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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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The Foundation Files : Glow-Enhancing Foundation

If you have been following me for a while now you will know a love a glowy foundation. Something that gives me that lit from within in look and makes my skin look healthy. Well Clarins new Skin Illusion Foundation* might tick all the boxes.
The brand new Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation* is the new secret to a naturally flawless complexion. It is a hydrating serum foundation that is designed to give instant freshness and beautiful glow without masking your skins natural beauty.

Before we start, I just wanted to give you a little overview of what you can expect from all of my Foundation Files posts (if you've read a Foundation Files before, you can probably skip this, unless you need a little recap). In each review I will give you photos of my skin before application, immediately after application and at the end of the day. I will talk about how I prep my skin before applying, as well as the method that I use to apply. I will also talk about the coverage and finish, as well as how well I think it wears throughout the day. Now as for my skin type (which will impact what I think of foundations) I have dry/normal skin. I do have blemish and pigmentation concerns, particularly in my T-Zone. Without further adieu, let's get into it!  

This is a new innovative foundation that comes in a simple glass bottle with a dropper. It is designed to create a second skin effect while providing long lasting hydration. It comes in 22 different shades, catering to a wide variety of skin shades. 

I wasn't completely sure of the dropper mechanism, but so far I am enjoying it. I feel like as it starts to run out, the dropper will be a bit of a pain in the butt, but for now it's great and I find it helps control how much product I get, so I am not using too much.

I prep my skin with my usual skincare routine, then I follow it with a primer. I have been enjoying using the Clarins SOS Primer in Universal Light*, which is an illuminating primer that helps to boost radiance and brighten the face. It helps make the foundation look even glowier (win for dry skin!) 

To apply the foundation I have been using a foundation brush to apply to the skin before using the Esmi Skin Minerals Foundation Brush* to buff it into the skin. I find after the first 'layer' it has evened out my skin tone but not necessarily covered my spots (about a light cover). I go back in with a little bit more in my problem areas (i.e. my t-zone mostly, particularly my chin) and will often blend out with my fingers to create a more medium coverage. The finish is very natural - looks almost like a second skin. 

As for lasting power - I find it wears pretty well. Granted, it is a glowier foundation, not a long-lasting matte foundation, so I didn't expect it to last in its entirety for a full day. However, it still looks natural and glowy at the end of the day, but not oily. It wears a little bit more in my t-zone, particularly on my chin, but I do tend to touch my chin a little bit through the day, so this is not unexpected. By the end of the day it definitely looks like I am not really wearing much foundation, but my skin tone still looks even. 

All in all, I have been really enjoying this foundation. My skin stays hydrated all day, looks glowy all day and I love how the foundation looks on the skin. It has been my go-to for good skin days or days when I am wanting a lighter coverage. It is going to be a must have come summer. If you are looking for a good, hydrating and glowy foundation then I could not recommend this foundation enough!

Have you tried the latest Clarins foundation yet? I would love to hear your thoughts, let me know in the comments below xx 

*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


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