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I never buy premium brand cosmetics, as I don't have the purse or the vanity for them! But a friend gave me a bag full of clarity minis that she had collected over the years from all her purchases. Most of the items were too strongly scented for me, but this little tube of wonders was magic.
This beauty flash balm can be used as a primer for make up, plying a thin layer before an application, or a fave mask for extra skin rejuvenation.
I have very pale skin, and one sleepless night can have me looking like the undead, do you can imagine my troubles it my face with a 9 month old daughter, and this balm brings my face to life!
I ALWAYS use this balm before any application of make up, and on a lazy day will even busy this and forgive mascara. I have never had a tan, and I don't tan, and this peachy coloured cream buts a great amount of warmth into my skin that looks so natural and I can't get with anything else.
It also makes make up look so much smoother and events out any lines, bumps and dimples.
I could have never imagined doing it in a million years but I now buy this cream in its larger version, dull priced! This one item costs more than my make up box as a whole. But I one the premium price was actually worth it for this penny pinching cynic!. Highly recommended.
I have been using beauty flash balm for several years now. It works very well for my skin (I have dry to normal type skin) and goes on easily. It makes my skin more moisturised and brighter without making it greasy - as this can sometimes be a problem when applying other products over primers. However, I cannot use my normal powder over beauty flash balm as it will stick to it - and this is particularly a problem for products like blusher!
It comes in a lovely tube and is easy to apply - can simply be done with fingers. One problem that I find with beauty flash balm is that I have to use a lot to cover my face - as it absorbs into your skin very quickly, particularly if your skin is slightly dry, so a fairly large quantity is needed if you want to cover your whole face. If you do not want to cover your whole face I recommend just covering your cheeks. As this product is quite expensive this makes it even more expensive as you have to keep buying new tubes! However the quality of the product is amazing - so if you did want to splurge on a primer I would definitely recommend beauty flash balm.
This product is not just for older women - although it is supposedly more effective for them - but as a 19-year-old girl I use it myself and really appreciate the benefits, as it keeps my skin youthful!
This really is a miracle cream. Works in a flash!
Having previously worked with Clarins this is one of their products that sells everyday. Constantly restocking this gem. Branded 'Cinderella in a tube' by the company itself. And I can honestly understand why.
HOW IT WORKS.
Beauty Flash Balm is basically an instant boost to the skin which quite literally, right infront of your eyes, will brighten, tighten and improve the skins radiance whilst minimising the signs of fatigue.
WHATS IN IT?
The main key ingredient in the Beauty Flash is rice starch. The rice starch is the ingredient that helps smooth and tighten the skin from the second the balm comes into contact with the skin.
The other ingredient is olive leaf. Olive leaf is used for its benefits of promoting radiance, it's the olive leaf that gives the skin that youthful glow.
HOW TO USE IT?
The idea is to use it as and when you feel that your skin needs an additional boost, if you are like me then everyday, if you are blessed with a less hectic life style then me, use when you feel it's needed.
It works wonders the morning after you spent all night out with the girls, or up with a baby or even just after a spat of illness.
It is also a fantastic primer for foundation as it has filmogenic properties that will help the foundation set better in the face and give you a longer lasting effect. If you are going to use it as a primer you must work fast. Foundation needs to be applied while the product is still feeling tacky in the skin.
OVER ALL REVIEW.
Personally I love this product. And would be lost without it. It makes me look and feel less like a zombie in the mornings. I have it in my bag and even apply it over to top of my make up on days that I feel really grim.
It also has a really nice smell. Floral and lasts.
I really would recommen this to anyone that needs an extra boost that they can literally keep in their bag, and without doing to much damage to the wallet. I think £29 is and acceptable price to pay for something that lasts me (using it everyday) about 6 months.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a product I've bought again and again, having been given some as a free gift when buying other products. I would never have used Clarins otherwise - I associate it with older ladies who need intensive products and aren't too worried about how natural they are! - but I tried this and was absolutely amazed by how fast and effective it was. It's the perfect thing to slip into your bag if you intend going out after work because when you feel tired at the end of the day it will get your skin's mojo going in seconds.
