Before I started blogging way back in 2012, I’d never used a primer. Actually, I don’t think I even knew primers were a thing! But they were/are and this discovery has changed my make-up routine forever. For the better I may add. Since that fateful day I’ve tried countless formulas and brands, testing out everything from high street to high end, but this may be the most luxurious.
The Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is an award-winning primer that aims to smooth and moisturise your skin, giving you an even-toned canvas for your makeup application. As always, Clarins knocks it out of the park when it comes to packaging. You just know your holding high end when you see the iconic red packaging. The glass jar is also perfect because you get get every last bit of primer without the bottom of a tube bursting. Hands up if that’s happened; it’s ruined a good few of my makeup bags. Moving on to the contents, the primer is quite a thick formula but don’t let it fool you. Despite being a little hard to blend in (try mixing it with foundation on your hand to make it easier), it’s super lightweight and doesn’t have that silicone feeling that so many Primers have. Not only does it do everything it claims to do, it also helps to keep your makeup looking flawless all day. Thanks to the slight pink-tinge, skin looks radiant whilst I managed to go an entire day shine-free without applying any powder at all.
But like everything, there’s positives and negatives. One downside is that it is on the pricey side for a primer, with it hitting £26.50 at Boots. Also, because it’s quite thick, you end up using a little more product than you would usually use meaning it’s finished quicker than you would like. Saying this, you could focus the primer on your t-zone to make a jar last longer. For me, if it was a little easier to blend into the skin I’d completely recommend it, but the thickness of the formula, the speed I could go through this and the price make me think twice about re-purchasing. It’s nice to have a bit of luxury though, while it lasts.
Have you tried this primer? Any recommendations for my next primer?