Face Foundations with Built-in Skin Care Benefits - Clarins

Foundations that perform like skincare, that’s the beauty behind every Clarins foundation. Our range of formulas have been created to complement the action of our anti-aging creams , and are available in textures, finishes, and shades for every skin type and skin tone.

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Clarins skincare expertise goes into every foundation. We harness the power of effective natural ingredients that deliver true skincare benefits to illuminate, hydrate, or visibly firm.

Whether the effect you desire is matte, luminous, or age-defying—our buildable, long-wearing foundations deliver infallible coverage to create the illusion of naturally radiant, flawless skin.

Skin Illusion is an innovative hydrating serum foundation that combines the fluidity of plant oils with the perfect amount of pigments for breathable, luminous wear and a bare skin feel. Stays fresh and flawless for 12 full hours.*

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Full coverage foundation is like marmite, you either love it or hate it, but sometimes it can be an absolute blessing.

Take for example, if you’re attending an all day event like the Grand National next weekend, you’re going to want to find a good strong foundation. It can be a long day at the races, and with unpredictable British weather you never quite know how long your makeup will stay intact.

Finding the perfect balance between a good strong foundation that doesn’t feel or look cakey is difficult, and it’s a challenge I’ve been faced with many times. Especially when it comes to a big event, you want to make sure your skin looks flawless as the hours pass.

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When I think of ‘full coverage foundation’ I immediately go back to the old classic of Estée Lauder double wear , but priced at almost £30 on LookFantastic, it’s a little steep for a foundation. So, I decided to test four other foundations and compare them to my holy grail product to see if price really matters.

Round 1 - Maybelline Superstay Active Wear Full Coverage 30H Liquid

I’m a big fan of Maybelline, so I was really intrigued to try this foundation considering it’s supposed to last for ‘30 hours.’ Described as leaving a ‘smooth and even natural-looking base’ the foundation is said to conceal the look of ‘imperfections’.

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Suitable for all skin types, the full coverage foundation claims to be ‘water-resistant, transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant and oil-free’ which is perfect for a day like the races. I pumped the product onto my fingers and was pretty shocked at how thick it was.

I was worried that because it was so thick it wouldn’t blend properly, or collect on my face, but it actually blended perfectly with my beauty blender. However, after wearing it for a few hours and topping it up with powder, it did become patchy.

(Image: Emily Sleight/ Liverpool ECHO)

It’s such a shame because if we’re basing this off first impressions this foundation was amazing, but as time went on, it stuck to my fine lines and dry skin on my face and made me feel a bit self conscious (however, that doesn’t bother everyone!)

Purchase the foundation here.

Price: 10.99

Rating: 3/5

Round 2 - Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup 30ml

This is such a popular foundation and when I was younger I used it religiously, but I’d pretty much forgotten how it looked and what it felt like. Nevertheless, I used this foundation last weekend because I had a wedding to go to and wanted to make sure my foundation lasted.

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Let’s just say, I slightly regretted it. At first, the foundation looked absolutely flawless and amazing, but it seems to be the topping up of powder that completely ruined it.

Because the product was so thick, I couldn’t go over it with anything extra without it collecting and layering under my eye. It began to cling to my dry skin around the nose and cling to my fine lines.

So, if you want perfect coverage for a few hours without needing to top it up, this foundation is amazing. But if you’re wanting to top it up, you have my warning.

Purchase the foundation here.

Price: £29.75

Rating: 3/5

Round 3 - Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless Foundation 30ml

I was actually really pleasantly surprised with this foundation, I haven’t used a Max Factor product in years so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. This particular foundation is water based, which is always key to a nice dewy finish.

(Image: Emily Sleight/ Liverpool ECHO)

Instantly I found that this product didn’t cling as much to my fine lines, however, I will say that the coverage definitely wasn’t as flawless as the previous rounds. In this case, it really is down to what finish you prefer, but I was thoroughly impressed with this foundation.

It dried a really nice matte consistency but still didn’t sink into lines, even after topping it up with powder.

Purchase the foundation here.

Price: £11.19

Rating: 4/5

Round 4 - Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation

Despite reviewing this foundation before , I couldn’t quite recall how strong the coverage was, but I was blown away instantly. I will admit, the particular shade I went for was a little too pale for me, but let’s just ignore that for now!

It gave a really nice almost airbrushed finish, and it was easily blend-able with a beauty blender. I think because it was more of a dewy consistency it didn’t cling to lines or dry skin and lasted a lot longer than some of the other foundations I’d dried.

(Image: Emily Sleight/ Liverpool ECHO)

One thing I will say is I did have to top it up with a bit of powder after a few hours because it felt a bit sticky, but it still looked flawless after doing this.

Purchase the foundation here.

Price: £5.99

Rating: 5/5

Round 5- L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation

This was actually my holy grail foundation a few years ago, and now I remember why. It’s absolutely perfect for me. The water based consistency makes it feel quite refreshing and almost moisturising on my face, but it still manages to dry matte and flawless. It’s a really buildable product and doesn’t collect on your face like the Estée Lauder, but still lasts for hours.

(Image: Emily Sleight/ Liverpool ECHO)

I wore this foundation all day at work, and although I got a slight shine to my nose after five or six hours, it still gave my face that airbrushed appearance. If you choose this foundation for the races, I’d recommend bringing some powder with you for a top up to stop that shine from happening.

Purchase the foundation here.

Price: £9.55

Rating: 5/5

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Derms Say the ‘Big Four’ Are Actually All You Need to Take Care of Skin

W hile I'm not exactly adhering to the hile I'm not exactly adhering to the K-beauty 10-step skin-care routine, I am slathering on almost a dozen different skin-care products every single day—and that's not counting the multiple face masks I use per week. Sure, I'm a beauty editor and that's kind of our thing, but even I'll admit that my regimen is pretty extra.

So my attention was caught when the American Academy of Dermatology—the utmost authority on skin care—said that you really only need to use four products total in your routine in order to have healthy skin. That's it.

The aforementioned, dermatologist-approved regimen? Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Then apply your topical medication or treatment (aka your active serum, or a retinol). "If you are using medicine or other treatment on your skin, you should apply this right after cleansing," the statement says. "When applying any cream around your eyes, use your ring finger, because it is the weakest finger and will not pull too hard on this delicate skin."

Third step: Apply moisturizer and/or sunscreen. The staples. And then, apply makeup if desired. The document says that using too many products can lead to irritation, especially if you're using more than one anti-aging product. But that's it—so it's really just three skin-care essentials and makeup if you so desire. Once I gathered my jaw from the floor, I consulted one of my go-to derms about his thoughts.

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"I totally agree," says Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, MD, of Mudgil Dermatology. "You just need a cleanser in the makeup if you wear it, sunscreen—SPF 30, and ideally one that has either titanium or zinc in it—cleanser in the and retinol before bed. No need for fancy serums or all that other BS that's out there." And there you have it—now we all have permission to clear up some space in the bathroom and gain some more time back into our lives.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, here's the correct order in which to apply your skin-care products. And this is a guide to all of the retinoids that exist, from least to most potent.

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