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      15.10.2014 22:42
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      Brightens skin beautifully

      I love the appearance of the Clarins range and this product is presented beautifully in sophisticated ivory packaging with a metal pump and cap. The bottle looks brilliant on my dresser and what's more this product lasts and lasts so you feel like you get value for money.

      The product itself is of quite a thin consistency so spreads very easily across a moisturised face. This could theoretically be used by itself but I use it underneath my foundation to add a bit of life to my face when my skin is looking dull.

      The product is brilliant as brightening product as it packs a punch in terms of it's light-reflecting particles but avoids being out and out glittery (I don't want to look like a pre-teen experimenting with make-up for the first time with glitter all over my face). I feel like I can tell the difference when I'm wearing this product underneath my foundation and I look generally healthier.

      The reason I haven't given the product five stars is because it isn't a primer in it's own right and therefore doesn't keep my foundation in place all day like a primer does. What I've been doing to compensate is mixing this product in with a stand-alone foundation primer and the applying to my face before foundation but this isn't ideal as the product is expensive enough by itself without having to add the cost of a primer aswell. This would be perfect if it was altered to be a brightening liquid and primer in one.

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      Clarins is my all time favourite when it comes to beauty products and i have a large collection although some have been freebies, gifts or samples i have acquired. I actually purchased the Clarins instant light complexion perfector a few months ago now for the first time after having a sample of the product. I have uneven skin and tend to use the Clarins moisture quenching hydra balance cream and cleanser although these are both great products i find the instant light complexion perfector to be best.

      Clarins instant light complexion perfector costs £19.99 and can be purchased from Debenhams, Boots and John lewis stores. Clarins instant light complexion perfector is a primer products.
      This comes in different colours, i have rose shimmer but you can get others like bronze shimmer, champagne Shimmer.

      Clarins instant light complexion perfector is used for covering up imperfections, lightens dark patches, evens out the skin. Clarins instant light complexion perfector comes in a red box and the product is in a shimmery white tube with a silver screw on lid. When the lid is removed the you can see it has a pump action dispenser. One pump lets out a small blob of the product this covers the whole face.

      Clarins instant light complexion perfector texture is like a creamy foundation and sort of transparent, maybe best described as a tinted moisturiser. It has a cosmetic smell to it although it is mild. Applying the Clarins instant light complexion perfector i start on my forehead and work my way down my face to my neck the blob covers the whole area. It rubs in smoothly and although the colour is not strong you can see it looks like a foundation. The rose shimmer is a light colour with small shimmer of pink to it. I love the way its blends in perfectly to my skin and gives such a clean skin look. It certainly does cover all my imperfections, i have red patches on my cheeks and some small dark patches under my eyes the Clarins instant light complexion perfector hides them all and my skin looks flawless.

      Clarins instant light complexion perfector protects against ageing but does not protect against the sun, a first for a Clarins product. The look this creates is more of a natural look but the skin is one colour and blends in, i swear i feel like a model when using this. This is perfect if you don't want to wear foundation or having a natural look. I like wearing the Clarins instant light complexion perfector if i cant be bothered putting on make up because it makes my skin look perfect without any real effort.

      The only downside for me is the tube does not last long enough even when used sparingly. I am on my second tube and my first one only lasted three weeks. I don't think i would want to pay £19.99 every three weeks. I have now limited my use of the Clarins instant light complexion perfector to a few days each week as i cant afford to replace it at this rate.
      I recommend the Clarins instant light complexion perfector.

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      16.09.2011 00:35
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      A great item to create a better finish

      I Never used to us much make up but now a back at work I decided I would start wearing it again and so needed a primer to add to my make up selection. I was wondering thorough john lewis when I was attacked by a woman telling me I must try some of this primer which turned out to be Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector. It was available in a range of shades from which I choose rose shimmer.It comes in a squeeze tube with a twist of lid where there is a small opening for the product to come out off.

      It is very light on my face I forget its there but to touch you notice the difference straight away it leaves the skin feeling softer like silk and definitely more even. Only the smallest amount is needed for my whole face and that rubs in to the skin an dries almost instantly.

      Wearing this without any other make up gives a natural yet radiant glow. The skin looks a lot more even and although unnoticeable straight away upon closer inspection you can see the finish it gives . Wearing make up over this primer is brilliant it builds a soft more even layer for my foundation to be added giving a better finish. I find it helps my make up last longer which is fantastic.

      The primer seems to last all day the finish it first gives remains the same when I come to take my make up off my skin is still soft to touch. It comes away very easily with a face wipe and does not irritate or dry up my skin.

