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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 5 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 2 years, 11 months ago
teaching2
(Prospect Heights, IL)
answer 2
no it does not make your skin oily at all.
answered 5 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 5 years, 4 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 5 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 5 years, 4 months ago
susan21
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 6
it didnt make mine oily, and i have combination skin
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
berly51
(coleman, texas)
answer 7
No oil, no sheen, it actually mattes the shine... fabulously
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
ddmd
(Rhode Island)
answer 8
It isn't drying not oily.
answered 5 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 6 years, 6 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 2 years, 11 months ago
teaching2
(Prospect Heights, IL)
answer 2
Not sure on those two, which gives me a reason to sample them!!!!
answered 5 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 5 years, 2 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 4
Way better than smashbox! Have you tried the new Tarte foundation - it's really nice.
answered 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 4 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 2 years, 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 3 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 3 years, 7 months ago
djllovejacques
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
I have used this under bare minerals makeup, with good results.
answered 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years, 5 months ago
framela
(Baltimore, MD)
Question
does this product have silicone in it
asked 7 years, 2 months ago
teuma
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
When I returned the product to Sephora because of a terrible breakout it caused me, the lady at the counter said that it does contain silica/silicones and that may have been the reason my skin freaked out.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
JNewYorkCity
(New York, NY)
answer 2
no, I do not think so.....
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
1diva2b
(Stockton, CA)
answer 3
The word silicone is not in the ingredients, however it does have methicone silsequioxane and silica.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
not sure
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
It has silica & something listed as silica dimethyl silylate. It also has dimethicone which is a polymer derived from silicone. I am not a chemist but I do know that silicon is a naturally occurring element. I found this beauty blog informative regarding this subject: http://mollyloretta.com/wordpress/2009/02/silica-in-cosmetics/
Check it out and make your own decision but from what I have learned it is it helps to absorb oil and help make up last longer which is probably why it is used so often in primers since primary objective is to keep make up on your face looking good.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
jinhouston
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
It has several silicone-related products:
Ingredient list - Cyclopenntasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenates Vegetable Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone, Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, Disterdimonium Hectorite, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Alcohol Denat., Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Silica Dimethul Silyate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Methylparaben, Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470)
answered 7 years, 1 month ago
jr0927
(Tyler, Texas)
Question
WHAT SIZE IS THE CONTAINER ON THIS PRODUCT
asked 7 years ago
HAJSBA
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
.50 oz. It's a small container but you're not suppose to use a lot at a time. Used everyday it lasted me right at 3 months.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
me4u
(fairfax, va)
answer 2
I'm not sure if you're asking about the product amount or the size of the container itself, so i will answer both: The product amount is half an ounce and the container fits in the palm of my hand. Hope that helps!
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
peony44
(Cincinnati, OH)
answer 3
0.50 Oz. Net Wt.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
.50 oz
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
0.50 oz.
It is normally $32 but it seems like a couple times a year they release a double package (two 1/2 oz jars for $50).
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
jinhouston
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
.5 Oz
answered 7 years ago
Anonymous
(Saint Louis, MO)
Question
Sample Size
I would like to try this product in a sample before buying. Is that possible? Thank you.
asked 7 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 5 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 5 years, 2 months 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 5 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 5 years, 4 months ago
taz63
(Lewes, DE)
answer 5
Any Sephora store should give any sample if you request it.
answered 6 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 7 years, 2 months ago
l3absy
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Will this product actually improve my skin or only temporarily?
Does this product only make your skin look better while its on, or will it gradually improve my skin the more i use it?
asked 7 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(San francisco, CA)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
From my research, there are no long term effects of the product. It is only to temporarily fill in pores, lines etc. It does not improve your skin.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
JNewYorkCity
(New York, NY)
answer 2
temporary
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
katy6832
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 3
I am not sure, time will tell
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
i have not used long enough to determine this
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
I would honestly say that it is temporary. When you wash your make up off, it comes off too.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
jinhouston
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
In my opinion, the Clarins cream helps only when you have it on. It works really well under makeup. The only result that seems to last when its washed off is that your skin is pretty soft because of the moisturizing effect. Also, my skin is a little less red because it doesn't irritate the skin like other products do. I don't think its meant to be anything more than a temporary fix under makeup.
answered 7 years, 3 months ago
Nikitinack
Question
how to use the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch?before or after moisterizer?
