Oh for goodness sake, I’ve missed #foundationfriday AGAIN! This is a disaster. If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook you will know I’ve been having an absolute mare of a week with my barnet, but that’s a whole other Ricki Lake show (if people still say that…), there’s going to be a blog dedicated to my hurr so keep an eye out for that soon, once it’s fixed and no doubt chopped to within an inch of what’s left of it’s healthy life and I’m over the trauma of it all. Not yet, but soon, I’m sure (I hope) I’ll look back at this fiasco and throw my head back in laughter. Right, foundation blog. This is my third review of some of the most popular foundations and this week it’s Clarins’ Everlasting Foundation+. Firstly, I would like to say I am a huge Clarins fan and have been using their skincare and makeup lines since my late teens after spending years trying to find products that suited my sensitive, problematic skin. I have used their Everlasting Foundation since it came out without straying, having previously used their Ever Matte Foundation, and loved it! As you would have read in my first foundation blog about the NARS foundation, the Clarins Everlasting Foundation is equivalent to the Hobnob in the tea-dunking, biscuit world. You can read that post here, or watch the hilarious sketch by British Comedian, Peter Kay, here, which I assure you makes sense of the Hobnob reference.
How. Ever. Recently Clarins have made some changes to this iconic foundation, now called Everlasting Foundation+ and there have been mixed reviews. I’m a firm believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and I couldn’t find fault with the original foundation so I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why they were tinkering with it. This foundation, the new and the original, does exactly what it says on the tin. It stays on, literally, until you take it off and for such a great, “high-end” foundation, the price is great at just €32.50. I can put it on at 7:30am, do a full day’s work and not take it off until 10pm and remove the same amount of foundation as I put on that morning. It stays on your face with flawless, impeccable, lightweight coverage without looking heavy or cakey, and feels great. It also has an SPF of 15 which is great but won’t give you white-flash-face when photographed.
I also used this foundation before I had my Roaccutaine treatment for my sensitive, problematic, acne-prone skin and it worked an absolute treat at covering up my blemishes and angry red spots without having to apply layers and layers of it on my face and there’s all kinds of soothing and beneficial ingredients in the new stuff, and the original, to help with these skin problems. It is suitable for all skin types but is especially great for you combination and oily skin type gals, without making you look too matte and you don’t have to use a setting powder to make it stay either.
Now, the new stuff. The original Everlasting Foundation was a 15-hour wear foundation, and the new stuff is 18-hour wear, but as I’ve already said, this stuff stays on forever anyway. On really bold nights when I went to bed without taking my makeup off, I’d do it in the morning and there would still be loads of foundation on my face and I didn’t suffer with any additional breakouts from wearing it for so long. The only real difference I found was that the Everlasting Foundation+ has a more dewy-looking finish and feels less mattifying and more moisturising on the skin. I think this is partly due to the changes in the latest trends in makeup of trying to achieve that dewy, glowing-from-within look to the skin without the oily, slick-looking foundations that used to be around years ago that would scare the bejaysus out of oily/combination skin types. The lightweight fluid texture is still the same, the same great coverage and lasting power is still there, so I’m not entirely sure what all the negative fuss is about. Different strokes for different folks I suppose.
Personally I think Clarins foundations are one of the most under-rated, over-looked foundations out there, and they’ve been around for years. They have something for every skin type and maturity, with a great range of shades too. The Everlasting Foundation+ is a strong contender, and some might say, winner for the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. Blossom Bride Tip: when colour matching any Clarins foundation to your skin, the even shades are all yellow/beige based, the odd numbers are all pink based. So if a 108 shade is too light, the 109 is not the next shade up, go for the 110 for that. I hope you’ve found this post helpful and if you are on the look out for a new foundation, I would highly recommend and encourage you to give Clarins a go.