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Clinique Deep Comfort Body Moisture
Member Name: Joker25
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Moisture
Advantages: Classy packaging, inoffensive scent.
Disadvantages: Takes AGES to absorb, doesn't moisturise as well as you'd expect
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.
Summary: Get a decent body butter instead.
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