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Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

What it is:A makeup base and primer.What it is formulated to do:This unique makeup base and primer provides a fine, melting texture that conceals lines, pores, and imperfections in an instant.What else you need to know:This product is non-comedogenic allergy and ophthalmologist tested.Research Results:- 95% of users noticed smoother skin.- 77% of users noticed fewer wrinkles and fine lines.- 73% of users noticed more refined skin texture and pores.
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Questions & Answers for Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Question
Does it make your skin oily?
I have oily skin and acne at my chin, is it good with this kind of skin conditions?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
lucyluz1
(Sabana Grande, PR)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I tried this but found Hourglass primer better for my oily skin.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
teaching2
(Prospect Heights, IL)
answer 2
no it does not make your skin oily at all.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 3
No, it makes your skin matte and even helps shrink pores, I also haven't noticed any breakout and I'm acne prone. Try it, I think you'll love it!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
eden22
answer 4
I have very sensitive skin, and I break out pretty easily. I expected this product to cause breakouts, but it didn't. Actually really improved my skin tone and texture. My skin also gets really oily and shiny in my T-zone throughout the day, but this really helped that as well. Everyone's different, but it's worth trying. Remember, Sephora has an excellent return policy :)
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
acreative
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 5
Nope, I have oily skin too. This actually eliminated my need for blotting papers or reapplication of powder during the day. it's THAT good.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
susan21
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 6
it didnt make mine oily, and i have combination skin
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
berly51
(coleman, texas)
answer 7
No oil, no sheen, it actually mattes the shine... fabulously
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
ddmd
(Rhode Island)
answer 8
It isn't drying not oily.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
missya
(Novato ca)
Question
How does this primer compare to Laura Mercier and Smashbox?
I am trying to decide whether to try this product or not. I would like to see how it compares to "Laura Mercier" - good, and "Smashbox" - ok.

I am also looking for the "Super Restoratives Tinted Moisturizer Cream" (can't find it here?) with SBF 20. I have tried the tinted moisturizer and used it for foundation - very pleased.

It is time to buy primer and foundation, so I am trying to read opinions to help me choose.

