My mam recently bought me a few Clarins goodies as a 'well done' present after seeing how well I've been doing at saving money (mainly by spending less on beauty products!), and there were also quite a few free samples in the bag which had been recommended that I try based on what she'd told the lady at the counter about my skin. One of these samples was the Clarins Gentle Night Cream, which costs a whopping £40 for a 50ml bottle.
The full sized version comes in a really nice plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser on top, but the one I have is a simple plastic tube with a screw off lid. The packaging looks really nice, as with all Clarins products it is quite plain and simple looking, but has that air of quality about it that makes it fit the higher price tag.
The cream has quite a thick texture, noticeably thicker than the day cream in the same range, but it still doesn't have that really rich 'I'm going to clog your pores' kind of feel that many night creams do. I find it a little less malleable than the day cream and it doesn't smooth onto the skin as easily, rather seeming to stick to the skin as soon as it touches it, so I need to use much more of this than I do of the day cream. It also has a much stronger scent than the day cream and I actually find it quite heady and unpleasant.
As it's a thicker cream there is a very noticeable difference in the way this reacts on the skin when compared to the day cream; this, although it is more difficult to spread on the face due to it sticking, takes longer to sink into the skin, and once it has done it still doesn't feel as though it's fully absorbed, rather it leaves a light layer on the skin which is noticeable but not unpleasant.
I feel this moisturises well, but despite the thicker texture and the layer it leaves on the skin, I don't find it any more effective at moisturising than the day cream, which is disappointing as I want something more nourishing at night. I actually find my skin returns to normal much quicker after using this, suggesting it isn't working as deeply on the skin as the day cream does. However, just like the day cream, it does feel soothing on my sensitive skin, and is very gentle and doesn't cause any kind of irritation.
Overall I don't really think this night cream is worth the money, particularly because it doesn't perfom any better for me than the day cream which is £4 cheaper
"This moisture-rich cream soothes redness and irritations, empowering skin to recover from daily stress while you sleep" clarins.co.uk (product description)
This cream has made a huge difference to the appearance of my skin in a morning. I used to find I would wake up with tight skin that felt quite dry and sometimes irritated. This is obviously worse in the colder months when the central heating is on a sapping the hydration from my skin, but I suffered from this daily anyway as I work with hot ovens and air conditioning for long hours a day. Now, I find that my skin feels quite smooth and soft first thing in a morning, which puts my skin in good stead for my daily morning cleansing routine. It means the morning routine is more effective, as I am starting with a far healthier and hydrated canvas to begin with. I have found the redness which I suffer from in my cheeks is indeed soothed and as previously stated, the irritations are also soothed.
There is a slight residue left on the skin after using this product, and perhaps people who do not like to feel anything left after moisturising may dislike this cream. I, however, think the feeling is lovely for night time and creates an extra feeling of moisture and hydration.
The positive results may also be from the combination of cleanser and toner I have specifically bought for evening use as well as the cream, but I originally used a standard day cream in the evening, and was skeptical that an evening cream would make any difference at all, but I am very happy with the results and would not go back to using an ordinary cream in an evening. I highly recommend this product to anyone who is not currently using an evening cream and wants to give their skin an extra level of care.
Obviously this particular cream is for us with dry/sensitive skin, but there are creams for other skin types in the Clarins Gentle range, and I have no doubt in my mind they will also work from my very positive experience with this particular cream. Use it and you will wake with happy, hydrated, and stress free skin! Lovely.
I recently inherited a large bag of assorted cosmetics and make-up items from a very good friend of mine, all of which were completely unused and most were still sealed. Within this 'lucky dip' of treats was a couple of items from pretty expensive or 'high-end' ranges of cosmetics such as Clinique, Clarins and Yves Saint Laurent. Now, I'm not one to look a gift-horse in the mouth, and am always keen to try out different items and cosmetics, so of course the goody bag was received very gratefully!
In amongst the bag of goodies was a product from the Clarins range of cosmetics, namely the 'Clarins Gentle Night Cream'. I understand that this product is only available to buy in one size of tub, which is a 50ml tub. The product that my friend had passed on to me was actually a smaller version, a trial sized tub of the product which was in a neatly-sized little 15ml pot of cream. I believe that this size of the product is only available as a free gift from Clarins when you purchase other items.
