Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins is a brand I've been rediscovering lately, and today I have a look at one of their newest products, Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. My face is always in need of a sun-kissed look this time of year, but I generally don't care for the way they feel on my skin, and often the color is slighty unnatural. So I was pleasantly surprised by the results I obtained from this product.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster retails for $30.00, and the 0.5 fl. oz. glass bottle presents itself nicely in a little box that slides out of the main packaging sleeve. Also enclosed is a detailed instruction card, along with the standard product sheet.

From the Clarins web site: First-ever self tanning innovation! Just 3 drops, added to your day and/or night moisturizer, warm the complexion with a sun-kissed glow—for a healthy look, all year long. Clarins' exclusive 99.8% natural formula promotes perfectly natural, even results. All that, plus the benefits of your daily skin care. Golden Glow Booster must be used in combination with a moisturizer and never alone.

•Lets you create a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow.
•Gradual self tanning results.

Dermatologist-tested. Non-comedogenic.

The amber fluid is fairly thin, and you are instructed to add and blend 3 drops to your moisturizer in the palm of your hand, then apply your moisturizer as you normally do. This can be done in the morning and/or at night. The base of the bottle has a soft plastic area that you gently push to accurately dispense just the right amount of product. At the rate I'm using this daily, I expect this bottle will easily last more than 3 months.

How to apply from Clarins web site: Three drops, mixed with your day or night cream, creates a radiant, sun-kissed glow.

STEP 1: Dispense any day/night moisturizer into the palm of your hand. 
STEP 2: Turn the bottle upside down. Press the base and dispense 3 drops into your moisturizer. 
STEP 3: Mix well with moisturizer in the palms of your hands. 
STEP 4: Apply evenly to your face, neck and décolleté. 
STEP 5: Wash hands thoroughly and immediately after application.

Ingredients from the box are shown above, and the Clarins web site information regarding ingredients is below:

"Golden Glow Booster's 99.8% natural formula combines natural DHA and erythrulose, with Aloe Vera extract, to help preserve skin's softness—while giving your complexion a healthy-looking glow."

I find this product enjoyable to use, as it has no real scent, it definitely gives me a healthy glow, and I don't notice any feeling on my skin when mixed with my moisturizer, as opposed to a sticky, tightening feeling I've gotten from other "self-tanning" products. The color is very natural, and because it's buildable, I can adjust my usage to achieve just the right amount of color for a natural, radiant glow.

Initially, I was using it just in the morning, and while a noticed a very slight bronzing effect, it wasn't satisfactory to me. I then began using it in the morning and at night, and I quickly (2 days) saw my expectations met. I now use this just once a day, sometimes skipping a day here and there, and I'm able to maintain exactly the color I was looking for. It's very natural looking, and the color has absolutely no orange tone to it.

I'll be reviewing more of my Clarins purchases soon, and I'm looking forward to the Summer collection after seeing a few pictures online. You can view the Colours of Brazil Summer Collection here. Clarins has always been a solid brand with a great reputation in the industry, but I imagine their sales will surge even more after the fame it's HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm received following the mention from Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars!

Do you have any favorite Clarins products?


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