Thanks!
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
spjdkkr
(Burlington, NC)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Have you tried the Hourglass primer? I like it the best.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
teaching2
(Prospect Heights, IL)
answer 2
Not sure on those two, which gives me a reason to sample them!!!!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 3
i've never used laura mercer products before but i would def stick with this stuff tho!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 4
Way better than smashbox! Have you tried the new Tarte foundation - it's really nice.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
mlg12
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 5
I haven't tried Smashbox, but I prefer it over Laura Mercier. It really is smoother and there is a visible difference when you apply it to your skin--I didn't see those results with the LM primer.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
missfrizzle67
(Fresno, CA)
answer 6
This works a lot better than Smashbox, and it doesn't smell funny! For me Smashbox turns oily and my make- up wears off quick, not with Clarins. I didn't think Laura Merciers' did anything at all. This product lasts a long time, and it really does blur lines and pores and that effect lasts all day for me.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
tjlouise
(Rolling Meadows,IL)
answer 7
I think this makeup base is much better than Smashbox. I tried to use Smashbox with my Bare Escentuals makeup and it would roll up and come off when I was applying the foundation. The Clarins makeup base stays in place and doesn't come off.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
alscincy
(Cincinnati, OH)
Question
BE foundation?
I use bare minerals foundation and i cannot find a primer that works with it. I tried their prime time primer and smashbox and both form into little rubbery balls on my face! Will Clarins do that? And I have combination skin so will it control oil while hydrating dry spots i have?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Philadelphia, PA)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I tried this with Bare Minerals and found that the Hourglass primer works better.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
teaching2
(Prospect Heights, IL)
answer 2
I use it with Bare Minerals everyday and it works fine. I also liked the Laura Mercier foundation primer for mineral makeup too. You may like that one better if you have an issue with oilyness.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
zephy
(Danbury, CT)
answer 3
I use Laura Mercier powder makeup and the Clarins primer and it works well, no problems with powder forming balls. Maybe wait a minute before you apply powder and let primer set.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
djllovejacques
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
I have used this under bare minerals makeup, with good results.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
1diva2b
(Stockton, CA)
answer 5
I received a sample of this and have used it under my BareMinerals twice. I think it is so awesome that I will be buying the full size soon. This Clarins base and my BareMinerals foundation = best looking and feeling skin I have ever had. Like baby's skin, not too matte, not too dewy, definitely not oily, and soooo smooth.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
sarahsb
(Saint Louis, MO)
answer 6
I have used the bare minerals primer, and while I liked it, I was allergic to it. I have oily t-zone with large pores. I find if I let this dry for a full minute before I put on my foundation it works great. It fills in my pores, and makes a nice, smooth surface for my make up and adds a nice glow even when I don't wear make up. It does not break me out and does not make me look oily. It does not ball up like the other things you tried. Not sure that it controls oil though as I think it is made more for mature skin (I am 45).
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
whatnnisleft
(Seattle, WA)
answer 7
I have combination skin and it works beautifully. I would think it would work with Bare Minerals, as you let it sit for a couple of minutes. I use Tarte Mineral Powder directly over it and it is perfect.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
framela
(Baltimore, MD)
Question
is this for oily/normal skin
I am 60 years old, but I still cannot use make up w/oil as an ingredient.
I use the oil free foundation.
asked 6 years, 3 months ago
drosew60
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This may work really well for you, but I found the Hourglass primer works better. If it doesn't work you can return it to Sephora. They make it easy to get the right fit for you.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
teaching2
(Prospect Heights, IL)
answer 2
I have oily/acne prone skin and this actually makes the surface of my skin smooth and matte. It doesn't make it greasy and my makeup stays matte longer as well which I love. I hate that mid day shine and this helps me avoid it.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
Seanainok
(Tulsa,Ok)
answer 3
Then this is probably not for you. It does have hydrogenated vegetable oil and works wonderfully on normal to dry skin.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
i have combination skin & it work out great for my skin
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
I am 50, and was worried it would make my face too oily, and end up with under eye smugging. Not so, it is completely "neutral". Try it out at the store for a day to see if it'll work for you. I have some "crepe-ing on upper eyelid and under eye, it made make up go on unevenly. Fixed this completely.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
hollygobrightly
(San Luis Obispo, CA)
answer 6
Yes, It does not make your skin oily at all. Use a small amount and wait a few minutes before apply foundation. I like it so well, that sometimes I don't wear foundation. Has dimished wrinkles, and skin feels so soft. Can mix it with your foundation too!
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
busyteacher
(Tennessee)
Question
Sample Size
I would like to try this product in a sample before buying. Is that possible? Thank you.
asked 6 years, 2 months ago
ladyangler
(emory, tx)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
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answer 1
I went to a Sephora Store and sampled it right there. Love at first touch!!!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 2
i've never asked for samples before, i read a lot of reviews about this product and decided to buy it
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 3
Some Clarins counters at department stores carry small sealed packets of this. I got mine from Macy's.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
elkas
(California)
answer 4
I just got a sample size of this is the Getaway Promo, and I love it! Was on this page just now to read reviews, and I may apply my $20 gift card toward this purchase, what a bargain!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
taz63
(Lewes, DE)
answer 5
Any Sephora store should give any sample if you request it.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
shopgirl7373
(Latrobe, PA)
answer 6
I got mine as a sample in a Sephora store, but this was last fall. Maybe check your local retailer and ask if they still have some available?
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
l3absy
(Chicago, IL)
Question
How long does this jar last with every day use?
I understand this is only 0.5 oz and that you only have to use a tiny, pea-sized amount, but can anyone tell me how long it lasts with this amount of use daily? Thank you!
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
maggielo
(Eureka, CA)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
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answer 1
This 15ml tiny jar lasts me roughly 5 months. I apply this to my entire face and neck after I moisturize. I have found that you really need about half a pea sized amount if your skin is hydrated. Allow your moisturizer to absorb for a couple of minutes. You'll also notice that you require less foundation when this primer is on your skin. Another result is my skin no longer requires powder to get a flawless finish and keep foundation in place. This primer is worth it!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
caitybug
(Charlotte)
answer 2
Lasts me about a month and a half to two months with daily use.
answered 4 years ago
basilsmom
(Phillips, WI)
answer 3
This product will last a good long while, it is worth every penny, because it won't go unused like some.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
this jar lasted me about 2 months using the lil spatula included
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
Approximately 3 months
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
Janetlou
(Chico, CA)
answer 6
It will last a very long time. You only need to use a little bit.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
andrea2
(Meyersdale, PA)
Question
product application
Hello,

I purchased this Clarins instant smooth perfecting touch and I'm wondering what is the best way to apply it.
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Upper Marlboro, MD)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
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answer 1
I apply mine with my right index finer (small, small amount) and then work it around on my face with several finger tips.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
snowcuddler
(Stow, OH)
answer 2
There are instructions in the box. I just apply it with my finger but there is a little spatula that comes with. I don't use a lot, and it does soak in real well.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
gaileene
(Midwest, Illinois)
answer 3
The instructions say to apply it after your regular moisturizer; it can be worn alone or under makeup. You only need a small amount, and you don't have to apply it everywhere; I focus on my nose (where I have pores!) and forehead and chin.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
acreative
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 4
First, I smooth it on, add just a bit of concealer if the area needs brightening, then I pat on a little bit more of the clarins perfecting touch. And, I reapply throughout the day.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
missya
(Novato ca)
answer 5
I apply it with my fingertips.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
kathyg
(Swansea, MA)
answer 6
We suggest using clean fingers to spread a small amount of the base over face, after skincare, before foundation. The warmth from your fingers will help to melt the base, making it easier to glide over skin, prepping it for smooth foundation application.

