For my makeup review to blend well with my travel blog, I’ll take photos of makeup at some touristy spot. Can you guess where this photo was taken? Okay, let’s do some solid review on this French sweetheart. Comparative swatches are included (MAC NC25 & C3).

Coverage & Finish

Medium (towards full) coverage. Dewy finish.

It gives off a healthy glow to the skin. Despite it being a medium/full coverage, the foundation look surprisingly natural and undetectable. Weird and wonderful stuff.

It glides over dry patches with magic and blurs imperfection into oblivion.

Skin type

For dry / dehydrated / Sahara desert skin for sure. Combination skin can pull it off if set with powder on oily areas.

But seriously, if you have oily skin, stay away from this.

My skin type? click here

Fragrance

Feminine, floral and sweet. It smells very typical Clarins. I have no idea how to describe it.

Packaging

I have been using Clarins since the 90s. I still miss their packaging that came with red ruby or the white gem.

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The current version is a glass bottle (weighty 147g) with an elaborate plastic lid. The inside of the lid is Clarins red. It has a natural pump. It is pretty, but NOTHING close to their older packaging when the outer box had the red rose print.

Country of origin

Made in France

Application method

By the warmth of my palm. The formula is well suited to being rubbed by my hands and be slap straight onto my face. I literately pop a pump of the stuff into my palm. Rub and press it onto my face with both hands. It feels and looks great this way.

 

I was not a fan of sponge for this foundation. Sponge application only created work for me aka wash the sponge.

Colour

I use 108 sand. It’s a fab natural match for me. But then, I’m those lucky MAC NC25 (or C2) girls.

Most of their shades run red. They only have 10 shades. Honestly, at this price point, their colour variety is worse than most drugstore foundations. The only saving grace is that this is a medium coverage, so most people can get away with some off tone.

Swatches from wrist to elbow: MAC studio sculpt NC25, Clarins true radiance 108, Diorskin nude 31, MAC face and body C3, Marc Jacobs reMarcable 32, Kate Tokyo powderless liquid OC-D

Longevity

Sucks? LOL

I always base my review on zero primer and zero powder.

Based on 2 weeks of spring & winter Paris weather, here are my findings:

  • At 4th hour mark, signs of sliding off near my nose is noticable, but oil blotting paper can fix it and it was back to perfection.
  • At 6th hour mark, some of my freckles start to peep through. The fading does not look bad, my overall complexion still looks darn good.
  • At 8th hour, I think of it has slid off?
  • Weirdly, my skin continued to look healthy even though most of it has slid off.

For interest sake, I did a few days with loose powder on top. Loose powder extended the wear 2-3 hours. I don’t like it with powder though. Powder kills the glow. I’m happy to just blot.

Sensation

“Cause you make me feel… Cause you make me feel… like a natural woman…” (Carole King)

It feel DAMN good. Instantly my skin feels more supple. It’s like a skincare feeling? I LOVE how it feels on my skin. It gives my face an instant hydration feeling. It takes away all dullness with one pump. Magic feeling!!!!

Price

  • UK Clarins official site GBP29
  • UK Boots.co.uk GBP27.50
  • USA Clarins official site USD44
  • CA Clarins official site CAD43
  • FR Clarins EUR41.50
  • FR Sephora EUR43.95 (?!?!?!)

Why is France consistently more expensive all the time? pisses me off

Formula

I no longer have the pre-2014 formula with me to compare, sorry. Their official site doesn’t list out the ingredient, below is the ingredients list on the box.clarins-true-radiance-foudnation-108-sand-4948.JPG

Although I no longer posses the previous formula, I feel that this one is a real improved formula (unlike the epic failure of the revamped Clarins multi-active day cream; they’re better off not “upgrading”).

Overall rating: C+

  • Packaging 3/5 because I am spiteful and prefer the older Clarins packaging
  • Scent 5/5
  • Blendability 5/5
  • Look 10/10
  • Comfort 10/10
  • Longevity 3/10
  • Oxidation – I can’t see any
  • Value for money 3/5

 

Camera: Canon 5D mark 3, Sony Z3+

 

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You must have “guessed” it by now. The pictures were taken near the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Nearest metro stop was Trocadéro (Metro line 6 and 9).

Author

Hi, I am Joyce. 30+ living in Paris. Laughs a lot. Rooibos tea. Appreciate little things. Explore places. Fighting beauty OCD.

2 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures, Joyce! Where did you trek to in order to get those shots of the Over-hyped Tourist Trap Tower? 😄 Like, just on a street on perched on a building?
    I’ve only ever tried Clarin’s tinted moisturizer and I didn’t care for it – it was a bit greasy on me. I fear this formula wouldn’t work on me either considering the longevity is so crappy. It might be an ok winter foundation – possibly. Am I reading this correctly – this is CHEAPER in Canada than in the US?! What. But that’s absolutely insane the EUR price in France! It’s MADE there for chrissake!

    • Joyce Belfort Reply

      I took it by the Trocadéro garden ‘balcony’ 😂 I had to fight many tourists to the spot.

      Like I said, longevity sucked 😂 I use it more like a feel good skin treat. It feels so nice and makes me look glowy 😆 I am a sucker for that, especially when I feel Sahara spells haha. I have concerns for my rating system, it looks wrong that it scored so high even though longevity sucked 😐😒😟 any suggestions?

      I agree. Their tinted moisturiser was terribly greasy and I’ve honestly not look that pink before. Their BB skin perfecting cream was so bad that I had to wipe it off after an hour. My favourite ‘tinted moisturiser’ from them was Colour Veil, they discontinued it, so typical. It was light and non greasy.

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