Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

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Clarins Beauty Flash Balm by Clarins


Want instant radiance in a flash? Clarins’ bestselling Beauty Flash Balm is just what you’re looking for! This instant complexion-perfector smooths skin, deposits a stunning glow, and maintains hydration for an all-day dewy look.

With just a few dabs, signs of fatigue are erased, skin is visibly firmer and smoother, and fine lines are minimised. Go ahead and elevate your makeup look or give skin a gorgeous finish on its own. Get your complexion glowing in a snap with Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.


Key benefits:


  • Instant refresher for fatigued or dehydrated skin.
  • Deposits a soft glow on the skin.
  • Rehydrates skin, minimising fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Strengthens and firms the contours of the face.
  • Great base for makeup.


Key ingredients:


  • Witch Hazel and Olive Tree Extracts tighten and promote radiance.
  • Algae Extract refreshes and revitalises fatigued skin.
  • Bisabolol, the active component of Chamomile, soothes and softens.
  • Rice Starch purifies the surface of the skin.


How to use:


  • After cleansing and toning, apply a very thin layer over the entire face, including the eye contour area, without massaging in.
  • You may include the eye contour area.
  • Follow with makeup application.
  • For dry or dehydrated skin, apply a moisturising base before makeup.
  • Can also be applied thickly for use as an intensive mask. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off.


Who is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm for?

This product is suitable for all ages and genders. This potently hydrating formula leaves a dewy finish, which may not be ideal for oily skin. Those looking for an instant perfector for overall skin tone and texture will benefit most from the use of this product.


Is this product suitable for dry skin?

This product is ideal for dry skin, though you may want to apply a moisturising cream or serum beneath the product for additional hydration.


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Leaves skin looking beautiful - 14-01-2019 by

I really wish this was more affordable because it makes my skin glow and look absolutely amazing. I agree with the other reviewers here, this is better used as skincare rather than a primer under makeup. And the way it plumps up my skin and leaves it glowing, i wouldnt want to cover it with makeup

Love it. - 31-12-2018 by

There is a reason this has become such an iconic product. It does brighten and tighten and is so luxurious. A beautiful product that makes my sensitive skin feel amazing.

Very good product - 25-12-2018 by

I tend to use this at night as face mask that can washes off in the morning. You can use under makeup but I find it better suited as a mask. Awesome product overall.

Great - 05-12-2018 by

Such a great primer. Highly recommend

Pleasantly Surprised - 29-11-2018 by

As someone with combination/oily/sensitive skin, this type of product is something I would usually avoid. I received a sample of it and decided to give it a try.

As I applied it for the first time, I was still skeptical as it feels quite sticky and thick. I left it to absorb and was wonderfully surprised by how nice it felt on my skin. I didn't get the slick mess that I was expecting, and my face just felt so nourished all day. I have now used it under mineral makeup as well and it sets perfectly.

A little bit goes a long way, and I will definitely be purchasing again.

Magic - 29-11-2018 by

This is one of those holy grail products - it brightens, tightens and firms, smoothes and make up stays on longer and goes on easier. I absolutely love it. I should use it everyday really! Its worth the price. I have combination skin - dry with an oily t zone and use this as a primer before make up and a mattifying powder and have no issues with oiliness.

Hard to describe but it IS kinda magic - 05-11-2018 by

I go through phases of not using this but whenever I come back to it, I always think to myself 'I should use this every day.' I don't know how it works but my skin looks brighter, smoother, and at the end of the day I look less tired. Make seems to stay fresher throughout the day. I was very hesitant to repurchase but ultimately I do like this product and appreciate having it in my arsenal of makeup.

Amazing - 02-11-2018 by

Brightens and tightens as it promises, I definitely get more compliments on my skin the days that I wear it! Works well on its own (under moisturiser and sunscreen) or under my Clarins BB cream or tinted moisturiser. Love it!

I love it!! - 31-10-2018 by

This is honestly one of my favorite skin care products I have ever purchased! It is so versatile! I have rather dry to sensitive skin which isn't problematic except a few pimples here and there. I use this product as a primer mostly and it gives me the most stunning dewy skin when I put foundation on just after I've applied it to my face. I'll even use it as a face mask on .myself or on my boyfriend who has rather oil and black head prone skin and it works on both of us! Using it as a mask makes both our skin radiant and soft. I love this product! and will continue to purchase it in the future!

Cabin crew must have - 26-10-2018 by

This is my go to when I fly.
I use it as a mask as a primer and as a glow booster.
Use it before bed for a pick me up or when u wake up ur glowing this cult product stands the test of time for a reason.

Didn't deliver - 23-10-2018 by

I tried this product a while back and it just completely failed to impress me. I'm not even completely sure what it's supposed to do exactly?! I don't think it really makes a lot of impact as a primer and a beautician friend of mine said to add more product and leave it on as an overnight mask, but even then...I didn't see massive results. Maybe it's my skin type - I'm oil-prone - or perhaps it just isn't the right match for me. Whatever the case, I can't recommend it and didn't see the same results as the very positive reviewers here.

Bloody fantastic primer! - 18-10-2018 by

I use this as a primer and holy moly it’s awesome! I can use it with any foundation or concealer and it looks so pretty! I have oily and acne prone skin and it doesn’t cause any flare ups or breakouts or make me look oily! I also just wear it over my skincare on no makeup days after applying spf!

Holy cow - 14-10-2018 by

I'm with the lovers on this one. While dubious about the miracle claims, and having been burned by primers before, the reviews on this product won me over, or lulled me into a little product-buying trance, or something. incredibly, I wasn't disappointed. After watching a few tutorials I used a pea sized amount to prime my face before immediately applying my lightweight foundation and baby I was instantly GLOWING! Amazing. It really does do something like blur all the imperfections to make you look kind of supernatural or airbrushed.. but in the flesh. Also lasts all evening long. Apparently you shouldn't use it too often so I've been saving it for when I want to look like a total babe - usually date night with my man. My only criticism is that it does have quite a strong fragrance - this dissipates over time but is quite noticeable when freshly applied.

Cult classic - 09-10-2018 by

This product has stood the test of time and for good reason. Recommended to me by my mum, I either wear it as a glowy moisturiser or in with foundation to give a fresh natural glow

Didn't notice a difference? - 03-10-2018 by

I apply this cream as per instructions, but didn't notice a significant change in my complexion. perhaps suited to more youthful skin types? disappointed as it was quite expensive. also smelled like the inside of a old lady's purse, which didn't help much.

Quick pick me up - 24-09-2018 by

An amazing product in that it can be used as a brightening mask or a primer . I mostly use it as an everyday primer and it’s wonderful . Seems to immediately have a brightenening effect and my foundation glides on beautifully . A little goes a long way so well worth it . My skin is normal to sometimes dry in cold months

My beauty bag staple - 19-09-2018 by

I've been recommended this since i was in uni by a classmate and I've been hooked since then. Its an amazing makeup base, makes my skin dewy. Also an amazing moisturizer on long flights.

Feels very nice - 13-09-2018 by

I’m not sure I agree with the utter hype of this product, but it is good. I feel as if it’s great to dab on my cheeks before applying foundation as it makes the foundation go on beautifully and look nice and hydrated.

I’m prone to break outs but this hasn’t caused any break outs as yet.

No make up look - 12-09-2018 by

This product is great for days when you don't want to wear make up. It gives the skin a nice healthy glow ready to take on the day.

multipurpose wonder - 06-09-2018 by

I have found that this balm is perfect for so many uses. My skin feels smoother and more hydrated almost instantly, which I have not found with another product. Although it is expensive, it is worth it in my opinion.

Really great for low maintenance days - 06-09-2018 by

This is my go to for days I dont want to wear a full foundation. It makes my skin look plump and hydrated while just help to even out and perfect the color slightly. It is such a classic

An old favourite - 04-09-2018 by

I used to use this product religiously YEARS ago, but had then moved onto other products in the intervening decade or so... However, I recently rediscovered Beauty Flash Balm and remember now why I always loved it so much - it really is a fabulous "pick me up" for my skin whenever I need to give it some extra plumpness or moisture, and can be used either under make-up as a kind of moisturising primer, or on its own as a mask. It is not astringent and harsh, and has the same fabulous formula that it has always had. So glad I've rediscovered this product and it's still working its magic on my skin (which is now more than 10 years older!). I'll be sticking with the Beauty Flash Balm for a while again now!

Fantastic - 04-09-2018 by

Makes my skin feel brighter and less tired, also makes a great primer. Will always have this in my routine. Love

A great product! - 30-08-2018 by

You will notice visible results after using this every time. It brightens and tightens my skin and gives a more youthful appearance - a skin savior when you need a little extra help!

Great product. - 16-08-2018 by

Can wear as primer under foundation or alone. Will be re purchasing.

Great with or without makeup! - 15-08-2018 by

can be used as a primer or on its own to make you look more awake. makes your skin feel nice and soft!

A great pick me up - 14-08-2018 by

This product is perfect for those days when you need to look brighter and fresher. It tightens my skin and minimizes the look of pores. Perfect under foundation!

Amazing! - 14-08-2018 by

Great product, i use this under makeup as a primer and also on my makeup-free days as i feel like it makes me look a little more "alive" and fresh

Great makeup primer - 31-07-2018 by

Love this brightens my skin, tightens my pores. There is a very good reason this is a beauty staple for many.

Great as a primer - 18-07-2018 by

This is great as primer. I've used it a few days only but so far love it. Feels so light to use and makeup sits perfectly over.

Cannot live without this - 02-07-2018 by

I have used this every day since I bought it a month ago, even on my pyjama days! It makes my face look so much fresher than it ought to, and the finish is perfect for under makeup. I apply my moisturisers first, then the beauty flash balm, and then my liquid foundation.

In love already! - 25-06-2018 by

Only been using for a few days and I already love it! Leaves my face feeling so fresh! Perfect primer for my liquid foundation. I was using another popular primer but wasn’t seeing good results after applying the foundation. So glad I read all these positive reviews on this miracle balm to convince me to purchase! Will be buying again!!

Been using for over 20 years. - 05-06-2018 by

I’ve used this product for over 25 years.
I’m turning 50 this year and look in my late thirties, whether it’s my DNA... I know that Beauty Flash is the only mask I’ve ever used...only now I’m trying other masks but I see no difference because I really need nothing other than beauty flash.

Been using this for 15 years - 09-05-2018 by

I was introduced to this back in high school by a girlfriend who still uses this! I always come back to this for my under foundation cream. Its the thing to use on the plane, and it makes my complexion much better and very dewy. Its the ultimate moisturizer for a long time to come.

Second purchase - 27-03-2018 by

I first bought this product to use on a long plane journey. It was a success, and now, in need of some glow for my sensitive, older skin, I remembered how lovely this product was. Definitely worth the cost, and the luxury of Clarins products is lovely. Of course I also appreciate a multi purpose cream.

Absolute must have - 19-03-2018 by

If I was stranded on a desert island and could only have one thing...At least I'd die pretty. This cream just makes you look better. I can't even pinpoint what it is, but I can tell the difference when I dont use it before applying my make up.

A must have! - 19-12-2017 by

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a must have that makes my skin feel more awake and "glowy". Perfect if you are traveling and need a little pick me up, or as a base to makeup. Would definitely recommend.

Game changer - 11-12-2017 by

I'd used this months ago but it'd been stuck at the back of my draw. After Whining about the state of my foundation mid way through the day, I decided to pull out my trusty BFB.

Wow this product makes all the difference! Why did i ever stop using it?!

Must-have - 15-11-2017 by

I'm not surprised that this product is so popular. I didn't really understand what it was when I first got it - is it a primer, is it a moisturiser? I still don't even know, but the best way I can describe it is 'skin refiner'. I feel like it airbrushes my skin and provides a great base for makeup while keeping the skin feeling hydrated and comfortable. I love wearing this product when I'm not wearing any makeup at all, because I find it evens out any slight redness or unevenness in my skin.

#1 best pick me up face moisturiser - 13-11-2017 by

I've been using this product ever since I can remember and my skin always looks fabulous. I use it every morning to give my skin a quick pick me up

A great picke me up for the face - 15-01-2015 by

This balm works really well to give my face a more awake, fresh and healthy look when I'm feeling a bit flat and feeling as though my skin is looking a bit dull.
I use it more so under my make up in the thin layer than I do as the short 10min wash off treatment. A clever product that I'm sure I will buy again.

one of my must have product for my make up routine - 13-09-2014 by

I have a sensitive and prone to breakouts skin. I hesitated to go for it at the first time since it contains fragrance, but am glad i went for it, not only it helps to brighten my skin, its actually helps to calm my breakout down. It works wonder!

