With summer just around the corner and holidays on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to make the switch to more lightweight beauty products. During the warmer months, I often find myself reaching for lighter base products - my usual mineral powder foundation takes a back seat and tinted moisturisers and BB creams take centre stage in my makeup bag.
|Porcelain and Sand swatches|
I’ve been testing out Clarins’ new HydraQuench Tinted Moisturisers*, which seem like the perfect solution for those looking for a lightweight base that also helps to hydrate skin at the same time. It’s packed full of hyaluronic acid to help skin retain moisture and has a lightweight texture that leaves skin feeling supple and hydrated, without being overly greasy. There’s also an SPF15 included, which is great for added sun protection, although I would always recommend adding a specific facial SPF on top.
There are seven shades to choose from in the range, ranging from Porcelain to Bronze. I received both the 00 Porcelain and 01 Sand shades which are the two lightest shades, although I was a little surprised at how dark they came out of the tube!
I found these easiest to apply using my fingertips – I took a small amount of product (squeeze the tube gently, it comes out fast!) and gently blended from my nose outwards, adding slightly more coverage where required. It gives skin a light coverage, evening out the skin tone rather than hiding anything major away, and leaves you with a lovely dewy finish to your skin.
As someone with dehydrated skin, this is a great product as it really helped to hydrate my face while giving it a bit of colour. I set it with a small amount of powder on the t-zone area to help it last longer and I only needed a top up after about 7 hours wear. If you have very oily skin I’m not sure this will be for you, as it does add a lot of moisture to skin, so may slip off quite easily.
The shade range is pretty wide, however if you’re any paler than me, these will be too dark for you. Blended out, 00 Porcelain works fine for me, however 01 Sand was quite a big step up in terms of colour, so do go get colour matched in store to make sure you choose the best option.
I’ll definitely be using my HydraQuench Tinted moisturiser regularly over the summer and if I finally manage to book a holiday, it will be keeping me company by the poolside! 50ml costs £30 and you can find it on Clarins beauty counters nationwide.
What do you think of the new Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser?