For starters, I love the consistency of this fluid foundation. Not too runny that it's messy to use and not too thick that it's hard work to blend, it's just so creamy and easy to smooth on. As Clarins promise, the coverage is generous and build-able, so you can buff in half a pump for a lighter look, or layer it for more of a full-on result. Although this foundation leaves the skin with a flawless, matte finish, it looks surprisingly natural and not at all chalky or dull. Clarins do say that this base suits all skin types and I agree, though I would steer clear if you have extremely dry skin. I do find that if applied over any rough patches, the foundation looks fine to begin with, but can start to flake later on.
Considering the name, you'd expect this foundation to have amazing longevity and, thanks to the adherent microfilm that it creates, it really does. I don't have to worry that it will fade or start to shift after a few hours and I barely ever have to touch-up throughout the day when wearing it. That's without powdering over the top or using a primer underneath. I do have normal-dry skin, though, so if you're super oily, you might want to prime first and powder your T-zone for extra reassurance. As it contains SPF 15, I would always avoid wearing this foundation when I know flash photographs may be taken, just in case it creates a white cast.
Although the product inside is more important than the packaging, I can't help but adore the frosted glass bottle and gold lid of this foundation, which make it look and feel so luxe. It might not be ideal for carrying in your makeup bag, but it does look great on your dressing table. Clarins offer their Everlasting Foundation in a great range of sixteen shades, catering for fair, medium and darker skin-tones and it's priced at £28 for 30ml. Whilst that may be expensive compared to high-street formulas, it's a struggle to find premium foundations for less nowadays and it's significantly cheaper than some of my other favourites.
|Clarins Everlasting Foundation 105 Nude Swatch|
|Clarins Everlasting Foundation Shade 105 Nude Swatch|
Overall, I think this is a great foundation for anyone that struggles to find a matte base that lasts all day, whilst looking natural. It provides a high amount of coverage, resulting in a flawless complexion, but doesn't ever look like you've plastered it on. Winner!
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