Towards the end of last year, I received the brand new Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid Illuminating & Firming Foundation (R540)

Now, I LOVE Clarins foundations, so couldn’t wait to try this one out as, according to the press release, it combines the best of Clarins skincare and makeup expertise. When it comes to foundation, I tend to prefer formulas that have a strong skincare element – call it killing two birds with one stone.

This foundation claims to fully restore your complexion’s youthful glow with the formulas new “Skin Tone Optimizing Complex”. It also works to conceal age spots (that means this is a foundation best suited to mature skin types that are over 40+ years). It contains extracts of chicory and red jania that help optimize the skin’s luminosity & radiance. The formula also firms, plumps & smoothes skin.

I like that the Everlasting Youth Fluid features a double smoothing & firming skincare action and has an SPF 15. It has a creamy yet lightweight formula that is buildable. It also contains the Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex protects skin from the environment and is available in 12 shades locally.

Formula wise, there’s Konjac micro pearls to plump skin, Argan oil to nourish & condition and organic oats sugars to tighten skin, leaving it firmer. Chicory works to boost collagen & improve elasticity, while Red jania improves skin’s light reflection by removing dead skin cells. Organic nipplewort (always giggle when I read that name #SoChildish), white horehound and furcellaria protect skin against environmental pollutants.

I received the 3 shades pictured in the holding shot, and while 109 Wheat would most likely be perfect for my skin tone in Winter, it’s a bit light now that I have a tan. So, I mixed a pump of the 115 Cognac with it and was pleased that I was able to achieve a shade that was perfect to my skin tones current one. It was easy to blend and build (I used a foundation brush to apply it).

This is what the formula looks like on the skin.

I found this formula to be excellent and concealing any uneven skin tone and smoothing lines and pores. It did leave my skin looking flawless, but I think it’s finish is more matte than glowing. I wore it for a full 8 hours and must say it felt really comfortable on my skin. Towards the end of the day, it did seem like a bit of the formula had worn off (check picture below, especially on my nose), but that was after a full 8 hours – and this is not a long-wearing formula. All in all, I think it’s a wonderful formula for mature women with a normal to dry skin. I do think it may be too nourishing for those with an oily complexion.

8 hours later (without any touch-up’s or powder) & still looking great

The Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid retails for R540 for a 30ml pump bottle. You can purchase it HERE on at a Clarins counter nationwide.

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