This one goes to show you that there really are no guarantees in beauty products, even when you do the responsible thing and sample before buying. I've had numerous sample and travel size tubes of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm over the last couple of years. I've used them sporadically, rarely (never?) two days in a rw, but I used them up again and again. I've been testing and researching primer-type products that are also supposed to give the face a healthy glow and/or brighten and awaken the skin. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is one of the more popular creams in this category, and it's readily available. So, what can go wrong?
Apparently, a lot.
I bought a full size tube and started using the balm regularly; I applied it after my skin care and before makeup, as well as on its own when staying in. Perhaps I overdid it, but my daily use of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm resulted in the worst case of clogged pores I've experienced in years. I simplified my routine and stuck to my tried and true products along with this Clarins balm just to verify it was the real culprit, and it was. There was something sickly fascinating to watch how bad it was for me-- I could almost see the clogging happening in real time. But seriously, I'm too old for this particular skin care battle.
While there's no outstanding damage (Paula's Choice BHA products saved the day), I'm somewhat emotionally scarred from the experiment. Your own mileage may vary.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm ($45) is available from most department stores as well as at Sephora.
Image from somewhere on the web. I didn't save the source.