The balm contains tightening and rejuvenating skin agents like Witch Hazel and claims to make your skin firmer and younger looking in a flash. Rather like putting Preparation H on your eye bags, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm makes minor wrinkles and imperfections seem to melt away in a minute, giving a more even skin tone, making dark areas appear brighter, and making skin seem luminous. It acts as a great base for makeup, or on its own just makes your skin look smoother, less porous and tighter, without feeling uncomfortable. I have never been one for heavy concealers and foundations, so often just go out wearing this. It won't cover redness or more obvious imperfections, however, you'll still need a concealer for those.
It's a thin cream coloured lotion that you apply all over the face in a thin sheen, without rubbing in. Do not be tempted to rub, just glide it all over gently. The manufacturers also suggest using it thickly as an all over mask, but I have never tried that. I have very sensitive skin, and while it only tingles a little when I apply it it does tingle, making me think a larger amount might not agree with me.
As with most things, I wouldn't suggest using it every day. Keep it for when you want to look your best, with or without foundation, or for the morning after a big night out - it will certainly help you get your youthful bloom back when you've been over-indulging.
This is a product that aims to restore and rejuvenate tired skin.
This moistens tightens and brightens your skin due to the ingredients of witch hazel and olive.
These two ingredients DIFFUSES line and wrinkles that add to your face when tired throughout the day.
Another ingredients that doesn't seem to be common in all beauty products is Bisabolol and this gives your face the radiant glow it needs after a days hard work.
The cream is light and sinks into your skin very well, and it is created that way in order for you to apply foundation quite soon afterwards.
I found personally that this did lift my skin and give it that glow after a day's work. I used it before I went straight out after work and it really made a difference I dabbed some foundation on but would leave it more than five minutes to do so as you may find your skin just a little damp plus you want this product to work instead of product build up straight away.
This also doubles up as a face mask as recommended by the CLARINS beauty experts, this can be used two to three times a week for more of a long lasting impact.
For £28 this I would say is definitely worth it.
I got this Beauty Flash Balm as part of a travel set that we sell at work and I have to say that it is one of the products that I am most impressed with actually. I am not big on balms, creams and treatments really; I have always thought that they were both over rated and over priced. This isn't cheap (but then Clarins products seldom are), but it is a good product that I would recommend.
Beauty Flashy Balm is a primer (which basically means that you put it on before make up to hold the make up in place for longer as it were). I am not really sure how it does this and I was a bit sceptical that it could, but it does. In the past I have found that I have to reapply makeup at least once during the day or it just looks like I have none on after a couple of hours, but since using this product I have found that this isn't necessary. It seems to really work in this respect and makes my make up last a lot longer, which is obviously very convenient. You are supposed to apply it without rubbing it in, according to the bottle. I haven't quite worked out how to do this; surely it is impossible not to rub it in at least a little bit, but it still works well even when I do!
The product is also supposed to give you brighter, smoother and more radiant skin. It's a lot for one little bottle to promise, but I did feel like it made my skin feel better. It blends in really well and it does make my skin feel smoother which is pretty impressive. I am not sure about the radiance thing, but in all other aspects it is good.
I also like the smell of the flash balm. I have often found that products like this can smell a bit clinical, but this isn't the case at all with this one. It has a lovely fresh and flowery smell that seems to last through the day which is nice. It isn't in any way over powering, in fact I'd say that the smell is almost like talcum powder - very light.
Like I said, the balm isn't cheap. It is available directly from the Clarins website for £29 for a 50ml bottle, plus postage. I haven't really looked anywhere else for it but I imagine you can probably get it cheaper. I'd have thought it would be worth looking out for it at the airport when you go on holiday too! The price isn't too bad when you consider how long it lasts. My bottle was a 15ml bottle and it is still going after a month even though I use it almost every day. In fact I would say that I still have about half of it left.
