Urgh–blaming my lack of posts for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I had full intentions of blogging through them like NBD but here we are, two weeks into the New Year, with the first Sample Selection of the year.
The good thing is I’ve fully used it up, putting it through some massive use prepping my face for holiday parties.
This was something I was really excited to try, as it’s been fairly well-received (and hyped up) in beauty circles.
What is it:
This premium concoction from Clarins is a moisturizer/primer hybrid. It’s designed to brighten and moisturize to give your face a refreshed look even if you might not be on the inside.
Oh yeah, it can also be used as a quick 10-minute mask to rejuvenate the skin.
In brief: the good and the ugly
I like the multi-use aspect. I’ve never had a moisturizer, primer and mask product before and the possibility of using one thing for all three purposes makes me a little giddy. Sadly, I only tried using it as a moisturizer and primer. There wasn’t enough product for a mask, since I wanted to judge this on a couple of uses.
As a primer/moisturizer this lived up to the hype. First, let’s talk moisturizing. This is the best! Recently there was a bit of a cold snap and I’ve had to redo my base a couple times because it just looked whack due to dry skin issues.
I slapped this on and BAM! All of the weird dry skin issues vanished. My base looked so much better. It’s a good moisturizer. I wore this without makeup and with makeup and it lasted for a good day without making my cheeks or jawline tight, dry and flaky.
Makeup looked great on top of this but, as I said, it could be largely due to the moisture it added to my face.
For some, the price can be a bit prohibitive. The bottle is tiny. At $50 CDN (plus tax) it’s not something that I would normally purchase. For me, at this point in my life I don’t have the lifestyle to warrant a purchase. Not to mention the ability to purchase. My skin doesn’t stress out too easily and I don’t normally need something like this. A better alternative for me would be to do better in practicing self-care.
The Beauty Flash Balm boasts brightening and tightening properties. My skin glowed when I used this but it’s because my skin was moisturized. That’s what happens when my skin is all plump and soft.
As far as tightening goes, I didn’t notice anything. I think that comes with long-term use. I don’t really need the tightening aspect, so I’m not too fussed I didn’t experience it.
I think this would be great for a busier person. It’s a great multitasker. Busy moms, professionals, start-up CEOs and people who go to a lot of fancy parties will get a lot of use out of this. Ditto social butterflies who would rather spend time networking and spa junkies who want to feel luxe, decadent and come out the other side blissed out without spending all day at a spa.
Would I purchase?
Maybe. One day after #shopthestash.