Sometimes bad things happen in the beauty world. Companies create "one swipe" eyeshadow trios, beautiful products are released in less than desirable packaging, or your favorite product gets discontinued. When Clarins discontinued their infamous Everlasting Foundation, my world changed. I was lost and didn't really know where to go for a foundation that had great coverage, but didn't make my face look cakey. Luckily, I didn't have to wait too long before they launched the new formula that is available in stores now.
The first thing you will notice about the new bottle, is the matte finish of the cap, and the black printing on the bottle. They have upped their wear time claim from 15 hours to 18, and the new formula promises to feel light on the skin, while giving you a fresh more satin look, while still providing great coverage.
I picked this up in the same shade as my older foundation (109 Wheat) and I have to say, the newer formula seems to run a little darker than the older formula. 109 was always my go to shade, whether I was self tanning or not. I found this one a little darker, and swatched next to eachother, I discovered I wasn't crazy.
They have widened their color selection which was a welcomed change. They now have shades up to 117, and have added a 102.5 shade that isn't actually lighter than the 103, but it is definitely more of a pink undertone. I started using the shade 105, and that is working very well for me. Lesson of the story? Even if you used Everlasting for years before, get color matched with the newer formula.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the scent hasn't changed. It still has that fresh (almost cucumber like) scent that I've come to love. Everytime I apply this foundation, it's like coming home.
This blends into the skin like a dream, and although I feel like I did lose a hair of coverage, I much prefer the finish of the new texture. It's not a completely matte finish, which brings more youth to the skin, and overall makes you look more natural. They have kept the SPF 15 factor, and the wear of this foundation is great. I need no touch ups when I wear this, but someone with a more oily skin might like to softly powder halfway through the day.
Ultimately I forgave Clarins for taking away my most favorite foundation, and I do actually prefer the new formula. This is rare, as I am usually the one saying to companies "If it ain't broke, don't fix it..." This seems to be an exception. This foundation is everything that I wanted Estée Lauder Double Wear to be. It looks much more natural on the skin, and while it may not be as full coverage, it's nothing a quick swipe of a concealer can't fix. And it's conpletely worth it to me to look more natural.
Have you guys tried this new formula? It should be on your radar next time you're shopping for a foundation!
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