I gotta say, I have never been overly impressed with many of the foundations I have used in my time but I’ve stumbled upon this one recently and I’m totally smitten…
My love for Clarins skincare goes back many years but I had never really ventured into the realm of their make up range and I gotta say I’m hugely impressed.
Coming across Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation was a similar feeling to what Benjamin Franklin must have felt when he conducted his experiment with a kite, a key and a storm….illuminating! I have been on a bit of a hunt for a swoon worthy foundation and tested out many a sample over the last few months including Diorskin Star, the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Bobbi Brown’s Moisture rich and skin foundations among others. Of course Chanel is perfection HOWEVER if you take price into consideration this foundation is R400 compared to Chanel’s R600 which in my opinion gives Chanel a serious run for it’s money overall! And you must know, I don’t use house of Chanel name in vain lightly!
Clarins Skin Illusion foundation has an SPF 10 as well as mineral and plant ingredients. There’s pink algae which helps to hydrate and tone the skin, pink opal powder to diffuse light giving the complexion radiance. The pigments are also coated in a plant based amino acids…. basically a winning combination of mineral and plant based ingredients.
Formula – light and sheer, it glides on easily and melts into the skin beautifully, I use my fingertips and it’s much like a moisturizer. My skin feels natural, fresh and glowing. It doesn’t feel cakey on the skin and has great staying power.
Skin Illusion is also a light-reflecting foundation as well as a hydrating one. It captures, diffuses and magnifies the light which gives the complexion and even tone and it looks glowy and healthy – yes please!
Smell – hands down the best smelling foundation I have used. Has a lovely fresh smell a bit like cucumber
Packaging – I cant stand foundation bottles that don’t have a pump! My Mac foundation gets everywhere, it’s a pain to pour out. No pump means you over use and it isn’t hygienic. This is a beautiful glass bottle with a pump and sleek elegant gold lid
Shades – I am using #108 in sand, there are 10 shades available including 4 ethnic shades
Cost – R400
You can buy Clarins in department stores or online here
I would highly recommend and I also cannot wait to try their concealer, cream blush and ‘lip perfector’