Friday, August 15, 2008

clarins instant smooth

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I have put another primer to the test.
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

According to the Clarins page:
"Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch provides a flawless, smooth, fresh complexion to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and enlarged pores. The ultra-lightweight yet creamy texture smooths on effortlessly like a 'second skin,' and reduces the appearance of fatigue for more youthful-looking skin. Also enhances the beauty benefits of makeup."

OK. Lest dissect this shall we?

"flawless, smooth, fresh complexion"
Um. Flawless if you know how to use it properly, smooth from the silicones this is loaded with, fresh? Nope. Try again.
"minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and enlarged pores."
Deep set wrinkles. Nope, Fine lines, enlarged pores? Yup!
"ultra-lightweight yet creamy texture smooths on effortlessly like a 'second skin"
Well. Hold on there. It's light but if you aren't used to wearing a primer this will feel a tad heavy, but I wouldn't classify it as second skin as it never really sets and can have a tendency to migrate on very hot days.
"and reduces the appearance of fatigue for more youthful-looking skin"
Ummmm. Nope. I don't see any product being able to do this.

According to the page
"Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch:
The perfect marriage of make-up and skin care for a spectacular beauty effect. A magical melting, invisible texture perfectly smooths the skin by leaving an imperceptible veil over its surface. Wrinkles and fine lines are visually minimized to guarantee a flawless complexion."

That's more believable and actually more true to the product. So the question is: Why is Nordies making claims that Clarins isn't? humm. That's for another blog to investigate.

Here is how I found it.
I have oily, acne prone skin w/ large pores. This product makes me look like I have flawless smooth skin but does not keep me oil free. However that is not in any claim the product makes so I cannot fault it for that. Dr. Brandt Pores No More has been the only thing I have found to control oil for me. It's a matte paste that I use sparingly on my nose and t-zone. Sparingly is the key here. Too much of the product and it can make your foundation look cakey. I recommend this under liquid foundation for the best result. I tried it under powder foundation and had some problems because the powder makeup can look cakey over it. If you use powder foundation I recommend using Dr. Brandt Pores No More. This Clarins product has not caused me to break out but it's loaded with silicones. How am I ever going to figure out what silicone breaks me out with stuff like this? I would buy again but only for use in the winter when my skin is not as oily. All in all it is a wonderful primer that masks my large pores but the huge amounts of silicones makes me worry it might break me out with repeated use. Ingredients for Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch:
Cyclopenntasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenates Vegetable Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone, Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, Disterdimonium Hectorite, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Alcohol Denat., Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Silica Dimethul Silyate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Methylparaben, Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470)

Other products I have tried that failed

Chanel T-mat - Didn't control oil at all. Not ever. :-( Didn't mask my large pores.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel - Broke me out w/ cystic type acne and didn't work well under makeup, masked some large pores.
Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup - Broke me out w/ cystic type acne and didn't work well under makeup. Masked some large pores.

Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion - worked for a few months but then stopped working and I was oily once again. Didn't mask larger pores.

Korres Lemon Anti-Shine Gel - Didn't work at all. Didn't control oil one bit. Didn't mask large pores.


  1. How funny that you would review this today! I bought this several months ago (my first try at primer), but stopped using because I'm lazy and it didn't seem to be worth the extra step. But for some reason it caught my eye sitting in the ol' train case this morning and I'm wearing it today- and here it is on your blog! The universe is a wacky place.

    But anyway- I don't have other primer experiences to compare the Clarins to, but I wish I could return it (Dillard's has a crappy return policy). It's not that it's really bad, it's just not great. It does make my skin feel smoother, but it doesn't look that different, so what's the point? *grumble grumble*

  2. LOL. Our universe is a strange one. I tell ya. We are tied together MU-wise! BTW. You will DIE when you see the new Paul & Joe set I picked up. Keep your eyes open for that one! Back to primer tho, if you like a light one and don't need to worry about oily skin or large pores I suggest Makeup For Ever tinted primers. They are great for evening or brightening your skintone. Right now they only have the HD ones on, but you can order directly from MUFE on the phone at the NYC store. I have done this in the past with great results. You also might see if they can send you a sample to try before you buy! (they have done that for me too.)


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