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I was given this moisturiser as a Christmas present by a friend who must have noticed my terribly dry skin (ooops!). Anyway I gave it a go having used Clinique products when I was student (a fashion thing) to clean my skin and found them really drying. So I was suprised to find this product is a really luxurious moisturiser. I put it on before bed after a bath and it seems to soak into my skin really quickly, within a couple of minutes.
The cream itself is a yellow/ivory colour and doesn't seem to be overly thick in consistency, just like a normal moisturiser. It doesn't really smell of anything, which I like and would mean that if you used it during the day you could wear a perfume without it interferring with the cream.
After applying this moisturiser my skin felt amazing, really soft and smooth, even my manky elbows, which is impressive. However, I went to buy some more and found that it costs £16 for 200ml, which is far too much for me to spend on a moisturiser (although I should have expected this from clinique)...I'll just have to wait for another Christmas present.
In my late teenage years and early twenties I was terribly impressed by Clinique products; now I think that they were just the top end of what I could then afford and that I was more swayed by the beauty counter ladies and my friends' opinions. Now, with the benefit of a few years' experience, this is not a brand I automatically look out for; I'd far rather have Lancôme or Clarins. This moisturiser was a birthday present, though, so I thought it'd be churlish not to get some use out of it.
As with most Clinique products, the packaging is quite classy and understated; you'd be happy to have this on display in your bathroom. The silver Clinique logo is prominent, with the product name and amount underneath in red. The tube is translucent and the thick, buttermilk coloured contents can be seen through the plastic which is handy for knowing how much you have left. The product dispenses through a flip cap which allows for a decent-sized dollop, but not a huge big splurge that means you end up wasting half of the contents. It stands on its lid which is handy for skinflints like me who like to eke every last drop out
It's difficult to describe the scent of this product as there isn't anything that really stands out. There's a whiff of shea butter (and this is contained in the ingredients list) but apart from that it's just inoffensively light and cosmetic smelling. After it's applied I can smell a light hint of it on my skin, but it doesn't last and is completely gone within a couple of hours. It's about the same consistency as thickly whipped double cream and applies easily. It feels lovely and cool which is a bonus at this time of year. However, that's where the good points end. This moisturiser suffers from the same problems as the Dramatically Different Facial Moisturiser, in that it costs a fortune (£16 for 200ml!) and doesn't deliver anything impressive for the money.
One of my major gripes is the length of time it takes to absorb. I applied some at 10 am this morning. 5 minutes later my skin felt sticky. 10 minutes later it was clammy. 15 minutes later it felt greasy and my hair was sticking to my shoulders. 20 minutes later I could still feel a layer sitting on the surface of my skin but I managed to get dressed without it marking my clothes. After an hour, the surface of my skin looked oily and it was only after 2 hours that I felt it had completely absorbed. My skin tends to be on the dry side, so I hate to think how long it would take for anyone with normal or oily skin. Don't get me wrong: if I'm applying something like a Body Shop butter, I expect it to take quite a long time to sink into my skin and so I usually apply it last thing at night. Nothing on the packaging of this, though, suggests that it will take such a ridiculously long time or implies that you'll be as slippery as an eel in the meantime.
I could forgive this if the moisturiser was really good, but it isn't. It isn't terrible, either; but asking sixteen quid for a product that is merely 'meh' is rather taking the piss on Clinique's part. Once it has (finally) absorbed into the skin there is a slight softening and smoothing effect but this is counteracted by a vague feeling of slight clamminess (and it's nothing to do with soaring temperatures: I'm from Belfast). Overall, the moisturisation isn't any better than you'd get with a cheap supermarket brand. It certainly isn't the 'soothing blanket of penetrating moisture' that Clinique waffle on about.
My recommendation would be to steer well clear of this. If I'd bought it myself I suspect I would have been demanding my money back because it just doesn't live up to its hype. Clinique make lovely perfumes but their moisturisers leave a lot to be desired.