      It does have a colour to it but it is very natural and that is why it is unnoticeable and I like to add my usual foundation over the top This is just a base for my makeup although it can be used on its own. There is no scent to this primer which is great.

      It cost me £22 for a 30ml tube which seems a lot at first but for the way it lasts and the finish it gives it is definitely worth every penny. As only a small amount is needed it lasts forever and in the end makes the extra add up. I love this and would not be without it.

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      20.08.2011 13:46
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      I ended up buying this after getting a little trial sized tube of this in a little Clarins goody bag one time. I still have a little bit of this in the tube, and although I usually more stick to the Avon Magix brand which is the same kind of idea and is a good bit cheaper I do find that this does a good enough job.

      The tube size of this is 30ml, and I believe I paid about £22 for this. but i've had the tube for quite a while so I cannot comment on current up to date sizes and pricing. This may seem expensive but it is due to the branding of this and pretty much averagly priced in regards to a designer brand name product.

      The tube for this is alright. I think the shiny silver lid bit makes this look expensive in a way, and although the cream colouring and red writing doesn't look all that interesting you still know that it is that bit more expensive.

      So what do you use this on? Well it is more for covering up Spots, but mostly it is good for dabbing under your eyes if you suffer from dark circles under your eyes - which I definitely do have them!

      This rubs in easy enough and although it sort of has a slight powdery feel to it, once you rub this in then it doesn't look powdery on your skin. This is meant to brighten as well as hide any imperfections and I find that the dark patches under my eyes don't look quite so bad and have a bit of a sheen under my eyes too, which makes me look a bit more awake I feel. This is also good if you have any red-ish patches as I can get on my cheeks. The area is left looking a bit smoother and generally my skin just looks a bit dewey.

      This is a good product, and only a few tiny blobs of this goes a long way. So price wise this works out not as expensive as what it may seem.

      There's no doubt this is a good product, but just wished it was a couple of pounds cheaper and I would probably stick to buying this.

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        20.08.2011 09:57
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        A great product that I always have in my make up bag!

        I don't actually wear that much make up, even on a night out I tend not to go overly wild on my make-up and tend to favour the more natural looks. However I do like to buy make up and I'm constantly perusing make up counters and trying new lines. I'm not particularly loyal to certain brands; I simply look for the best products. Since discovering the Clairins instant light five years ago I have been a devout user ever since.
        For those that think this item is too expensive; I'd simply suggest that they give it a try at their local Clarins counter. It a fantastic product and I would not be without it. Even on days when I don't wear any make up I always dab a little Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector under the eyes after moisturising to abolish those dark circles that are an unfortunate side effect of getting older and working shifts! It can also be used under make up, filling in pores and wrinkles so thaqt you have a nice even smooth surface to apply make up on.

        *Price and availability*

        The Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector costs £24.00 from Clarins counters.

        *Description*

        The tube is white with a silver lid. Written on the side is the clarins logo.
        The tube is quite small so for the price so for this price, you do not get a lot. After taking the lid off and squeezing a small amount on to your fingers, the liquid is smooth and fairly thin which makes application easier.

        *How to use*

        You don't need much to get the desired effect. I dab 5 little spots of it under the eyes and gently rub in. I also use to hide minor blemishes and spots. The liquid contains light reflecting particles that dissolve the shadows and dark patches by bouncing the light away making the skin look radiant and refreshed. I use this on the morning after a heavy night on the tiles and it does banish those tell tale signs and help the skin look beaming.
        It is also really good for covering up blemishes and spots as it coats them without clumping. Sometimes concealer can draw more attention to spots as it is dark, this one is light and bouncing light away making the spots less noticeable.

        Another little tip I can share with you is that if you put a few spots round your lips and rub in, the light reflecting particles make your lips look fuller. I've introduced this product to my gran and she couldn't believe the effect it had on her skin, even at 76 years old! Now every birthday this product is on her birthday list!
        I like the way the product smoothes over skin without feeling too heavy, it is really light and offers a great base for applying make-up on top. I do not put it all over my face as it is too expensive for this and I don't really think I need it, I use a foundation for this. It simply is a tool to help cover up blemishes and dark circles and should be used sparingly.

        I'm convinced that this is one of the best product around and although a little expensive, definitely worth the extra money.
        I manage to get about 4-5 months out of this product and I use it every day.

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        09.08.2011 08:42
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        A good all round product that can be used as a highlighter, primer or just to give a healthy glow!