Overall I would recommend the cream because, although it is pricey, it is pretty good value for money because it does a good job of making your skin feel good and making your makeup last longer. Recommended if you fancy treating yourself!
During the summer I fatefully tried a scent of the Clarins product Eau de Jardins and promptly fell in love with it. But I'm a girl on a budget and can't buy top-level beauty products - basically anything that warrants a condescending perma-tanned blonde in a white outfit in a department store with her own stand is out of my price range, right?
Not when you're working your rear end off and feeling the effects and your mother is encouraging you down the dark path of superficial temptation after the best part of a bottle of Pinot Grigio.
So as part of the luxury brand-buying experience, my bottle of scent arrived not only in - get this - company with not one but TWO complementary make up bags, but also with a few scatterings of free samples, which as I ordered the scent on clarins.co.uk, I was allowed to select to my choice.
One of them was a little tube of their Beauty Flash Balm, a cream which is effectively a primer which can also be used as a 10-15 minute facial skin treatment mask.
So I tried it, and I must confess it was the first time I had used a primer-type product. And I was impressed. At the time I was using a medium-coverage Max Factor foundation (this was back in the summer when it is likely I had a slightly more sun-blessed complexion) and I noticed that when used as a primer, my make up was lasting my lengthy commute far better than it had been, and this at the time of year when the underground is, almost literally, a living hell.
So a second trip to clarins.co.uk was made. I'm not going to lie to you, there was another bottle of wine involved. But I had experienced a treat from a luxury brand and all the lovely free stuff that came with it, and I wanted more. So I ordered the full-size version of the Beauty Flash Balm and this is how we got on...
Described as "the ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin", Beauty Flash Balm comes in an understated Clarins colour-scheme tube of white with red text. It arrives boxed with the instructions for use largely elaborated upon within an enclosed leaflet, but the basics are also on the back of the tube.
It claims to instantly moisturise, brighten, tighten facial contours, and use Olive and Witch Hazel extracts to smooth the skin and aid the appearance of line and wrinkles. It contains Bisabolol which is meant to help restore a "youthful glow" to the skin, and "preps skin for perfect make-up application and hours of luminous wear".
It has won awards - you can read more on it's product page on clarins.co.uk. But I'm not here to regurgitate the contents of their page, I'm here to tell you if it works.
First the price. For 50ml you'll be charged £29 plus shipping, but you can select three small samples of other products which does soften the blow and aid the experience of treating yourself to a pricey product.
The tube has a feeling of high quality and sits on it's screw-off top, the very base of which is 'Clarins red', and the cap feels substantial and not at all at risk of leaking out this pricey face product.
It is not marketed as a moisturiser as such, but after use for priming for make up you are advised that if you feel the need, you can moisturise after use - but in my experience it is not always necessary unless you are suffering from dry skin.
On the homepage there is also a very short video with explanations for basic use; smooth over cheeks and forehead and neck and "now your skin looks radiant". Okay, it doesn't work quite that simply! But you are advised in the leaflet and on the tube that to use it for a primer, you do not ru the product in, just apply and then immediately apply your make up.
Now, having used this as a base and having hit a period of very bad skin and really feeling the need for heavier foundation coverage as the seasons changed, I switched my foundation to a 3-in-1 Max Factor product which claims to also prime. So suddenly this expensive product was obsolete, right?
Well no. Because what has prompted me to post this review is the use of it in its other guise, as a 10-15 minute treat to the skin.
