The foundation for oily skin – Clarins Everlasting Foundation+

If I’m going through my fourth bottle of the same foundation, I think it’s safe to say it’s amazing. Clarins Everlasting Foundation is one of my all-time favorite foundations – and even though I have briefly mentioned it on my blog before, it needs a bigger spotlight.

This foundation is good in every way: it offers a great coverage, it’s easily blendable and buildable, it lasts the whole day, it looks natural and beautiful on the skin and it comes in a beautiful packaging.

clarins everlasting foundation 108 sand

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ Review

My skin has always been a bit problematic, when it comes to foundations. I’ve found that when you put a little extra money into your foundation, it usually pays back in quality. If I compare this foundation to some drugstore foundations I have, I find that the consistency and longevity is better. I still use other foundations too, but when I want the best possible result, I grab this.

The coverage in this foundation is really good. It’s not necessarily a full-coverage, but it does hide redness, blemishes and imperfections. It doesn’t hide all of my acne scarring, but to be fair, my acne scarring is pretty bad. Even the most full-coverage foundation that I have, doesn’t hide that and even though I pack concealer on the scarring, it somehow always shows through.

The foundation comes out as a fluid. Not too thick, but not too watery either. I like to apply it with a damp sponge, that also thins it out a bit. I always apply thin layers and build it up from there. Obviously if you wanted a heavier coverage, you could use a foundation brush and pat it on. The finish of this foundation is semi-matte. It’s very natural looking and beautiful on the skin.

Even though it covers so well and lasts all day – it doesn’t dry out the skin. Besides the mattifying properties of bamboo extract, it also contains nourishing quinoa.

To sum it all up together, Clarins Everlasting Foundation is definitely made for normal to oily skin. It’s perfect for anyone, whose problems are oiliness, impurities or even acne. Or for someone with normal skin, who wants a bomb foundation.

And since we’re on the acne-topic once again, we get to the next great thing about this foundation: it doesn’t clog pores! Having mixed/oily skin, some foundations – especially full-coverage and long-lasting ones – tend to break me out. This suits my skin perfectly and I don’t have to worry about making my skin worse wearing this. So I would definitely recommend this foundation for problematic skin.

before after clarins everlasting foundation
Before & after of the Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ in the shade 108 sand. This is my skin situation at the moment.

clarins everlasting foundation sand

Here is an older picture of me wearing the foundation.

So there is one of my favorite foundations – I think we can say it’s a holy grail product for me.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ (adlink)

What is your holy grail foundation? Have you tried this one?

How to moisturize an oily skin?

how to moisturize oily skin

Here is a question I hear all the time (mostly from my so) and that is probably still a mystery to many:

Why does an oily skin need moisturizing? Usually followed by:
Isn’t it oily enough as it is? Why do you add oil to it?

It’s a good question and I can understand the logic in it. However, here’s the thing: moisture & oiliness isn’t the same thing. Even an oily skin can get dry and still be oily. In some cases, it’s actually oily because it’s dry. A good example of that was me, when I was on Acnatac. My skin was exremely dry, but at the same time I was drowning in my own oil.
It’s very common to have not only one problem with your skin. For example combination skin can be really oily at times, but some parts of the face are likely normal or dry. So you do need to moisturize the skin.

The most important thing about moisturizers is that they don’t just moisturize your skin. They balance it. They are the ‘treatment’ in your skincare. You wash your face and use other products that you rinse out, but the lotion is what you leave on to the skin, right? With oily skin, your moisturizer (being a suitable one) balances your oil-production and your skin. It doesn’t just remove the dryness. It balances the skin and protects it by creating a block between your bare skin and the outside world. For oily skin there are also these mattifying products, that balance the oil production evidently and you instantly see the results. There are several things that the lotion can do and it depends on the lotion, but you get the idea.

So, to answer the question one more time: oily skin needs moisturizing,

because it is dry – or you want to prevent it from getting dry
because the moisturizer balances the skin and can help with the oiliness and the impurities, redness etc.
because the moisturizer protects the skin
because the moisturizer makes the skin look and feel a bit better

why oily skin needs moisturizing

Photos of me: Inka Lähteenaro edit:me

But because oily skin can be tricky and a bad lotion can actually make it worse, the next question is:

How to moisturize an oily skin?

