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
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.
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).
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!
Under direct light –
The GOOD about Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector :
- Easy to use and convenient pump dispenser packaging
- Light weight lotion like texture
- Spreads and blends easily
- Gives a healthy radiance to the skin
- No visible shimmer, looks very natural
- Evens out skin tones, makes imperfections appear diminished
- Can be worn alone or under foundation
- Stays on all day, extends wear time of foundation
- The shade would suit most skin tones
- Gives a bit of hydration, does not make skin greasy
- Can be easily purchased online in India from medplusbeauty.com
- 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 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]