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REVIEW: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
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Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:01 pm      Reply with quote
I read raves about this product in a magazine while waiting for a doctor visit. The article was so convincing, I jotted down the info. At the same time, I was reluctant to buy into what just might (probably) be hype.

Well, then came the sephora FF2006 sale. I ordered. Very Happy

Here's what the package insert says: "It's almost like magic: (NOTE: this word, "MAGIC," would have normally been enough for me to give up on the product before ever trying it.) as soon as you apply Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch to wrinkles, fine lines and enlarged pores, your complexion appears perfectly smooth and refreshed. In addition to its incredible "illusionary" (TRANSLATE: cosmetic) effect, ISPT also offers active ingredients with highly effective skin care benefits.

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I like it. The first couple days I used it, I wore no makeup. First of all, I LOVE the texture. It is uniquely soft and smooth and feels great when applying it; just glides on effortlessly. I have a couple of deep lines above my mouth. (I've never smoked) When I used just a tiny teeny amount in the lines, they *did* seem to disappear. So, we can say this is cosmetic. But, okay! It *is* "illusional." Because when I looked at various angles, I could sometimes see the lines, although they were still less noticeable. When I looked straight on, they were invisible. Very Happy "Micro pearls glide into creases and act like sponges, absorbing moisture naturally released by the skin. As they expand, they fill in lines and wrinkles..."

The past couple days, I've worn it under makeup, and I like it. It also seems to have a brightening effect. This little red jar with spatula was only about $30, and will last quite a while. It is oil-free, and I do consider it a nice addition to my arsenal.
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Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:45 pm      Reply with quote
I liked it also but unfortunately it gave me spots. My Rose Illusion also did (La Prairie) - I think it must be the silicon.
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I also just recently started using the Clarins "perfecting touch- instantly smooth" I don't really have any wrinkles, but it really smoothes my eyelids prior to applying eyeshadow. I would be weary about applying this product to anywhere you have me prone to breaking out- even though it is oil free- it does contain silicon that can block pores.
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Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:09 pm      Reply with quote
Canadian Girl wrote:
I also just recently started using the Clarins "perfecting touch- instantly smooth" I don't really have any wrinkles, but it really smoothes my eyelids prior to applying eyeshadow. I would be weary about applying this product to anywhere you have me prone to breaking out- even though it is oil free- it does contain silicon that can block pores.


Do you use it as a primer than before applying eye shadow? How does the shadow stay on? If I don't prep my lids before applying shadow, most of it ends up in my creases and looks icky.

Maybe thats's why it gives one a flawless finish, it gets into poors and any lines with the silicon in it. Now tempted to scope it out at Sephora though Laughing

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Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:50 pm      Reply with quote
Hi ariesxtreme,

yes I do use it as a primer before I put my eyeshadow on. I also use it underneath my concealer- it makes the concealer go on alot more smoothly.

I don't know if it will help prevent your eyshadow from looking icky- I still find that I have that problem even with this product- but thats going 8 hours without a touch up. but it really smoothes out the eye area.

I think your right it does fill in all lines and pores with the silicon, and also smooths any patchy rough skin.

Have you every tried the Smash box photo finish primer? This product is identical to it.
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Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:30 pm      Reply with quote
Can I just confirm, this is a small sized pot with a pink coloured substance inside?

I went to look for this at the Clarins counter, but it may be sold under a different product name here. Embarassed
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Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:38 pm      Reply with quote
miranets,
Yes- it is a small oval shaped red pot with a light pink substance in it and it comes with a little spatula. I got mine at the Bay (Canada) for $30CDN.

here is a link to the porduct:
http://us.clarins.com/main.cfm?prodID=676
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Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:57 pm      Reply with quote
I liked this stuff too but not enough to keep. I ended up returning it and the foundation. It felt a little too heavy on my skin. Glad you like it!
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Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:01 pm      Reply with quote
How is it compared to Smashbox or Clinique or MAC primer?
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Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:01 pm      Reply with quote
I haven't used the mac primer, but it works identical to the smashbox photofinish (clear).
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Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:32 pm      Reply with quote
I've tried MAC primer, Smashbox, Chanel, English Ideas, Laura Mercier primers. Of these, I liked EI best. Most are very much alike, IMO. I have to say, I am considering returning the Clarins, just because it is not HG, although it is nice. My search continues. I really want a fabulous spackle! Something that fills the lines in nicely in prep for makeup.
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 4:12 am      Reply with quote
This is a gorgeous primer, I thought it might be a bit too "waxy" or greasy for my skin when I first saw it & I couldn't believe how tiny the jar was either Laughing But it's a great product...although my HG is still the ModelCo primer!
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Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:50 am      Reply with quote
Have you tried Laura Geller? They have a primer called spackle! I havent tried it but I thought the line looked interesting.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/section.jhtml?categoryId=C14900&searchString=Spackle
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Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:17 pm      Reply with quote
Olivia wrote:
Have you tried Laura Geller? They have a primer called spackle! I havent tried it but I thought the line looked interesting.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/section.jhtml?categoryId=C14900&searchString=Spackle


