Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation Foundation | Review+Swatch

“Just like your own skin – only more perfect!

Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation SPF10 is a deeply comforting and hydrating fluid that creates a natural-looking complexion with its blend of light reflecting pigments, plant extracts and minerals.

Skin looks healthier and more refined. Its lightweight texture that melts into the skin for a barely-there look that perfectly conceals imperfections.

With the Clarins Skin Illusion foundation, the complexion is evened, enhanced and smoothed with pink opal powder, a mineral that helps to minimise the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Pink algae extract provides instant hydrating effects, to stimulate, tone and regenerate the skin.”

  • Apply with light, smoothing movements from the middle of the face outwards. Then lightly blend in towards the neck, hairline and ears.
  • Triple protection from pollution, free radicals and UVA-UVB rays, with 100% natural SPF10 sun filters.
  • Plant micro-patch for perfect, continuous hydration.
  • Light Optimizing Complex optimises the complexion’s luminosity.
Price – INR 2400 (approx)



Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation comes in a beautiful glass bottle with pale gold cap. I am absolutely in love with the packaging, very sturdy and feels luxurious and expensive.

It is a light to medium coverage foundation that is buildable without cakiness. It applies like a dream. I use my fingers and it goes on smoothly, masking imperfections and redness. The only concealing required after this is under the eyes and a few spots here and there. It is in the category of those “skin-like” foundations which are lightweight, luminous with great texture, buildable coverage without being cakey, in the same style as Lingerie de Peau by Guerlain or Dior’s DiorskinNude.

It supposedly has light reflecting particles in it, although i can barely detect them. Although, the finish is almost pearlescent.


The only downside of this foundation (if I ignore the price for the moment) is fragrance. I do not understand why Clarins puts this same smell in most of its perfumes. It is not required…I don’t want my face to “smell” like roses or whatever it is. Also, it franky has quite an amount of alcohol in it as well.
Also, the foundation shades are as if they are suited for the pale complexioned. I got it online for Nordstrom.com and even the shade 6-8 on their list is too pale. I have it in Shade Sand and it is tad too light for my skin. I think Honey would have been a better choice.

                                                                                                                                                  The Good

  • light to medium coverage which is buildable
  • great texture
  • feels light on skin
  • no parabens or mineral oil
  • great packaging
  • lasts upto 6hrs without primer/setting spray
  • give a nice glow to skin
  • all skin types

The Bad

  • alcohol level (5th on ingredient list)
  • fragranced                                                                                                                                                                             

I have really been loving this foundation, as fragrance really doesn’t irritate my skin or my nose ;). It is a beautiful foundation, a must try. 
Rating – 4/5



PS – Thanks so much guy for lovely comments on my last “Chocolate Fudge cake” post, they were really encouraging. Loads of love to my readers. …also a giveaway coming up soon!!


xoxo 
SJ
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