I got a little sized bottle of this the last time I got 1 of the famous Clinique Bonus Time freebies. For those of you who aren't familiar with this, often the Clinique brand gives you some sample sized products when you buy 2 of their full sized products (this has been an offer for a few years now but can't comment if this offer does still run). So this way I tend to buy my products in 2's as the goody bags are quite good. The size of the products are usually a good size and this came in a 50ml tube, which allowed me a couple of goes of this.
The tube looks like the picture. It stands on it's end so you should get all the Cream out of it. Also the texture of the tube would allow you to cut the tube open and scoop the last of the dregs out.
This is a thick Cream, but it does rub in easy enough. Just squirt a decent sized blob of this into your palm and rub into your skin. At first your skin may feel a bit greasy, but after just a couple of minutes this seems to soak into your skin and it doesn't feel all that greasy.
There isn't much scent to this. It just smells quite a creamy kind of scent. Perhaps quite a sweet smelling scent, but not overly. A nice rich scent which you can still smell a few hours later but it lingers on your skin with a nice enough hint.
I don't have overly dry skin, and I think this is promoted more for to help dry skins, but when I rubbed this Cream into my Elbows which do get a bit dry and I found that this seemed to soothe them a bit and take the dryness away from the area.
Not sure of the right size and proper price for this, but I think this comes in a 200ml tube and can cost around £14.
This is a good product which provides lots of Moisture to your skin, but perhaps it is a bit too much money for most people. It's not the kind of money I would spend on a Body lotion anyway.
The very word Clinique puts an image in my head, a image of freshly washed skin on a stunning model, smiling at you as she tilts her flawless face. Oh I want that look!
Cliniques main selling point is that they are 100% allergy tested and fragrance free, so if you like scented creams then this is not the shop for you, but they do have a long history of selling award winning products, albeit expensive ones.
Fragrances in skin products can irritate he skin, and many times I have had to give up a gorgeous smelling body wash or cream when it caused my skin to itch or break out into a rash.
I am however one of those people you do not want to go out shopping with, if rushed I will buy whatever I need that is in my path just to not get stressed over choices, usually regretting it. But when I have time I pour over ever ingredient, and have to compare it with everything else on the market.
So I was never a welcomed customer at shops, and therefore don't buy to many beauty products.
But for some reason I still have a way of collecting them and just a few days ago this cream came in the post courtesy of a friend who bought it but decided it didn't suit her for whatever reason, and sent it off to me.
Opening a package from the mail is always a great excitement so it definably made the experience very pleasant. I opened the brown paper to reveal a clear plastic bag, with this cream lying inside. It is in a clear triangular tube, which stands on its cap, which is the basic flip type. There is some red lettering on the front and back and the Clinique logo displayed on the front, like most of their products.
I opened the tube and at first was at a loss as to how to describe the smell, before I realized it was because there was none! Well not quite there is a smell, but it is hard to describe, it almost smells like thick cream or freshly made butter. The cream itself is a beige color.
Using this cream was like a pampering experience, I have other creams like Biotherms "Anti-Drying Body-milk" which I like and smell fantastic, but this was different. It was like eating Greek yogurt versus ice-cream. The ice-cream tastes divine, but you know it isn't that good for you. Whereas yogurt tastes good as well, but in a wholesome satisfying way, and therefore just feels better. This is the only comparison I can think of, as I love yogurt and ice-cream similarly.
After absorbing the cream my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth, and has a very faint smell, of ok don't laugh, latex rubber gloves! Ha! It's the only word that I can use to describe it, I think it must be the powder they put on the gloves that reminds me of this smell, it isn't unpleasant, and it does still have a slight cream smell, but not as strong as when in the tube.
This cream feels good, and is perfect for using before bed, when your skin needs to rejuvenate itself. I prefer my other creams with smell for when I am going out or fancy some romance, as they give your skin such a delectable scent. But this is great as a deep moisturizer.
A rich, creamy body lotion with vitamin E / Absorbs quickly /