You may see this title and think that sounds familiar?
Well you are not wrong Clarins True Radiance Foundation has been around before and was discontinued.
I am afraid I have no how long ago Clarins True Radiance Foundation was around or when it was wiped from the shelves but it is back, better than ever and I'm for one a fan...
A quick note on the packaging - what you see really is what you get.
A glass bottle complete with a pump - it is slick enough and looks pricey but I must state that the pump is a little prone to leaking. I was sent two shades to test out and both pumps have leaked a little product, luckily enough said leak didn't spill out from the cap but it is worth noting none the less. Being glass you many want to dispense a little product into a plastic container or bottle for travel as I do worry that the leaking problem would only be intensified if jostled around when travelling.
So yes on the 3rd of August Clarins will launch their newest foundation! "- Clarins True Radiance Foundation. It will come in 10 shades Beauty brand Porcelain, Beige, Honey, Cappuccino, Ivory, Sand, Amber, Nude, Wheat and Chestnut. The shade range is fairly vast and there is shades for the lightest of skin tones right through to deeper complexions. Don't get me wrong it goes without saying that some skin tones will struggle finding a match but isn't that always the case? I have the shade Cappucino which is a medium to medium deep shade which is too deep for me personally but would maybe suit those around the NC40 skin tone. I also have Sand which is a smidgen too light but is very similar in tone to MAC NC30 foundations.
"Clarins True Radiance offers a range of skincare and make-up benefits, with key ingredients including: tara gum and samphire plant extract, to create a hydrating layer on the skin's surface, helping to maintain 24-hour hydration; amino acid coated pigments, ensuring make-up hold and comfort on application, while boosting the skin's natural radiance and luminosity; and Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex, containing white tea and succory dock-cress extract to protect the skin against pollution and free radicals, shielding against a dull complexion."
Shades aside which is always the most cumbersome part of finding an ideal foundation the formula is what you really clicked on this post to read about. The texture is light yet creamy, initially this worried me having oily skin but once blended on to the skin it is weightless yet covers exceptionally well. At the moment my skin is abysmal, I have large blemishes all along my jaw line and yet I can skip concealer with this foundation. It doesn't cake, oxidise nor does it look heavy. Yes this is a radiance boosting formula but there is not a shimmer particle insight, rather it brightens and lifts the complexion and settles to a natural matte finish. It isn't dewy nor is it flat just somewhere in the middle. I do have to warn that although this is long wearing and fairly transfer resistant on the really oily areas of my face (t-zone) this does become really shiny after around 6 hours of wear even with a primer and powder combo. I personally don't find this to be a problem as a quick dusting of powder and the problem is eradicated, I do however know that for some this well be less than ideal. For the rest of my face cheeks, chin et al the wear time is closer to 10 hours again with a primer and face powder. Shine aspect aside I can not fault this foundation and as you can read above it does contain amino acid pigments to ensure hydration so even the driest of skin types should be able to use this foundation. It also contains an SPF15 and Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex to protect the skin from city living and general pollution.
Look out for Clarins True Radiance Foundation launching next month.
This post contains a press sample.
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