Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation (SPF15). Their first serum foundation.

What is it? Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation (SPF15) is Clarins first serum texture foundation.  It’s formulated to create a second skin effect for natural results. Ingredients include Red Jania extract to rejuvenate; a new Light Optimising Complex which combines pearls and soft focus powders to give skin a smooth texture and radiant finish; an Anti-Pollution Complex to protect skin from the environment; and Organic Leaf of Life extract for hydration.  Skin Illusion comes in an eco-friendly recycled glass bottle with a dropper for easy use.  It’s available in 22 shades.

Who is it for? Created for all skin types.  It’s even suitable for those who have an oily or a combination skin type as it contains non-greasy oils.  

How do you use it? Simply dispense a few drops onto a brush, sponge or your fingertips and apply to your skin.  I put a couple of drops onto the back of my left hand and use a beauty blender to apply.

What’s the damage? £30 for  30ml

Score: 💋💋💋💋




Believe it or not, this is the first time I have ever bought a Clarins foundation! I received a sample of the Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation in a glossy magazine, tried it out and really liked it.  The shade in the magazine was a bit darker than I would normally go for but it looked good so I went ahead and ordered a bottle in the same shade. The foundation is in a glass bottle which I really like, there’s something more luxurious about glass rather than plastic, also it’s obviously better for the environment.  I quite like the pipette dropper as it’s easy to put a couple of drops on the back of my hand and then apply to my face. I find a beauty blender is the best way for me to apply this particular foundation (rather than fingers or a brush) as it does have a fairly runny consistency, but it’s silky and applies very easily.

This isn’t a particularly heavy coverage foundation, it’s got a natural look to it, so it might not be what you’re looking for.  I use it over the top of my Trinny London BFF and Look Fabulous Forever concealer and I find that this mixture of products is ideal for a daytime foundation look which will last all day.

When you buy the product, Clarins also gives you a sample of the colour so you can try it first before you open the bottle. If it’s not quite right then you can exchange the bottle for a different shade.  A good idea if you’ve bought from the internet, or in a store with dodgy lighting.

In conclusion, I like this foundation, it suits my mature skin and doesn’t sit in any of the lines or wrinkles.  It’s easy to apply and weightless to wear.


Aqua/Water/Eau. Methyl Trimethicone. Dimethicone. Alcohol. Isododecane. Butylene Glycol. Titanium Dioxide [Nano]. Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone. Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer. Glycerin. Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer. Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone. Sodium Chloride. Squalane. Aluminum Hydroxide. Stearic Acid. Parfum/Fragrance. Silybum Marianum Seed Oil. Disteardimonium Hectorite. Propylene Carbonate. Ethylhexylglycerin. Tocopheryl Acetate. Triethoxycaprylylsilane. Disodium Edta. Hydroxyethyl Urea. Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. Dipropylene Glycol. Kalanchoe Pinnata Leaf Extract. Phenoxyethanol. Algin. Sodium Citrate. Citric Acid. Acacia Senegal Gum. Jania Rubens Extract. Furcellaria Lumbricalis Extract. Sodium Benzoate. Potassium Sorbate. Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract. Tocopherol. Lapsana Communis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract. Maris Sal/Sea Salt/Sel Marin


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