My first Foundation Fridays post! Woohoo! Of course, this is not my first foundation review – but the first time I’m referring to a review in this manner, so that makes it exciting, right? Anyway, as you may recall from my first CCO Haul a few weeks ago, I featured some foundations I’d scored at the Clarins Outlet: the Clarins Everlasting Foundation and the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation. Got these at a great deal: 2 for $25.00 USD (I know, unbelievable right?). I’d been wanting to try the Ever Matte for a while now, so scoring the Everlasting was a bonus. The regular retail price is: $39.00 USD/£27.00.
What the company says: According to Clarins, this “foundation offers 15 hours of impeccable coverage and total comfort”. It is formulated with what Clarins calls a “high-fidelity system” which “enables a light, invisible veil to set your foundation” leaving it soft and supple. Additionally, Clarins’ exclusive “Light-Optimizing Complex” captures, diffuses and magnifies light which minimizes fine lines and small imperfections for an even and luminous complexion.
Packaging: The Foundation gets an A for packaging. The sturdy frosted glass bottle is elegant and the pump convenient.
Shade selection: There are ten shades listed on the Clarins International site, ranging from 103 Ivory to 113 Chestnut. There are seven listed on the Clarins USA site, skipping some of the lighter shades and going up to 118 Sienna, and eight on the UK site, going up to 113 Chestnut but skipping shades 104 and 106. I’m not sure if they stock different shades for different jurisdictions or if the product is being discontinued or reformulated.
I purchased 112 Amber which is probably a shade and half too dark. I would have preferred something like 110 Honey, but there were only about 3 or 4 shades available at the Outlet. In general shade selections seems to lean toward the fairer side of things. I’m light to medium – closer to the lighter end of medium even in Summer. So the fact that 112 Amber is an O.K. match for me says something. Good news for paler ladies who have difficulty finding shade matches (maybe 103 Ivory is worth a look) but limited for darker complexions.
Coverage: On the bottle, coverage is listed as full. I would characterize it as medium to full. In other and related exciting news, I’ve discovered that the annoying freckles on my hands can be put to good use. To demonstrate coverage, in the photos below you can see my bare hand (freckles apparent) compared to the same hand with one layer of the Everlasting Foundation applied using a Beauty Blender. The foundation almost covers the larger freckle completely and the small one is no longer visible. Please note that as the foundation is applied on the top of the hand which tends to have little lines that the face does not, this doesn’t necessarily demonstrate the finish of the foundation on the face (but may be useful if you’re wondering how the formula plays with fine lines).
Application Notes: Prior to application, shake the bottle well. The first time I pumped it out, I failed to shake and the product came out thin and “liquidy”. After proper shaking, the texture/consistency is more of a medium weight – similar to the Dior Star Foundation, perhaps slightly thinner. Also, don’t use too much, otherwise it will end up looking obvious. I have a large face and blend down the neck a bit, so I tried four pumps (my usual) on the first go. Three works much, much better – its like night and day. To apply the Clarins Everlasting Foundation, I prefer a damp Beauty Blender (which gives about medium coverage) or a firm, moderately dense (but not flat topped) brush like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This foundation has decent slip and blends well.
Finish: A slight powder matte-satin finish on my oily-combo skin (which has some signs of dehydration). Did not cling to dry patches.
Wear: With a name like “Clarins Everlasting Foundation” it should be obvious what this foundation is designed to do – to be long-wearing. While I’ve not worn it for a full 15 hours, I have done so for about 12 hours and can say that it stays put pretty well. We had a really hot day last week during which I worked up a sweat and the foundation maintained its “structure” so to speak. A pro for those of us in hotter climates (the real test will be when Summer comes). The Everlasting foundation is not as light weight as some of the newer foundations out there, but it is not heavy feeling on the skin either.
Other Notes: This foundation has an obvious floral-type fragrance that can linger for about an hour into wear. It has an SPF of 15 (2% Titanium Dioxide).
Final Thoughts: All in all, I like this foundation. It provides me the level of coverage I like, is not too heavy and wears well. I could do without the fragrance, but I’m not one that is generally bothered by fragrance in makeup. Due to the shade I purchased being too dark, I’ll probably end up putting this aside until Summer.
Have you tried the Clarins Everlasting Foundation? What is you experience with Clarins in general and what do you think of the brand?
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