Feb 13 2015

Foundation Fridays: Clarins Ever Matte Foundation


If you caught my last Foundation Friday post, you would recall that I’d scored two Clarins foundations for an incredible deal and that the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation was one of them.

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation Review

What the company says: According to Clarins, this “shine-stopping, oil-free formula maintains a fresh matte, yet radiant finish for hours of beautiful wear. It protects from sun, pollution, and free radicals. The Skin Detox complex (made of plant extracts) absorbs excess sebum and regulates its production, helping to rid skin of impurities and tightens pores. The Light Optimizing+ complex instantly captures, diffuses and magnifies light minimizing imperfections and fine lines for more even-toned and luminous complexion. And finally, the Plant Micropatch® keeps skin moisturized, supple and comfortable.” The Clarins Ever Matte Foundation retails for $35.00 USD/£27.00.

These are my thoughts…


Clarins Ever Matte Foundation

Packaging: The sturdy plastic squeeze bottle is practical (given the thickness of the formula) and the gold cap adds that element of luxury. I store the bottle upright and have not experience spillage or leakage.

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation Review Packaging

Shade selection: There are 11 shades listed on the Clarins International site as well as the Clarins UK site (ranging from 103 Ivory to 114 Cappuccino), but only 6 shades listed on the Clarins US site.  As I said before, I’m not sure if they stock different shades for different jurisdictions, if the product is being discontinued/reformulated or if the Clarins USA site is just out of stock.  Also, although the matte foundations offers one more deep shade selection than the everlasting foundation does, generally speaking shade selection is limited for darker complexions. While I purchased the Everlasting Foundation in shade 112 Amber because of limited sale selection, I managed to get 108 Sand in the Ever Matte which matches much better (if a tad light).

Coverage: Coverage is listed as Medium. In my estimation, however, this is more of a light coverage which is buildable to nearly medium. You will notice that the hand with the foundation looks a little dry – that’s not a reflection of the foundation but rather, the fact that my hands were a little chapped.


Clarins Ever Matte Foundation

Bare Hand

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation Coverage

One Layer of Clarins Ever Matte Foundation


Application Notes: I like this best with a Beauty Blender. As the formula is on the thicker side, I find it challenging to get an even, sans brushstrokes finish using a brush, whether it be a flat top blending brush or more traditional foundation brush.  With a Beauty Blender, the foundation layers and builds well.

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation Review Swatch

Finish: On my oily-combo skin, the Clarins Ever Matte foundation has a powder-like, soft-focus, semi-matte/satin finish.


Wear: This is where the foundation falls short. It’s meant to be mattifying but despite setting with a powder, about 6 hours into the day, the foundation begins to shift and I notice shine in the T-zone. Although not the worst formula I’ve ever tried in this respect, by the end if the day it’s noticeable worn around the nose and mouth area as well.  It does feel a bit heavy on the skin but I think I feel that way because of all the light-weight foundations I’ve experienced lately. This isn’t any heavier, for example, that the MUFE Mat Velvet + Foundation which was in my regular rotation for years.


Other Notes: This foundation has a strong floral fragrance that can linger for about an hour into wear. It has an SPF of 15 (2% Titanium Dioxide).


Final Thoughts: The shade match is near perfect for me for this time of year when I’m a tad paler but the coverage is lighter than I prefer. Also, the formula doesn’t keep me as matte as I’d expected so bear this in mind if you have very oily skin. I might end up mixing it with the Everlasting foundation to amp up the coverage and wear-time. It just may result in the perfect shade match as well. 🙂

Have you tried the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation? What is you experience with Clarins in general and what do you think of the brand?



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  1. Love this foundation, leaves my skin feeling soft and gives an even coverage 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Hayley x

      • Kimmy on February 13, 2015 at 11:05 am
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      Glad to hear you’re a fan as well! Thanks for stopping by, Haley. 🙂

  2. Sounds like a pretty good foundation. The only Clarins product I have is their hand and nail treatment cream and I love it!!! I use it all of the time. 🙂 xx

      • Kimmy on February 16, 2015 at 11:11 am
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      It is a decent foundation. I’ve been mixing it with the Everlasting and like it much better that way. But for someone who prefers lighter coverage with some mild oil control, this may be worth looking into. The only thing is that I can see not everyone getting on with the floral scent. 🙂 Still gotta pick up that hand and nail cream!

    • Jaa on February 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm
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    The packaging looks quite similar to the new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide yeah? I actually like the sound of the light-nearly medium coverage but the heavy feel and powdery finish may not be ideal for my current winter skin. Definitely something to keep in mind for summer! 🙂

      • Kimmy on February 16, 2015 at 11:12 am
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      It does look similar! Have you tried that one, the LM Smooth Finish? (I should probably head over to your blog and do some research before I ask that, hehe). 🙂

  3. Not sure I would pick it up for myself as I get real oily summer time. x

    Pink Frenzy

      • Kimmy on February 16, 2015 at 11:15 am
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      Yeah I was surprised that it didn’t do a better job. But don’t get me wrong, there were some moderate mattifying qualities. Plus this time of year, I always wear a heavier moisturizer which I should have mentioned and which may have contributed to getting shinier soon. Regardless, I think very oily skin types maybe would want more. But I’m still liking it well enough! 🙂

  4. i love clarins but i’ve never tried any of their face makeup, might have to go look soon!

      • Kimmy on February 16, 2015 at 11:19 am
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      Thank’s for stopping by, Danielle. Definitely check them out and get a tester if you can. Clarins products are scented. 🙂

    • Silke Laura on February 15, 2015 at 11:09 am
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    Mattifying foundations aren’t really my thing, unfortunately! I do own a Clarins foundation myself which I haven’t tried in ages.. I should try it on once again, don’t know why I haven’t used it in ages!

      • Kimmy on February 16, 2015 at 11:25 am
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      Which foundation formula is it? I find that Clarins makeup definitely appeals to a certain market, generally speaking. I like many of their products but I think they’d do well to try to lessen the heavy in some of the face products in particular. Not that I mind, but I can imagine that some do. 🙂

    • kpsays on February 16, 2015 at 12:01 am
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    I’ve never tried any foundations from Clarins! Not sure why??? I love the packaging of this one. I love squeeze tube foundation, but the cap on this one makes it look so nice!

      • Kimmy on February 16, 2015 at 11:45 am
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      I think Clarins definitely gets overlooked sometimes when it comes to makeup. And not everyone is a fan of the scent of the foundations. But definitely get some testers if you ever have a chance! xo

  5. For some reason I’ve never truly liked any of their foundations, and I’ve recently grabbed a sample of their reformulated Everlasting and I’m not liking that one too much either… I haven’t found a bad one but not a truly good one yet! xx
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm
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      I feel you. I’m enjoying both foundations but they are not my favorite of all time or anything. Mixed together though really boosts the formula and performance – I definitely see the combo working well for me in the Summer months especially. xo

    • Kate on May 23, 2016 at 11:35 am
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    I was interested to read this review as I love the finish of Clarins Extra Comfort foundation, but just wish it had more staying power! Sounds like this lighter coverage version is similar. A shame because I like their formulas, but I really need my base to last! x

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