Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is 30!

By | October 5 2010 | 29 Comments

clarins beauty flash balm 30 anniversary tube

Yup – it’s true. Clarins’ cult Beauty Flash Balm just reached the big Three Zero, meaning it’s a whole five years older than me!*

To celebrate, the brand’s given it a blingtastic makeover with a bedazzled cap from (who else but) Swarovski, the beauty industry’s go-to when they want to add some sparkle to er, anything. €35’s the damage for the limited edition crystal-studded tube but despite this product’s cult status as a pre-makeup dewey-iser, a skin drink and a pick-me-up, it really divides opinion.

So, given its momentous birthday, what I want to know is do you think Flash Balm is still worth the hype or are there products out there now that do what it claims – but do it better?

Leave your words of wisdom in a comment!

*This is possibly a lie.

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29 Replies to "Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is 30!"

  • Bscottie says:

    I dont get what all the hype is about. I really like Clarins products but although Beauty Flash doesnt do anything bad to my skin, it doesnt deliver any wow results……

  • dressjunkie says:

    I love this. Hangover day fail safe for making me look a bit more lively than I actually am.

  • Kirstie says:

    I used to use it loads but it’s fallen by the wayside for me in recent years, but yes, great hangover helper! Thanks for commenting Dressjunkie, we know captcha is a PAIN IN THE HOLE!

  • ams says:

    I have this and used to find it amazing (for hangovers etc) but rarely reach for it these days. I got a superdrug serum that seems to do the same thing but I hardly ever use that either!

  • kittyKat says:

    Tried it once. Turned my face pink under my makeup, hee hee. Haven’t used since. Kirstie your only a baby then at 25. Enjoy

  • Kirstie says:

    KittyKat – indeed and I’m not, I’m only messin’! I am in fact senior to BFB.

  • kittyKat says:

    Kirstie, thank God for that then. Cos I was thinking here how you’d put me to shame having achieved so much by the age of 25 ! You could pass for it in your photo’s.

  • Kirstie says:

    Oh flattery, it will get you everywhere.

  • Fee says:

    Used it a few times from a small GWP tube; couldn’t really see a difference to be honest. And not because I’m taut and glowing to begin with!

  • kittyKat says:

    Lol. I could do with some BFB today. My sons 21st on Sat night and we all bailed back to my house after the party and I didn’t get to bed until 7 am on Sunday. Just can’t do it anymore. My eyes look like two pee holes in the snow all week.

  • Alethea says:

    I love the smell of BFB but I’m not sure how much of an impact it had on my skin. Love the bling packaging though!

  • BerG says:

    I reckon this is the origional and still the best. Used to be a great wedding favourite of mine, would help things last through the day. I rarelly use it now, but when i do, am always surprised again how good it is.

  • Macloon says:

    BFB goes into balls on my skin, so it’s a no-no

  • toni says:

    I love it! However I have just found a product which seems to me to be almost identical: soap & glory, instant radiance energy balm. I swear its the same! Anyone agree?

  • kittyKat says:

    Macloon lol. A couple of day moisturisers go bally on my skin too. Must be a certain ingredient. Didn’t think BFB lived up to its hype at all.

  • Danielle says:

    I have used BFB over the years as well and never noticed any major difference. Recently, with a very bad hangover, I tried Sactuary’s Time Reversal Face Mask – rub it into your skin, leave for 5 minutes, rinse off with warm water – it is amazing. Makes your skin all glowy and pink, no matter how badly hungover/tired you are. They’re selling it in Boots for around €2.50 in little sample sachets that would do two good slatherings. I can’t recommend it enough. I don’t go to any big overnight events without a little sachet of it now.
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  • Joanne says:

    BFB is fine – I just don’t think it’s spectacular. It does make my skin a little rosier, but I don’t notice any immediate beauty enhancing effects.

  • rosymac says:

    can i ask how you all how you use it? i have had the balling effect…see the thing is you are not supposed to rub it in but you are supposed to put on your make straight away so….the act of putting on make up is rubbing it in and hence the ball effect! what to do???

  • Sandy says:

    It balls up my face too! he he, but when I pat it on, then put foundation on, the foundation balls up. Why is that? It it my skin type? oily??

  • Edelmc says:

    I didn’t think it was great although my sister used it and it looked fab on her. I use clarins instant light complexion perfector under my foundation and it’s fab. Gives the effect I was expecting to get from bfb but didn’t

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