I’ve never been a BB Cream or tinted moisturiser girl – I either want the coverage of a foundation or to go ‘barefaced’ with just a bit of concealer and a sweep of powder. There was never an in between… until now. (Being in your 30s in the middle of dry, depressing winter ain’t fun, y’all!) My face is at a point where it really needs a little helping hand every bloody day, but I’m not always in the mood to wear foundation and this is why I’m really enjoying using Clarins HydraQuench tinted moisturiser SPF 15 (R395).
Benefits-wise, it’s action-packed so I’ll run through them quickly: hyaluronic acid and katafray bark extract hydrate without feeling heavy, vitamin E acts an antioxidant, an SPF of 15 protects and yet doesn’t feel greasy in the slightest and it adds a radiance to your complexion in not one but two ways – via super subtle coppery pink pearl pigments and sorbier bud extracts that boost microcirculation in your skin.
As far as application goes, I slap this on with a sponge and like that I can wear it with a serum or all by itself without feeling like I need another moisturiser underneath it. (You’d be surprised by how many tinted moisturises simply don’t supply the moisture!) But in the same vein, it doesn’t aggravate my combination to oily skin at all. For me, it just feels ‘right’.
Shade-wise, I’m using a colour called Blond which is the teensiest, tiniest shade darker than my wintery NC20 complexion.
It’s sheer enough for me to get away with going a little bit darker which helps make me look like a happy, healthy human as opposed to a flesh-eating zombie (which is honestly how pale and ghostly-looking I tend to be, sans make-up or self-tan in July.)
Anyway, if you’re looking for a lovely, light tinted moisturiser that does more than just ‘tint’, Clarins has got your back. They’ve also added a few new shades to the line-up so now you can pick from Porcelain, Sand, Peach, Honey, Blond, Gold and Bronze.