Monday, April 28, 2014

Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector: A Review

As someone with ridiculously dark circles, I usually opt for a medium to full coverage concealer instead of a highlighter under the eyes, because I desperately need the coverage. Recently, I've been trying out layering a highlighter on top of my regular concealer (I'd been using the Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighter) and have loved the results.
While the Dream Lumi Highlighter is a lovely drugstore option, it does tend to crease a little on me, which led me to explore the more high-end highlighter route. I've tried out the cult favorite YSL Touche Eclat, and while I did love it, it was slightly more sheer then what I wanted. In recent months I've fallen head over heels in love with everything from Clarins, so I decided to try out their highlighter option, the Instant Light Brush-On Perfector (quite a mouthful of a name).
Now, before I go into my thoughts on this little guy, I must note that the shade range on this product is more than limited. The Brush-On Perfector comes in three shades: 00 (Light Beige), 01 (Pink Beige) and 02 (Medium Beige). I have pretty light skin, and chose the shade 02 because the Light Beige was way too light and 02 was far too pink for my yellow-toned skin. I have never in my makeup wearing years worn the darkest shade of anything, because I have pretty light skin. So while I love this product I think they are severely lacking in their shade options, lacking in shades for anyone from medium to dark skin.
That being said, for anyone that is able to use this product I highly recommend it! This Perfector certainly lives up to it's name, adding a light coverage and subtle highlight that looks perfect underneath eyes or anywhere else you'd like to highlight. Even better, the Perfector adds hydration underneath your eyes, and will not crease or budge. Like most Clarins products it's a hybrid makeup-skincare product, and is loaded with lovely ingredients such as Oat extract and Hylauronic Acid Complex. Oat extract has skin tightening benefits while Hylauronic Acid Complex holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. Basically, the benefit to this is that it forms a protective film on the skin surface that seals in moisture which is why it's so wonderfully hydrating.
Here's a picture of myself, with only concealer on the right and concealer and the Brush On Perfector on the left.
As you can see, it definitely adds a gorgeous highlight! While I unfortunately wouldn't be able to get away with wearing it alone under my eyes, due to its light coverage, it would be perfect for anyone with less severe dark circles. It adds the perfect "8 hours of sleep" look, totally brightening up your face and look.
Aside from the poor shade selection, I have nothing but praise for this lovely product! I can see this becoming a permanent part of my daily routine, and would recommend to anyone and everyone. Below is a picture of my finished look, with the Perfector underneath both eyes. I'm also wearing my amazing Clinique CC Cream and Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint duo, which is my current favorite base.


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