24th February 2012

Back to Basics – Clarins Ever Matte Foundation

By Get Lippie

Another new foundation this month is Clarins Ever Matte, which I’ve had for a couple of weeks and have been mulling over on your behalf for a while.

Packaging

A squared-off squeezy tube, perfect for carting around with you.  I like the classy gold top, too.

Formula

 A medium-thick liquid, quite low in silicones, this feels velvety on the fingers, and I find it easy to blend and spread over the face.  It feels fairly “traditional” compared to some of the others I’ve tried this week, and it has a very faint “herbal” scent that dissipates quite quickly after blending.  It takes a little while to “settle” on the skin, but this gives you time to buff the foundation into the skin, should you want to.

Shade Selection

There are e;even shades in the range, and this one is 109 – Wheat.  Whilst it’s probably a good range of shades for us of a paler persuasion, like many French makeup brands this is lacking a little at the darker end of the spectrum.   I always find it a shame that so many brands don’t cater for as many skin tones as possible.  Wheat is a fairly good match for my neutral/cool-leaning skin.

Coverage

I’d say this was about a medium coverage foundation.  Maurice!

Yes, not entirely covered up, but the coverage is good, and has definitely lessened the ability to see Maurice.

Finish

I wouldn’t say this was entirely matte on the skin, it has more of a velvety finish.  My skin is combination oily, and this is an oil-free formula, which I find controls oil production quite well without drying my skin out entirely, which is nice I wouldn’t say it was necessary to finish it with powder, but your mileage may vary.  If your skin is prone to dry patches, this will cling to them, so be warned.

Wear

This wears reasonably well,  I’d quibble a bit over the box’s claim to keep skin “shine-free from morning to evening” as shine will break through at around the six hour mark, and you will experience fading from around the 7-8 hour point, but I’d say that this is about what I would expect from a foundation of this type, so I’m not too disappointed.

Price

£24 for 30ml.
 
Ingredients

Overall Thoughts

This is a nice, pleasant medium-coverage foundation, which is not particularly earth shattering, but those with slightly oily skin may fall in love with it.

The Fine Print: PR Sample.
 
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