I've been trying out the Clarins True Radiance Foundation for the past three months now so it's time for me to review it. It's a brand new foundation that came out this Autumn and I've got to say that I'm impressed.
A big must-have for me about skin care and foundation is that it's oil-free. I have very spot prone skin and it reacts badly to oil, so I was really pleased that this one was oil-free. It definitely doesn't bring me out in any spots and it covers them up very well. It also has an SPF15 which is very good for your skin, protecting it from the sun's harmful rays.
The first thing I noticed about this foundation was how nice it smells! I know, that's not exactly on my check list when I'm buying a foundation but it's certainly an added bonus. It's really refreshing and makes it a nice experience when applying it. In order to cover my whole face I use about 4 squirts (5 if I do my neck as well), which does seem quite a lot. Saying that I've been using it regularly these last few months and it's nowhere near to running out yet. The foundation starts to sink in immediately so it's not that easy to blend (which is why you need 4 squirts) but I think this could change depending on what primer you use. When it dries it sets very evenly, you just have a be patient and wait a little while.
I apply it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and then smudge in any areas that haven't fully sunk in with my fingers at the end. I wait about 5 minutes for it to dry, and then apply my setting powder. I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder which creates a nice, soft finish. After about 10 minutes, it's completely dry and set for the day.
It's a medium- heavy coverage. The finish is in-between a matte and a glow finish, it's not dewy at all, and quite similar to Nars Sheer Glow. I know it's personal preference but this is my favourite kind of finish for a foundation- I'd say if you like Armani Luminous Silk and Nars Sheer Glow then you'll like the finish on Clarins True Radiance.
So, if you're looking for a new medium-heavy foundation that provides a matte-glow finish, I would recommend giving Clarins True Radiance Foundation a try!
Price: £27* (Buy here)
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