The packaging for the Gentle Night Cream consists of a plastic tub that is white, with the name of the product printed on the front in red print. There is a peach-coloured lid on top of the tub and the product 's packaging looks similar to that of the larger-sized version, although the trial size (15ml) tub that I have doesn't have any product information on it, nor are there any directions about sensitivity or application. This tends to be the case with trial-sized cosmetics and make-up in my experience.
The cream itself is an off-white colour and first impressions were mainly good; the cream looks to be of a fairly thick, almost 'fluffy' consistency and it looks to have a sort of glossy sheen to it. When I first smelled the cream, I was slightly disappointed to note that it's not an unfragranced night-time cream, which is my personal preference, but I was also relieved to notice that the fragrance the night cream has is not at all over-powering or sickly.
Using the Clarins Night Cream on my face was effortless and without fuss, which is really what I am looking for in a night-cream product as it is used at bedtime! The consistency of the cream is actually quite luxurious in my opinion, and my initial assumption that the cream was quite thick and sort of 'fluffy' was absolutely spot on. I find that this cream is one of the smoothest and thickest night cream products that I have ever come across and smoothing it over my face takes only a second or two thanks to its luxuriously thick consistency.
I found that the scent of the cream was evident whilst I was applying the cream to my face, and I found that the fragrance was noticeable to me for a short time after the product had been applied, but I didn't find that the fragrance was overly intrusive or over-bearing at all. I find the scent is quite difficult to describe, but it smells to me like a sort of generic 'body cream' type smell, or similar perhaps to a sun-care or after sun type product. It is sort of soapy and slightly clinical, but not flowery or perfume-like.
Once the cream had been applied, I found that it was absorbed relatively easily and I didn't need to keep rubbing the cream into my skin. That said however, I did feel that the cream felt quite 'heavy' on my skin, and I felt that there was a sort of greasy residue left on my face. I also felt that the greasy residue was still evident on my skin when I got up the following morning and my face had a sort of oily look to it which is most definitely a negative point for yours truly! To be fair, my skin is quite troublesome and I do tend to be prone to oily patches and the occasion outbreak of spots, and perhaps somebody with a more 'normal' skin type would find this cream suited them perfectly. For me however, it felt slightly 'harsh' to use on my troublesome skin and the oily-feeling (and oily look) that it left me with were off-putting to me.
The plus points of this particular night cream were certainly noticeable, and credit is most certainly due in terms of the moisturisation properties of this Clarins cream. I found that my skin was almost 'baby soft' after only two days of using the product and I could not fault it's softening or moisturising qualities at all. Furthermore, the dry skin that plagues my forehead seemed to finally have its thirst quenched by this Night Cream, which is another massive plus point for me of course. Unfortunately though, I feel that both of these positive points are not enough for me to justify buying the full-sized tub of the Clarins Gentle Night Cream, and I actually think the product is fairly over-priced. I have achieved similar results from products costing around £10 and so I do think that this particular product is one where the consumer is paying a bit more for the pretty packaging and the upmarket brand.
Overall, I would only rate the product two stars out of five. I wouldn't buy the full-sized version and can't really recommend it too highly. It is vastly over-priced, and in my opinion you are paying for the upmarket brand name and not a high quality product.
There is a whole range of cosmetics and make-up products available from the Clarins range and you can find some of this range online at www.boots.com, or in-store in larger branches of Boots, as well as in larger department stores. As at October 2011, the price for the 50ml tub of Clarins Gentle Night Cream is £38.50 in Boots.
A while ago I purchased a lip replenishing balm from the Clarins counter and was lucky enough (well cheeky actually as I asked outright) to receive some sample sizes of their different skin care range.
One such freebie that I was given was a small tub of this - 'Gentle Night Cream' which my review will now focus on..
The pot of cream comes housed in an identical container as that of it's full sized counterpart - predominantly white with the iconic Clarins logo emblazoned in red and gold (though this has a peach coloured lid). My trial size is in the form of a 15 ml pot which may not sound like a lot, but trust me there is almost two weeks worth of usage here if used sparingly.
