30 May 2013
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?