Monday, January 9, 2012
Sampling Samples: Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation
One day a long time ago I was standing at a counter in Myer waiting patiently for someone to come and take some money from me (and as anyone who's ever been to Myer knows, these days it's a long wait), and I saw a stack of these foundation samples sitting on the desk. Right there in the open for anyone to take. This may seem quite a normal thing to you North Americans and Europeans, but for Australians, a free sample actually being OFFERED is a rare thing indeed. I snatched one up quickly and scurried away into the night before anyone saw me.
As sample colours go, this one (111 Toffee) is a pretty decent match for my skin - usually they're way too dark - so I was able to test it outside the house for once. Oddly, this seems to be the darkest colour in the range - they must run really light.
It's quite liquidy so it has a light to medium coverage, but it is buildable. I added another layer to my cheeks and it blended in nicely. I usually apply foundation with my fingers and then sometimes buff it in with one of these if the 'finger finish' isn't cutting it.
I forgot to take a photo of 'after' before I put the rest of my face on, so I am also wearing blush in that second picture. D'oh! (As a side note, check out how much the redness in my cheeks has reduced since I started using Silk Naturals serums, compared to the last foundation sample post I did!)
The problem I had with this foundation is although it doesn't look heavy, it feels heavy - I was constantly aware that I had it on my face and it bothered me. After about 4 hours I couldn't stand it anymore and I had to wash it off, so I can't speak for its lasting power. It also didn't look especially radiant.
It's a shame about the feel because I did really like the look of it. A 30ml bottle of this will set you back $60 in Australia, but as much as I like Clarins' skincare, I'm never overly thrilled with their makeup. They won't be getting my buckaroos on this one.