Product Review: Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch by Clarins

Every time I get my hands on a Clarins sample, I end up running out as soon as it's gone and buying a full sized version of it. I absolutely love their products, although I actually resist going to the counter and having a consult, because I know I'll end up buying every darn thing there.

But recently, I got my greedy little hands on a sample of Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch thanks to a beauty event at Nordstrom. Since I'm not very organized, I just recently pulled it out and started using it.

I love it. Love it, love it. It smoothes on incredibly easy, and feels almost as if it melts into your face. While it feels substantial (and almost heavy) during application, by the time you smooth it on, it is literally weightless. This is a concern of mine, due to my oily skin problem - I don't need one more product to make that problem worse.

And it does amazing things with the wear of your makeup as well. I used it under several foundations, including my Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation, as well as my Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, and both were looking quite fresh at the end of the day.

As I said, I'll be running out this weekend and buying a full size. It's quite simply one of the best primers I have ever tried.

Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, $28 at


Anonymous said...

Very intrigued by your review! I, too, have oily skin but want lotion that has enough nutrients to keep it, well, nurtured. ;) Let me know how it goes long term!

November 12, 2008 at 8:12 PM

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