- Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation: The Swatches and Review
Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation: The Swatches and Review
Clarins fans, your beloved Skin Illusion Foundation has returned. Re-invigorated with an innovative serum texture and a skincare-friendly formula to match, Skin Illusion is back and it’s more inclusive than ever before.
For those new to Skin Illusion, this cult-favourite Clarins foundation is famed for its natural, dewy finish and its ability to create the ‘illusion’ of perfect skin; but for those that are looking to discover if the new version lives up to the standard of the old formula. Here, I talk you through the finish, the shade range and explain why you won’t be disappointed with its new and improved formulation…
What’s different about the new Skin Illusion Foundation?
Firstly, the new Skin Illusion Foundation feels a little more fluid compared to the original. That’s down to its new and improved serum style texture that combines the perfect amount of non-greasy oils and pigments. This allows you to build your base much more easily to create a second skin finish that never looks cakey.
Similar to the packaging of Clarins’ sought-after facial oils, Skin Illusion’s dropper style bottle is pretty gorgeous. What’s even better is the fact it’s made from eco-friendly recycled glass and its pipette has been tried and tested to dispense enough foundation to cover your full face in one go.
Where the previous Skin Illusion Foundation offered an SPF of 10, this new formulation gives enhanced protection with a SPF15 (don’t forget to use your regular SPF for even more protection).
So the Skin Illusion formula has had an update. We now welcome signature organic leaf of life extract with its super hydrating properties that keeps your skin moisturised for 24 hours, plus red jania extract, which helps to delicately refine skin and encourage a clearer complexion. You’ll still find the same HD Light Optimising Complex from the old formula to give skin a subtle dewiness and the new inclusion of soft focus powders is what really makes your skin look fresh and smooth.
What I love (and all commuters will love) about this formula is its Anti-Pollution Complex. This works to fight off pesky free radicals like cigarette smoke and petrol particles that set out to make skin dull by interfering with your skin’s natural renewal process.
Within Skin Illusion, you’ll find silicones to aid the smoothness of application, and you’ll also find the fresh, cucumber scent you know and love still exists too! You can click here to see the full ingredients list.
Which Skin Illusion shade is for me?
The fair to light shades
• *NEW* 100.5 Cream is a fair shade with a warm undertone.
• *NEW* 101 Linen is a fair to light shade with a warm undertone
• 102.5 Porcelain is a fair to light shade with a cool, pink undertone.
• 103 Ivory is a fair to light shade with a warm, yellow undertone.
• 105 Nude is a fair to light shade with a neutral undertone
• *NEW* 106 Vanilla is a light shade with a neutral undertone.
• 107 Beige is a light shade with a cool undertone.
• 108 Sand is a light shade with a warm undertone.
The medium shades
• *NEW* 108.3 Organza is a light to medium shade with a warm undertone.
• *NEW* 108.5 Cashew is a light to medium shade with a neutral undertone.
• 109 Wheat is a medium shade with a cool undertone.
• 110 Honey is a medium shade with a warm, golden undertone.
• *NEW* 111 Auburn is a medium shade with a cool, pink undertone.
• 112 Amber is a medium shade with a neutral undertone.
• *NEW* 112.3 Sandalwood is a medium to deep shade with a neutral undertone.
The dark shades
• 113 Chestnut is a medium to deep skin shade with a cool undertone.
• 114 Cappuccino is a medium to deep shade with warm, yellow undertones.
• *NEW* 115 Cognac is a dark shade with cool undertones.
• *NEW* 116.5 Coffee is a dark shade with neutral undertones.
• *NEW* 117 Hazelnut is a deep shade with cool undertones.
• *NEW* 118 Sienna is a deep shade with warm, olive undertones.
• *NEW* 118.5 Chocolate is the darkest shade with warm, red undertones.
How does Skin Illusion look and last on the skin?
Normal skin: “Luckily my skin is not too dry and not too oily, so foundation tends to last pretty well on me and Skin Illusion was no different! If I apply it first thing in the morning (around 7am) my skin stays fresh all day. I only need to touch-up the areas around my chin and my nose around 4-5pm.” – Ceryn, Content Executive.
