overall, the foundation is a keeper. Even on a bad skin day, you can expect a decent coverage out of it even if concealer is forgone.
The Clarins Skin Illusion Mineral Foundation is now available at all counters; the Singapore division is offering 4 shades which will retail at S$62 each.