Thursday, September 16, 2010

Review: Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector


Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector revives and illuminates the complexion by erasing signs of tiredness, dullness and imperfections in a flash.

Key Ingredients:

> Hyaluronic acid complex: Well-known for its capacity to absorb up to one thousand times its weight in water. The complex forms a protective film on the skin surface that seals in moisture for a long-lasting hydration action. At dermal level, it replenishes moisture levels to help ensure ideal skin elasticity and firmness. It also helps improve skin tone. Wrinkles are smoothed and features that appear hollow are replenished, delivering an instantly younger-looking appearance.

> Oat Sugars: Natural skin-firming agents well-known for their capacity to gently smooth facial features without pulling skin or leaving it feeling tight. When applied to the forehead, eye contour and the side of the nose, the smoothing effect of Instant Light Brush-On Perfector delivers instant and radiant beauty results, and helps to diminish signs of fatigue. 

Full Ingredients List For Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector:

Unique Benefits Of Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector:

- An instant optical illusion - One click of the pen delivers a lightweight, moisturizing texture that smoothes perfectly onto skin to optically dimish shadowy areas, dark circles and fine lines.

- Luminosity and radiance in one precise application - When applied to the "light-catching" areas of the face ( the middle of the forehead, the side of the nose, the top of the cheekbones and tip of the chin)

- "Light Optimizing+" complex - special pigments reflect light in all directions to create a blur effect that optically diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Shades Available:
- No.00 (Light Beige)
- No.01 (Rosy Beige)
- No.02 (Medium Beige)
- No.03 (Golden Beige)*

It is mentioned that shade range according to market, and 3 shades per market.. so our local Clarins counters will be carrying the first 3 shades (No.00-No.02).

Swatches of these 3 shades:

Trying On Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector ( In Shade No.00 Light Beige)

Colour: Shade No.00 Light Beige. A pretty fair neutral shade I find. It just disappeared when I blended the swatches at the back of my hand. It should suit fair-medium skin tones. No.01 Rosy Beige, contains pink undertone and No.02 Medium Beige, is more of under yellow undertone, the darkest shade out of the 3 shades.

Smell: I did not detect any smell though.

Texture: It is creamy and has a very smooth texture which blends easily onto my skin. It feels lightweight, and comfortable too.

Packaging: This light gold pen with the Clarins logo and lettering in red is a take-everywhere radiance essential. The top quality brush ensures perfectly precise touch-ups throughout the day.

Application method: Simply turn the bottom part of the tube in clockwise motion to dispense a very small amount of product and brush it on required areas. The clever brush applicator gives precise application of product on the required areas. When using it for the very first time, I have to turn the bottom part of the tube in clockwise motion for 12 rounds before the product is being dispensed onto the brush. (*See picture below) Subsequently, you just need to turn it like 1/4 of a round and the product will be dispensed onto the brush, since we use just a little amount of product each time.

Price: $45/ 2ml (0.07Oz.)

Coverage: It does not completely conceal my horrible dark circles, but it does help to illuminate my eye areas..making it less tired-looking in an instant. As such, dark circles become lightened.

Now compare both sides of my eyes. Right side showing after applying Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector in Shade No.00, follow by setting of product by dusting Clarins Hydra-Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation under the eye area.)

Left side ( Before) is totally bare.. Can see any difference??

My thoughts:

Wow! The right side of my eye certainly looks much refreshed and radiant. The dark circle seem greatly reduced, although my heavy eye bags are still present. Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector does what it stated, to optically diminish dark circles, and brighten complexion at the same time.  With Hyaluronic acid complex and Oat Sugars as key ingredients in the product, I know my skin is in for a treat, as they help to hydrate my skin and smooth my facial features.. Can I say its a 2 in 1 product = makeup + skincare ?

What I realised after trying the product a couple of times: Apply an eye cream/gel before using the product.. and do apply sparingly as only a little amount of product is required each time, if you feel its not enough, you can always add a little bit more.. For my first time, I used too much product under my eyes resulting in cakiness. So subsequently I used just a bit of product under my eyes, and result is much better. Also try not to apply/pile up heavy 2-way/compact powder after applying the product under your eyes, because it will also make the areas too drying. Just lightly dust loose powder to set the product will do.

This product does work and look similar to my YSL Radiant Touch which I did not see any obvious results when using it. Both use different application methods though. For Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector, we need to turn the bottom part of the tube in clockwise motion to dispense the product, whereas for YSL Radiant Touch, we need to click the top part, (like how we click a mechanical pencil) before the product is dispensed. Volume wise, YSL Radiant Touch contains 0.5ml more than Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector...Personally I like Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector more than YSL Radiant Touch.

Before I end, here is a picture I took with mostly Clarins products on my face.. I was wearing Clarins Hydra Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation in 03 IIY Natural, Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector in Shade NO.00 Light Beige, Clarins Palette Prodige Face & Blush Powder and Clarins Rouge Prodige in 105 Peach Sorbet.

Click here to find out more about Clarins Hydra-Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation Moist & 3D Radiance Effect SPF20 PA++.

Clarins Hydra Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation and Clarins Light Brush On Perfector ranges are the latest Clarins makeup items launched this month. Do check them out at all our Clarins counters islandwide. For Clarins Store Locator, click here.

Now you can enjoy luminous skin with Clarins exclusive deal till 30 Sep 2010!

For more details on Clarins products and its latest launches/promotions, check out at Clarins Singapore Website now.

P.S: A big thank you to the lovely ladies from Clarins Singapore for sending me these wonderful products for me to try.

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