I said I’ll be back with Clarins review and here I am!
This is a pending review that I’ve always wanted to blog about but slipped my mind because I don’t use it everyday. I’m not supposed to use it everyday. To explain that further, be prepared to get confused like I did when I first googled for reviews on this product.
Clarins has been undergoing logo and packaging revamp since last year. Slowly range by range changed packaging and to my delight Beauty Flash Balm is one of it. Previous tube is short and fat while new tube is tall and slim. There is no changes with the ml just in case you’re wondering. It’s still same ol 50ml.
What it Claimed
Yes, there’s 2 way to use this balm.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm comes with a squeeze-tube. The base of the cap is now in Clarins’ signature red instead of whole white. One thing I don’t like is when the content oozed out as soon as I unscrew the cap if I placed the tube standing. Let me try putting it flat. One thing for sure is I’m liking the new tube.
Texture wise is quite similar to essence. The color is in light peach and the scent is not very pleasant when I used it for the first time. Unlike the rest of Clarins product which is much more flowery scent, this is more powdery smell or some people refer this as grandma scent? You know. Like those 70’s scent? After a few usage I adapted to the scent almost immediately. It’s not as bad as I think now. For some reason it smelt so good when using this as mask. I can’t say the same if I’m using this as makeup primer.
Beauty Flash Balm claimed to be the best-selling radiance booster helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash, instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed. Let’s see. In the swatch below you can clearly see it brightens and instantly moisturises. Sad to say so far I didn’t notice any signs of fatigue elimination or any tightening effect.
First time usage as makeup primer
The night before I did some research online on how to use this in the right way. Let me tell you this is the first time Google is so confusing to me. Every reviewer said something different. After reading near to 30 blog post I still have no idea how to use it the right way. The instruction is to apply without rubbing the balm in. This really make me scratch my head. What does it mean without scrubbing in? It’s either you pat it on or rub it in. The next morning I was so eager to use it as makeup primer. After all the skin care and sun block, I apply this in one swipe. The reason behind for “not rubbing in” is you’d be rubbing in the balm when you apply the liquid foundation. If you insist on “rubbing in” the balm…you won’t see the magic. The other instruction is to apply foundation immediately after that. And so I did. Liquid foundation somewhat melted together with the balm thus creating a soft flawless complexion. Some said this have oil control and it can matte the skin. I didn’t experience any oil control or neither did it matte my skin. Everything was okay in the morning except that my skin gets oily fast. I went out briefly and returned back to office. One of my boss came over my place to ask me something and he said “errmm why are you darker? Did you put on some bronzer?”. I was shocked. I took out my mirror and yes I’m darker. Then another boss of mine overheard our conversation. He too commented saying my complexion is darker than usual. Yeap. You bet I was disappointed that this is not as how it was highly raved oversea.
Second time usage as makeup primer
There’s also a review online saying Beauty Flash Balm works better with another makeup base. She also added that she waited Beauty Flash Balm to set before applying liquid foundation. On my second time trying which is 3 days after that, I took her advise and tried both method. It was horrible. My skin gets oily like no body’s business, makeup become cakey and floated. The good news is I’m not as dark as first time usage.
Third time usage as makeup primer
On my third and last try, I figured that I might used too much on first and second usage. So I squeeze lesser balm. Small pea size to be exact. This time it’s better. I didn’t turn darker although my skin still secreting oil like usual. One thing I can confirm is this doesn’t have oil control at all. There is still no tightening effect sadly to say. As liquid foundation melted together with the balm during application, my skin is more moisturized. Did I see any brightening effect. Well maybe just that 10% or so. I really couldn’t tell as it’s not that obvious.
I absolutely like using Beauty Flash Balm as mask. It is said that the result is more obvious this way. It is advisable to use it 2 or 3 times a week. This product is quite expensive so I don’t use it as mask that often. The instruction stated to apply a thick layer for 10 to 15 minutes and absorb excess with facial tissue. I applied a moderate layer, leave it for 15 minutes and remove the excess with a facial tissue. One thing I need to advice is that you cannot rub the excess in. The balm is a bit harden and rubbing the excess in will only flake it. So I removed it with facial tissue and I was amazed. My skin is smoother, brighter and more radiant. No wonder it is claimed that using it as mask will show the result better. It is not necessary to rinse your face with water after that because there is no stickiness feeling but I feel more comfortable rinsing with water briefly.
I was told that you need not use this everyday. It’s not meant for everyday use. If you insist on using it on daily basis you’d lose the magic. This is the only Clarins product that I won’t repurchase. Why? I don’t need this as makeup primer nor as a mask.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.
Before I end this review I just want to say something with regards to a lengthy email I received from a reader by the name of Bugs. I wouldn’t say it’s a hate email although I sense some dissatisfaction from her tone. She was somehow unhappy about my post about not buying Clarins anymore. She even took the time to calculate how much I spent on each counter saying how I don’t deserve a Customer Appreciation Day as my purchase was not up to parr. I’m just going to assume your purchase at Clarins is more than mine. Here’s the thing…one thing I need to make it clear here is that this is my blog and I reserved the right to write whatever it is or stop buying whichever brand that I feel like. I have no obligation to get any permission from you and explain to you why I chose to do so. Please make it clear that I have rights to stop buying any brands that I want. I have no one to answer to but myself. If I can’t even say these things in my own freaking blog what’s the point of blogging anyway. I might as well say OMG THIS PRODUCT IS SO DAMN GOOD in all my reviews since I can’t tell you what I don’t like. If you want to think that I only wanted to get a FREE PRODUCT from Clarins I can’t stop you from thinking that way as that’s your mind and I absolutely have no control on how you think of me. Just in case you missed reading a sentence in my previous post let me say it again here. I already reserved a bottle of DS at the beginning of September which the stock will only arrive end of September. Not every small blogger are as materialistic as you think. For your information I never ask for any product from any brands. Why don’t you tried calling them to ask since you have the time to calculate my each and every purchases from different counter? I never ever call brands for event invites as well. Those that know me will know I said before “if the brands want me to review their product they will find a way to contact me”. Same goes to media launch. You don’t even know me personally so don’t judge me cause you have no right at all. If you insist to…go ahead. I’m not going to stop you. I’m not going to apologize for what you read from my blog because I’ve done nothing wrong. If you said you find it hard to believe me so why still read my blog? I can’t be the blogger that you want and yes I know where you read by all mean please stop reading or visiting my blog which I assume you’d do that after this. I will really appreciate that. I cannot satisfy everyone and so are you. God bless.