Start in the middle of the face, and work out. You can also target areas of concern with visible pores, wrinkles, or fine lines.

Allow a few minutes for the base to dry completely before applying color.

For personalized application tips, don't hesitate to call 1-877-SEPHORA and select Option 2 to speak directly with a Beauty Advisor.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Can this product be used on the eyelids as a primer?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
MarilynO
(BEACH CITY, OH)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
no
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 2
I tried but it didn't help my lids with oil control. I really would not recommend this as an eyeshadow primer. It's more for dark circles and blemishes things of that sort. :)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
lovelivelaugh
(new york, ny)
answer 3
I don't know if it would keep shadow from creasing - I use an actual shadow primer for that purpose - but I do use this under my eyes to keep my concealer smooth and help it apply perfectly and it doesn't irritate my under-eye area at all and it does seem to help keep my under eye makeup (liner or shadow) from transferring or smudging lower down on the under-eye area. But the good thing is that I doubt it would irritate your lids.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dancingdream99
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 4
I think it would help eyeshadow adhere and make it easier to blend because it is so smooth, but it doesn't correct color at all. The Clarins eye shadow primer is awesome. I recommend it for eyelids.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
mrsdesh
(Johnson City, TN)
answer 5
yes! I've done it and it works. Not heavy at all
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Mari
(Alexandria, VA)
answer 6
Yes, absolutely. My daughter uses it this way & loves it.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
kathyg
(Swansea, MA)
Question
Can I use this if I am not putting make up on at all?
I tend to shower at night sometimes and when I do, I just like to put my moisturizer on my face and that's it. I was wondering if I could get benefits from putting it on with no make-up. I know it's a primer, but I was wondering if anyone else did it!
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(warren, MU)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, I've worn this with no makeup on at all and it works great.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
gaileene
(Midwest, Illinois)
answer 2
I've used this by itself and it does smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and makes your skin very soft and smooth.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
fabandover50
(Upstate, NY)
answer 3
You can use this without applying makeup afterwards. I'm sure that it will help to moisturize your skin in the evening, but the smoothing effect is really just superficial and this product will not do much to improve the permanent quality of your skin in terms of firmness or texture. It basically has microscopic light reflecting pearls that give your skin the appearance of smoother skin. I would recommend using this product during the day (without makeup is okay) because its smoothing effect is only last until you wash it off.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
nooperspism
(Somerville, MA)
answer 4
I do the same thing. I shower at night and like to put mosturizer on so my skin doesn't dry out over night. I put some on last night after I washed my face and it made my skin look really even and made me skin super soft. I don't think there's anything wrong with doing that. When I woke up, my skin was still soft and wasn't oily or greasy.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
daniellany
(New York, NY)
answer 5
Yes, I think so. I often use this without any foundation over it and I love the candle-lit, slightly rosy look it leaves on the skin. And it feels lovely too - very silky and velvety.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dancingdream99
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 6
Of course you can. this evens your skintone out and mattes out the shine for a smoother look... just another wonderful product by Clarins.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
ddmd
(Rhode Island)
Question
do you have samples of this primer
would order this but afraid I might not like it. Could you send me a sample of the product?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
yorkies
(london, ky)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
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answer 1
That's how I tried it the 1st time so try calling maybe for the sample!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mckennasmama
(Norton, MA)
answer 2
I found it at your fabulous new store in Syracuse
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 3
I got a free sample from Sephora-that's how I learned about the product.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
susietheq
(Fairfax,Va)
answer 4
no
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
If you try it you will never be without it! They sent me a sample and I am now addicted!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
basilsmom
(Phillips, WI)
answer 6
Samples are a great way to try new products & we include three free samples with every Sephora.com order. The sample selection is listed on our website and changes frequently, so check back often to see what we're offering. At this time we are unable to send custom samples from our warehouse. Another great way to try new products is to visit your local Sephora store. At the store, a Cast Member can make a tester for you of any products that we carry. They can also answer questions for you and make recommendations for other products. To find a store near you, check out our store locator. Thanks!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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