Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer Review

You may remember from my March beauty haul I purchased the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer. After hearing such glowing reviews I had high expectations and expected amazing results. This pinky tone silicone based primer is described as an invisible second skin that smooths over your pores and helps to create a flawless base.

I have always been a big fan of primer. I believe they are essential to any make-up routine. My favourite has been the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, however I am always looking to try new products. My main reasons for using a primer are to help create a flawless base and to help my make-up last a lot longer. As I suffer from dry skin I also need a primer that does not make those areas of my skin look flaky.

I ordered this online and was quite surprised when I received it - it is much smaller than I expected. I  I knew it was going to be small but it is tiny! Having said that, I have found that you do not need to use much at all as a little goes a long way.  I have been using it most days since purchasing and still have plenty left. In terms of packaging, Clarins have got it spot on!  I love that it comes in a jar rather than a tube, it looks like a miniature moisturiser.  It also comes with a small spatula if you do not wish to use your fingers, however I find fingers work perfectly.

When I first tried this primer I liked it but I didn’t love it. I just wasn’t wowed – maybe my expectations were too high? It wasn’t until I stopped using it for a few days I realised how much I actually liked it. Using this primer I find my make-up applied much easier, lasted all day and my skin did not appear shiny until the very end of the day.

Overall, I would highly recommend this primer for many different reasons. It has a smooth velvety texture (much like the L’oreal primer which personally I do not like as my skin got oily very quickly), my pores are less visible, my make-up did not look as though it is sitting on top of my skin and any excess oil was kept at bay – no wonder this is an award winning primer!

What is your favourite primer?

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  1. It sounds amazing! Im in the market for a new primer. Ill have to look into this one. Great review :)

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  2. This sounds so nice! I really like the Illamasqua Satin Primer but I definitely want to give this one a try soon!

    Jennie xo //

  3. My mom has this primer and I've used it a few times as well. Like you said, I didn't love it though and the price tag doesn't help either :) lol.

  4. I've pondered over this but I'm still undecided, it'll be something that I think about for ages and eventually end up buying when everyone has forgotten about it! Lovely review :)
    Amy xx
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  5. I've been thinking about giving primer a go recently, because I'm finding my skin's getting more oiler throughout the day now the weather is warmer. Think I might give Porefessional another go, because I have a tube and never use it! Your review was so informative lovely!

  6. This sounds so lovely! It looks like you get a ton of product too :D x

  7. haha, sounds like a classic case of you don't know what you've got til it's gone ;)

    I recently bought my first piece of skin care from Clarins. If I take the dive into their makeup, I think this will be what I go for, but possibly the bronzing version.

    Emily Jane xo


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