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If you love powder foundations, then behold, because I am going to talk about one of the best powder foundations I have tried so far. You have dry skin? No issues, this might be just what you need (when it comes to powder foundations) Introducing a powder foundation that actually gives a somewhat luminous effect at the same time gives a very natural looking finish. No! I am not trying to sell this product then let me tell you I am in no way compensated to write this post but I am actually trying to tell you how amazing this is. If you wish to find out more about the Clarins skin illusion loose powder foundation then please keep reading.

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Product claims

Silky, loose powder foundation—with light-reflecting pigments, minerals and plant extracts—creates a radiant matte finish and a natural, bare skin effect. Built-in blending brush lets you decide the coverage—from light to medium.

Dermatologist-tested. Oil-free.

Price and availability

Price is AED 200 for 13g of powder. Available at all Paris gallery stores (Middle east) All Clarins stores, Boots  Clarins online Amazon Nordstrom Debenhams

Available in six different shades- Nude, Beige, Sand, Wheat, Honey and Amber

My review of Clarins skin illusion loose powder foundation

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Let’s start with the packaging. The transparent cube packaging made of glass with gold lids looks absolutely luxurious as well as classy. Absolutely love how it looks. The lid has a small brush attached to it which clicks in and out of the lid. A brush with this is so thoughtful but to be honest, I am not a fan of this brush. The brush is too firm than what I would normally use. I agree, the brush is of good quality, but the firmness…just not my thing. But if you like using firm brushes, then it works great. That’s not it,I have more problems with the packaging. The screw cap, the attached brush which comes out as soon as you open the lid, altogether causes messiness and product wastage, at least for me.  Each time I use the powder, some amount of powder is definitely wasted.

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thebeautymascot/clarins skin illusion loose powder foundation

But hey I told you I love it….Here comes the good things.

Talking about the texture, it has a really soft texture. The powder is very very finely milled that you hardly feel its powder. When you touch the foundation you know how soft it feels. The foundation has a floral fragrance, but does not irritate my slightly sensitive skin.

The foundation has light to medium coverage which is definitely buildable. The foundation lets you feel matte but there is a very very small sheen to it. This makes my skin glow and I absolutely love it. But I am not sure if due to this reason it will be a good fit for oily skin as it might make extreme oily skin look greasy. But if it does, it will be for extremely (in brackets) oily skin. For my combination skin which is inclined more to the oilier side has no issues at all. I love how smooth and polished my skin looks after applying this powder. The foundation contains pink opal powder which illuminates the skin and gives a natural, radiant glow.

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For dry skin, there is not a single concern. This foundation does not accentuate any dry patches. It hasn’t made my pores look so obvious nor has it settled into any fine lines. It does not dry out your skin at all. This foundation does not look cakey nor does it feel heavy.

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The Clarins skin illusion powder foundation stays for a long time, 8 hours without any touch-ups.

Now this is a powder foundation obviously you use it on top of a hydrating moisturiser,but you can use it as a setting powder on top of a bb cream or a liquid foundation, if you like using pigmented powders. I have used this powder foundation on top of my D&G perfect luminous foundation which I have reviewed a few days back and my skin looked flawless.

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Final Verdict

In love with:

  • Soft texture.
  • Skin looks airbrushed and flawless.
  • Lasts long.
  • Gives a very natural look.
  • Light to medium coverage which can be buildable.
  • Blends well.
  • Does not magnify pores.

Not in love with

  • Packaging is beautiful but impractical. The brush attached is very firm.

Overall I really love the Clarins skin illusion loose powder foundation and give it a score of 4.8/5. Highly recommend!

Have you used the Clarins skin illusion loose powder foundation? Which is your favourite foundation at the moment?





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    • I understand, the coverage is just sheer to medium, you can layer and build it up a bit though. But if you don’t like floral scented makeup then this one has it which is not that mild. Even I like my makeup to have no scents 🙂

    • I agree! If the packaging is impractical then what’s the use of luxurious looks! But apart from that, I really like this foundation!

  1. I too hate product wastage due to packaging?. And 8 hours without touch up is great . I have exactly the same skin type as yours , combination skin with more towards oily ?

  2. I like Clarins very much and this new foundation seems to be fantastic! I would love to try it, and it doesn’t accentuate dry patches, what for a lovely product! Hope you have a very nice day!

  3. I totally agree with your review and I have been using it for a number of years now but they are discontinuing it!! I can’t find 108 Sand anywhere, do you know why and can you suggest an alternative? Thanks. K

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