This month is just flying past, is it really the 29th already?? Crazy!
Today’s review is of a well renowned product in the beauty world that has been around for a while.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a so called wonder product, it’s an instant radiance booster that helps to minimise signs of fatigue. It not only acts as a primer but also a moisturiser and mask in one. Is this much of a wonder product even possible??
Allegedly you can use this in place of your normal moisturiser for when you need a bit more of a radiance boost, and as a mask for those reeeeeally long weeks where you just need something to SAVE your skin!
It contains four active ingredients with very specific jobs:
- Witch Hazel and Olive tree extracts tighten and promote radiance
- Algae extract revitalises
- Bisabolol soothes and softens
- Rice Starch purifies the epidermis
I’ve heard plenty about witch hazel over the years but the others I’ve not heard of so much. Clarins are generally pretty good at using different natural ingredients in their products though so this doesn’t bother me too much.
The packaging is pretty standard for Clarins, their very iconic red and white packaging is simple but distinctive.
This balm comes in 50ml tubes and can be purchased from many department stores, online and if you’re lucky in duty free too – always looking for a bargain!
So what did I think? Well I used this mainly as a primer. I did apply it as a moisturiser too on top of my normal moisturiser and I’m pleased to say my skin did look more ‘awake’ and slightly brighter after use.
As a primer I thought it also worked well, my make up stayed on my face just as well as any other primer I have used. It didn’t feel like it was covering my skin as it sunk in like a moisturiser, I’d say this one works as a primer because it creates the perfect base with your own skin, rather than covering it and creating a base for your make up to ‘stick’ to…….if that makes sense?!
The product itself is a pale apricot kind of colour, and I find this helps it to blend in seamlessly. It really does just disappear!
I haven’t used this as a mask, my skin needs a lot more hydration than this could give me and so it is unlikely I would use it as one. I pretty much use hydration masks daily at the moment as it’s the only way!
That said, this product has been a fun buy. I’ve always wanted to try it and I’m glad that after all this time I’ve had the chance to try such a cult product.
One of my favourite things about it is the fact that even though it is brightening and radiance boosting….it’s not glittery at all! Not in the slightest, not even the tiniest hint of a shimmery particle that I could see.
You can snap this up from Escentual for £25.50 at the moment, instead of the full price of £29.
Have you tried the Beauty Flash Balm? What did you think?
Do you like trying cult beauty products? What’s next on your list?