Let's put it like this; 2013 has been tough. Really. A colleague quit. Restaffing took months at our busiest time. I already commute hugely, and on top of this I was sent virtually all over the country over the year. Come autumn and winter, I'm exhausted. And my god, I look it. Last week I had some time off for my birthday and I realised how badly it was showing that I have been neglecting my skin care - something I am now determined to redress in 2014 as I hurtle towards 30. So I set out one day to give my skin two good cleanses with my beloved Sanctuary Spa Cleansing Oil (see past review if interested), and then instead of slapping on a 99p facemask I decided to revisit using this product in its place.
Now, for the primer aspect, you need only a little of this light-salmon-pink product. Which, by the way, is slightly sweet smelling but pleasant. And to be honest, you really don't need much to use it as a mask treat either; a blob on a fingertip sized maybe slightly more than a 5p piece covers the face sufficiently; again I don't rub it in, just massage it over the skin and leave it. You are advised to leave it on for this amount of time but if there is no residue, which I find there isn't when this much is used, then I have both left this product on as an intensive primer and also washed it away. Both give good results. Now some of the credit must go to the Cleansing Oil I used first but after that and then 15 minutes of this product, which instantly went on and felt soothing, gentle and calm with no irritation or tingling, and afterwards the change in my skin, after some lazy skin care and all the toxins from city commuting, was massive.
My skin felt plumper, soothed and smooth. The complexion looked as smooth as mine ever can, and the feelings of dryness were reduced hugely. In this instance I left the product on as it didn't feel like there was any residue, but the next day I applied slightly more and washed it off when removing an intensive hair treatment in the shower after my bath. In this instance I did moisturise afterwards, but not because I felt it required but out of habit. On both occasions the change in the smooth surface of my skin was huge.
Any irritation? No. Dryness? No. Did it soothe stressed, tired out skin? Yes. It freshened up my appearance and made me feel better about my appearance. I know it can be used to prime my skin but my favoured use is as a longer treatment by far. In this sense it really gets a chance to relax and refresh the skin. It hasn't notably looked to be the culprit of breakouts, and whilst it is expensive, a little goes a long way so I don't feel at all that I have been robbed of value here.
Reviews on the product page of clarins.co.uk are equally effusive; that it didn't cause oiliness in usually thusly prone skin, that it is a great refresher after a night out, also worked well at purifiying skin when used overnight (the page also claims this effect is achieved with the inclusion of rice starch).
So would I buy again? Yes, but at the moment I am not using it as a primer just because my current foundation, which offers the coverage I need, does that job. As a mask I love this. I really, really like it as a primer too, I feel it gave a smoother, softer base and made me better suited to lighter summer make up. But as a mask I think it is superb. I will repurchase but I don't expect I shall need to until at least the start of summer, as at the moment I am enjoying using it every few days and then only a small amount is needed for a treatment. I am keen, having looked again at the product page, to try the technique of using it as a night mask, as I think that I will wake up to plump, soothed skin. It has a lightly cooling effective, the scent is pleasant and only light, and the packaging sturdy enough that I would feel safe to put it in my travel kit for the next time I am sent on my journeys.
All in all, I rate this product highly and for what it is capable of, particularly when I have for months now been seeing how my professional lifestyle and the tiredness-induced laziness that it has brought to my skincare routine and really want to work to counter it, this is going to be repurchased and I suspect that with continued use it will become a true must-have in my regime in 2014. Superb.
I have used Beauty Flash Balm by Clarins on a lot of occasions and I must be one of those few people who just cannot get away with this product. I know that tons of people really swear by it's skin tightening and brightening properties but it honestly does nothing for me. I was very keen to try this just as soon as it was launched and the only reason I have a tube again now is due to the fact that my sister bought some and she gave it to me because she doesn't like it, either. Maybe it's the way I apply it, I'm not sure but I have honestly followed the application process to the letter and I can see no difference at all to the luminosity of my skin and it doesn't give me that bright, wide awake look that so many people claim it does. I only wish it did work!
The tube I have now is a standard 50ml size and my sister paid almost £30 for this. Goodness knows why, as I had already told her it was useless. The packaging is plain and what I'd consider to be very simple and understated. All of Clarins products seem to come in a basic white and red design and their Beauty Flash Balm is no exception.
