There are so many new foundations being released at the moment and one that I couldn't wait to get my hands on is Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid Foundation. Their Skin Illusion Foundation is one that I have repurchased - something that doesn't happen regularly when you're a beauty junkie, and I absolutely adore their Instant Concealer. That coupled with the promise of luminosity and that it combines the best of makeup and Clarins skincare combined had me instantly intrigued.
The packaging is as classic as you'd expect from Clarins - a glass bottle with a gold lid and I love that it has a pump. There is 30ml of product and it's priced at £35, which sits nicely in the mid-budget range. There are 24 shades available and although I haven't seen all of them in the flesh, it looks to be a vast range from very light to deep. It contains SPF 15, which provides UVA and UVB protection.
If you ever wondered what the difference is between luminosity and radiance, Clarins describe it as how the skin returns the light captured from the environment. Smooth surface skin reflects the light to give a radiant look. The remaining light is diffused inside the skin, which then returns to the surface and this is luminosity. Think of the term 'lit from within' - this refers to luminous skin. The problem with achieving luminous skin as we age is loss of collagen. When collagen density decreases, skin loses luminosity. With this in mind, the brand discovered that there are two key ingredients, which help to smooth and firm the skin and both of these are in this foundation. They are Chicory (which encourages collagen synthesis) and Red jania extract (which helps to smooth the skin). Both work to immediately improve the appearance of skin but also over time with continued use.
The formula is creamy, yet lightweight. It contains konjac micropearls (which plump the skin), argan oil (which nourishes the skin) and organic oat sugars (which firm the skin). It also contains a Skin Tone Optimising Complex, which was created to prevent dullness and even skin tone. It also has an Anti-Pollution Complex. This is one hard-working foundation.
Although the texture is creamy, it feels weightless on the skin. I have applied it with my fingers, brush and beauty sponge and my personal preference is with my fingers. It blends seamlessly into the skin and most definitely evens out skin tone. I have some areas of redness as my skin is prone to inflammation but I find that this foundation creates an even base without the need to build up in any areas. One pump gives light coverage but two give medium coverage - still enough to see my freckles but my skin looks very even in colour and smooth in texture.
I find that it glides over my pores without highlighting them. The finish is certainly luminous but not dewy - it just looks very lit from within. I generally find that foundations that are described as long-wearing, feel heavy on my skin but this doesn't and it doesn't look at all flat. It looks like healthy, fresh skin. In terms of wear time, I get a good 7/8 hours before I need to refresh and possibly touch up around my nose but that could be because I've had pneumonia recently and am still congested and blowing my nose regularly so I will update on this in a few weeks time when I'm finally free of this.
Overall, I love this foundation and it certainly lives up to my expectations. If you are looking for a luminous base that won't give a dewy or greasy look to the skin, will blur the appearance of pores and actively help to improve skin with wear, you cannot go wrong with this foundation.
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