Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector
I might as well state my personal bias up front - I consider highlighters to be the Emperor's New Clothes of the beauty world. If ever there was a completely pointless beauty product, this is it. Now don't all go yelling and slapping me in the face with your Benefit High Beam - I'm just stating my opinion and if you love your highlighters, more power to you. They just don't do anything on me. Maybe I'm always standing in the wrong light or something.
So why did I a tube of Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector then? To get a GWP, of course. Clarins has the best GWPs (though they've been a bit thin on the ground this year), and I will almost always cough up whatever is needed to get my hands on one. I use their toner and cleansing milk regularly - in fact they're two of the few products I purchase over and over - and usually I just stock up on those to get the GWP, but I think in this case I had a ton of toner and cleanser already on hand and I needed to branch out a bit. Anyway, blah blah blah - point is, I have this product, and until now it has been languishing in a drawer with a bunch of other stuff, forgotten. Since I've been shopping my stash, I pulled it out to see what it does.
I like the packaging - it comes in a pump, which is nice and hygenic. It has a very faint, barely discernible rose scent, unusual for Clarins, who often throw a ton of fragrance into their products. The colour I have is 00 Rose Shimmer, you can also get Champagne Shimmer and Bronze Shimmer.
So what does it do? On my hand, you can kind of see a bit of a glow.... kind of. It's not exactly jumping out, though. And on my face?
Nothing. Nothing at all.
I tried applying it all over my face, as it's meant to be for this purpose and even out skin. I tried applying it to my cheekbones with a brush under my foundation, like Lisa Eldridge does. I tried it over my foundation. I applied it to my brow bone and my cupid's bow.
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing.
Back in the drawer you go, Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector.