Your Skin But Better - Clarins Milky Boost Line Is the Ultimate Complexion Enhancer
BY JENNY JUNG
The Clarins Milky Boost line will be sure to ‘boost’ the bounce back into your skin with energizing peach milk. Will it impress the makeup lovers?
10 AUG- 2021
Performs like makeup, protects with skincare. Say hello to Milky Boost!
This isn’t the first time we have seen claims about skin care infused makeup. Most of the time it lacks in performance and it goes to the back of the drawer within a few weeks. This is usually the case as skin care infused products have almost double the amount of things that brands need to think about. For example, coverage is often compromised due to the nature of skin focused products being ‘sheer’ and ‘indetectable’. This leaves out a whole demographic of those who also want the nourishing benefits with perfected skin! On that note, Clarins offers two levels of coverage that we can choose from.
The star ingredient of the Milky Boost line is 'peach milk.' Often used for its moisturising and skin softening qualities, Clarins utilises peach milk to nourish your skin with hydration, radiance and energy. This skincare-infused line will enhance your complexion by providing even coverage while letting the skin breathe. Both of the featured complexion products have a fruity, peachy scent that I personally enjoy. Still, it is worth mentioning for those who suffer from sensitive skin as we all know fragrance is the #1 skin sensitiser.
Clarins Lip Milky Mousse
Clarins Milky Boost and Milky Boost Cream
Milky Boost is described as a 'healthy glow lotion,' and that's exactly how I would tell it too. It is formulated with micro-pearls that burst to reveal pigment as you press the product into the skin. Coverage-wise, it is very light and not buildable. You can remedy this by spot concealing on top to create a natural finish. If you need a little more makeup power, read ahead to the Milky Boost Cream.
Usually, I look for more coverage in my products. However, I have been reaching for the Milky Boost as a primer, and I find myself using less foundation. I also experimented by using Milky Boost under powder foundation and that is my favourite method as it provides a lot of moisture and some colour correction. I also think this would be perfect for the self-tanners who need some colour on their face for no-makeup makeup days to even out the complexion.
Milky Boost Cream
Following the success of Milky Boost, Clarins released Milky Boost Cream - a medium coverage BB cream with a smooth finish. It is velvety in texture as opposed to her more fluid sister and I found that I could easily touch up throughout the day without the formula breaking up. The scent is much more prominent in the cream formula, although it does fade throughout the day.
I am most impressed with the ingredients in this cream. It features a range of plant and fruit extracts that make repeated appearances in other Clarins skincare products. These include acerola fruit which is rich in vitamin C, and furcellaria and succory dock-cress that will defend your skin against environmental aggressors. A lightweight complexion cream featuring vitamins and antioxidants just makes so much sense.
For shade reference, I am usually bouncing between M.A.C NC20-NC25, and shade 3.5 was perfect for me. For skin type reference, I have more or less normal/combo skin. I expected the Milky Boost Cream to be overly dewy (as that is trending these days), but I was pleasantly surprised at how velvety this formula is - perfect for the working or studying guys and gals who need a fuss free solution that is relatively long lasting.
Less is more for every day. I would rather touch up my powder once or twice a day than look like a crepey mess by the end of it. If you are the same and don't mind a little shine, these products may be worth a try.
It is difficult to put a single time stamp on these products as I don't use them on their own. I personally always recommend powdering or priming with any complexion product as natural finishes require a little more finesse. With that being said, the Milky Boost line isn't a bulletproof formula that is oil controlling, however, it doesn’t become cakey throughout the day. Powder once or twice after a few hours of wear, and it will look as good as new.
Out of the two, I would go for Milky Boost Cream. To me, this is the improved formula of the original Milky Boost. It does what a lot of brands essentially fail to do as it is genuinely a great makeup product with all the skincare benefits. As mentioned previously, skincare infused makeup is difficult to impress makeup lovers as they do not tick all the boxes. In terms of coverage, wear time, texture and wearability, the Milky Boost Cream performs really well.
Lip Milky Mousse
Any product can be made to work, but why bother when there are products that work for you. Long story short: this product may not be for everybody.
I thought the texture would be creamy and moussey, as the name would suggest. However, this is a very sheer product that is more of a tint than anything else. On the other hand, this product as a cream blush genuinely gets a 10/10 from me. I find that cream blushes can sometimes feel too balmy or oily - the Milky Lips however, dries down in texture, yet retains glow and leaves behind the most beautiful, skin-like flush.
Do I think that you have to run out and buy it straight away? No, but I also believe that if you like a lippie that is truly weightless or a new cream blush formulation, you might want to test it out.
If you are interested in the Clarins lippie range, do check out the Lip Comfort Oil. There is nothing quite like it - non-sticky, unbelievably glossy and indeed a holy grail.
If you are looking for a new daily complexion step or want to give your skin a little break, Milky Boost might just be the product for that. Even though Milky Boost focuses on hydration, don't let it discourage you if you are on the oilier side. Hydration and moisture is necessary for all skin types and there's nothing a little powder can't fix.
After a week of consistent use, I have noticed that my skin feels so much softer when I remove my makeup at the end of the night when it is usually quite tight after a cleanse. I genuinely feel the peach milk magic!
Something that I do feel strongly about is the shade range, or lack thereof. I would encourage Clarins to extend the number of shades they have for the complexion products as the Milky Boost only has five shades, and the Milky Boost Cream, six. It would be great to see this in the future as this is a great range overall.
Let your skin breathe with the Milky Boost Skin range, and skip the Lip Mousse for the Lip Comfort Oil. You will thank yourself later.