February 2, 2017

Clarins Skin Illusion Blush Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Clarins Skin Illusion Blush ($21.50) delightful, limited edition blush collection arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day (and Spring 2017) in three shades of color that give cheeks a pop of natural color. If you can use a stamper, you can use Clarins Skin Illusion Blush! These cutesy little pots have an attached sponge applicator that loads up with color that can be dabbed (or stamped if you will) onto your cheeks for a burst of fresh color.

I absolutely adore these. They bring so many makeup memories from days of old. Anyone remember when Lorac Cheek Stamp Blush was around? I totally still have some laying around in my makeup collection.

Let’s take a look at the Clarins version.

Clarins houses these little Skin Illusion Blushes in tiny pots which are 0.1 oz in size each. Each pot has a cute little mirror located on the top of the pot. If Valentine’s Day, love, and romance is your thing, you’ll absolutely love the very “festive” heart printed barrel that says “Love”. I buy my friend’s a little something for Valentine’s Day every year and this would make a rather cute gift for a bestie or someone who adores makeup. Husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, take note 🙂

The packaging splits right down the middle and opens to reveal two pots one of which has a soft, flat sponge and the other side has a pot of blush with a spring that allows it to move up and down. The spring back allows you to dab the sponge up and down into the pot of blush to load it up with color. After that, you’re good to go! Smile and dab the sponge on the apples of your cheeks. Done! I think some people might think, “Wow, how do I blend? OMG this is going to give me clown cheeks!” Don’t worry, the color actually really easily and if you need to blend it out a little you can easily do so with the sponge. It seems impractical application but it’s actually a really easy, cut, and dry way to apply blush.

Clarins Skin Illusion Blush Swatches (Luminous Pink, Luminous Coral, and Golden Havana)

Clarins Golden Havana Skin Illusion Blush

Clarins Luminous Coral Skin Illusion Blush

Clarins Luminous Pink Skin Illusion Blush

There are three shades available all of which are limited edition. The most pigmented shade of the bunch is Golden Havana which is a dark rosy bronze. The other two shades, Luminous Coral and Luminous Pink, are the two sheerer shades. These shades are great if you like sheerer more natural blush shades. But if you’re a pigment fan or you have a darker skin tone they likely won’t be for you. I’m super heavy handed with blush as you know so, I was able to get a nice sheer wash of color on my cheeks with this formula without overdoing things. The formula is silky and applies and blends easily. I was actually surprised at the wear as I put it on around 5:30 AM and although some color faded it was still looking good at 5PM.

Wearing Clarins Luminous Coral Skin Illusion Blush

Clarins Skin Illusion Blush should be a hit with fairer skin types or those who like more natural less pigmented blushes!

Get them now at your favorite Clarins counter or online at clarins.com and nordstrom.com.


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Robin

    Oooohh I want the pink and the coral ones!!! I’m pale and these will work for me.

  • Courtney

    God my mouth was literally drooling reading your review >_< . These sound so divine and fun! I saw them am Macy's and was intrigued but didn't play with them too much. Now, I want to go back and check them out again after reading this! Thank you!

    • Isabella Muse

      ha 😀 yeah, go swatch and play at Macys maybe you’ll find one to love Courtney! You’re welcome xo!

  • Jean

    You just made me buy this! ENABLER!! I bought the coral(and a few other things too) and can’t wait to receive it!!!