Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige: Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Sometimes, it just takes 1 fabulous product to love a brand. I can say that because ever since I’ve tried out the Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector, Clarins has shot up to my favorite brands category!

Today I’m reviewing my HG makeup base/illuminator, the Instant Light Perfector from Clarins in shade 01 Rose Beige.

Price : Rs 1425 for 30 ml

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

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What Clarins Paris says about the product :

A radiance-boosting complexion perfector that smoothes and even skin tone for a more luminous glow and a fresh, radiant, healthy-looking complexion. This lightweight texture glides on effortlessly, illuminating the complexion and promoting a long-wearing natural finish. Can be used alone or under your foundation.

A truly ‘miraculous’ product that ensures a flawless complexion. The Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector can be used under makeup or on bare skin.

The Benefits :

The gliding, lightweight, fluid texture instantly melts into the skin to leave the complexion smooth and even.
Imperceptible on the skin, it illuminates the complexion which stays flawless and satin-smooth in any lighting.
It fixes make-up, giving a natural, long-lasting result.
Suitable for all women and all skin types.

Shades : The website shows availability of 4 shades (for lighter to duskier skins) : 00 Rose Shimmer, 02 Champagne shimmer, 03 Bronze Shimmer, 04 Gold Shimmer

In India,  one will find the shades 00 Rose Shimmer (for fairer skin) and 01 Rose Beige (medium/dusky skin) on Clarins counter and online. 01 Rose Beige should suit most Indian complexions.

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

My take on the product

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion perfector comes in a white plastic tube with a pump dispenser at one end. The packaging is very simple and not really very attractive but I still find it clean and elegant. The pump dispenser makes it very easy to use the product. About half to 3/4th of pump dispenses enough product for the face and half way down the neck. The only slight drawback of the packaging is that the outer metallic cap of the pump dispenser does not fit snugly with a click to there is danger of the product coming it if the cap comes off while carrying around.

The texture of the product is like a light weight lotion. It is pinkish beige in colour and spreads and absorbs easily. It leaves a very slight cast behind which is responsible for the glow it gives. The formula is lightly moisturizing but does not give a greasy finish on application, its gives a slightly dewy finish which gives a healthy look to the skin.

The effects :

It is basically an illuminator which evens out the skin tone and gives a glow to the skin. I absolutely love how this works on my combination skin. It gives a radiance boost that just makes me look like I have great skin. When worn alone, no one can tell that you are wearing anything on your skin, it just gives an almost invisible veil of radiance that looks very natural. Even though it doesn’t have any coverage as such, it gives the illusion of coverage because of the light reflection. Dark circles, pigmentation etc seem less prominent. It gives a lovely natural glow to the skin. I have examined it extremely closely and I can’t see any shimmer particles in it, they are probably very tiny which is why it gives such a natural radiant finish. When worn under foundation, it makes the foundation stay on all day. When worn alone, it gives softly radiant skin all day long. I can undoubtedly say that this is my HG base product now. I wear it even on days when I’m not wearing makeup over my moisturizer and it keeps my skin looking great the entire day. I have combination skin and it does not make my skin oily though my T-zone does need touch up after 4-5 hours of wear.

This is hands down one of the best products I’ve tried so far and I can see myself purchasing this forever! I would highly recommend this to everyone (Except those with very oily skin).

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

I’m wearing no makeup on my face except this product. See how it evens out my skin tone and makes under eye circles and light pigmentation appear less prominent. Even some foundations don’t give me a finish like this especially in photos!

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

Under direct light – 

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

The GOOD about Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector :

  1. Easy to use and convenient pump dispenser packaging
  2. Light weight lotion like texture
  3. Spreads and blends easily
  4. Gives a healthy radiance to the skin
  5. No visible shimmer, looks very natural
  6. Evens out skin tones, makes imperfections appear diminished
  7. Can be worn alone or under foundation
  8. Stays on all day, extends wear time of foundation
  9. The shade would suit most skin tones
  10. Gives a bit of hydration, does not make skin greasy
  11. Can be easily purchased online in India from medplusbeauty.com
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector :
  1. I can think of no major cons! The outer cap of the pump could be a tad sturdier but its not a big issue!

