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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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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