Hello again! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and the terrible weather isn’t being too disruptive. This Wednesday’s beauty recommendation/review post features one of my winter essentials so, if like me, your skin suffers in the cold and frost, I encourage you to read on…
Firstly, I just want to apologize for not delivering a Sunday post this week (I know, I’ve broken my blogging resolution already!). My excuse is that I had a big job interview on Monday so the whole weekend was dedicated to preparing for that and I just didn’t have time for anything else. There will be posts this Saturday and Sunday as usual though!
Anyway, back to the matter at hand… Today’s product is a recently ‘rediscovered’ favourite which I knew I had to share with you all.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£29)
Now, chances are you’ve probably heard of this. It’s become quite a classic and is one of Clarins’ best-selling products (even after 20 years on the market). I actually first used this when I was about 17 after receiving it as part of a Christmas gift set and I have to say that at the time, I wasn’t particularly enamoured with it. If someone had asked me then what I thought of it, I would probably have said, “It’s nice”. That’s it. And in my view, if you’re paying £29 for something, it needs to be better than ‘nice’. So I finished up my Flash Balm, threw it away and never really thought about it again.
However, for some time I’ve been struggling to find a primer that thrills me and works for my combination skin type. Either they irritate the dry areas of my face (my cheeks) or I see virtually no difference in the appearance of my makeup and skin. I was looking for something that would keep my skin hydrated during the day or night but would still keep my makeup in place! That’s when I came back to the Clarins Flash Balm. Maybe it’s due to my skin changing and becoming more dry since I hit my 20s, but I’ve now found this product to be the key to my makeup routine.
How do I use it?
One of my favourite things about this product is that it can be used in a variety of ways: (1) Apply a light layer on skin and wear by itself for a protective layer against cold weather and for a smoother, more radiant complexion; (2) Use it as a primer by smoothing it gently across skin (not rubbing!) and then applying makeup. (3) Apply a thick layer for a brightening, hydrating face mask. Leave on for 10-15 minutes for a mid-week pick-me-up.
Does it work?
After application, I find my skin looks healthier, smoother and fuller. Although it does help makeup to last longer, I do start to get shiny on my T-zone after 5+ hours. I think this is due to having combination skin whereas this is probably more aimed at the dry ladies. For this reason, if I know I’m going to be out all day/night, I tend to wear my NARS Pro Prime (review here) on my T-Zone and my Clarins Flash Balm everywhere else. Let me tell you, this is the perfect combination for my combination skin!
What really made me fall in love with this balm, is that it works like a primer without giving me that tight, unpleasant feeling of spreading silicone all over my face, as you get with some of them. I genuinely feel like this is helping my skin while improving the look of my makeup, and that’s what I’ve been searching for.
Have you tried the Clarins Flash Beauty Balm? If so, what did you think of it? Do you know of any cheaper alternatives or any other primer/skin perfector recommendations?
Don’t forget to check out this Saturday’s post for a new makeup look! Thanks for reading,