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Spotlight Brand: Clarins


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I’m usually an advocate for spending as little as possible and simply ‘working it’ as if you’d spent double the price, but sometimes spending a little extra can get you a long way.

Clarins is my favourite example of this.

After discovering their range of skincare and cosmetics, I’ve discovered that looking good and feeling good are both achievable and affordable, even on a student budget.

After suffering from acne since my early teens, it’s fair to say I’m incredibly sceptical about what I’ll put on my face.

With this in mind, I believe the fact that my entire skincare regime and most of my makeup is exclusive to their range says a lot about both the quality of the products, and the visible results I’ve had from them.

Here are our eight favourite products, and why you should definitely try them too!

Pure Melt Cleansing Gel with Marula Oil – 125 ml - £21

Pure Melt Cleansing Gel with Marula Oil

I bought this after reading how ineffective wipes can be for removing makeup. But this is a great alternative. As the gel liquefies, you can quite literally see your makeup melt off of your face.

The real beauty of this is that it even removes eye makeup, and no matter how heavy your coverage, it only takes 20 seconds to wash it all away. I use this every night before bed, sleeping with the comfort of knowing my skin is as clean as it feels. 

Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Tamarind – 125ml - £20 

Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Tamarind

I mean it literally when I say that this leaves your skin squeaky clean. It’s that hydrating and firming that you will genuinely hear it. When massaging the cream into your skin, you’ll see the exfoliating blue pearls breaking down as they get to work on clearing out your pores.

My skin is incredibly sensitive, and many exfoliators I’ve used in the past have resulted in painful acne breakouts. However, I’ve found that is gentle enough to use on daily basis.

Pore Minimising Serum – 30ml - £28

Pore Minimizing Serum

I’ve always had very visible pores around my nose, and even with makeup they were always visible. And so I decided, it would be better to tackle the pores altogether, rather than just filling them up with a heavy concealer.

I started using the serum about four months ago, and since then I’ve noticed that the severity of my blackheads has reduced significantly. While I use it every morning, I’d also recommend reapplying just before your makeup to maximise its effect, as its instantaneous results are great for that quick cosmetic fix.

Hydra-Essential Cooling Gel – 50ml - £36

Hydra-Essential Cooling Gel

I apply this straight after the pore minimising serum every morning, and it’s another of my absolute favourites. As a gel, it’s far lighter than creams I’ve tried in the past and doesn’t leave you with that oily glaze that many other products seem to.

I’ve had this for over four months now, but as you need to apply so little, the pot is still three-quarters full. I have days now where even with my spots, my skin feels so fresh and hydrated after applying that I’ll skip the foundation altogether. My skin would be lost without it!               

Lotus Face Treatment Oil – 30ml - £33

Lotus Face Treatment Oil

A couple of drops of the Lotus Oil is the last step of my skin routine. Many with combination skin types  avoid using oils for fear that it will exacerbate the oiliness of their skin. However, this treatment is perfect suited for oil imbalances, refreshing and hydrating overnight, without leaving you with a greasy layer to wake up to.

Truly Matte Pure and Radiant Mask – 50ml - £23

Truly Matte Pure and Radiant Mask


Face masks were another territory I used to avoid. In the past, many gel masks had left my face feeling pretty tight and dry. But this has a creamy texture, and is much more effective at softening the skin. This mask also functions as an exfoliant, and while it can only be used once a week, you'll find that you won't need it more than that! 

Ever Matte Skin Balancing Foundation – 30ml - £28

Ever Matte Skin Balancing Foundation

Having oily skin, this has been the only foundation I’ve found that doesn’t melt off during the day, keeping my skin looking matte and smooth from one end of the day to the other. What's more, this foundation is so highly pigmented and oil-free, that it reduces your skins' comedogenicity, while ensuring that you’re left with solid and consistent coverage.

It was bittersweet to learn that this will soon be discontinued to make way for its replacement - Clarins Pore Perfecting Matifying Foundation which I expect will be a new addition to this list very soon!

Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base – 30ml - £26.50

Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base

Each of the three available shades serve a different purpose. While their main role as a primer is to provide a lightweight base to preserve your makeup, they all offer their own additional benefits.

I use a combination of two shades– 01 Rose and 02 Champagne. The shade Rose was great for brightening my skin for example, whereas Champagne was better at concealing my red areas and smoothing out my patchy complexion. While they are tailored to harmonise with different skin tones, all are light and versatile enough that an exact colour match isn't necessary.

Let us know what your favourite Clarins products are in the comments!

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