Foundation Review: Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid

clarins bb foundation review

Not strictly a foundation, but I’m going to treat the Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid as one, with a full review and before-and-after photos, because a) the coverage is as good as many of the foundations I’ve reviewed and b) I think it’s amazing and I want to have a little product rave.

clarins bb detox fluid review

I really can’t think of many bad things to say about this BB Cream at all, other than my usual gripe about shade ranges – we’ll get that out of the way shall we? I suppose it’s slightly unfair to criticise the shade selection (there are four shades, ranging from fair to dark) because Clarins aren’t touting this out as a foundation, and BB creams/tinted moisturisers often have a limited range. But there’s also an oddity with this BB. I think (and tell me if you’ve tried and have had a different experience) that the shades come up incredibly dark, which means that I wear the 00 – fair – and that anyone who’s fairer than me (I’m a shade 20 in Chanel and Dior, for reference) will struggle to get a natural finish.

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I looked quite orange in the 01 Light shade – the 00 Fair is perfect. But worth noting that I am not really that fair! However, with this issue out of the way, I can honestly say that I have nothing to gripe about when it comes to the BB skin Detox Fluid. I usually approach anything marked “BB” with caution – oh, the number of chalky-finished duds I’ve tried – but I was surprised from the first application with this one. Light and fresh to apply, creamy and comfortable in consistency and a finish that looks rather natural and lovely but that actually has good, medium coverage.

clarins bb detox fluid review

Great for those with oily and combination skin, but also hydrating enough for those who are on the dry side, this is a brilliant “one size fits all” sort of base and it has been on my face more than off it for about the last two months or so. I’m nearly through with this tube and I rarely finish off foundations – apart from the Perfection Lumiere Velvet by Chanel, which I race through a few times a year.

Here are my before and after pics for the Clarins BB:

clarins bb detox fluid review

clarins bb detox fluid review

You can see that it’s really very decent coverage indeed – though admittedly I was having a very good skin day, so there wasn’t a whole lot to cover. Dark circles reduced and a general evenness to the skintone. And the glow! Oh, the glow! This was taken in my office on a very gloomy day, but outside the radiance from this BB is just marvellous. It’s a true “healthy skin” cheat.

Close-ups, so that you can see how un-chalky and fresh-looking this is, starting without makeup:

…and after applying the BB:

I think it’s rather impressive. Doesn’t sit badly in the pores, equally doesn’t highlight the pores with a load of shimmer. The radiance comes from clever 3D pigment powders rather than anything sparkly, making this a great choice, also, for those with fine lines. Longevity is excellent – I’ve done a full day in town and it looked pretty much the same when I got home as when I set off. Ditto after long walks in bitter weather – the added SPF in the formula is handy when you’re spending a while outside…

In terms of texture, it’s fresh and easy to apply but at the same time has a creamy and comfortable feel – I can get away with just using serum underneath, which is good news for those with oilier skin who just want to pop a treatment beneath it, but it’s equally nice layered over a rich moisturiser if you have very, very dry skin. Works well in all ways. The only thing I don’t get is the “detox” part, but we’ll totally ignore that because the product is so spot-on.

You can find Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid BB at Escentual HERE – it’s £30 but you can get 20% off (at time of writing) with the code ESCENTUAL20.

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  1. Nina
    January 10, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I agree Ruth – this is a little gem. I’ve not worn any of my other foundations since getting this. I had a rosacea flare up and this not only covered it but calmed it down.

  2. Bette
    January 11, 2017 / 12:15 am

    When you rave, I do sit up and take notice. But apparently this product is not sold in the US. There is, however, something here which Clarins calls BB Skin Perfecting Cream. Any idea if it’s the same product, simply sold, for some arcane reason, under a different name??

  3. Nicole
    January 11, 2017 / 1:39 am

    Do John/Nicola use Olaplex when highlighting your hair? I’ve heard you need to increase the amount and volume of the developer when using Olaplex, which makes me think it could actually do more damage, or at the very least cancel out the benefits. What do you think?

  4. Evelyn
    January 11, 2017 / 5:37 am

    Please please Clarins, make this in a few more shades! The more ghostly complexioned among us need great bases too.

    • Lara
      April 18, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Top tip for this one. I use Bodyshop shade lightening drops with this and it works perfectly. I’m too pale for the 00 shade too but a couple of lightening drops and it’s the perfect shade. It doesn’t change the texture, consistency or coverage either.

  5. January 11, 2017 / 6:28 am

    That really is nice coverage for a BB cream, but these seem to be so different in total that giving them one name seems strange sometimes.

  6. January 11, 2017 / 6:40 am

    This looks stunning on you! I will check it out as I hate wearing foundation every day but like good coverage and I haven’t had great experiences with bb creams so far!

  7. January 11, 2017 / 8:55 am

    yip i agree Ruth. bought it on your recommendation. that and the guerlain are my 2 go tos right now. the guerlain though. looove!

