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Monday, December 13, 2010

Product Review: Clarins Truly Matte Foundation

I haven't been posting lately due to personal reasons that are better left unsaid. I really have a lot of reviews in mind but I lacked the creativity needed and I basically wasn't up for writing anything. A really bad case of writer's block for both my job and blogging? I dunno. Anyway, after being successful with Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup, I am slowly venturing into the world of liquid foundation. Having proved that there are really liquid foundations made for oily skin that work, I decided to give it another go and this time, it is with Clarins Truly Matte Foundation. I seriously wasn't willing to spend that much for a full size of something I have never tried before so I was lucky when I scored a sample or a bottle of a tester online. It's what I have been using lately and jeez, I realized that I have been totally neglecting EL DW. Is it time for EL DW to move over? Let's see. :)


This small bottle contains 10mL of product which I know will last me for months!

What I like:
- Smooth and creamy and blends easily.
- It blends with the skin and does not sit on top of it. It looks and feels so natural as if it's second skin.
- Dries to a matte finish without looking made up. As I have mentioned earlier, it looks so natural.
- Oil control is good and lasts for 4-5 hours without touch ups. Between this and EL DW, the latter is better though.
- Does not dry as quickly as EL DW and I can get away with leaving tiny dots on my face as I am confident it won't dry out and leave me with little round patches.
- Provides light-medium coverage and can be built up depending on your desired coverage.
- A little goes a long way. Since it is creamy, it can be easily spread on the skin and you only need a pea-size amount for the entire face.
- Once my face starts to oil up, my skin doesn't look ugly nor greasy. It looks rather dewy.
- It has SPF 15 but I'm glad it does not leave a whitish cast on pictures.
- The shade 2.5 or Biscuit matches my skin tone perfectly.
- Does NOT oxidize on me! Hooray! :P
- I was really expecting this to be outrageously expensive but I found out it costs in between Php1.7-1.8k at Rustan's. Lesser at Duty Free, of course. I was honestly debating on whether I should get this one or Shu Uemura FA but I chose the latter since I think this small bottle will last for a long time. Quality is good and I believe that justifies the price tag.
- Locally available at Rustan's.


What I don't like:
- Has a funny smell but disappears a few seconds right after application. I still prefer something unscented though.
- It transfers! I blotted with tissue paper yesterday and I saw a little product on the tissue afterwards.

Overall rating: 4.5/5 Lost a couple of points because it is not transfer-resistant.

Will I buy again? Oh, yes! But I'm sure it will take a long time before I get a full size of this. I still have like 6 or 7 foundations to use up plus 2 BB creams. I think it can wait.

This is a great foundation but not enough to dethrone Estee Lauder Double Wear as my HG foundation. Will Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation do it? We'll find out soon! :P

***I think I fully tested this yesterday when I went out. I went to 4 different places yesterday that are nowhere near each other yet it stayed put. I only had to blot once. When I got home, I would be lying if I say it still looks fresh but it still looks nice, I promise. I don't look super haggard even though I really was. And I was out for 6 hours and didn't remove it until after 4 hours when I got home so I had it on my face for a total of 10 hours. When I was about to remove my makeup, I noticed that my skin still looked nice. So I guess it's safe to say that this foundation ROCKS!***



Freshly applied

My outfit yesterday. I love that necklace. I've had it for 3 years now yet I never lost the love I have for it. Wore this laced top and a green cardigan. Bad decision though. It was pretty hot yesterday and I got itchy - one reason why I should never wear anything with lace.

Have you tried this foundation?

Happy freakin' hot Monday, super awesome peeps! :P

By the way, thank you to all those who offered their prayers for my friend. I'm sure she's happy wherever she is right now. In heaven, I know. :)

12 comments:

  1. My mom loves Clarins. =) She has their skincare etc... but I find that it doesn't work that well for me. However, after reading your review I might give it a try again!

    Today's a really sunny day no? O.o I find it kind of weird. LOL! Happy Monday to you too!

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  2. Sugar, their products must be really nice if your mom loves them. I hope you'll like it when you give it another try. :P

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  3. Condolonces in this time of grief, Pammy.

    Anyway, I'm glad you're growing a collection of love-worthy foundies. From EL to Clarins to Shu (i hope).

    i love your outfit and the necklace! pati ba naman sa lace allergic ka ata sis LOLxxx.

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  4. Sorry to know that you're going through something Pammy.

    The foundation looks great on you-seems flawless and based on your swatches you found an exact match!

    I haven't tried Clarins but because of this it seems to be worth a try. Btw, i'm getting so intrigued with Estee Lauder but i still have few bottles to finish hehe:-)

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  5. Argie, thank you. :) Yeah, I hope Shu won't be a disappointment. Uh, yes, I am allergic to lace. :D

    Mina, thank you. :) I was lucky that it was an exact match. Guesstimates work for me so far. From your bottles, I am really intrigued with the Lancome and Chanel one. :P

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  6. I've always associate Clarins with "great skincare" but never tried it, and that means, haven't tried their makeup line too! I may give it a look in the future, thanks! Nice top!!!!

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  7. Nikki, I've never tried any of their skin care products. Maybe I should too. :)

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  8. it's super pretty sayo pammy parang wala lang foundie! :)

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  9. i have not yet found a liquid foundation suitable for my skin! i prefer to stick to powders. ^^

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  10. Tin, thank you. :P

    gyc, I used to stick to powder foundies but luckily, I found some that works. I'm sure there is a liquid foundie for you somewhere out there waiting for you. :P

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