Monday, 30 January 2012

Review: Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation


I had never tried a Clarins foundation before, so when I was recommended to use their Skin Illusion formulation, I was half excited, half apprehensive.

The packaging is lovely: Heavy glass with a gold cap and a hygiene-conscious pump. The formulation is very thick compared to my normal choice in foundation. It’s somewhere in between a liquid and a crème. It applies quite thickly, which made me think that I wouldn’t like it at first but the finish is surprisingly natural (hence the name!). It has a medium, buildable coverage that leaves you looking flawless yet fresh with a slightly dewy finish.

This formula is designed for normal to dry skins so if you get oily, I’d steer clear. If you have drier skin, like a fairly high level of coverage but don’t want to look too caked in makeup or too matte, then this would be a great choice for you. It also comes with SPF 10 which is great basic everyday protection.

Personally, it provides a little more coverage than I like for everyday wear, but I love this for going out or if I’m on camera. If you’d like to see me wearing this foundation on camera, click HERE.

A lot of reviews online rave about it’s lightweight feel, but this is one aspect on which I would be inclined to disagree. This isn’t a heavy foundation by any means, but I can certainly feel that I’m wearing it. If you’re looking for a more lightweight foundation for everyday wear, then I would recommend going for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

It’s on the more reasonable end of the high end market price-wise at £24, but you can get it for £21 with free delivery HERE.
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17 comments

  1. i have the same problem with the coverage and heaviness of this foundation. i mix it with a bit of mac strobe cream. :)

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  2. I should really check this foundation out.

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  3. Oh yay, I've been waiting for this review ever since you wore it in your Best Beauty Products of 2011 video! I definitely want to try this one out, as the Chanel Vitalumière gives me dry spots unfortunately :(

    http://particolour.blogspot.com

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  4. I have dry skin and I'm always on the look out for a nice foundation that will photograph well, think I'm going to have to try and get a sample! xxx

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  5. Great review! :) whatrebeccasaid.blogspot.com xxx

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  6. Great review I just reviewed this product as well

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  7. I have heard great things about Clarins foundations but have never tried them..I love the light feel of Vitalumiere so I probably would find this too heavy.

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  8. Thanks for the review, its one of my favorite foundation, I use it very often and I love the finish look! thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh I am actually looking for a good foundation at the moment... like this one, its bit luminous with a good buildable coverage... must check it out....
    Greets from Dublin
    xxx Marina

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  10. this looks like a nic foundation, might give it a go :) thanks for great review fleur x
    www.harrihairandbeauty.blogspot.com

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  11. Might be worth the splurge ....

    Thanks for review..

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  12. Love this foundation. Aqua Lumiere was too much hydration for me, this is a great alternative if you are more on the combination oily side

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  13. Literally exactly the same packaging as Dior forever foundation! Copycats >_<

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  14. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...

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