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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 3 years, 9 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, 3 months ago
teaching2
(Prospect Heights, IL)
answer 2
no it does not make your skin oily at all.
answered 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 8 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 3 years, 8 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 3 years, 8 months ago
susan21
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 6
it didnt make mine oily, and i have combination skin
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
berly51
(coleman, texas)
answer 7
No oil, no sheen, it actually mattes the shine... fabulously
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
ddmd
(Rhode Island)
answer 8
It isn't drying not oily.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
missya
(Novato ca)
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 2 years, 9 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, 3 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 1 year, 6 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 1 year, 11 months ago
djllovejacques
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
I have used this under bare minerals makeup, with good results.
answered 2 years, 6 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 2 years, 8 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 2 years, 8 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 2 years, 9 months ago
framela
(Baltimore, MD)
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 4 years, 10 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, 3 months ago
teaching2
(Prospect Heights, IL)
answer 2
Not sure on those two, which gives me a reason to sample them!!!!
answered 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 6 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 4
Way better than smashbox! Have you tried the new Tarte foundation - it's really nice.
answered 3 years, 6 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 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 4 years, 6 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 4 years, 9 months ago
alscincy
(Cincinnati, OH)
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 5 years, 7 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, 3 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 1 year, 5 months 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 3 years, 5 months ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
i have combination skin & it work out great for my skin
answered 3 years, 6 months 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 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 5 years, 6 months ago
busyteacher
(Tennessee)
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 5 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(San francisco, CA)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
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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 1 year, 10 months ago
JNewYorkCity
(New York, NY)
answer 2
temporary
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
katy6832
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 3
I am not sure, time will tell
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
i have not used long enough to determine this
answered 3 years, 6 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 4 years 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 5 years, 7 months ago
Nikitinack
Question
does this product have silicone in it
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
teuma
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
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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 1 year, 10 months ago
JNewYorkCity
(New York, NY)
answer 2
no, I do not think so.....
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
1diva2b
(Stockton, CA)
answer 3
The word silicone is not in the ingredients, however it does have methicone silsequioxane and silica.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
not sure
answered 3 years, 6 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 4 years 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 5 years, 5 months ago
jr0927
(Tyler, Texas)
Question
how to use the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch?before or after moisterizer?
asked 5 years, 7 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 2 years, 6 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 3 years, 3 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 3 years, 5 months ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
i used it before my mineral foundation after my sunscreen
answered 3 years, 6 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 4 years 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 6 months ago
ladyangler
(emory, tx)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I went to a Sephora Store and sampled it right there. Love at first touch!!!
answered 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 6 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 3 years, 8 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 3 years, 8 months ago
taz63
(Lewes, DE)
answer 5
Any Sephora store should give any sample if you request it.
answered 4 years, 5 months 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 5 years, 6 months ago
l3absy
(Chicago, IL)
Question
WHAT SIZE IS THE CONTAINER ON THIS PRODUCT
asked 5 years, 4 months 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 3 years, 1 month 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 3 years, 5 months ago
peony44
(Cincinnati, OH)
answer 3
0.50 Oz. Net Wt.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
.50 oz
answered 3 years, 6 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 4 years ago
JinHouston
(Houston, TX)
answer 6
.5 Oz
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Saint Louis, MO)
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 4 years, 10 months ago
maggielo
(Eureka, CA)
on Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
6 answers
Answers
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, 4 months ago
caitybug
(Charlotte)
answer 2
Lasts me about a month and a half to two months with daily use.
answered 3 years, 4 months 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 3 years, 5 months ago
halfday
(Syracuse,New York)
answer 4
this jar lasted me about 2 months using the lil spatula included
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
ladyk2415
(converse, tx)
answer 5
Approximately 3 months
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Janetlou
(Chico, CA)
answer 6
It will last a very long time. You only need to use a little bit.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
andrea2
(Meyersdale, PA)
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