Dehydrated Skin: “My skin is notorious for eating up foundation – having dry and dehydrated is tricky to manage! Saying that, I get a full 8 hours’ worth of perfect wear from Skin Illusion before it starts to look a little faded around the edges. On really parched days, I mix this with a few drops of my favourite Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil for a completely seamless base.” – Emma, Editor.
Oily Skin: “I can’t believe I nearly wrote this foundation off. Being a full coverage girl, I’ve always tricked myself into believing my skin could only hold up with matte finishes, but Skin Illusion definitely gives a healthy kind of radiance that builds beautifully and lasts well. For me, it’s perfect for work. I did need to powder and layer up my concealer when heading on a night out, but that’s just my coverage comfort blanket. Oily skins that hate heavy foundations will absolutely love this.” – Chelsey, Content Executive.
How does Skin Illusion compare to other Clarins foundations?
Unlike the radiant finish of the Skin Illusion foundation, the Clarins Everlasting Foundation has a matte finish and lasts for up to 18 hours on the skin. Its thicker texture and higher coverage level make this foundation a better option for combination skin types that want longevity from their base. The Everlasting Foundation still has the signature Anti-Pollution Complex, but instead of moisturising and light reflecting ingredients, it uses mattifying and purifying bamboo and quinoa extracts.
When compared to Skin Illusion, the Clarins Extra-Firming Foundation is more tailored to a mature skin type that wants their foundation to smooth wrinkles and enhance radiance. Thicker in texture and higher in coverage, this age-defying foundation creates the appearance of younger looking skin; whereas Skin Illusion creates a second skin effect that looks natural.
True Radiance Foundation
Skin Illusion’s dewy finish isn’t as glowy as the now discontinued Clarins True Radiance Foundation. Although its more barely-there than beaming, Skin Illusion is the best alternative for anyone looking for a similar foundation match.
Pore-Perfecting Mattifying Foundation
The Pore-Perfecting Mattifying Foundation is the ideal match for an oily to combination skin type that wants to get rid of shine. Although Skin Illusion looks beautiful on oily skin types, the shine-free finish of this foundation will be the better option for anyone who wants to manage oiliness throughout the day.
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There are going to be ten shades available of the Everlasting Foundation +, and I have the palest shade; Porcelain 102.5 which if I’m totally honest isn’t particularly pale and I have to mix it with my Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Zero Minus which is a white foundation to create the perfect shade. The foundation has amazing pigmentation and coverage with the amount shown above (one pump) being enough for my whole face for medium coverage, but you can add another half of a pump for full coverage.
Once applied, the Clarins Everlasting Foundation + dries down to a matte finish which doesn’t feel at all chalky or tight on the skin, instead it leaves my skin feeling velvety smooth. If you have oily skin, you will absolutely love this foundation as it keeps shine at bay all day long and although I have dry skin, I do have quite shiny skin as I use such intensive moisturisers and the shine is instantly totally mattified.
Just like any matte foundation, the Everlasting Foundation + does cling to any dry patches especially when I use a brush to apply it, but I’ve found that by using my Beauty Blender, it creates a much more even and flawless finish and my dry patches are a lot less noticeable especially with a silicone based primer underneath.
I know I prefer to steer clear of matte foundations because of my dry skin, but I’d honestly recommend heading to a Clarins counter to try this out as I’m really surprised by how good it looks on my skin when using a Beauty Blender.
There’s no doubt that the new Clarins Everlasting Foundation + is going to become one of Clarins’ bestsellers as it ticks every single box; great coverage, beautiful packaging, amazing longevity, easy to apply and it makes my skin look so smooth and perfected and still like ‘skin’.
I just wish there were some paler shades, but it’s not a massive problem as I can use my white foundation to mix with it but I’d love to be able to apply straight from the bottle.
You can purchase this exciting new Clarins Everlasting Foundation + from the Clarins website and counters from the 15th of February..
