Banish Those Dark Circles Clarins – Chop Chop!


Going out with just a touch of concealer and forgoing foundation completely is a rare spectacle, regardless how clear my complexion is. I sometimes take pride in kicking blemishes to the curb and just when I think I got rid of a pesky nuisance – I have another problem in the form of dark circles. Mine aren't hereditary, they're most likely a result of working during night and probably I should elevate my water intake (soon something about that can be expected at the blog as well). However, while I'm trying to resolve my dark circles, I still have to cover them up the best way I can. I have changed a slew of some good and some not so good concealers. I really liked the Collistar Lifting Effe, the Bourjois Happy Light creamy one wasn't bad but then I was blown away with the Revelique 3in1 Concealer Kit (especially the yellow tinted concealer). I still adore it and use it from time to time but that's the catch – it takes time and patience to apply under foundation, than goes foundation, some compact powder to fixate it all. Regardless of good results, I really am not always in the mood or have the time to go through that routine every single day. Sometimes I want to be even more low-maintenance, I just want something to do a decent job without piling all that make-up over my face. I think I have found such a product. Clarins Instant Concealer is what I've been truly loving recently and let me tell you why.


Odluciti se samo na korektor i u potpunosti preskociti tecnu podlogu rijedak je spektakl, bez obzira na to u koliko dobrom stanju je moj ten. Nekada sam ponosna kada uspijem isprasiti dupence dosadnim bubuljicama ali taman kada pomislim da sam rijesila jedan problem – drugi se pojavi u vidu tamnih kolutova ispod ociju. Moji nisu nasljedni i najvjerovatnije su rezultat rada u nocnim smjenama a takodjer bih trebala dodatno poraditi i na unosu vode u tijelo (o toj temi nesto vise uskoro na blogu). Dok radim na razrjesavanju situacije sa tamnim kolutovima, i dalje imam potrebu da ih u medjuvremenu prekrijem i ublazim sto god bolje mogu. Isprobala sam veliki broj korektora, neki su bili dobri a neki mi nisu odgovarali. Stvarno mi se dopao Collistar Lifting Effect korektor, potom Bourjois Happy Light kremasti korektor je bio sasvim pristojan i jako me dojmila Revelique 3u1 paletica korektora (konkretno, zuti korektor). Jos uvijek je ta paletica u cestoj upotrebi no postoji jedna mana – potrebno je odvojiti malo vise vremena za njeno nanosenje jer prvo hidriram kozu, potom nanosim zuti korektor, potom tecnu podlogu i na kraju sve fiksiram tankim slojem pudera u kamenu. Bez obzira na to sto mi ovo slojevito nanosenje pruza dobre rezultate, nekada stvarno nisam raspolozena ili nekada necu imati vremena za sprovodjenje tog rituala bas svaki dan. Nekada zelim cak dodatno da smanjim kolicinu sminke na svom licu. Najradije bih se voljela osloniti na jedan proizvod koji ce biti pristojan, djelovati prirodno i nece biti zahtjevan za nanosenje. Mislite da je nemoguce? Ja mislim da sam upravo rijesila i taj problem! Upoznajte Clarins Instant Concealer, korektor koji me odusevio.

Packaging is perhaps not the most hygienic or practical but it's one of the most visually appealing I've come across. I even love the Clarins little red box  The tube on the other hand looks like a mini me version of a foundation – it's so pretty and luxe! I'm pleasantly surprised a humble concealer got a great aesthetic (kudos Clarins!). Now, why I personally think that (apart from visual identity) this concealer doesn't have the most hygienic or practical design – the narrow applicator sometimes ejects too much concealer. If I hold it upside down, I don't have any problems but never ever leave it on the sun horizontally – you have been warned. Everything else about this product is ace – you get 15ml of concealer! I mean, that's just ridiculously a good deal even if the concealer costs $31. This is half of my Dior Star foundation and that quantity will be impossibly to use up doe to extremely good pigmentation of this concealer. You just need a tiny dab to cover both under-eye circles (a pinhead quantity). I have a shade 01 which I'd recommend most light and medium skins (not pale though) to use as 02 is too orange and 03 is beyond that. This concealer is definitely of a yellow undertone and the coverage it provides is magnificent! I wouldn't say that it provides 100% coverage but it gives a solid, firm medium one while you can also sheer it out due to its juicy, creamy texture. It really does smooth out so well, no cakey mess with this beaut. I think it's better off to be used to cover the under eye area but it's decent at covering minor imperfections as well (mild blemish, mild redness etc.). I've finally stepped out yesterday with nothing than Clarins Instant Concealer, some Essence creamy blush and a touch of my Bourjois Healthy Balance compact powder. I looked almost equally covered (yet fresher) as with my foundation and that tells a lot. You also won't get much creasing from this guy, maybe just a little at the beginning until it sets so that's why I'd recommend just a light dusting with a powder over it but after that – you're set for an entire day. This may be the best concealer yet – it's effortless, easy to use, light and creamy, doesn't take lots of time to apply, covers really well, lasts well and doesn't crease. What's there more to ask for really?