The contradiction of glowing and calming - 27-05-2014 by

I loved this product. It adds glow to my ageing skin, at the same time as it calms the redness. I will definitely buy it again. I think it deserves its reputation.

THE primer - full stop! - 27-03-2014 by

While I disagree about the 'radiance' Clarins Beauty Flash Balm emits, I can certainly vouch for its quality as a primer.

For 5+ years I have used this over light sunscreen and under foundation, and I've never felt the need to change. Three reasons:

1. The biggest 'pro' is that it protects my skin from any chemicals in my beauty products (even mineral products) and everyday pollution. It's like a protective layer for my skin. I really believe it has reduced the number of breakouts in my pre-primer days.

2, It helps my foundation glide onto my skin. I use mineral powder foundation and Clarins Beauty Flash Balm leaves my skin well primed i.e. it's not sticky or too dry, making it ideal for even foundation coverage.

3. It works great with a range of sunscreens and foundations. I have used a gamet of different products and, unlike a silicon-based primer I used, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm doesn't get 'claggy' or streak or dry up my skin. It is hydrating and wonderful!

I have also used it as a mask like Clarins says you can, but have not found it to be anything special (there are better masks out there).

Outstanding - 03-07-2013 by

Beauty Flash Balm really does exactly what it says it will. It gives you this beautiful radiance without even trying!
I have been told that you can see more results when used as a mask, and I can't wait to give it a go!

Best primer ever! - 01-02-2012 by

This product is amazing, I love the way it preps my skin for makeup, It makes me use less foundation and makes my foundation last longer.

- 29-06-2011 by

I LOVE this product as a primer under foundation. Without it, my foundation looks chalky and my skin seems to lack that glow that it has when I use beauty flash balm underneath. I put on the balm and then the foundation on literally straight after while the skin is still damp. It is an amazing product, if you haven't tried it- do!

- 27-06-2011 by

Purchased this product to give my skin a bit of a boost and overall I am happy with it. I find it does it's best job under my makeup, as a primer. When I wear it without makeup my skin does look alot better but nothing too dramatic. Like the texture - it can feel a little think on your hands, but gets absorbed pretty well. I also love the scent for some reason. Its a strange scent, but somehow satisfying to wear.

- 29-04-2010 by

I just love this product. It gives a nice healthy glow even when I am not using a foundation. This is going to be a staple product in my beauty bag!

- 09-04-2010 by

I note that many of the reviews are by users who are young! I'm in mid 60's and find this product wonderful for a mature skin also. Definitely brightens and gives my skin a glow, particularly for a special occasion or if I'm feeling a bit off-colour. Highly recommend.

- 03-04-2010 by

Love Love Love! Just adore this product thrown into my routine from time to time. No matter what brands I am using in skincare and makeup I always have this in my makeup bag. I love throwing it on as a mask before (or after) a big night. When my skins feeling a bit blah! its the perfect pick me up! I massage it in as my night time treatment sometimes. and of course as its was designed as a primer under makeup. Lasts for ages. You only need such a small amount as a primer. Only wish it came in a bigger size!! Love the smell and consistency too. I have combo skin and have no problems with this product. I HEART BFB!!

- 06-12-2009 by

I have heard rave reviews on Clarins Beauty Flash Balm for quite some time now and after two year, I decided to take the plunge. It is not particularly a balm, as the name suggests, but rather a lotion. It smells nice, feels good on my skin (it does not react badly), and it leaves my skin glowing and looking fresh. Wearing it underneath my foundation and alone, I have received compliments on my skin and have been told I look healthier and fresh. I enjoy wearing it on makeup-free days, where I simply wear this alone or with SPF. The packaging is handy too - it comes in a tube so it is hygienic and good to pack with you when travelling. I can't say that I rave about this product but I am happy with the results, I like the idea of the product and what it is designed to do, and I would most likely purchase again in future.

- 04-10-2009 by

The 'flash' effect comes from the slight pinky colour and dew, glow or slight shine from the creamy emollient consistency. It made a difference but nothing too great - I dont want to glow or shine all over I like having contours. Maybe better applied only in certain areas? And I havent tried it over makeup/tinted moisturiser - maybe it works better then? Otherwise just unnecessary.

- 13-01-2009 by

This is a product that has always facinated me so I was delighted to be given a sample of it. I'd read that it was supposed to give you dewy, fresh looking skin and work as a primer to keep your make up in place and looking smooth. I tried it and....well...I didn't see or feel any difference in my skin or make up. This isn't the first time I've been a bit perplexed by a primer. I just don't see any difference. Personally, I just don't see any benefit for me in this product. That said, the product feels light on the skin and is pleasant to apply unlike some other primers which feel a bit heavy and sticky.

- 08-01-2009 by

First thoughts - over-rated. Great to use as a primer under make-up, or to use as an intense moisture boost for dry skin. I didn't see any difference in my complexion, only that it looked dewy.

- 02-12-2008 by

Not too sure about this one. Works well as a primer and glides smoothly onto the face. Even though I followed the instructions for application, I can't say that I noticed a visible difference in my skin - no great glow or freshened look. But it does help underneath foundation, so I'm not complaining. I just don't believe in the the hype, that's all.

- 18-11-2008 by

At first I didn't get this stuff, not sure how to use it. This stuff is great for when your hung over, sick or looking tired. It really makes you looking glowing but not over the top. I always use this for the days when I don't feel so crash hot. You put it on before your makeup but after your moisturiser. It's like a primer. The trick is not to rub the product into the face, just pat on face,

- 18-11-2008 by

I was initially a bit wary to try this as I have heard mixed reviews about it (not on here). I have been using it daily for about a week and I love it! It smooths on to the skin and works great as a primer. It stops my skin from getting oily during the day but it also leaves the skin glowing and the glow will shine through your make-up. I think it's great!

- 27-09-2008 by

This product has cult status, and it is easy to see why - it instantly brightens the skin and primes it perfectly for make-up. Great pick-me-up for tired, dull skin. Im never without this one :-)

- 04-09-2008 by

Two words: beauty staple. Dunno what's in it but oh I don't care! Brightens, tightens, soothes, smooths - the lot! You can use it before going out or before going to bed, as a masque, over your moisturiser - don't need much but boy you'll look radiant!

- 07-08-2008 by

For a bit of brightening, or as an emergency dark circle fix, this is the best! Everyone should have it in their kit. I also like it as a mask, when I have been a bit off-colour. Truly a miracle product.

- 30-07-2008 by

I love Beauty Flash Balm. Whenever I look in the mirror in the morning and think "Yuk" i reach for this. I don't know how it does it but it instantly brightens your skin and makes it feel much better. Your make-up glides on perfectly as well. I also like to use it as a face mask. It calms my skin and makes it feel so smooth. Definately one of those cult prodcuts that work!

- 29-07-2008 by

Even though I had used this product in the past, I was really keen to give this a try again, as a new mum my skin is in a real need of a pick me up more than it ever has. I used this both as a lotion over my sunscreen and as a mask before putting make up on, and was very pleased with the results from both usages. I was worried that this product may be to heavy for my oily t-zone over my moisturiser and sunscreen, but it seemed to sink right in and did not leave me oily at all. My skin had a radiant glow after applying, and I even received a compliment from a friend saying I looked so good I must have "a new mothers glow". I will definitely be purchasing this product and this will now be a staple for when my skin needs that extra assistance to face the world (pardon the pun!) and would also be a good quick and easy product to apply before a night out. This product really provides beauty in a flash!

- 16-07-2008 by

Beauty Flash Balm is one of those products that eluded me for so long, but I'm really happy to have finally bought it and succumbed to its charms! Once I figured out "what to do with it", I realised that it's quite a magical product. It adds an almost imperceptible layer of "glow" to your face, either on its own or underneath makeup. It's a slightly (very slightly) gold-toned lotion and it just lends some warmth and beauty in, well, a flash! I've been complimented so many times when wearing BFB. It's not obvious at all; in fact it's very subtle. For the reasonable price though, it's really worth having a tube in the cupboard. I'd recommend this product to new mums, busy working women, party girls, and tired uni students - so, pretty much everyone!

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