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Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF 15

March 22, 2014
Wearing Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 108 Sand
Wearing Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 108 Sand ($39 for 1.0 oz.)

The Clarins Everlasting Foundation is one that I’ve been trying out for the past week. This is a liquid foundation that promises to even out and illuminate the complexion and last all day, and it offers SPF 15. The description is pretty much as simple as that, and I didn’t go into this knowing a whole lot about it besides having heard some vague but positive things about it on the internet.

On Clarins’ website, there are 10 shades available. There must have been fewer at the Clarins counter I visited, because the sales associate said she was giving me 108, the lightest shade, but on the Clarins website 108 is actually the second lightest shade. It’s a fairly good color match for me, and is just a touch darker than my skin. It’s still wearable, and feels like a shade I’d grow into as the weather gets warmer.

The foundation formula is pretty thick, but it doesn’t creep into fine lines like I’ve experienced with other thick foundations. It looks really flattering over fine lines and pores, and helps camouflage them to some degree. So, not only does it help even out skin tone but it also provides a little help in the texture department, as well.

Naked skin (left), wearing Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 108 (right)
Naked skin (left), wearing Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 108 (right)

I’d say it gives medium coverage. You can build it up to some degree, but I like using a thinner layer of it because I think it looks most natural. I had expected for product with “everlasting” in the title to be a matte or natural finish, but this has a noticeable touch of luminosity. Which I love, personally. I think it makes skin look nice and healthy, especially with how forgiving it is on fine lines and pores. I wouldn’t describe it as fully “dewy” though, and it certainly doesn’t appear greasy.

I enjoy using all of my regular foundation brushes with the Everlasting Foundation (I just don’t like using fingers to apply because of how thick the foundation is), but I think my favorite brush to use with it is my Real Techniques Buffing Brush (found in the Core Collection). The softer touch of the Buffing Brush is a great match for the formula and makes getting an even and perfectly blended application really easy. The more time I take to take the brush around my face in circular motions, the more natural it looks.

Wearing Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 108 Sand
Wearing Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 108 Sand

I find the foundation to feel somewhat obvious on my skin if I touch my face after I’ve applied it, but it seems to fully sink in over time. After 20 minutes or so it feels much more like skin and doesn’t transfer. The sales associate said something about the formula including vitamin E for hydration, and I could see that helping my skin out. I have combination skin and this formula does a nice job of keeping my drier parts happy while not overpowering the oilier parts. There’s a moderate level of oil-control, but those with truly oily skin may find it to be disappointing. I set the foundation with powder in the morning and generally only need one additional powder touch-up throughout the day, so for me it works well enough. I do not find the foundation fades or gets patchy throughout the day.

The bottle costs $39 online and $40 at my local Clarins counter. You get one ounce of foundation, and it comes in a pretty glass bottle with a pump that’s slim and easy to store. Unfortunately, Clarins doesn’t post full ingredients lists on their website (a policy I wish they’d reconsider). I’ve been trying out a sample of this, so I don’t have the box on hand. There’s a little bit of fragrance in this, but it isn’t too strong.

Wearing Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 108 Sand
Wearing Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 108 Sand

Above, I’m also wearing the NARS loose setting powder (review), The Body Shop bronzer in Medium Matte, Clarins Graphic Expression face and blush powder (review), Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine lip gloss in One Shine Day, and Maybelline The Falsies mascara in Blackest Black (review).

You can also see me wearing the Everlasting Foundation here.

I really like this foundation, and would definitely consider purchasing the full size. I’d expect a bottle to last a really long time, too, because of how little I use when I apply it. In the summer I may want a bit more oil control, but I find it to be a really flattering foundation to wear. You can find it at ClarinsNordstrom, and Macy’s.

Have you tried this one, or any other foundations from Clarins before?

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