Clarins launched a new foundation this month, known as the Hydra Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation (S$20 for case, S$55 for refill).

While the product name is a mouthful, the foundation promises to sculpt your face, protect your skin and is long lasting.

According to Clarins, the product is incorporated with “hydra capsules containing plant essences of rosemary, camomile and ginkgo biloba” to allow the skin to stay fresh and radiant. The “3D Luminance” pigment in the foundation is supposed to reflect light to create a sculpting effect.

There are 6 shades available, and I was using shade 02, which is a light shade with pinkish tone.

1. The compact foundation is silky and smooth, which is unlike many heavier foundation that I have tried.

2. While I like the light texture, the foundation did not give very good coverage. But with the help of a decent concealer, my blemishes were rather well-covered. I prefer to apply the foundation with a brush than the powder puff provided as it covered up my problem areas better, without looking “cakey” or dry.

Does my face look more sculpted or radiant?

3. I noticed that the powder has some light shimmer after I applied some powder on my hand (for color testing). This could be due to the “3D Luminance” pigment that I have mentioned earlier.

4. The foundation wore off slightly at night, so touch-up is necessary. My oily skin seemed under control with the use of this foundation, the T zone didn’t look very shiny even after a close to 12-hour wear.

I like the foundation for its texture and the soft, supple finish. For best effect, I would recommend using it with a brush. I feel that the Hydra Luminous foundation has a couple of similar characteristics as the EA Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation – such as the light finish and the good oil control. If you find mineral foundation too bulky or messy, maybe this Clarins foundation could be a good substitute.

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