As I hurtle towards my next birthday, I’m looking for all the help I can get in keeping my skin looking fresh as a daisy, both with and without makeup. I was really looking forward to putting the new Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid to the test when I heard it was launching and hoped that it would illuminate and firm my skin as the bottle says.
With ingredients including chicory and red jania to give firmer, smoother, more luminous and radiant skin after 28 days (I haven’t tested it out for that long gals because I have a heap of foundations to review, but if I get a good run at this, I’ll definitely update you!) along with Clarins’ Skin Tone Optimizing Complex, my face and I were ready for action. While the before & after photos below were taken today, I’ve used this about 5-6 times now and from experience, that’s enough for me to form an opinion when it comes to foundations. I was sent two shades, 105 being the closest match to my complexion and it’s probably the one I’d have chosen if I went to get colour matched. The foundation has the traditional Clarins scent and while I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly, if you like the scent of your usual Clarins base, you’re going to love this. I think it smells lovely and it dissipates quickly after application. I’ve used both a buffing brush and a makeup sponge to apply the Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid and both leave an equally flawless finish.
As you can see in the before and after photo above, two pumps of the foundation gives an even coverage, but it doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup. As in it looks like skin, just skin that’s more evened out and it covers the redness beautifully but without looking heavy or cakey. The finish is just gorgeous. Can you see the absolute radiance on my cheek below? Now with that radiance comes a bit of tackiness, so for oily skinned folk, we might want to powder the centre of our faces, just from a sensation point of view. I don’t like the feeling of a wetter (or moist) foundation but in my testing, I’ve tried this out with and without powder and I have to say, even without powder it lasts a good 5 hours before I feel the need to take down the shine. I did find that it sat in my smile lines a bit, but that’s ok, I spend a lot of time laughing and smiling in work, so I ain’t mad at it. I would usually powder those bits and when I do, it’s grand. I think if you’d dry skin, you’d love this and if you’d oily, I’d just keep the powder handy for the oil, not for the radiance because the glow is real gals.
Now, the first day I tested it out, I swatched the two shades on the back of my hand, just to get a feel for the texture before deciding how to apply it. Below is shade 108.5 on the left and 105 on the right and that photo is taken about 15-20 minutes after I first applied them.
I’d a feeling that they looked a bit darker compared to when I first applied them so I wanted to do a little experiment to see if they’d oxidised. So I removed half of the swatches for both shades and then applied a small amount of each shade again above the older swatches. There’s a decent amount of oxidation (when the foundation comes in contact with oxygen in the air and changes colour), so that’s worth noting if you go to get colour matched.
In the photos below, I didn’t powder my face or put any bronzer on, I just have the foundation and a bit of blush on the cheeks and the oxidation is less obvious, but it’s still there, so I have to make sure to bring the foundation down my neck so that it ends up being the same colour as my face! But I’m just being picky but also highlight when a foundation oxidises and how it can affect your colour selection. So go get colour matched on your face, let it sit for half an hour while you do your bits and then see if it’s still a good colour for you.
The Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid is out now, it’s €40 and comes in 40 shades. If you’re looking for a natural looking, radiant foundation that is a mix of makeup and skincare, then it’s most definitely worth checking out! Watch my Instagram video to see it in action!
See the Clarins Supra Volume Mascara in action in this post!