The top twists off and the cream itself is a very pale beige, almost peach tone. This cream has to be applied as a VERY thin layer all over the face, taking great care NOT to rub in. Once or twice I have forgotten this golden rule and I have actually applied it like a moisturiser. The result was horrible and I had to wash my face as it looked and felt like bits of my skin were literally flaking off.
If applied properly, it does give a decent enough base before applying make up, I'll give it that. However, I could not possibly justify the huge price tag as this product does absolutely NOTING for my skin in terms or brightening, tightening, adding a glow, making me look / feel more wide eyed and bushy tailed, it does nothing for lines and wrinkles, it doesn't seem to even out my skin tone one single jot and it does nothing for under eye circles or bags. I may as well be applying my normal daily Simple moisturiser.
This product can also be used as a sort of pick me up 'mask' if applied as a thicker layer and left on the skin for a while. Again , I see no point in wasting my time with this as it makes no difference at all to my skin. It's been a very disappointing product to try out, not to mention an expensive one, ad I just wish someone could tell me if I am going wrong somewhere. I have also asked friends and family if I look any 'different' after I have applied this under (or without) make up, but they also say that they can see no difference.
In summing up, I most certainly wouldn't recommend this product and I'd give it only one very tiny star. Sorry Clarins, I'm not impressed !
Clarins beauty Flash Balm is a brightening, tightening radiance booster designed to illuminate skin without creating a glittery finish. It can be applied in a thin layer before make up or it can be applied thickly and used as a mask. I personally find using the product as a mask to be a little wasteful as I don't find the outcome very impressive. I prefer to use the product as a thin layer to boost my skin's appearance. It works well under make up as long as you don't rub it in! That is a vital instruction as if you rub the product in it will go 'bitty' and you'll have to wash your face and start again and when a product costs £29 for a 50ml tube you really don't want to be washing it off.
I first tried this product aged 21 and at that time I felt it didn't do a lot for me but my second attempt at using Clarins Beauty Flash Balm was much more successful than my first, possibly because I now have dark circles, dull skin and the odd facial crease (we don't say wrinkles in our house!). I love how refreshing the product feels on my 'life weary' skin and the fragrance instantly lifts my mood. The product evens my skin tone and creates a smooth even base for my make up. If I am feeling particularly brave I will just apply the balm and nothing else. I like how this product works with my skin, it is a thick peachy pink cream that is easy to apply. It doesn't clog my pores, create excess oil or disappear half way through the day. It provides long lasting luminance and makes me look more awake than I feel! It is a little bit on the expensive side (okay, a lot) but the odd luxury is sometimes worth it and for me personally I enjoy using the product enough to warrant the £29 price tag. I also find that the 30ml size of the product is often included in value sets or provided as a free gift so with a bit of shopping around you could get more Clarins for your money. A little product does go along way though particularly if you avoid using it as a mask and just apply as you would a daily moisturiser.
As with all Clarins products it comes in the distinct red and white packaging. The tube is easy to use and easy to control so no excess product comes out. The tube stands on it's screwtop lid making it easier to dispense the product, especially when it is nearly empty. I would always advise you to cut open the tube though as I find there are nearly always several more applications sneakily hidden down the sides of tubes!
Overall it is a fantastic product for illuminating skin and creating a fresh glow. It is one of those product where I have tried cheaper alternatives but nothing works as well as this product and I find the cheaper products to be a false economy. It has earned it status as a classic beauty/skincare staple and for those with tired and dull skin I wouldn't hestitate to recommend it. It is an expensive product but it is a premium brand and unfortunately for that you pay a premium price but I always shop around when I buy Clarins just because the prices can vary so wildly and the offers available can lead to some good bargains.
