This is a perfect primer for me. I'm in my 40s and my skin needs the tightening and brightening benefits of this product. Also, unlike most primers, this doesn't sink into lines or exaggerate pores and texture.
A few tiny dots of this smooths my skin out pre makeup without leaving a noticeable layer of product on top of my skin. I blend foundation and/or concealer over it quickly before it sets. It also makes my foundation stay put all day - even if I only use a tiny bit of powder or setting spray over it.
I'm not sure this would do much for people with younger skin but it helps me achieve a healthy, polished looking natural glow while using very little makeup.
Reviewed on Sun 23 Jun 2019
I am in my late 30's/early 40's with normal, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, oily with fine texture.
This stuff is like a magic face in a bottle for the morning after. Its fabulous. I would not be without it to wipe away the night you may want to forget. It goes on really well before makeup too. Top tip: make sure you don't rub in too much and put foundation on straight away
Reviewed on Thu 18 Jun 2015
I am in my mid 40's with combination, medium tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is light brown, normal with fine texture.
Been using this product for about 10 years - its my saviour when I need to give my skin a bit of extra oomph. I put it on under makeup before a night out or first thing in the morning the next day so my skin can recover, it always brightens my skin tone and makes me look refreshed, even when I'm not!
Reviewed on Tue 20 Jan 2015
I am in my late 30's/early 40's with combination, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is medium brown, normal with fine texture.
Love, love, love Clarins Beauty Flash Balm! I'm 35 and I've been using this since my early 20's as my secret weapon on a night out. I use it under my make up, in the same way I would a primer, and it gives the best glow! It's like having an ultimate facial before a night out but without the breakout ;) If I had an all-time top 10 products this would definitely be in there.
Reviewed on Wed 27 Nov 2013
I am in my late 30's/early 40's with combination, medium tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is medium brown, dry with normal texture.
This is my favourite all time beauty must have. I sometimes mix it with my Clarins Skin Illusion foundation and it gives a lovely natural looking glow for special occasions, which delights me. The only reason I gave it four stars is the fact it is quite expensive.
Reviewed on Sat 23 Feb 2013
I am in my retirement years with mature, fair tone skin and green eyes. My hair is blonde, dry with normal texture.
Absolutely love Beauty Flash Balm. I no longer use it as a primer as it can give my skin too much of a shine, but use on its own instead of foundation on 'no make up days' (and I probably wouldn't have many of them without it!). Gives a lovely healthy glow and smells delicious.
Reviewed on Wed 17 Oct 2012
I am in my late 30's/early 40's with combination, medium tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is medium brown, dry with fine texture.
Really love this product, brightens and tightens skin as soon as I apply it. Lovely light scent and a little goes a long way. Trick with it is too never rub it in your skin, just sweep it over gently and allow it to absorb. Lasts for ages so for what it does its worth the money.
Reviewed on Sat 19 May 2012
I am in my late 40's/early 50's with combination, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, normal with normal texture.
This really does work wonders. Is an excellent primer and really brightens skin and makes it glowy and youthful. The only downside to this is if you rub it too much it turns to little balls and rubs off. Its also quite expensive and if you use it too much I dont see as good results when I use it. Other than that it really is amazing
Reviewed on Thu 03 May 2012
I am in my mid 20's with combination, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, combination with normal texture.
This is still the best primer so far that I have found. I put it on before foundation and it makes my skin feel more toned. I only use a pea sized amount each time so it lasts ages, don't use too much or your skin can look a little bit greasy. I love the way it makes my skin have a brighter look to it! Will definitely be buying it again!
Reviewed on Sat 07 Apr 2012
I am in my late teens/early 20's with acne/problem, light tone skin and green eyes. My hair is medium brown, normal with normal texture.
Although this is expensive, it's the best primer i've ever used. It leaves your skin perfectly dewy and glowing. My foundation has never looked better. You only need to use a little bit of iit aswell. HOWEVER do not layer it on top of a mosturiser it will flake and be all icky.
Reviewed on Sat 03 Sep 2011
I am in my mid 20's with normal, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, dry with fine texture.
Been using this for years and it is still my favourite primer. Best thing after a long week to brighten up your skin and make foundation go on smoothly, without too much shimmer and glitter. A lifesaver, especially during the winter!
Reviewed on Sun 28 Nov 2010
I am in my late 30's/early 40's with combination, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, processed with normal texture.
Where to Buy
Prices last updated 18 August 2019.
Where to Buy
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is available to buy at Clarins, John Lewis, Feelunique, and allbeauty.com.