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector 01 Rose Beige Review, Swatch and FOTD

 

 Overall Verdict

 

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector is radiance boosting illuminator that comes in a pump dispenser tube packaging. The light weight lotion blends easily to give a naturally glowing complexion with no visible shimmer. Can be worn alone or under foundation to lasting radiance that stays all day. It evens out the skin tone making imperfections appear less prominent. It is my HG product, I use it everyday with or without foundation! I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this product!

Rating  : 5/5

Where to buy : Clarins counters or online from medplusbeauty.com.

[note color=”#FFC4C4″]Have you tried Clarins products? If yes, which is your favorite product? Do you use Illuminators? Share your thoughts in the comments below![/note]

 

52 Comments

  1. March 7, 2012 / 4:05 pm

    wow, love the effects of this product on your skin… definitely a must buy for me…

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:54 pm

      Its a must=buy definitely!

  2. March 7, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    I am atm using the REVLON Skinlights FACE ILLUMINATOR LOTION SPF15 and I am loving it! Gives me that JLo glow :P.

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:54 pm

      Sounds great 🙂

  3. smitha
    March 7, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    its not suited for oily skin??

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:54 pm

      It might not suit during summers since its a lotion base na..you could still wear it if you use compact well on top.

  4. Parita Shah
    March 7, 2012 / 6:03 pm

    OMG it looks like you are having barbie doll skin!! full flawless!!! can this be used under foundation as well?

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:55 pm

      yes it can 🙂 I’ll highly HIGHLY recommend this!

  5. March 7, 2012 / 6:22 pm

    gossshhhhhhhh I m so getting dis product clrly can see the change in ur skin awesommeee

    You knw Ankita even bfr i read the statement “even sum foundations doesn’t give me a finish like this” I was thinking to comment the same

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:55 pm

      🙂 Its such an awesome product Vish 🙂

  6. March 7, 2012 / 7:48 pm

    i can see why this is ur HG illuminator…its sure makes your skin even toned and healthy looking:-)….will giv this miracle product a try next time im at shoppers stop….

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:55 pm

      Do give it a try, ask for a sample if they it. Have u tried Beauty Flash balm?

  7. Ishita
    March 7, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Wowwwwwwwww…. hey ankita u knw another clarins hit is Beauty Flash balm that one is expensive like hell 2300/ 2700 INR I guess.

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks for the recco Ishita 🙂 I’ve tried a sample of the Beauty Flash balm and loved it!

  8. Varshini
    March 7, 2012 / 8:53 pm

    awww… i saw this and they had only rose shimmer here in chennai anki…so dint buy 🙁
    i have to try my luck again 🙂

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:56 pm

      Do check it out again, else u can buy online from medplusbeauty!

  9. Neeraj Navare
    March 8, 2012 / 12:07 am

    This is a lovely illuminator………in my list for MAY I guess…do u like it under the foundation or over the foundation?
    I prefer the former coz it has skin care benefits too…Have u tried Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:57 pm

      I have tried a sample recently and its great for brightening and tightening the skin while this one gives a even toned look.

  10. Shai
    March 8, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    Your photos convinced me!

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:57 pm

      🙂 🙂

  11. TapaswiniSwain
    March 8, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    Your review made me write this product in my must have lust list :p I think will have it soon, if I get the shade you are reviewing!

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:57 pm

      you should get it, its amazing!

  12. Vid
    March 9, 2012 / 1:29 am

    Hi Ankita, ur pic says everything about the product 🙂 This seems to be similar to MAC strobe cream. I want to see comparison between clarins beauty flash balm and this one 🙂

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:58 pm

      I will do a comparison between this and MAC Strobe cream as well as Beauty Flash balm, I’ve got samples of the other 2.

