Having oily skin certainly makes choosing foundation tricky. Aside from my lippy, I’m not one for touch ups on the go so when I apply my makeup, I like it to last all day long. This is particularly important for me when I’m heading down to London for work as I’ll often be out from 8am until 3am the next morning so wearing a foundation that slides off within a few hours really doesn’t cut the mustard for me.
Over the years, I’ve tried so many different foundations. The best I have found for oily skin are the Estee Lauder Double Wear (review here) which was great for when I went on a lot of nights out as it is full coverage as well as long lasting, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (review here) which is my favourite of the two as it is lighter in formula but still long lasting and the Makeup Atelier Paris Waterproof Foundation which was awesome but difficult to get hold of.
Last spring, I had been using a few different foundations from Chanel, Dior and Too Faced but by the time the summer came along, I really needed something that was going to be a lot more mattifying in order to keep my skin shine free through the warmer months.
It was during a Skin Analysis with Nikita on the counter at Clarins, that I first discovered the Ever Matte Foundation. I’d asked for suggestions on long lasting, mattifying foundations and as an oily girl herself, she suggested this one and gave me a sample pot. I was matched to shade 103 Ivory which is absolutely PERFECT for me, I don’t think I’ve ever had a foundation matched to me that has suited my skin tone so well.
I took it on holiday with me to Icmeler in Turkey and was instantly impressed by how amazing my skin looked when wearing it and how well it lasted in the heat. I bought a bottle of it as soon as I got home and have been using it ever since!
I have taken it on a further two holidays too because with the packaging being nude plastic with a gold screw off lid it is very travel friendly. A pump isn’t needed as the foundation is dispensed through squeezing the tube which is really handy but I have found that as you get towards the last quarter of the bottle, it is a little harder to get out of the bottle than I’d like. While the packaging doesn’t feel particularly luxe, the foundation inside is absolutely gorgeous.
The Clarins Ever Matte Foundation is their oil-free skin balancing foundation for combination/oily skin types. It comes in 9 different shades which isn’t the widest selection out there but they do have a lot of bases covered and the shade that I have is absolutely spot on.
I apply it using a buffing brush and find that it blends seamlessly into my skin. Usually, I wear a primer underneath my foundation but I don’t when I’m wearing this one; firstly because it doesn’t need a primer at all but also because I find that it doesn’t sit very well on top of any of the primers that I have. When used alone, the result is absolutely gorgeous; smooth and flawless skin.
Clarins Ever Matte Foundation is lightweight in texture yet very mattifying. It doesn’t make my skin feel dried out or tight when I first apply or wear it but my skin is noticeably mattified and it takes away the shine from my skin which is exactly what I am looking for in a foundation for oily skin. I do think that it would definitely be too drying for dry skin types though which is understandable!
This is the perfect formula for me because I don’t like feeling of wearing a very heavy foundation but I do want something thats really going to mattify my skin. I love that it makes my skin look perfected and flawless and it doesn’t emphasise the larger pores on my cheeks like some foundations do.
The formula has Clarins plant-based Skin Detox complex which helps aims to tighten pores and regulate sebum production. It contains Tanka powder which helps to keep the skin matte, softened and purified as well as mattifying and soothing Carthusian Pink Extract. It has a light scent that reminds me of cucumber although it isn’t apparent on the skin.
Once applied, the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation has a very natural finish on the skin with a light to medium coverage depending on how much you apply as it is buildable. It is really long lasting and keeps me looking matte for far longer than other foundations I’ve used. If I had to liken it to any other mattifying foundation then I would compare it to the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light so if you like that one then I’m certain that you would like this one too. I’d say that the Clarins Ever Matte is better because it is even more mattifying.
It doesn’t feel heavy on my skin or oxidise throughout the day. My other makeup products sit very well on top of it and look even more perfected thanks to the smooth, even coverage that the Clarins foundation has created on my skin.
If you have combination or oily skin and are looking for a foundation that will give you a flawless, natural finish that’ll last all day then I’d highly recommend the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation.
If you’re in the North East, then pop in to see Nikita and the other girls on the counter at Clarins in Fenwick, Newcastle. She’s my go-to girl for all things Clarins because she REALLY knows the products inside out.
There’s plenty of free counter services that you can book in for on 0191 230 5033 so you’ll be able to find out exactly which skincare and makeup products are going to be best for your skin and lifestyle and you’ll be able to try them out before buying them too!
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Have you tried Clarins Ever Matte; how well did it work for you? What is your favourite foundation?