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Ach, I am really reluctant to review this product as I normally rave and rave about the wonders of the Avene range and I feel like rather a traitor writing a review that isn't terribly in favour of a product from that range.... oh well, here we go....
I've been suffering from some serious shine lately, on my nose chin and forehead, the dreaded T-zone. And we are talking seeerious shine - my normal solution of just dabbing on a bit of powder simply wont cut it! As a result I decided to go out and buy something made specifically for combating shine and after much uhming and ahhing, and far too long spent in Boots with a handful of anti-shine products, I decided to go with the Avene Cleanance Anti-Shine Lotion, mainly because I have always found the rest of the Avene range to be so amazing.
Now at £8.50 for 200ml this is actually one of the cheaper anti-shine lotions that I have seen, considering that it is rather a large bottle and many other similar products seem to come in far far smaller containers and cost a similar price. The product comes in the usual Avene-green bottle, and holding it up to the light you can see that the top half seems to be a clear liquid, while a large quantity of white powder is settled in the bottom of the container. Obviously therefore you have to shake this product before use.
The bottle claims that the product contains 'matifying powders to absorb excess of sebum and provide a long-lasting anti-shine effect' and that 'Cleanance lotion tightens the pores and leaves the skin clear, purified and matified'. Well as I said, there's no doubt that it contains powders as you can quite clearly see them in the bottle. However, unfortunately, for me these powders didn't seem to do anything at all. I applied with a cotton pad as instructed on the bottle and found no significant anti-shine effect.... so I thought maybe all the powder particles were getting stuck to the cotton pad instead of my face, and tried simply applying it with my fingertips.... but this didn't work either.
Obviously there is an instantaneous effect, in the sense that in applying the lotion you are also wiping the oil off your face, but this can also be achieved with water, which doesn't cost £8.50 for 200ml. This product, much as it pains me to say it, doesn't appear to have done anything for me with regards to preventing shine, it doesn't even slow the shine down as far as I can tell, so I have been rather disappointed.
On the other hand, I can notice a tiny tiny pore tightening effect when using this product - my pores do look a little smaller and less noticeable but this doesn't last for very long either. What has impressed me slightly however, is that when I detect the first signs of a breakout, applying this lotion seems to keep it at bay.
This lotion feels gentle on my skin, which is something - at least I feel comfortable that it wont irritate my skin and send it into oil producing overdrive! However, I actually don't like the way it makes me skin feel to the touch - it feels almost as though I have a layer of foundation on and although it claims to be purifying my skin, to be honest, it makes it feel more dirty to me.
Overall this is not a product that I would recommend as it seems to be thoroughly pointless - even the pore minimising effects are so subtle that it is not worth buying this product for that alone, as there are probably other pore-minimising products out there that work far better. For the anti-shine properties that I bought it for, it is, as far as I can tell, completely useless. However, I do seem to be having a particularly severe shine crisis at the moment so perhaps I am beyond redemption and maybe it may work better on someone with just normal amounts of shine!
Don't expect miracles with this product!
Cleanance Anti-Shine Lotion contains specific active ingredients that gently purify the skin as well as a matifying powder to absorb excess oil and provide a long-lasting anti-shine effect / Paraben free / Properties / Soothing and anti-irritating; Naturally soothing, Avene Thermal Spring Water, associated to zinc guclonate, has an anti-irritating effect Reduction of excess sebum; Cucurbita pepo, a plant-origin extract Matifying; Powders help to absorb sebum and leave the skin shine-free / Astringent and purifying; Thanks to its alcohol content