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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.
I really like Clarins products and as stocking fillers and birthday presents, I am always guaranteed to be bought some Clarins make up or skin wear. The beauty flash balm is on of those gifts that I receive year after year. It is a product that I would not necessarily buy for myself as it is expensive for what it is, however I love receiving it as a present!
Clarins have been going since 1954 where the main aim of the founder was to create luxury products made exclusively from plant extracts.
*Beauty in a flash...*
The product which calls itself a moisturiser and a beauty booster is full of natural plant extracts such as witch hazel, olive tree extracts and algae extracts. The product is designed to help combat the signs of fatigue and smooth and sooth the skin. The product which is an orange colour, comes in an easy to dispense tube with a lid. The orange liquid has a gel like consistency and is really smooth. It has a pleasant smell to it that is clean and refreshing. As with all Clarins products it is perfect for sensitive skin and does not aggregate my skin at all. Even around the delicate eye area which is usually very sensitive, it causes no irritation.
The packaging advises the user to smooth the lotion over the face after washing and drying. For an intensive treatment you cab also use the product as a mask and thickly smooth over the face for 10-15 minutes. I don't use the product as a mask as it is far too expensive to be applying so liberally!
I tend to use the beauty flash balm after I have moisturised because alone the flash balm does not alleviate my dry skin. On top of my moisturiser though but under my make up the flash balm works a treat. On applying it to the skin, it instantly feels soothed and cooled. It feels really nice on my tired, sleepy skin and makes my skin feel more awake. The witch Hazel in the product tightens the skin and has a sort of tingly effect. The flash balm dries quickly without leaving the skin looking greasy or shiny. It does not take long to rub in to the skin and a really small amount goes a long way. I tend to use my finger tips to rub it in and massage it into my fine lines and wrinkles. The product is designed to fill in wrinkles and create a smoothed surface. It then seems to leave the skin with a thin moisturising film on top that makes an excellent base for applying make up on.
I have most success when using this product on my cheeks and eyes as it seems to transform dull skin into looking fresher and more exuberant. When applying foundation or bronzer on top, it goes on smoothly and without creasing.
This is definitely a luxury item for me, at £20.50 for a 50ml tube it is rather expensive. Roll on Christmas so I can replenish my stock!
Clarins, as I will keep on saying, is great for sensitive skin and for preserving the life and elasticity and youth of skin. This Beauty Flash Balm, I have been using as an under the eye cream and its got rid of my bags and my dark circles beautifully. I know it is meant to be used for overall skin on the face but I don't like lathering cream on my face as such.
It looks very tiny in a 50ml tube but this does last about 3 months if used every day. You only need a pea sized amount for both under the eyes.
This cream is designed to make your skin feel tighter (in the elasticity sense) and get rid of dullness and fine lines (which most people get around the eyes anyway) For me, it does feel toned and smoothed around my eyes, even when using this under my make up. Tea tree that is used in this is an essential and natural ingredient that is good for invigorating and moisturising the skin, even sometimes for treating spots. But I would only use this on tiny spots if you get them infrequently. Any moisturising thing for acne will just add to the oils that are causing the acne.
Overall, it is quite pricey, at around £27 for 50ml but for all the good it does to skin on a 20-something year old, could it be the new mini youth serum?
As you probably know, Clarins do exceptional beauty products and this 'Beauty Flash Balm' is one of them. I have been using this moisturiser for quite some time now and it has to be my all time favourite. It comes in a small 50ml tube, but don't be put off, a little of this does go a very long way. Therefore you get excellent value for money. As you can see from the picture above, the tube follows the trademark Clarins colour scheme of red and white, very posh. The tube isn't very special to tell you the truth, no special tube or such.
Getting down to the nitty gritty details of this cream, it is designed to make your skin feel tighter, more youthful and erase any dullness or traces of fine lines that you may have. I can honestly tell you that it does make your skin feel toned and full of life. The one bonus about it is that it isn't greasy in the slightest, unless you lather it on, well what do you expect! The olive extract in this cream is the ingredient in this cream along with tea tree which work the magic. Kiss bye bye to signs of tiredness and fatigue and say hello to an awakening of bright skin.
Another good point about beauty balm is that it creates a beautiful radiant base to apply make up on top filling the pores with goodness. I tend to apply this morning and night, a very thin layer covering the whole face and I also apply this to my neck as well. In the mornings, I tend to put my make up on straight after.
You can purchase this beauty balm from Boots or any good skincare retailer. The 50ml will cost you £27.50, great quality and will last.