Moisturizing an oily skin is different from – let’s say dry skin. Choosing and finding the perfect products isn’t easy. The products need to be more lightweight, the ingredients suitable for the impurities and the user experience comfortable. As you learned, the idea isn’t to make you feel more oily.

Good products to moisturize are toners, face mists, serums, fluids, gels and other lightweight lotions and creams. It’s a good idea to use a heavier moisturizer in the evening and then a very light one in the morning. But it’s up to you and your skin. You should try different products to find the ones, that work for you.

Another thing, that can work for oily skin are oils. I know it sounds scary, but a lightweight oil can be amazing for your skin. Just try argan oil or jojoba oil (read more about them here). I personally prefer jojoba oil during Summer and argan oil in Winter.

With my skin (that is combination, which kinda means it oily with a hint of normal and dry), I’ve noticed that I need to use different products in Summer and in Winter. In Winter I can use heavier lotions and even creams, but in Summer I can get away with just a light serum or a face mist (+ a sunscreen). So there can be times, when you don’t need a lotion. Oily skin during summer can be that. But even then you use sunscreen and that is usually a lotion. And the sun can be drying, so you probably need a little something. Aloe vera soothes the skin and makes a great lightweight moisturizer.

What products are good to moisturize an oily skin?

kivvi moisturizer oily skin

Here are some product recommendations from me:


KIVVI 24H Intensive Moisturizing Gel
A lightweight gel that is perfect for summer since it contains so much aloe vera. Post here. It’s quite a small brand – I bought my product from Riga, Latvia.

MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
A refreshing gel containing snail extract. Post here.

MADARA SOS Hydra-Repair Intensive Serum
This is the most amazing serum I’ve ever tried. For oily skin, it works as a moisturizer – especially in Summer. In winter it’s awesome under lotion. I have wrote about this before, here. It was also one of my top 10 products last year.

MÀDARA Smart Antioxidants Fine Line Minimizing Fluid Day
A lightweight fluid for the first signs of aging. Post here.

MADARA Moisturizing Mist Daily Defence Nokkonen by Noora
Product with the longest name – but the product itself is quite simple and super nice. It’s a moisturizing mist with aloe vera and nettle. This product is actually designed by a Finnish blogger, Noora, which is so cool (You go girl!). Edit: and apparently only sold in Finland?

GATINEAU Clear&Perfect Sebo-regulating Concentrate
This can work just by itself as a moisturizer during summer or together with the lotion mentioned below.

GATINEAU Clear&Perfect Purifying Powder Emulsion
Lotion, that leaves your skin matte. I loved this. I’ve tried the whole Clear&Perfect line, which I approve.

DECLÈOR Aroma Purete Mattifying Fluid 
A lovely fluid lotion, that is both moisturizing yet mattifying. I’ve tried all the products from the Aroma Purete – line and I loved it. I can recommend the Ylang Ylang oil together with this day cream. For night I used the night balm, which was amazing. Declèor uses essential oils in their products, so they are quite ‘heavily’ scented, but the scent does evaporate quite quickly. I love the scent however and find it soothing. Man, writing about these products makes me miss all the products I have used during the years! P.S. I noticed these products are now on sale.

THE BODY SHOP Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream
A product, that I’m completely addicted to and am using at the moment. I love gel creams – they are perfect for my skin. This is lightweight yet moisturizing and refreshing. I am also currently using the Seaweed toner, which I love.

THE BODY SHOP Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist
Moisturizing and refreshing face mist. I like to give my face an extra boost of moisture before adding the lotion.

CLARINS Daily Energizer Cream-Gel
Another gel-cream, because they are amazing. Clarins’ Daily Energizer line is great for combination skin. I love the cleansing gel and the toner from the line.

There – hope this was helpful to you. Now tell me: what is your skin type and what is your favorite moisturizer? And also: Should I update the product recommendation list as I find new suitable products?