        This product is one of many primers on the market, which promises to give your skin a healthy radiance whilst priming it for your make up to be applied. So not only does it fill all the little wrinkles and open pores and create essentially a blank canvas for make up application, but it is also supposed to help your make-up stay put for longer by holding it on your face.

        I have the Champagne Shimmer version of the product, which seems to suit my face. It cost me £24 from a Debenhams, but I think a bit of searching online and you'll find it a bit cheaper.

        I found the product has a hint of colour and glittery bits in to create a shimmer and is very liquidy and a bit oily. I found it really easy to apply and it went on very smoothly and seemed to hide my pits and cracks. What I liked about this product is that it didn't highlight dry patches in my skin, which a couple of other primers have, and it didn't dry out my skin either.

        I also didn't feel like I had a mask on, which I thought I might having a couple of layers of make-up on and would quite happily have worn this product on its own. It also didn't clog up my pores and cause me to breakout, which perhaps you would expect from an oily product. I've also had a go at using it as a highlighter, but I think I need a bit more practise doing that, the product seemed to work well in this respect though.

        I really liked this product and despite it costing around £24 I think it's a worthy investment because it really did improve the way my skin looks. It has lasted quite a long time, but I don't wear make-up all the time so I've still got some left after 3 months.

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        08.06.2011 10:09
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        A product that acts as an illuminating primer to give the skin a smooth surface and a healthy glow

        When I ran out of my beloved Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch by Clarins, I went online to purchase some more. While browsing, I came across the Instant Light Complexion Perfector which was also created by Clarins. This product seemed to serve almost the same purpose as my other primer, but this one promised to also give me a healthy radiance. Taking a risk, I chose the Instant Light Complexion Perfector instead of my out faithful friend.

        What does it do?
        This little product doesn't really seem sure what it's supposed to be doing and so tries to do a bit of everything. It claims to be a primer, filling in pores and wrinkles so that when you apply your make up, you can work with a perfectly smooth surface. It also promises to keep your make up looking better for longer by holding it in place.

        The product comes with a hint of colour so it can be used as a foundation and it comes with a subtle shimmer which is light reflecting so it can be used as a highlighter. Clarins claim that the product with boost your radiance and leave your complexion illuminated beautifully.

        As the product is packed full of antioxidants then it also helps to protect our skin and prevents it from aging prematurely. When we exposed to the pollutants in the air or the harmful rays from the sun, free radicals enter our skin which can cause us to age before our time while damaging and dulling our skin. This product forms a barrier that is able to protect us from pollutants and stop them from entering our skin, while the antioxidants fight against the ones that are already there. This means that even after you remove the product, your skin should be glowing with health.

        How do you use it?
        The consistency of this product is very different to other primers that I have tried. Most primers have a thick, sometimes chalky texture, but this one is runny and oily. This consistency of this product means that it is simple to apply to the skin and it glides on like silk, disappearing into your skin almost immediately and filling in the imperfections.

        The product can be used in a variety of ways. It can be applied to the whole face as a foundation or mixed in with your foundation, to give your usual product a hint of radiance. It can be used alone on bare skin to make you look fresh and wide awake.

        It can also be used before applying make up, both all over the face or in the places where your pores are enlarged, in order to give you a smooth surface to work with. It can also be dabbed onto to places over your finished make up such as your cheeks or brow bones to highlight the areas.

        Packaging and Price
        The product comes in a tiny white bottle which is plain apart from the red writing across the front. It has a lovely silver lid to keep the product fresh and due to its size, it can easily be carried around in your handbag ready to be reapplied if necessary.

        The product doesn't come cheap and will set you back around £20 for a tiny tube. I bought mine for a lot less on Ebay but that's always a risk because you can't be sure how long the person owned it for before selling the product. The risk paid off in my case but the product is also available from large department stores and it is also on many online websites so it really is worth shopping around.

        My thoughts
        This product works well as a primer and because of its consistency, it glides on like silk and won't look chalky or highlight any dry areas unlike some primers that I've used. It blends in easily and doesn't have an obvious appearance on the face. It simply enhances what you already have.

        The liquid is very oily however and as I have oily skin, I could never use it all over my face because it would make my skin look completely greasy and horrible. I only use it on the bridge of my nose and the apple of my cheeks where my pores are particularly enlarged.

        As a primer, it fills in my imperfections instantly and does make my make up look nicer than when I don't use this. Because this is oily, I apply a mattifying powder over the top but sadly this seems to cover up the brightening aspect of this product. To get the brightening aspect back, I carefully dab some on my cheek and brow bones over the top of completed make up.