  8. January 11, 2017 / 10:17 am

    I saw it the other day in our departmental store and wanted to give it a try. Had been sitting there since,but I have kinda made up my mind now. Those closeups definitely help a lot. Lots of love.

  9. Kate
    January 11, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Wow well this sounds amazing. Have you compared with Nars tinted moisturiser (another fave)? I’d love to know. You are seriously making me want to buy this fella even though I’ve just got a new bottle of the Nars on the way!

  10. Denise frost
    January 11, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I agree with the light shade being so dark. It really is more of a medium.
    But still a lovely product none the less. I’m B20 in Chanel, Dior etc. i have been adding a little of another clarins foundation, skin illusion, that i purchased way too i can mix it to get a better shade.

  11. January 11, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Good to know! I love BB cream and am always looking for new stuff!

  12. Caroline
    January 11, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Its good but the colour has really pissed me off. I was sold light and it is just way too dark/orangey for me. As a result I cant use it. So annoying as it wasnt cheap. I bought it at the stylist show and it was dark where it was applied. I am so cross I have wasted my money.

  13. January 11, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Sounds like a good BB cream. I’ve only tried one and it put me off completely because of the shade.

  14. January 11, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I wish it came lighter, it looks great!

  15. Michele
    January 11, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I totally agree with you on all of that especially the colors. I wear the lightest shade in Chanel 10 beige. I love Clarins but their foundations, BB cream and concealers are way to dark for me. It’s so sad over it because they make perfect formulas in those products, well in most of their products.. But it’s especially nice for my 53 year old very very very dry skin! Sadly way too dark.. I Love all your videos and I totally love your humor and relaxed state of mind! Take care and God bless you on your new 2nd baby addition! And I hope it’s an easy labor for you! :) I’m now just sitting around waiting for my kids to hurry up and decide to give me some grand babies… :)

  16. Kerry
    January 12, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Hi Ruth, thanks for the review. I agree about the shades. I’m generally medium-ish shades in foundation but the very lightest shade of this one (00) is just about ok which seems weird. I got given a sample by a sales person in medium but I looked seriously tangoed! Lovely finish if you can find a shade that suits.

  17. Andrea
    January 13, 2017 / 4:02 am

    I totally agree, it’s the best foundation/bb cream for me. It doesn’t emphasize texture on the skin (like dry patches, enlarged pores, white heads, bumps, etc.), and leaves a natural finish with a great coverage. I used to like the skin perfecting bb cream, but it was too heavy and it did emphasize texture (at least for me), I found this one and it’s perfect!. Luckyly, I found my shade, 00 fair too (20 in Chanel’s foundations).

  18. ziloa
    January 14, 2017 / 9:45 am

    I tried the 01 and it was too orange for me, I wish they had the 00 in the shop where I went but they didn’t… The texture is great I must say ! Thank your for your review :-)

  19. January 14, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Oh thankyou! For adressing the “Chalky” issue! I used to think I am pale (which I am) but how come a pale shade looks obvious / white paper like look/ and dark on me? Now, I get it! It is chalkiness!
    My skin is like yours ..pale with prominent brown circles. My body is paler than my face and neck but noo foundation ever has made it look “natural”! Just whitish and unnatural! Pink foundations are way too dark on my skin or they either look white/gray and Yellow foundations look dry and chalk like! Now,I get it! It’s not my skin color but the Chalkiness and dryness that causes problem! Thankyou again!

  20. January 16, 2017 / 2:28 am

    This actually suits you flawlessly, but you have the complexion for it, not so sure if it would be worth it for me!

  21. February 1, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I’m one of those that still thinks that £30 for a BB or a foundation is simply unreasonable. But I want everything you’ve mentioned in this post. I might reconsider my priorities xx thank you, Ruth xx

  22. Angela Bates
    March 17, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Just wasted 30 pounds on buying this Clarins BB in the light shade from Escentual because it looked only a little darker than the very lightest. It is so orange on me that it is unusable. What a waste of money! Just shows one should never buy any type of foundation without trying it first. Normally I am a light/medium or “natural” so what is it about Clarins? Only had one of their foundations before, and that was rather dark too now I think about it. Won’t buy any more. Back to Clinique or Max Factor…

  23. Devrillia
    April 26, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Me too, I ought the medium on recommendation if the clarins consultant,,bright orange. Waste of money. Went back for a sample of fair, and there seemed no difference. I am waiting to try the Chanel perfection lumbered velvet smooth effect if my local debenhams has it in stock

  24. Samanta
    July 18, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Hi Ruth! Thanks for the lovely review, it’s very helpful because I was just trying this BB cream in my local drugstore the other day and I’ve been really liking it on my hand – the shade 00 is perfect for me now in the summer when I’m a little more tanned and the texture feels great on the skin, but I never wore it throughout the day, so I didn’t know how it will perform, now that I see you raving about it too, I have to buy it! :) I trust your opinion. Stay lovely, Ruth xo

  25. NIN
    October 22, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    this BB DETOX 25SPF by CLARINS, is really the best bb i have found.
    great to mention it, Ruth!

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