Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch - review


This little primer was part of a gift set that I received for Christmas. While it's a small, 4ml tub, I only need to use the tiniest bit each time: I've been using it daily for more than two weeks now and I've used less than a third.

As you may know, I'm not a huge fan of these silicone-based, mattifying primers because I prefer a dewy look (my skin is dry and we always want what we don't have I guess), but I'm enjoying this one and it's been something of a surprise because I wasn't expecting to like it.

Clarins claims/product details:
  • Perfect skin in under a minute
  • An award-winning primer 
  • The perfect combination of makeup and skincare
  • Ultra-light, ultra-smooth texture 
  • Glides on skin, leaving an imperceptible veil on its surface, filling in and smoothing away the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores
  • Your skin will be foundation-ready 
  • Gives your makeup a more even and flawless finish
  • Can be used alone or mixed with your foundation
  • To use: with the fingertips, apply a fine layer to the areas concerned (wrinkles, fine lines, dilated pores); can be used alone or under make-up; can also be mixed with a liquid foundation for a beautifully flawless complexion
  • For any skin type
  • RRP $38 AUD for 15ml


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine


As mentioned, I liked this a lot more than I thought I would because I don't normally like these mattifying, pore-plugging primers - they tend to slip and also ball up when you apply foundation over the top, plus foundation can slide off them throughout the day so they can reduce the lasting power of your foundation, rather than extending it. These were issues I found with Benefit's The POREfessional, for example, which is a similar product and one I really didn't like (see review here). But this primer does none of those things and it's a product I'd consider buying.

It's a lightweight, creamy product that applies like a dream. As mentioned, I only need to use the tiniest bit and I wouldn't recommend being heavy-handed because it mightn't work as well. I haven't come across a primer that I need to use so little of before, so that's a plus because the tub will last you a long time, making the product better value than you might first think.

On the tub, I don't like it because you expose the contents to air when you use it, and you have to dip your grubby fingers in each time (unless you use a spatula, but who can be bothered with all that). This isn't such a problem with this travel size tub, but it could be an issue if you have the full size - particularly if you don't use it every day.

On the product claims: this does have an ultra-light, ultra-smooth texture that glides on the skin; it does fill in and smooth the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores; and it does give your foundation a more even and flawless finish.

It's not a greasy product so lasses with oily skin should be ok with it, but it's not drying either so those of us with dry skin can use it and not have a tight face throughout the day. Some mattifying primers dry me out but this one doesn't, so that's another plus.

I think it does make my makeup last a little longer, but not enough to be really noticeable so I wouldn't buy the product for that reason alone - I would buy it because it makes my pores less visible and doesn't crease/intensify wrinkles throughout the day.

I really like this and would consider buying it if I didn't have so many back-up primers to get through!

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