        It doesn't give an obvious shimmer like my Moonbeam by Benefit but the dewy glow that is does provide me with is nice for day wear. Despite the oily consistency, it hasn't caused any spots to develop but I feel as if it would if I used the product all over my face.

        As a foundation, you'll find that it doesn't have much coverage and would give you the same level as perhaps a weak tinted moisturiser. It won't hide blemishes or dark circles but will give you're a natural and dewy glow and it won't appear like you're wearing make up.

        Because the product comes with such a small amount of colour, there are not many shades to choose from but you still should be able find one to match your skin. I chose Rose Shimmer but also available is Bronze Shimmer and Champagne Shimmer. The product comes with a fresh, floral aroma which smells lovely but doesn't really linger on the skin too long after use. Despite having shimmer in the name, it doesn't have any glitter in the product and no obvious shimmer. I think the shimmer simply refers to the iridescent glow which it leaves on the skin.

        All in all, this product serves many different purposes but serves none of them in an outstanding way. It does cover up my pores well but I would never use this as a foundation or as my regular highlighter. For me, the primer works well but no better than some of the cheaper ones I've tried. It also gives a radiance to my skin but that it lost once powder is applied over the top which I have to do because of its oiliness.

        I think this product would be best for those who like the minimal make up look and those who don't have oily skin. This is a nice product which I will continue to use alongside my usual make up products for daywear but once it's gone, I can't say that it will be missed.

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          03.05.2011 15:18
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          A real French smoothie!

          Clarins is one of my favourite beauty companies, Dr Jaques Courtin-Clarins opened the first Clarins Institut in Paris in1954 and the tradition of excellence using pure plant extracts has been carried on by his sons.
          I don´t wear make up very often as I favour the natural "look" but sometimes a little help is appreciated to help nature along and this clever product fits the bill for me, perfectly.

          Instant Light complexion perfector comes in a simple cream squeezy tube with a sliver coloured pull off top. On the front, with all writing in the traditional red, is the Clarins logo, underneath which is Eclat Minute Embellisseur Teint, or , to you and me, Instant Light ,Complexion Perfector. On the reverse, in French and English, it says Gently smooth over the skin . Can be worn alone or under foundation. Anti pollution protection, allergy tested, non comedogenic. (I looked this up, it means it will not block your pores). The colour code is also given ,in this case 03 Bronze Shimmer. A simple, classy presentation.

          My Experience.

          The top pulls off easily and inside is a small silver coloured pump. One gentle press is all you need to get a little of the fragrant, shimmery, light weight, cream on your finger, you can use a brush with this but a finger is always to hand! Sorry ,terrible pun. I only need a very little as it spreads very easily and almost looks too dark at first on my pale skin but it melts in seemlessly so that no one would know you are wearing make up. Mostly I use it on my cheeks to give a wash of colour and this gives a natural, healthy glow which is the effect I am after.
          It is long lasting too and I very rarely have to top it up. I have not used it under foundation but I think it would provide a good base.
          At the end of the day it is easily cleaned off using a cleanser and has had no adversereactions to my skin.

          My Opinion.

          Its a winner for me, not only does it add a little colour but it blends away blemishes AND gives your skin protection using Clarins anti pollution complex. (It does not provide sfp protection though) They are not going to tell us what this complex is as on the Clarins site this product is described as "A true beauty secret". The only down side is the price at 24pounds it is a good job a liitle goes a long way . I do feel more confident when I am wearing it though and for me that is worth paying a bit more, I would recommend it to anyone wanting a natural look.

          Available from Clarins on-line and Boots for 24.00p, also available in 02 Champagne shimmer.

          12 month life after opening and made in France.

          Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under Splishsplash.

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          26.04.2011 18:05
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          lovely highlighter from clarins

          Clarins is a premium beauty brand offering skincare, makeup, perfume and mens products.

          *~*Instant Light*~*

          The Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector is part of the complexion range(bronzers/foundations etc) from Clarins. The perfector claims to be lightweight and suitable for all skin types. It is designed to be applied to the areas of the face you want to illuiminate for smooth and natural finish.

          This can be worn alone or underneath foundation or can even be mixed with liquid foundation for a dewy glow. Another possible way of wearing would be to dab onto the tops of your cheeks and brow bone after applying your foundation so there are endless possibilities and looks that can be achieved.