    • corallista
      March 25, 2012 / 3:58 pm

      yes it does! U like anything from Clarins?

  13. PN
    May 18, 2012 / 11:21 pm

    I have the rose shimmer variant of this and LOVE the effect it gives, the shimmer in it undetectable too. Unfortunately, it makes me break out like crazy! 🙁 My theory is that the shimmer particles are so tiny that they clog my pores, I should probably test the Rose beige version some day. I think it is a good idea to test it out first for a few hours before buying the product.

  14. Preethi
    September 11, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    Hi ankita… Which one do u recommend to buy first…. the beauty flash balm or this illuminator?

  15. September 18, 2012 / 2:48 pm

    In medplus.com it doesn’t give us a choice to select shade?

    Wat do I do?

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 18, 2012 / 3:14 pm

      They are probably stocking only 1 shade in that case. You could buy it from the Clarins counters in Shoppers Stop in that case.

  16. October 19, 2012 / 1:57 pm

    i am in so much need of a product like this. But can it break down my acne prone skin? I have a combination skin with an oily t-zone.

  17. December 27, 2012 / 9:07 am

    Hi Ankita , is this product good for dry to normal skin ??

    • Corallista
      Author
      December 28, 2012 / 1:51 am

      yes 🙂

  18. surabhi.singh2110
    February 20, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Where is the Clarins counter In mumbai?

    • Corallista
      Author
      February 21, 2014 / 5:30 pm

      Clarins is available in many Shoppers Stop stores across Mumbai – Bandra, Juhu, Malad, Andheri on the western line. There’s a Clarins store at Palladium also.

      • Corallista
        Author
        February 21, 2014 / 5:31 pm

        You’ll find Clarins counters in Parcos stores as well!

  19. Anu
    May 31, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    OMG… I totally want this…. 🙂 <3 <3 <3

  20. Joo
    August 29, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    I dnt need it jst need pore minimiser

  21. priyaah
    February 12, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    Please help me. Where can I buy this online.

  22. Reet
    March 12, 2015 / 12:39 am

    What is the current product called?
    How long does it last?
    What’s the usage time? Expiry time? Trying to check if it’s good enough for my budget 😛

    • March 17, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      I think the shelf life is 3 years. The current product is called Radiance Boosting Complexion Base.

  23. Juveria
    April 15, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    i saw it first in ur videos and wanted to get my hands in it but couldnt ! So is radiance boosting complexion base and instant light complexion perfector one and the same? (Did clarins just rename it or are they diff things ?)

    • April 15, 2015 / 4:43 pm

      Yes its the reformulated version. Its supposed to be even better than the Instant light perfector.

  24. Shreya
    May 7, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    I have my complexion similar to yours!
    Which shade should I go for?
    Rose, champagne or peach?

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      I haven't tried the other 2 and Rose works perfectly for me!

  25. Divya
    June 29, 2015 / 11:57 am

    Hi,ankita this saw your tutorial especially rose gold makeup its awesome . I’m staying in Chennai where can I buy clarins primer plz do help me

  26. August 25, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    Hii dear can suggest me wic 1 is bettr clarins instant light or mac strobe cream wic 1 is bettr

  27. Arshi
    July 13, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    i’m already in love wid d product just after reading d review bt d only doubt dat i hav n makes me think if i shud go for dis one is my irritating oily t-zone… Aarrrgggg !!! :-/
    It gets oily and eventually DARK 4-5 hrs after i hav applied d makeup… Do u think dis could help…???
    Response would be highly appreciated 😀

    • Ankita Srivastava
      Author
      July 13, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Hi, this does make the skin a little oily in a few hours, especially if your T-zone is already oily. So you would need to set it well with a loose powder or use a mattifying primer to combat that.

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