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I received this as a sample size when picking up a few well loved products from clarins, and was thoroughly excited to test it out considering the multitude of great reviews about it and the sheer excellence of previous clarins products i've used. The product is designed as a primer, to be used over moisturiser, and under foundation.
The packaging is beautiful, and I love the way it looks on my dressing table. When it opens, the squeezy tube releases the perfect amount of thick luminous cream. It is peach coloured, and slightly powdery in texture. I rubbed it into the skin, and it left me looking rather shiny. No peachy colour, just my natural skin, but it felt really soft, lovely, I definately stroked my skin quite a few times.
On application of my foundation, disaster struck. The peach colour clearly reacted with my foundation, making me look orange. I was utterly unimpressed, I have NEVER in my life wanted to embrace the orange look. After once use, the little bottle of primer is going back into the bottom of my makeup bag, never to resurface. For a clarins product, who is a brand i normally equate with great quality and stuff that works, i was so disappointed. So happy I didn't spend money on this.
I have received several deluxe samples of this product over the past year or so, as I regularly shop at Clarins and they are great at giving out samples with purchases!
The Beauty Flash Balm was explained to me by a Clarins counter lady, as being a makeup primer or simply a stand alone skin perfecter. Essentially, it is applied after moisturising and before applying any make up. You apply a small layer to the skin and then rather then rubbing it in completely, you allow it to sit on the skin until it begins to absorb. Once it has dried, you can then apply your foundation to an essentially smother skin base, which allows it to look more flawless and to last longer. The lady at the counter explained that to obtain a more dewy look to your foundation, you can apply your makeup just before the flash balm sets completely, which is the method I usually use. This allows for the balm to create a smooth base still, whilst adding some luminosity to your foundation which you wouldn't get by letting the product dry completely first. Finally, this product can be worn alone, without makeup over the top. The product claims to brighten and tighten skin, which I can say is true in terms of adding luminosity to the skin, but I don't personally find it tightens my skin at all. I have on occasion worn this as a stand alone product when I don't want to wear any make up, it doesn't make a huge difference apart from leaving the skin looking a little dewy.
I would say that the best use of this product is definitely as a primer before makeup. I have noticed that the foundations I use last a little longer and look more even when applied over the top of this product. I personally prefer to obtain the dewy look by applying foundation before the balm dries completely, but I think the fact that you can either go for a dewy look or a more matte finish shows the versatility of this product.
The downside to this product is the cost, it retails for around £28 for a 50ml tube, however I would recommend asking for a sample from your local counter, as the one I received was 30ml and has allowed me to try the product out fully before deciding whether I would repurchase. I would be very tempted to repurchase this product, but only if the bank balance would allow!
Wandering around Boots one day, passing time before I was due to meet a friend for lunch, I ambled past the Clarins stand and, as something caught my eye, found myself turning back for a better look. The something that caught my eye was Beauty Flash Balm promotion stand, triggering a vague memory of having read a rave review of it in a magazine several weeks before.
I decided to treat myself, as my pale skin is the bane of my life and I'm always looking for ways to make it look fresher and more alive. It cost me about £22 a couple of years ago (but at the time was on a promotion so I got a handful of mini-Clarins products to try as well...none of which I actually ended up trying as they were all so small they just found their way to the back of my drawer) and those being the glorious pre-mortgage days of my life I splashed out!
It comes in quite a small (50ml) white tube, with the distinctive Clarins red branding, and - if you've read previous reviews you'll know this is a personal pet hate of mine - a screw top. I much prefer flip tops on products like this, hand cream, body lotion etc so you don't have to screw a top back on either a) with a blob of cream in your hand that runs the risk of dropping onto my lovely carpet or b) with your hands covered in cream. But anyway, that's my personal gripe and one that you'll probably hear a lot if you read my other reviews!
I had a vague recollection of the magazine review of the Flash Balm promising glowing skin making you look radiant and healthy and I wasn't the least bit disappointed.
