Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Clarins: Brand Catch Up

This french beauty house has been around for years and does beautiful products that just work. Over the years I've kind of lost contact with many of it's collections and products. The only thing I found myself using again and again was the Beauty Flash Balm but more of that later. So recently when I had the chance to catch up with it's PR team, I was more than happy to do so and surprised to find many things have changed, all for the better of course and I have picked out what I think are it's hero products and what appeals to me for use in my work.

Beauty Flash Balm
A long staple in my arsenal when making up celebrities, this wonder product works by creating a film over facial skin that refreshes and tightens the complexion. As a result makeup lasts longer and just looks better! Now some have expressed less than satisfactory results but I have hand-to-heart used this on every celeb I have worked on and it never fails each time. The knack is to not massage the product into skin and to use as few broad strokes as possible. I always have a spare just in case, it's that good!

RRP £27.50 for 50ml.

Eye Revive Beauty Flash 
To put it simply, this is the eye equivalent of the Beauty Flash Balm. Upon application, tired eyes are soothed and refreshed and the skin around the eye appears softer and smoother. All this is achieved without any greasy film or texture! I've found that eye makeup tends to hold better as well as smoother firmer skin means easier application!

RRP £26.50 for 20ml.

Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation
Just as the weather's getting colder and central heating is causing dryness to our skins, this sheer and satiny foundation packed with minerals and plant extracts is perfect. The texture is a curious fluid/cream that provides good coverage and whilst giving skin nourishing hydration, it doesn't appear at all shiny so from a MUA's point of view, it's gorgeous satin finish is perfect for photography work. 

Pink Algae Extract helps energize skin for better hydration while Brown Algae Extract and Acacia Gum forms a hydrofilm over the complexion to prevent moisture loss. It comes in 10 very user-friendly shades. I can see this being my go-to foundation this winter!

RRP £24 for 30ml.

Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
I'm a huge fan of facial oils. They're great for massaging onto skin at night to really nourish and allow the complexion to absorb whilst you sleep. Also great to massage before applying makeup to really get circulation going and achieve that glowing complexion! Now here's a great tip, I often mix 1 drop of a treatment oil to my foundation on palm, then mix and smooth onto face, working it in to really get the pigments all into the skin. What this will achieve is a sheer base that is soft and just great glowy skin! So for anyone suffering from annoying dry flakey skin no matter how much you exfoliate, this technique is great!

Blue Orchid is for dehydrated skin, combined with the stimulating properties of Patchouli and the soothing benefits of Rosewood. The base oil is Hazelnut oil which is rich in powerful anti-oxidant Vitamin E. 

There's also:
Santal for dehydrated skin, a combination of Sandalwood, Lavender and Cardamom essential oils in Hazelnut oil. Great for soothing and relaxing tight dehydrated skin.

Lotus for combination or Oily skin, a combination of Lotus, Geranium and Rosemary essential oils in Hazelnut oil. Great for decongesting and repairing oily or combination skin.

All 3 oils are available to buy now but if you want the new packaging with the dropper, it will be available January 2012.

RRP £29 for 30ml.

So has anyone used anything from Clarins yet? I must say one of the best things about this brand is the powerful plant benefits combined with beautiful textures and colours. And the intoxicating delicious natural aromas also make it a luxurious choice if you're ever in need of a sensory treat! 

There's quite a few more products I would love to shout about but can't yet as it's still too early but as soon as I get the go ahead to tell you about it, I will! You are all in for a treat so stay tuned and be sure to check back ok?

 

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! My skincare routine consists of clarins products but I've never looked towards them for makeup!

    I've recently started using the Pure Melt Cleansing gel. I'm loving how practical it is to use compared to my previous oil cleanser (Bobbi Brown one, I used to squirt it everywhere with the pump). I like the special eye balm for my super dehydrated eczematous eye area and I use the mattifying lotion as moisturiser.

    I have a couple of deluxe size samples of the beauty flash balm (30ml) which came as GWPs. I find that they make my skin lovely and smooth for my foundation to glide onto. I will try your technique to see if I get even better results! :)

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  2. I love Clarins! Now I need to try the face oil!