The Laura Geller spackle takes alot of hits for being pore clogging and generally "not very good"...but I really like it (I'm almost scared to admit it!!) It has replaced my Smashbox primer which I used religiously! I didn't even know that Clarins had a primer..I'll have to take a look at it when I hit the dept. store...
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Emma2006 wrote:
I liked it also but unfortunately it gave me spots. My Rose Illusion also did (La Prairie) - I think it must be the silicon.
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The LP seems to give everyone breakouts Mad. I'm so glad I didn't pay the full Oz RRP for it!
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Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:22 am      Reply with quote
Safire wrote:
This is a gorgeous primer, I thought it might be a bit too "waxy" or greasy for my skin when I first saw it & I couldn't believe how tiny the jar was either Laughing But it's a great product...although my HG is still the ModelCo primer!


Hi, Safire! Can you expound on why you love the ModelCo? I'm still searching for the perfect primer though my Armani Fresh Modeling Base is making me pretty happy right now - it does not fill anything in.

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Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:17 pm      Reply with quote
wanna buy one asap.
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Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:35 pm      Reply with quote
Another vote for clarins here. Very Happy
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Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:52 pm      Reply with quote
Scalawaggirl - what sort of texture is the Armani product? Do you use it alone, and is it enough on its own for oil control?

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Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:20 am      Reply with quote
scalawaggirl wrote:

Hi, Safire! Can you expound on why you love the ModelCo? I'm still searching for the perfect primer though my Armani Fresh Modeling Base is making me pretty happy right now - it does not fill anything in.


Sure, I just find this one a lot more lightweight & less heavy than other primers I have previously used, as my skin can get a bit oily with large visible pores...I find this just smooths everything out nicely. I can even use it under/around my eyes without it feeling weird & tacky! I also don't find it clogs my pores like the heavier primers, i.e. I found Napoleon's primers horrible Speak to the hand & they are generally very popular here in Oz, not to mention well & truly overpriced!...& that's another thing too about the ModelCo FaceBase I find it's not too expensive at all.

Here is the list of ingredients if you're interested:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclomethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Linoleic Acid, Glycine soja (Soybean) Sterol, Phospholipids.


HTH Smile

Btw the MUA reviews might be helpful also...
http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemID=66637/Fase_Base_-_Skin_Primer/ModelCo/Primer/Corrector/
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Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:56 pm      Reply with quote
I just bought the MAC prep and prime last night and used it today- love it! I still am using Clarins around my eyes cuz it is a bit heavier and I like that on my eyes- but the MAC on the rest of my face. my face feels smooth, hydrated and my makeup just glided on. Plus I didn't need very much foundation at all on top of it.
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I just tried the primer for the first time - it is much nicer than the Pure Luxe primer - very very smooth and does not ball up at all, and you use only a fraction of what it normally takes to cover the face with PL line eraser.

I use it more for oil control purposes, since I don't use any liquid foundations. Though hopefully it will also help with making my darn U Glo Girl colour corrector spread a bit better.
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Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:58 pm      Reply with quote
Reviving an old thread ---- obtained a tiny little jar as a sample at Sephora early 2009 and never got around to using it until last month. I...LOVE..... THIS..... stuff.

The consistency is like a thick pink cream, but a tiny amount spreads very easily all over the face. I'm not kidding about the tiny amount, the sample I was given will probably last about a few months.

I find that it covers large pores relatively well without filling them with white product, which only resembles spackling paste when filling in large pores around the nose. In this, I think the slight fleshtone has an advantage to product that's either clear or white.

Skin is left relatively shine free without looking completely matte...and liquid mineral MMU applies smoothly, flawlessly.

I will definitely purchase this when I run out. On light makeup days, I'll apply this, let it set then dust with Dr. Hauschka translucent powder. Still looks great.

I have combo/oily skin... This does NOT keep me shine free all day, but then again nothing does. Smile

Hope this helps, if no one else has tried this before. I've tried Korres natural primer, Smashbox, MOnistat chafing gel, Speckle, and MAC primers. None of them worked for me quite as well as Clarins.

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Someone highly recommended this product to me for a more mature skin - to smooth out any fine lines so I bought two, one for my mom and for my mother-in-law. I never heard back from either of them so I assume it is just mediocre. (they both really like the estee lauder ultimate lifting eye cream though that I got for them at the same time, the silver one with shitakke mushroom extract in it) A bit pricey but they are seeing results!
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