Clarins Ever Matte Foundation in 103 Ivory for Oily Skin Review

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation in 103 Ivory for Oily Skin Review Image

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.

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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.

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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.

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation in 103 Ivory for Oily Skin Review Image

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!


Have you tried Clarins Ever Matte; how well did it work for you? What is your favourite foundation?


  1. Gareth Torrance
    January 27, 2017 / 11:33 am

    I may have to show this to my wife. I'm not actually sure what foundation she uses…

  2. Stephanie Merry
    January 27, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I've never tried a foundation from Clarins before but as someone with oily skin myself I really should give this a go – your skin looks fab! x

  3. Rhian Westbury
    January 27, 2017 / 11:54 am

    This sounds like a good foundation, but sadly I suffer from the opposite problem my skin can be quite dry x

  4. Stressed Mum
    January 27, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    I am funny about foundations as I hate how some make my skin feel cloggy, I have not tried Clarins before so may have to pop in and have a look x

  5. Jade Bremner
    January 27, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I really need to go to a counter and just get the right one for me but I want to be able to apply it and try it out before spending a fortune to find out its actually not right for me. I'd say my skin is normal (whatever that is) so not sure this would be the right match for me. It looks lovely on you though x

  6. Kira L Curtis
    January 27, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    I have quite dry skin so a dry skin version of this is exactly what I need!

  7. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    January 27, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    You skin looks so amazing! If Clarins makes a foundation for dry skin that can make my skin look like yours, I need to try it!

  8. Jo Wiggins
    January 27, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I have oily skin and find the Estee Lauder Double Wear is great for me but you may have convinced me to give this a go now too x

  9. Joanna Victoria -x
    January 27, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Ive never tried clarins foundation but it looks good on you. I have dry skin so would need to find one that catered for that.

  10. Hannah Latoya Bond
    January 27, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    This sounds like a good foundation and looks great on you. My skin is more dry than oily x

  11. Emma White
    January 28, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I have never personally tried this brand although I know its the one my mum uses and she swears by it

  12. Melissa Major
    January 28, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Sounds like a good foundation, not tried anything from clarins before, will have to give this a try

  13. ana de jesus
    January 29, 2017 / 10:23 am

    I have super oily skin and my makeup always seems to slide my face within minutes. I will have to check the ever matte foundation out!

  14. Mumdadplus4
    January 29, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Never tried this but it does sound like it would be perfect for me, I will go have a chat with the ladies next time I am shopping

  15. Chilling With Lucas
    January 29, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    I don't use foundation but this does sound good x

  16. Francesca Nelson
    January 29, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    This sounds pretty awesome and looks lush too!! I actually love the scent of cucumber so I'd enjoy using this! Shame that it doesn't sit well ontop of primer although if it doesn't need it its not a big deal at all!!

  17. Agata Pokutycka
    January 29, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I've never tried any of Clarins make-up products. I love their skin care but never gave make-up a go. I will have it try it one day soon.

  18. Seeing Spots
    January 29, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I think this looks like a fab product. My skin is combination so might not work for me but would defo look into their other foundations x

  19. Anosa Malanga
    January 29, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    I too have oily skin and have had difficulties finding a good enough foundation though I rare wear foundations. I am yet to try any products from Clarins but thanks for the intro

  20. Emma Iannarilli
    January 30, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    It looks so natural and dewy, I think I need to make a trip to my local Clarins counter soon.

  21. Rachel Simpson
    January 31, 2017 / 1:28 am

    Oooh this sounds amazing and perfect for my skin type! I'm looking for a new foundation so I might have to check this one out! xo

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