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  3. @Jian: Wow you're doing well if you're using Clarins, at least you know it's doing good stuff to your skin. Yes please try applying a 2 pea sized worth of BFB to either clean skin or slightly moisturised skin if you're dry, use quick smooth firm broad strokes over face and leave for a few mins to really get the best out of it! Thanks and let me know how you get on? X

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  4. @Jamilla Camel: Hehe you'll love it Jamilla! I know I do! XX

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  5. I really like Flash Balm, but I'm ashamed to admit I've not really tried any of their other face and makeup products. I just tend to skip by Clarins when I'm beauty shopping - perhaps I should pick up the face oil, as it sounds lovely! x

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  6. @TheBristolBeautyBlog: I was like yourself and boy am I surprised by the treasures I found! Yes Clarins does have that slightly lady image due to the branding and products but it's really realy good products. Thank you for the comment and please let me know what you try ok? X

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  7. I like the look of the facial oil... my skin is combination but I find facial oils actually work quite well on my skin

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  8. @Sami: It works really well on me too, it's weird isn't it? Let me know how you get on ok? Thanks for the comment! x

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  9. Clarins is the first 'grown up' skincare line I ever used, way back when I was around 12/13. I've dipped back in and out of their ranges over the years but always had a tube of BFB in my collection, it's amazing stuff. Really tempted by the facial oil and the foundation xx

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  10. Receintly I've got a pleasure of been sent PR samples of quite a lot of Clarins products to try as I'm a beauty editor, what to say - I'm happy to try so many of this brand's products as i have loved them before getting free PRsamples. I simply in love with their Everlast Foundation! And really love their body oils. I'm yet to try BFB though but have got it's eye version - truly smoothes the eye area!

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  11. @Georgia: Hey Georgia, yes it's such a 'grown up' brand isn't it? Have a look at the oils and foundations, I was really impressed and it takes a lot to impress me nowadays! Hehe thanks for the comment! x

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  12. @Delerith21: Oh you have to try the BFB, a MUA's secret weapon! Let me know how you get on and thank you for the comment! x

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  14. I've always wanted to try Clarins- especially their sunscreen and beauty flash balm. The beauty flash balm for eyes sounds lovely as well. Pity they are so out of my price range. It's definitly a brand I'll be trying when I'm a bit older. : )

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  15. I have an on off relationship with Clarins, I struggled to find a moisturiser that worked on my skin but the gentle facial peel is the perfect exfoliant for stressy skin, so it's a staple! Beauty Flash Balm and I don't see eye to eye either sadly. I am DESPERATE to try the Santal oil, huge huge fan of facial oil, use the Sanctuary one daily but I think the Santal might just find its way onto my Christmas list! x

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  16. @Daisynation: Hello Daisy and glad to make your acquaintance. x

    @Anonymous: Yes I would definitely class Clarins under mid luxury brand. If you get a chance, please do have a try but I suspect you're young so maybe no need to rush till when you're a bit older? x

    @Ihavemostlybeen: Hey Debs, that's interesting but like always, skincare brands are a try and test scenario. So what works for me may not work for you. I'm really interested to know what BFB and the moisturiser doesn't work on you, what exactly happens? If you do get Santal, please let me know how you get on. Thanks for the comment x

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  18. @daisynation: Hi Daisy, unfortunately I don't know about you and I think it was due to me replying to all of someone's #FF on twitter that you got to see my name. I don't really look at videos.

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  19. Oh right, it did look like you had...don't I look the jackass?!! LOL

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  20. @daisynation: Oh not at all! I am always happy to chat to everyone, I love how twitter and blogging has made me so many new mates! Let's chat on twitter! x

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  21. wow everything looks so updated and pretty! very impressive. following your blog now, love it!

    http://makeupmajesty.blogspot.com/

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  22. @Makeup Majesty: Thanks! That was my reaction as well, you'll be amazed, I was! Thanks for the comment! x

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  23. Great post Kenneth. I've always loved their hand cream, the smell takes me back to the late 80's early 90's when I started using it. I think Clarins bought out the first tinted moisturiser in the UK? The new foundation looks great.

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  24. @Claire McDonnell: Wow I didn't know that. Yup I'm having a reacquainted love with Clarins atm. Try the new foundation, it's gorgeous. Thank you for the comment. X

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