When I first squirted a splodge out onto my fingers I started to worry as the lotion was quite a deep peach colour and, as I've mentioned, my skin is very pale (red hair, blue eyes, freckles...no suntan for me!) so I was concerned that it would make me look like I'd had a bad fake tan. I tentatively applied the cream to my face and instantly felt a gentle tightening of my skin. Looking in the mirror I expected to me with that "shocked" look of plastic surgery, but there was no visible difference in that respect.
What was different though, is that my skin was actually glowing...and it looked natural to boot! You couldn't even tell that I'd put anything on my skin and, thankfully, there was no trace of fake tan! It says to apply foundation and your normal makeup over the top of it, but it made my skin so radiant that I didn't want to cover it up with anything else, so left out the concealer and foundation and just went sraight for the eye makeup.
I don't use this product often and am still on my first tube of it, but when it runs out I'll definitely be buying more. If I look in the mirror on a morning and feel blah then I reach for this tube and I ALWAYS use it for big events like weddings etc. Now that I'm more used to it I don't put it all over my face, just over my cheeks and across my nose and forehead and this is plenty.
The absolute best part of using this was one gloomy, dismal depressing January morning when I'd decided to use it as a little pick me up...I bumped into a friend and she said I was looking really well and asked if I'd been on holiday! I could have kissed her, but instead waited until I got home and kissed my little tube of Flash Balm instead!
Having raved about this I feel like I should try and find something negative about it (apart from it being much less affordable for me now that I come complete with a mortgage!) but the only thing I can find that I'm not overly keen on is the fragrance. Whilst it doesn't smell bad per say, nor does it smell nice and as though you'd love to wipe it all over your face. It's a difficult smell to describe...it's not chemical, it's more like a makeup smell. Anyway, as I said, it's not bad, it's just not scrummy either and it does tend to linger for a while.
But, that is a very small price to pay for people thinking I've just come back from holiday in January and as long as people keep telling me how well I look when I'm wearing it, then I'll keep using ut!
I have read so many good reports about Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and I have tried a few Clarins products in the past and they have been rather impressive (not to mention expensive), so I suppose I was expecting great things from this little plastic white tube which set me back £22 for just 50ml of product. It actually feels worse now I have just typed that out!!
My friend works for Clarins and she has been raving on and on about this stuff for as long as I can remember. In hindsight I think I should have asked her for a sample before I forked out for a full tube, but I took her word for it that it was a quality product and that it work a little miracle on my skin. She claims she uses it most days and that it freshens and brightens her skin and makes her look more awake.
Apparently it can be used either under make up or on its own. The instructions advised I apply a thin layer and that I don't rub it in. If wearing make up then I was to apply it immediately.
The first time I used it was a Sunday morning (the only day I don't wear a full face of make up as it is my day off). I had just had a shower and applied the Beauty Flash Balm exactly as directed - i.e. thin layer and I did not rub in. I went downstairs, had a glass of water and read some of my magazine. As I was sitting there I could feel it settling into my skin but I could not detect any 'tightening' feeling, as I was expecting. I stood up to look in the mirror and I looked just the same, except I had a bit of a sheen - but I think that was just because the cream was sitting on top of my skin. My partner came in fro outside and I made a point of asking him if I looked any 'different' and he said he couldn't see anything.
Next time I used it was underneath my make up before I went to work. Again I followed the instruction, applied a thin layer and then immediately applied my make up. I cannot say my make up went on any better than it usually does and no-one commented on my brighter fresher complexion all day at work, either. Second disappointment.
The third and final time I used this product I used it slightly differently. The instructions say that you can apply a think layer and use it as a face mask and leave it on for around fifteen minutes. Once again, I did as instructed but sadly I could detect no change to my complexion afterwards and received no compliments either.
I actually find this cream rather greasy and a little unpleasant on my skin. The smell is nice enough -quite fresh and clean and the consistency is good, not too runny or too thin. However, I honestly cannot recommend this cream because in my opinion it is a waste of money. It makes no difference to my skin whatsoever and it was a complete waste of money.