If I’m going through my fourth bottle of the same foundation, I think it’s safe to say it’s amazing. Clarins Everlasting Foundation is one of my all-time favorite foundations – and even though I have briefly mentioned it on my blog before, it needs a bigger spotlight.
This foundation is good in every way: it offers a great coverage, it’s easily blendable and buildable, it lasts the whole day, it looks natural and beautiful on the skin and it comes in a beautiful packaging.
Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ Review
My skin has always been a bit problematic, when it comes to foundations. I’ve found that when you put a little extra money into your foundation, it usually pays back in quality. If I compare this foundation to some drugstore foundations I have, I find that the consistency and longevity is better. I still use other foundations too, but when I want the best possible result, I grab this.
The coverage in this foundation is really good. It’s not necessarily a full-coverage, but it does hide redness, blemishes and imperfections. It doesn’t hide all of my acne scarring, but to be fair, my acne scarring is pretty bad. Even the most full-coverage foundation that I have, doesn’t hide that and even though I pack concealer on the scarring, it somehow always shows through.
The foundation comes out as a fluid. Not too thick, but not too watery either. I like to apply it with a damp sponge, that also thins it out a bit. I always apply thin layers and build it up from there. Obviously if you wanted a heavier coverage, you could use a foundation brush and pat it on. The finish of this foundation is semi-matte. It’s very natural looking and beautiful on the skin.
Even though it covers so well and lasts all day – it doesn’t dry out the skin. Besides the mattifying properties of bamboo extract, it also contains nourishing quinoa.
To sum it all up together, Clarins Everlasting Foundation is definitely made for normal to oily skin. It’s perfect for anyone, whose problems are oiliness, impurities or even acne. Or for someone with normal skin, who wants a bomb foundation.
And since we’re on the acne-topic once again, we get to the next great thing about this foundation: it doesn’t clog pores! Having mixed/oily skin, some foundations – especially full-coverage and long-lasting ones – tend to break me out. This suits my skin perfectly and I don’t have to worry about making my skin worse wearing this. So I would definitely recommend this foundation for problematic skin.
Before & after of the Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ in the shade 108 sand. This is my skin situation at the moment.
Here is an older picture of me wearing the foundation.
So there is one of my favorite foundations – I think we can say it’s a holy grail product for me.
Shop the foundation:
*Clarins Everlasting Foundation in the shade Sand
What is your holy grail foundation? Have you tried this one?
I’ve never tried a Clarins foundation before but know of so many people who say that their Everlasting foundation is their Holy Grail product. So I had high hopes when the Clarins EverLasting Foundation + with SPF15 (R445) arrived on my desk.
I found that it perfectly matched my skin and the shade was 105. I love that it is an ultra-light foundation that corrects spots and imperfections. Whilst providing absolute comfort for your skin. Clarins claims that the formula provides 18 hours of coverage and I must say it truly does. Quite often I find that my skin “eats foundation”, as in it disappears after 8-10 hours whereas at the end of the day before I wash this off it’s still there. The 18 hours coverage is thanks to a mattifying bamboo powder combined with High Fidelity System+ technology. It is also an extremely comfortable foundation which is due to the extract of organic quinoa which preserves the skin’s suppleness and helps boost the moisturising action of the PLANT MICROPATCH. The Clarins Everlasting Foundation + has triple anti-pollution, anti-radical and anti-UV protection.
I also received a Clarins EverLasting Compact with SPF9 in 114 Cappuccino. This shade is far too dark for me so I won’t judge the colour but I did trial it so I could give it a worthy review.
I am however so happy that Clarins is extending it’s shade offering to those with darker skin tones though.
You can apply the EverLasting Compact with SPF9 (R480) either dry as I’ve done below or with a damp sponge for more coverage. I actually prefer it applied with a damp sponge and find the coverage more even but then the shade shows up far too dark on my skin so I’ve stuck to showing it lightly applied. The foundation is long-wearing and also comfortable. I am more of a liquid foundation person but I do like the way my skin felt to the touch when wearing the compact foundation. It was silky soft!