Review: Clarins SOS Primers

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Clarins. The brand consistently releases great, innovative products both in skincare and makeup, and over the past few years, has become one of my go-to brands for both. Their lipsticks have the most incredible pigment which you will know if you followed my lipstick challenge last year, and I honestly couldn’t live without their Double Serum which saved my dry skin over the past nine months of pregnancy.

Their latest release is no exception and comes in the form of six new colour correcting primers to combat dull, uneven skin complexions and focus on promoting ‘a fresh balanced skin tone with maximum radiance’. Each of the six primers targets a different problem area of the skin ranging from fatigue, to redness, and dark spots to dullness, so whatever your issue, rest assured there’s a primer for you.

A couple of weeks back, Clarins very kindly sent me some of the primers to try out and I’ve been putting them to the test ever since. Given that these are part of their SOS range, I had very high hopes for them as I completely fell in love with their SOS nourishing balm face mask released last year and use it all the time. Thankfully, I can honestly say, I have not been disappointed.

I was sent four from the collection to try out, all of which have brilliant pigment, a very smooth texture, and, they blend like a dream into the face allowing makeup to stay in place all day long. However, while my initial impressions are excellent, really, only two of the primers are relevant for my skin tone.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll already know that I have dry skin which tends to get very dull at times, particularly in winter or when I’m feeling a bit under the weather. Therefore, I am always drawn to products that boost radiance, give me a nice glow and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. And that’s where shades 00 Universal Light and 03 Coral come in.

Universal Light as you can see from the photos, has a white, pearlised finish to it and instantly I knew this was going to be right up my street. It is lightweight in consistency, and blends into the face very easily without leaving any stickiness or wetness behind. As soon as I apply it, my face takes on a very subtle glow that isn’t shimmery in any way (I hate that in a primer), and gives it a well-needed boost of radiance that is really hard to come by in this cold weather!


Primers tend to be needed most around the t-zone area of the face, but I love this primer so much, I’ve been wearing it all over to give me a proper glow. The pump applicator makes it very easy to use, and you need very little too. Just one pump is enough to cover the entire face and believe me, it will keep your makeup perfectly in place too.

The second shade that has been working wonders for me is Coral, which helps to combat dark spots and patches, which I tend to suffer from due to dryness. I’ve been loving the warmness this shade brings to my skin; it gives a tint of colour not dissimilar to a tinted moisturiser, only it’s much more lightweight and gives a lovely glow to my skin too.


I don’t think I would use this shade as often as Universal Light, it’s more of a product I would reach for on a particularly bad skin day for example.  Having said that however, I’ve been switching back and forth between both over the past few weeks and am loving the results that I get from each.

While my concerns are dryness and dullness, we all have different concerns when it comes to our skin so here’s a breakdown of the full collection:

  • 00 Universal Light – This primer reproduces light on the skin’s surface to enhance radiance and boost skin tone
  • 01 Rose – Pink pigments in this shade combat signs of fatigue by giving the skin an energy boost and revitalizing your complexion
  • 02 Peach – This primer focuses on targeting problem skin issues such as visible veins and acne scarring by minimizing imperfections and giving it a ‘touched-up’ finish
  • 03 Coral – Best for targeting dark spots, the orange light pigments in this shade will help to even out skin tone
  • 04 Green – Already receiving rave reviews, the green primer is perfect for anyone who suffers from redness. It re-balances skin tone to remove redness, without making the skin look dull
  • 05 Lavender – This shade is best suited to those with sallow skin in need of a boost of freshness. The lavender pigment helps to give the skin a clearer appearance and combats the effects of day-to-day pollution.

As I mentioned, everyone’s skin tone is different and that’s why it’s so important to try before you buy. For example, if your skin is more oily than dry then I would say the Universal Light shade probably isn’t for you as it does make the skin look very dewy. But that’s the best thing about this collection, there is one for everybody in the audience so to speak!

One of the best things about Clarins as a brand, is the fact that they are always willing to give you samples of products to try out, so if you’re interested in investing, I would suggest popping to your local counter and getting some samples to see which best suits your needs.

Each primer costs €31 and they are on sale at all Clarins counters now.

Sorcha x

Review: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation 

A couple of months back, I was sent the new and improved Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation by the lovely people over at Lancôme to try out.

In all honestly, I’ve never tried a Lancôme foundation before; my Mum has worn different Lancôme options for most of her life and swears by them so I’ve always tended to associate them with her and not me. But, after trying this out for the past few weeks, I’m really beginning to understand her long standing love affair with their foundations.

The consistency is lovely and creamy without being too thick or thin, and though Lancôme describe it as a full coverage foundation, it is full coverage without being thick or cakey. Because of that, it blends like a dream and a little goes a long way.

My pet hate with foundations is a thick consistency so the fact that this is light and creamy makes me like it. But what makes me like it even more, is the fact that it really lasts on the face all day long. 

I’ve worn it with and without primer, and while I do prefer to wear a primer under my foundation, I have to say, it really held its own on days when I had nothing on underneath it, which is always a great sign when it comes to foundation.

Foundation on left side, no foundation on right side

For the purposes of this post, in my photos here I haven’t used any primer underneath to show you how easy it glides on and blends into the skin, especially because the shade I have, 03 Beige Diaphane, is just a touch dark for my skin tone at the moment. 

Before foundation on right side
After foundation on right side

Now, when I say a touch dark, I really mean  just a touch because I’ve been easily able to wear this for the past few weeks. However, I do think it will be even nicer to wear in the Summer when I have a tan (I don’t really wear fake tan).

Foundation blended into both sides

While I really like this foundation, there is one thing I don’t like about it which I have to mention, and that is: its extremely strong floral perfume scent. I find it so overpowering – it was almost sickly the first time I smelled it but I think that’s mainly down to the fact that I just wasn’t expecting it. It completely hit me out of left field!

Finished look

Having said that, I’ve managed to look past that because I do like how it wears, so if you don’t mind a scented foundation then the formula makes this really worth trying out.

I have to say, I’ve been really impressed by this and probably shouldn’t be surprised by that, given what an enormously successful and popular brand Lancôme is. 

Have you tried any Lancôme foundations or do you wear them regularly? This is a new discovery for me so I would love to hear your thoughts! 

Sorcha x