Review: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is a primer/base and corrector all in one. Let me just say that I absolutely LOVE this product because it manages to accomplish two very important tasks: even out my skin texture and set a mattifying base for my makeup.

Growing up, I suffered from severe acne and oily skin complexion. While my skin has improved since then, I still suffer from old pitted acne scars and enlarged pores around my nose and cheek area. I needed a product that could even out my skin texture and provide a smooth base. This product achieves that.

At first, I was surprised at how tiny the jar was for the $34 I spent for it. But I quickly learned that you only need is a tiny amount to cover your entire face (or just the areas that need it), so this little jar is going to last me for MONTHS.  

The texture of this product is very smooth and velvety - almost like a thick, dense souffle. When you apply it on your face, the silkiness almost feels like a silicone primer. It gives you that mattifying feel and instantly smooths out any bumps and fills in those tiny little pitted scars that I get from acne. While it doesn’t completely mask the scars, it definitely makes them less noticeable and sets that smooth, finished look before even applying your makeup. Luckily, I don’t suffer from any wrinkles (well, I am only 21! Haha) so I cant vouch for how well it would work for that. However, I do have a few lines underneath my eyes, and I notice that this product manages to soften those lines up and make them less noticeable. So A+ for that!

When I apply my foundation or BB cream on, I notice my skin looks a lot smoother. No “holes” or bumps from my large pores, and guess what - my makeup stays ON! Trust me, I’ve tested it in 95 degree weather and my makeup didn’t bulge at all. It does help out my oiliness a little, but nonetheless, this isn’t designed to be an oil controlling product, so I still need my lovely Shiseido Pureness Blotting Sheets!