          The Clarins website offers only 2 shade options of 02 Champagne Shimmer and 03 Bronze Shimmer. Certain online websites offer a 3rd shade which I can only imagine has been discontinued on the Clarins website and this is 00 Rose Shimmer.

          *~*Design*~*

          The full size version of this perfector, comes in a shiny, plastic tube with a silver, pump dispenser at the base. The tube is white with red writing making it instantly recognisable as Clarins.

          *~*Availability and Price*~*

          2 of the shades can be purchased through www.clarins.co.uk. 30ml is priced at £24.00. Alternatively you can search online where you will find all 3 shades on www.escentual.co.uk priced at £19.20. All 3 shades can also be purchased from John Lewis for £21.60.

          *~*My Thoughts*~*

          Although I am on a strict budget, I feel quite lucky to get to try premium brands out. Mainly, I purchase bulk lots of premium brand samples from ebay and sell certain items and keep some for myself. I suppose my obsession with doing this began a few years ago when I wanted to see if it was worth paying more for a high branded product or sticking with the cheaper brands. I have had mixed experiences with Clarins but all in all, I consider it an excellent brand just often overpriced even if their products are of a high quality.

          The Instant Light Light Complexion Perfector has been used occasionally by me over the past 6months. I received a few 5ml tubes of this last year and am just coming to end of my last tube so decided it was about time I reviewed it! I wear makeup almost daily and usually stick to the same sort of products. For day time use I like a subtle, pinkish blush especially when I am looking rather pale. Evening time sees a little shimmery product being used such as High Beam. I had looked forward to using this Clarins one as I believed it would be the ideal highlighting product and have found it even more useful during the past few weeks when the weather has been pleasantly sunny!

          *~*Light Me Up*~*

          So I have 00 Rose Shimmer in my little tubes. Although I didn't choose this in a shop for myself, it would have been the shade I would have personally selected. The other 2 shades are quite dark and I prefer a natural shade. Rose Shimmer offers an almost white colour when squeezed from the tube. It has a subtle, powdery smell about it and is very liquidy without being too runny.

          I like to experiment with different application methods. My preferred method of applying this highlighter, is to apply to my cheeks..a bit like a blusher or the way I would apply High Beam. As I normally use a loose powder foundation, I am content in applying this underneath it and simply use the powder to seal in the colour and give the rest of my face a flawless appearance. I have medium coloured skin..not too pale nor too dark but my skin is also rather dry and needs moisturising before anything is put on it!

          I use my fingertips to apply the highlighter across my cheeks. A tiny amount is required as once it makes contact with my skin, it spreads effortlessly before sort of melting in and staying put. The colour changes once it is spread from white to a sort of pearlescent, lightly shimmered pink which is quite pretty and strong enough to be noticeable but not too in your face shimmery. The liquid feels ultra soft and cooling against my skin and settles dry leaving a smooth, silky feel to my cheeks and the colour doesn't sink into any lines or imperfections it comes into contact with.

          The coverage of the highlighter is really good and ideal as the colour manages to cover the area I want it too and remain at a consistent, noticeable level. I can easily sweep powder over the top and the colour remains intact. It isn't too bright but offers a natural, dewy and fresh face appearance. It feels light and gentle on my skin which has been brilliant as I have been out in really hot sunny weather recently and sweating so anything that doesn't clog my skin up has been ideal!

          I have also tried using this highlighter all over without any loose powder. I use a Johnsons day cream at the moment and I scooped a little out in a jar, squeezed a small amount of this highlighter in and mixed it up with a cotton bud. I then smoothed it over my entire face which proved cooling and soothing. The highlighter offered my cream a light tint of pinkness and the look on my skin after applying was fresh and rather flawless which I like for days I can't be bothered with too much makeup. Either way, the colour remains put until I remove it at the end of the day with a baby or make up wipe.

          *~*Conclusion*~*

          Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector is a great highlighting product. It offers my skin a bright, natural but noticeably pinkish appearance that lasts all day whilst leaving my skin protected and soft. A little certainly goes along way hence the reason why a few small tubes have lasted me as long even with alternating between my High Beam and No7 Blusher. There are so many options on how to carry this off.

          Fair enough, the price is high but comparable with the likes of Benefit and discounts can be had so I intend on purchasing this when funds allow me too. Thanks for reading :D

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          Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector- 03 Bronze Shimmer (30ml) has a fluid, immensely lightweight consistancy that almost melts into your skin to leave it feeling smoothed and even / You will hardly notice this gorgeous illuminating fluid on your skin apart from the gentle flawless brightening of your complexion and the extension of the life of your make-up / '