asked 7 years, 3 months ago
pinkypearlyna
(sabah malaysia)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
i use this product after my moisturizer and sunblock. it matfies my face really well after those things as long as i dont use too much. it seems that less works better than using more.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
lizann
(New York, New York)
answer 2
I use it after my moisturizer. I just make sure the moisturizer is dry before I put this primer on.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
smittenkittenn
(Orange County, CA)
answer 3
You can use it alone or after a moisturizer or after makeup application to smooth out any issues.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
i used it before my mineral foundation after my sunscreen
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
Use it after moisturizing. I also sometimes mix a bit of moisturizer and Instant Smooth together between my fingers and then apply it.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
jinhouston
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
I use it after a light moisturizer. A small amount goes a long way! Doesn't make skin oily and really has diminished my fine lines
answered 7 years, 2 months ago
busyteacher
(Tennessee)
Question
under concealer
i use a yellow concealer for redness - can i wear it over this product and still get the same affect?
asked 7 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(melrose, ma)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use under eye concealer too and I use the Clarins and it works great!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mckennasmama
(Norton, MA)
answer 2
I use a green concealer for redness and I use this product over the concealer and it works wonderfully. I use the concealer over my entire face.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
missfrizzle67
(Fresno, CA)
answer 3
Absolutely.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
not sure bc i never use concealer
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
I cannot answer specifically regarding the yellow concealer but Instant Smooth hasn't interfered with my foundation shade, concealer or eye shadow shades. It is a very pale pinkish color. I am prone to redness and it helps to diminish that significantly especially when I use it with foundation.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
jinhouston
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
I use a concealer over top and it still works wonders.
answered 7 years, 1 month ago
britt8baby
(Pittsburgh, PA)
Question
ingredients please?
My eyes are pretty sensitive and I was wandering what the ingredients of this product were. Also is this the best line filler by Clarins. Does it dry to a dry finish or remain soft and dewy.
asked 7 years ago
Seriusgurl
(Berkeley, CA)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have no sensitivity to this product and I have a very hard time finding products that don't cause my eyes to burn, water or become irritated. It dries to a nice smooth texture, not dewy and moist, this way the concealer or foundations smooth on really nicely. It does not settle in lines, but smooths them out. It is Well worth every penny and is really the best primer/base I've ever used. It truly does sort of melt into the lines/imperfections to smooth them.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
teresanc
(North Carolina)
answer 2
It dries dry and leaves your skin butter soft. They have testers in the store, so you can see if you're sensitive to it. It makes my skin look so perfect for my age, that sometimes that's wear with a sweep of SPF translucent powder.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
jaye1
(Los Angeles, ca)
answer 3
Nobody had more sensative eyes than me, that is why I have a hard time with so many products. This product is perfect, it does not burn or make your eyes water, the use is wonderful around the delicate eye area and the finish is amazing, a soft feel and look that is not too dry or greasy, just radiant, I guess the dewy description would be best.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
not sure, i hv sensitive skin but was fine using this product
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
I wish Sephora would put the ingredient list for all the products and not just some. I checked and they do not have it for this product; so here it is straight from the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch box - I think being a chemist would come in handy about now.

Ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane. dimethicone. dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer. hydrogenated vegetable oil. vinyl dimethicone/ methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer. silica. disteardimonium hectorate. pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate. alcohol. tocopheryl acetate. butylene glycol, silica dimethyl silylate, acacia senegal gum. phenoxyethanol. caprylyl glycol. hexylene glycol. CI77019/mica . CI77491/iron oxide. CI77891/titanium dioxide. CI75470/carmine.

For me this is the best line filler I've tried and I think it is the only one by Clarins. I did not like the Sephora Collection "Tricks of the Trade" Immediate Wrinkle Filler which appears to be very similar but the end results were not. Loreal has a new one, Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base, that also at first glance looks nearly the same but it was awful. A lot of primers I've tried are too light-weight. They do keep make-up fresh and in place but also seem to be slightly drying and I don't feel that they do anything for fine lines. To answer your question, this does not have a dry finish; my skin feels refreshed and hydrated, I guess you could use dewy to describe it. For me, the ones that have a dry finish accentuate the little lines rather disguise them. I hope my answer/opinion was helpful.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
jinhouston
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
Cyclopentasiloxane - Dimethicone - Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer - Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil - Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer - Silica - Disteardimonium Hectorite - Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate - Alcohol Denat. - Tocopheryl Acetate - Butylene Glycol - Silica Dimethyl Silylate - Acacia Senegal Gum - Methylparaben - Mica (CI 77019) - Iron Oxide (CI 77491) - Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) - Carmine (CI 75470).
answered 7 years ago
BWM83
(AL)
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