Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm* is a radiance booster, moisturiser and primer all in one. It's formulated with a mixture of vitamins which help against moisture loss, while purple orchid, noni and acai help defend the early signs of ageing. In reality though, it is plenty of hydration which will help prevent ageing. It has quite a strong floral scent, which is fine for me, but if you have sensitive skin and react to fragrance it might not be. When applied over tinted moisturiser or foundation, it did help my foundation last a lot longer than usually. I used it one night I went out and when I got back in at 4am, my make-up was still in place. As for brightening the skin, it does do that. It's not sparkly, it's just a very subtle sheen, almost natural as though you've been outside all day.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm* is the 'ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin', so it has big claims. On the website it says that it will instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so that the skin looks rested and relaxed. Yes it does moisturise the skin and it does brighten the skin, but as I am a youth, I didn't notice anything different about my facial contours. The one thing I did notice with this is the smell. Again it's very strong, but rather than being floral, it just doesn't smell very nice at all. That has put me off it a lot as it is going on my face, although it does disappear after a while. It also made my make-up last a lot longer than usual, but the radiance side was a little disappointing. It did brighten my skin, but once I applied foundation over the top, you couldn't notice it. For the days in the summer when I just wear a little powder/bronzer, it will be perfect. But for right now in the winter, it's not so good.
I think that concludes to that I prefer Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, however I will still use the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm in the summer.
Which one do you prefer?