Before I start, I realise these photos contain the Ever Matte Foundation as well as the powder compact, but I won't be reviewing the foundation as alas it is the wrong shade for me.
Firstly the packaging. This is a compact to be proud of. That beautiful classy and classic gold compact, Sturdy and heavy and beautiful. Inside, there's a mirror in the lid, a sponge powder puff and this beautiful 'quilted' powder. The powder itself just looks smooth and it really is. There are four available shades and I have the second, (01 Transparent Light).
This is a great powder. I don't find it keeps me completely shine free all day long but it does do a good job. I tend to apply using a powder brush in the morning and then when I need a touch up (usually around mid afternoon) I use the included powder puff. It's testament to the product that the puff does a great job of applying the powder exactly where needed and without being cakey in any way.
Although this is a matte powder, it doesn't suck the life out of your skin. It just takes away the shine but still allows some radiance... I know that doesn't sound like it makes much sense, but thats how it is! I don't normally like a very matte finish, usually I find it just makes me look odd and overly made up, whereas this just seems to make me look normal. Not oily, not dry, just fine. And you can't see the powder in place. Perfect.
This was a PR sample, but it retails at £25, but it would seem Escentual are still selling all Clarins with 20% off. Bargain!