Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation Review

Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation Review

I am not a fan of mousse foundations, but I have heard that mousse foundations are lightweight and they give matte finish to the face.  So, I wanted to try mousse foundation since long.  When I saw the Clarins foundation in a store, I got excited and told the SA to swatch it. I loved the creamy texture and the coverage of this foundation, so I bought it. I’m using it from the past 1.5 month regularly and today I will be sharing my experience with you all.

Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation


Rs. 1800 for 30 ml.

Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation

My Experience with Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation:

Clarins Instant Smooth Mousse Foundation comes in a transparent jar packaging with a silver screw cap on top. There is no plastic separator provided to prevent leakage.  A spatula came with the packaging to scoop out the desired amount of product, but I don’t know where my spatula has got lost. The packaging is very unhygienic as you need to dip your fingers in it and it’s even worse if you have long nails like me. The jar is a little heavy so it’s not travel friendly.

Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation

The texture of the mousse foundation is not thick as imagined by me. In fact it’s creamy and soft which blends into my skin within seconds. It gives a semi-matte finish to my face which is why I love it the most. I don’t like dewy or completely matte finish so semi-matte finish is just perfect for my liking. You just need a little quantity for each application as a little goes a long way. It is oil-free and hydrates my skin for long without making it oily. The texture is medium but one can build it accordingly. It never looks cakey even when applied in more layers. It conceals my light acne marks and dark circles to a great extent. It is water-resistant which is perfect for summers. The staying power is also impressive as it stays for 7-8 hours even after long sun exposure and travelling.

Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation

It contains silicone which is a negative point for those who are allergic to silicone and have sensitive skin. I am using it regularly but I have not experienced any break out, but if you have sensitive skin, it can be harmful for your skin. Overall, I really like it as it suits my skin well.

Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation

Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation

Pros of Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation:

  • Packaging is sturdy.
  • Comes with a spatula.
  • The shade “Golden Beige” suits my skin tone as it has yellow undertones.
  • There are many (7-8) shades to choose from.
  • Consistency is creamy and not very thick.
  • Instantly blends and gets absorbed into the skin giving a semi-matte finish.
  • Hydrating.
  • Gives medium coverage which can be built and never looks cakey.
  • A little is enough for face and neck.
  • Brightens up face and hides marks/acne to a great extent.
  • Stays for a long time, even after travelling and sun exposure.
  • Lightweight, so perfect to use daily.
  • Water resistant, 0so perfect for summer as I sweat a lot.
  • Never broke me out as it’s oil-free and dermatologically tested.
  • Photographs well and doesn’t give a white cast.

Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation

Cons of Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation:

  • Contains silicone so if you have sensitive skin, then I will not recommend it to you.
  • Packaging is unhygienic.
  • Doesn’t diminish the appearance of pores.
  • Pricey.

IMBB Rating:


 Would I Recommend Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation?

Clarins foundation is a mousse foundation that provides medium to heavy coverage and the texture is very light. which doesn’t look over-the-top. The texture is perfect; staying power is long-lasting, photographs well and also brightens up face instantly. If you do not mind the price tag, then it’s a great product for daily use and I would highly recommend it to all.

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11 thoughts on “Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation Review

  1. I never have used a mousse foundation, looks interesting! What’s the best way to apply it brush or sponge? 😛

    1. Hi Shruti, I use my fingertips for my mousse foundation. And it blends well that way 😀 but make sure your hands are sanitised well 🙂

      1. Hi Shruti, I completely agree with Princy *haan ji* , I tried all the ways and fingers work best in melting the mousse foundation into the skin 🙂

  2. Ohhh.. Good…. I have only used the lakme absolute mousee foundation… That one was good too… However would like to try this one this summer… Good review

  3. I don’t believe I’ve ever used a mousse foundation. 🙂 This seems nice, though they should’ve included a little spatula with it. 🙂

  4. have never tried a mousse foundation b4…i am lured *drool* *drool* but i am yet to finish my two bottles of lancome foundation before i lay my hands on avnew one 🙂

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