I told my friend what I thought of it and she seemed to be genuinely surprised, stating that thousands of women really recommend it and it is Clarin's bestseller. I'm astounded at this to be honest, and seriously wondering if I just got a 'dud' tube. I won't be using it again and sorry but I really think it is a waste of good money.
N.B. ------ Also posted on Ciao! under the username "dawnieG" (I am THE SAME person & this review is my own work & NOT copied from another source)
When I was a student I was desperate to try Beauty Flash Balm and finally saved up to buy myself my little tube of this miracle product that so many friends, beauty editors, and experts were raving about. After a hangover, I spread it on my face and indeed it looked brighter and healthier. But by the evening, my skin was really oily and a few days later some really angry spots began to bubble under the skin and after a week had developed perfectly into big angry zits. I blamed the hangover. I put it away until all the spots disappeared and tried it again. Brightened skin, beautiful healthy glow. Again, by the end of the day, I had very oily skin and yes, you guessed it, plenty of angry, red spots developing. Obviously, I decided that this wasn't the product for me and that my (for a student) big investment was wasted.
Ten years later and nearing thirty with combination skin that verged towards the dry most of the time, a friend convinced me to try Beauty Flash Balm again. After all, it worked for her and for so many other people. Maybe it was my teenage skin that caused the problem? So I tried it and to be fair, my skin wasn't oily at the end of the day, but after cleansing and applying my usual night cream the day after using it, I woke up the next morning with lots of oil across my face again. A few days later, those angry red bumps under the skin that developed over the next week into real problem spots.
Now you might think me a glutton for punishment here, but I really did want this product to work for me so I tried it again recently. Now in my early thirties, I need the extra help even more than I used to and yes, the same happened again. I do get spots, but I get one at a time and it is very rare that I get those big angry spots that take ten days to develop and ten days to go down. After beauty flash balm, I have plenty of them. I totally believe that this product is a miracle balm for most people, but for me, it isn't. I hope that you are one of those people whose lives it transforms (bitter... moi? PAH) but before you spend the money, get yourself to the Clarin's counter and trial it first just in case you are one of the minority it doesn't work for.
Its no secret i love Clarins products, they are expensive to buy but seem to be of good quality and last a good amount of time. As i have no shame ill happily walk up to the Clarins counter in Debenhams and ask for free samples so i can try before i buy. I was really impressed with the Clarins beauty flash balm that i ended up buying a full sized tube.
Clarins beauty flash balm costs £24.99 from Debenhams, Boots and John lewis. It comes in a 50ml tube. The tube is pure white in colour with red writing on it and states Clarins beauty flash balm on it. The lid screws of and there is a small hole for dispensing the cream out of.
The Clarins beauty flash balm is used for firming the face, and brighten the complexion giving that glowing radiant look. To use the cream a small blob on the finger tips and massage into the skin, i find the cream absorbs quickly but leaves a film trace behind, its a nice tight feeling. I find this smells lovely and fresh a bit fruity like even though there are no fruits in the ingredients.
The main ingredients are witch hazel, rice, and olive extract, all of the ingredients used the Clarins beauty flash balm are natural.
I don't have bad wrinkles just a few on my forehead, i definitely feel a difference and being in my thirties i am not what i consider old yet my face does look younger each time i use the Clarins beauty flash balm. The results are pretty much instant. My skin glows and looks very healthy. I prefer using the Clarins beauty flash balm in winter when my skin looks drab and dull this is an instant pick me up.
I recommend giving the Clarins beauty flash balm a go. This is my favourite product and gives me a great confidence boost. Highly recommend.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a firm favourite with all Clarins fans / This fantastic product is a fast acting beauty booster that immediately eliminates all signs of fatigue meaning that tired and worn facial features appear rested and smooth / '