Pakovanje Clarins korektora mozda nije najprakticniji ili najvise higijenski izbor ali je svakako jedan od vizuelno najljepsih. Dopada mi se cak i mala crvena Clarins kutijica. Tubica je pak kao mini me verzija tecne podloge – tako je lijepa i izgleda luksuzno! Ugodno sam iznenadjena kako je skromni proizvod poput korektora dobio tako lijep tretman, sto govori mnogo o Clarinsu kao brendu. Razlog zbog kojeg mislim da (osim sto je lijepo na oko) pakovanje nije najprakticnijeg ili higijenskog dizajna jeste upravo uski aplikator koji kao da nije prilagodjen tubi jer mi se cesto desava da iscuri previse proizvoda. Pogotovo ako ga drzim horizontalno a nemojte ni pomisljati da ga ostavite na suncu – upozorene ste. Osim ove zamjerke, sve ostalo u vezi ovog korektora je vrhunsko! Dobijete 15ml proizvoda sto je pola moje Dior Star tecne podloge i takva kolicina je vise nego isplativa, pa cak ako znamo da Clarins Instant Concealer kosta 56KM. Biti ce gotovo nemoguce potrositi do kraja cijelu tubu ovog korektora ne samo zbog kolicine vec i zbog izrazite pigmentacije koju posjeduje. Potrebna je samo malecka tackica da bi prekrili oba tamna koluta ispod ociju (otprilike velicine ‘glave’ pribadace). Koristim nijansu 01 koju bih preporucila vecini svjetlih do srednje svijetlih tonova koze uz mozda izuzetak izrazito blijedog tena. Zaboravite na nijanse 02 i 03 jer obje su isuvise tamne i narandzaste dok je 01, istina, zutog podtona – no uopste nije narandzasta. Prekrivnost koju pruza je izvrsna! Ne bih bas rekla da 100% prekriva sve ali sigurno da ce zadovoljiti pojam cvrstog, solidnog srednjeg prekrivanja kod vecine ljudi. Takodjer ga mozete nanijeti i kao lagano prekrivanje jer se blendanjem moze ‘razvuci’ prekrivnost (ali isto tako i nadograditi). Ovo se moze uciniti zahvaljujuci jako kremastoj, ugodnoj formulaciji koja djeluje prirodno na kozi. Mislim da je ovaj korektor pogodniji za prekrivanje okoloocnog podrucja i da mu je to specijalnost dok je uredu i za prekrivanje nekih manjih nepravilnosti na ostatku lica (blago crvenilo, sitne bubuljice i sl.). Jucer sam nakon duzeg vremena nosila samo ovaj korektor, Essence kremasto rumenilo i malo Bourjois Healthy Balance pudera u kamenu i bila sam zadovoljna. Lice je izgledalo gotovo jednako kao i kada nosim tecnu podlogu – samo jos svjezije. Dobro je i sto se ovaj korektor ne uvlaci mnogo u borice i pregibe, samo mrvicu na pocetku sto preduhitrim tankim slojem pudera u kamenu sto osigurava trajnost za cijeli ostatak dana. Ovo bi mogao biti najbolji korektor do sada – izgleda prirodno, nije tezak, lagan je za koristenje, ne oduzima vrijeme, odlicno prekriva, ne uvlaci se u borice i postojan je. Zar bih mogla pozeljeti jos nesto?

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