Over recently years my skin has been a burden. I have gone from one product to another in a seemingly endless nomadic search for the perfect skin products. I have even tried going it alone, using just water and a face cloth which served me well in my youth, but doesn't seem so great in my late twenties. I was on www.moneysavingexpert.com and noticed a forum they'd started on Sub-£5 beauty products. Someone mentioned Superdrug Natural High Radiance Balm as a great alternative to the high end Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, but I didn't even know what the Clarins product was and of course went for the cheap option. But when I Googled the real McCoy, it seemed to be a wonder product which would transform my skin from now to wow in one easy application. I desperately wanted to buy it, craved it to be frank, but my purse strings couldn't justify the cost. I mentioned it to one of my colleagues who confirmed she was on board the Beauty Flash Balm train; and she did no more than bring me in a small miniature size she'd been given as a free gift the very next day telling me to try it for myself.
So here's the 'gen'. Clarins developed Beauty Flash Balm over 20 years ago and it has gathered a cult following. It is supposed to be a 'little miracle in a tube' and 'It gives you an instantly brighter complexion, firming, toning and erasing any traces of dull, lifeless skin and fine lines.' The product contains active ingredients including Olive extract (you've seen the adverts about people living in the Mediterranean having great skin because of the Olive Oil); Witch Hazel known for its soothing and cleansing properties and Bisabolol which is supposed to soften skin. Algae extract is thrown in to the mix to revitalise the skin. It's claimed that the balm is an exceptional 'beauty booster', which 'immediately eliminates all signs of fatigue'; it is also supposed to provide a radiant complexion which lasts for a long time, perfect as a base for make up.
With excitement and trepidation I made my first application. I had washed my face without using any product and I slicked a small amount of the balm on to my face. It had a really greasy, thick texture which I hadn't expected and kind of smelt 'off'. I know that's a terrible description but it didn't smell completely unpleasant, more like old lotion which had past it's shelf life (and maybe crusted a little around the lid). I applied it sparingly and I peered in to the mirror awaiting an epiphany. Sadly, one did not come. My skin looked its usual self only a little more greasy (I would like to say dewy, or glowing, but neither would be quite right). I basically could have achieved the same effect had I smoothed a layer of Vaseline on my face. Not to worry, I'm a generally optimistic person, I thought, I will keep on using it, it might take a while to get kick started!
For over a fortnight I continued to use the balm and I must admit; I got it in to my head that I looked better, brighter and my skin looked too matte, too dull when I didn't use the product. I went on to use it as an 'indulgent' treat by slathering it on and allowing it to soak in to my skin for 15 minutes, then removing it with a cotton pad; as per the instructions on the tube. I say soak in, but really I mean sit on top of my skin and not really absorb at all. There was no way I could have worn make up over it and I wouldn't say there were any benefits, instantly or otherwise.
Then the spots came; first along my jaw line and then across my forehead until I looked like a dot to dot of clogged pores. A beautician friend of mine told me to stop using the product immediately as it was clearly too heavy and rich for my skin type (combination, sensitive in areas) and recommended I 'detox' from skincare products for a couple of days, using water to wash only. Soon after I made this change, within about a week my skin cleared up and the Beauty Flash Balm made its way back to my colleague who was horrified that I didn't think it gave me any benefit - and instead, found it detrimental. As my skin cleared, I realised that it didn't look dull or matte at all, it looked quite normal and healthy.
I am sure that for some skin types and some people, this stuff does really 'work' but I seriously believe, drawing on my experience, that it's a psychological thing - I desperately wanted to know what all the fuss was about, I wanted to join this beauty cult who found a miracle in this expensive, and glamorously packaged product; and most of all, I persevered because I didn't want to admit that this wonder product didn't work for me. To conclude, I believe it's a bit of a rip off product which doesn't even really moisturise your face, it made my skin a spotty, greasy mess and though I am glad to have tried it to satisfy my curiosity, I will not be making a purchase; and I do not recommend it.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is £27.50 for a 50ml tube. It is available from Clarins direct, Department stores, Boots and online - just type 'Clarins Beauty Flash Balm' in to Google.
I have to say I am more of a Clinique girl than a Clarins, however one of my older family members insists on buying me Clarins products for presents. So I have tried a few of them over the years and on the whole I quite like them, however I would say that they are usually designed for older skin than mine (I'm in my late 20s).
This beauty flash balm is designed to be used as a treatment for fatigue after a busy day before a night out. You can use it as a mask and remove it but I have also used it under my make-up successfully. The balm contains all sorts of ingredients that are supposed to give you a radiant, glowing expression: Witch Hazel and Olive tree extracts to tighten and promote radiance, algae extracts to revitalise, bisabolol to sooth and soften and rice starch to purify the epidermis. I'm not sure whether all of these things work, but I find the balm goes on easily enough and doesn't cause my make-up to slip or slide off my face.
I use this perhaps once or twice a month and it has yet to cause me to break out in acne or other spots so I think it's a good little primer. I haven't really used any of the more modern primers (as I said this was a gift) so I can't compare, but if as a previous reviewer says the more modern products are better then they must be truly amazing.
All in all a good beauty balm that does what it says on the tin. My only problem with it would be the price, around £21 for 50ml, but I suppose you won't be using it every day so it should last a while!
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 / '