Clarins Ever Matte Foundation SPF 15 ★★★★
About: mattifying oil-free liquid foundation with an SPF factor. Available in Australia in 6 shades. Packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with twist lid.
Review: I am impressed that after 8 hours Clarins Ever Matte Foundation SPF 15 hasn’t budged, still appears fresh and …you better believer it…MATTE! Yes, I honestly didn’t expect it to hold up this well, even though after a few hours a slight shine becomes visible on my forehead, my skin is not AT ALL oily or greasy. Alternatively, it creates a natural, dewy finish that radiates a beautiful, all-over, healthy-looking glow. There is no caking, streaking or patchiness and no sign of fading or flaking, my just skin remains comfortable and hydrated. I prefer using a brush or a beauty pod for application to ensure flawless results. Nevertheless, fingers work adequately when I’m lacking in time. I usually buff translucent powder over my face after applying foundation, which is basically out of habit and makes little difference to the end result for this foundation in particular, so I wouldn’t consider setting powder as necessary.
The consistency is light and airy with a creamy, velvet-like texture that feels silky smooth. It glides onto skin and blends with ease. The formula is fast drying, and sets into a weightless, natural-looking, matte finish, minus that dull, flat appearance often associated with matte foundations; instead it generates a vibrant, lustrous impression. The light-medium coverage doesn’t hide all my flaws, but it is buildable, so gently layering over problem areas that require extra attention and omits the need for a separate concealer. The shade 110 Honey perfectly matches my colouring and effectively transforms my complexion by covering redness and minor imperfections with a lightweight veil that evens my skin tone, without the obvious indication of wearing foundation at all. It’s formulated to allow my skin to breathe and provides the less is more approach; hence my skin looks like skin and not a mask.
I’ve never been a fan of scented beauty products and wasn’t expecting to unveil a fragranced foundation, however the unusual fruity melon aroma infused in this formula is subtle and quick to fade and during this experience I’ve actually grown fond of the delicate scent. Clarins Ever Matte Foundation SPF 15 is house in a slim, 30ml rectangular-shaped,squeezable plastic tube boasts a plastic lid with a mirrored gold coating, which looks lovely and luxurious, as does the lovely new red packaging the brand is starting to adopt. I don’t like how the bottle is opaque as I’m unable to see inside to determine the content level. This is especially annoying, because the bottle feels so lightweight and for all I know it could be near empty. On the plus side, this modest, little foundation is ideal for travelling or popping in your purse/handbag to use on the go, plus it’s non-fragile, causing no concern about breakage.
With the bonus of SPF 15 for added protection, the non-comodegenic formulation improves my complexion, yet doesn’t irritate my fussy sensitive skin or cause any issues with congestion or breakouts. This foundation ticks all the right boxes, meeting my personal requirements for a faultless day-to-day foundation. With a lightweight, barely-there feel, it delivers advanced performance and longevity, controlling excess oil, whilst skin remains fresh, polished and matte all day, eliminating the need for regular touch-ups and frequent blotting. Thanks to the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation, my oily skin woes are a thing of the past and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to achieve gorgeous, even skin with natural luminosity and a matte-like finish that will last the distance and produce the ultimate complexion perfection.
Tip: This foundation works 100% better without a primer! I was left disappointed when I first tried this foundation with a pre-foundation primer. An hour later, I noticed that my face was not particularly matte and in lieu of displaying that dewy radiance, the slippery beginnings of oil had started to surface on my T-Zone. I have ever since, maintained immaculate results every time, by just prepping my skin with a normal daily moisturiser and skipping the primer all together.
Reviewed by: Melanie Kuziemko, Yeah Yeah, Ragger Ragger.