The cream itself is white in colour and has a thickish, almost whipped consistency to it whilst the fragrance is quite non descriptive apart from saying it has an expensive, generic face cream sort of scent about it.
*~*My experience of using this*~*
As mentioned this is a trial size so I chose to use this as sparingly as I could but with the intention of still getting good results from it's use. As this is a night cream I used solely on an evening after my completing my usual skin care cleansing regime then started to apply as liberally as I could (whilst still being sparse) avoiding the delicate area around the eye.
I found the cream to be just as light and airy as it's appearance and a small amount seemed to go a long way which is why this sample size lasted me 2 weeks. The cream soaked instantly into my skin and left it feeling soft, supple and velvet like - impressive!
This is a really lovely night cream that improved the condition of my skin within the first few days making it appear less dull and seem altogether smoother. The only downfall for me is the price as a full size tub is of £32 upwards so it's not something I could justify buying unless it was on offer.
This did leave my skin feeling very soft and more hydrated than it has of recent and I shall be certainly scouring the likes of Ebay to see if I can find it cheaper. It didn't cause any spots, rashes or soreness and there was no tautness like some creams; particularly heavier night creams, can cause.
Because the pot this came in was so small there were no directions or any indication what skin type this is aimed at but after checking it seems suitable for sensitive skin.
If you can get hold of a sample then try it.
1 star deducted for the price only.
I got a little pot of this in the freebie bag that I am currently working through at the moment and reviewing the products. I always stayed away from night cream in the past as my skin is so awkward. I have Oily skin which is prone to Spots so i'm not keen on using Creams on it, but on the other hand I am wanting to look after my skin to keep it looking alright age wise.
The tub size I got was 15ml so a good enough amount to have a good few goes of this. After looking about for the size and price of the normal sized tub of this I see that this comes in a 50ml tub and this can cost anything up to £36. It does sound expensive but an average price for a brand named product.
The tub is quite simple looking. I got a mini version of the full sized tub, so got to see the tub. It perhaps looks a bit basic with just the white plastic and the writing on it, but the brand name is easy to see. This has a wide opening to it, so easy enough to scoop the Cream out.
The Cream is thick, so I just took a little of this out. It felt quite greasy so I just dotted a few spots of this over my face. This was easy enough to rub in and once rubbed in it seems to soak into your skin easy enough. It doesn't have all that much scent to it, but I wouldn't say it is unperfumed. It just has a Creamy consistency kind of scent to it. Once this had soaked in my face looked a little bit shiny, but I would say it had more of a sheen to it. Anyway since it is Night Cream then only my husband would see it, and he doesn't notice much anyway.
I used this every night until the tub was finished and I felt that my skin felt nice and soft. There was the odd spot that cropped up around my chin area but I can't put this down to the fault of the Cream, as I am forever getting spots there anyway. I just feel that my skin looked a bit healthier and had a nice soft sheen to it, but it wasn't an Oily sheen or that. My face felt nice and soft as well.
This worked well on my skin and the tub done a lot of goes as a little of this went a long way, and if I was feeling flash then I would probably consider buying the normal sized tub of this.
A good Night Cream.
Clarins gentle night cream
A little while ago I wrote a review about Clarins gentle day cream, a moisturiser that just wasn't for me. Funnily enough I wanted to write and review about how much I love the night cream in the same brand and skin care range. It just goes to show that not all products are suited to everyone but this night cream is perfect for my skin while I found the day cream to leave my face shiny.
--So why do I like Clarins gentle night cream so much?--
It is quite a thick cream and it takes a while to sink into my skin, leaving a bit of a greasy texture until it has been absorbed. But being a night cream it isn't like I am going anywhere but bed when I put it on.
I don't really care for over perfumed night cream, which I am pleased to report that this doesn't have. It does have a subtly but pleasant smell to it but it is a very mild and hardly noticeable and after a moment it is no longer recognisable.
When I get up in the morning it feels like I have just put on moisturiser, my skin feels good and it feels well looked after. There is still a hint of the greasy texture from the night before but by the time I have washed my face my skin just feels nourished and I am pleased with how it looks.
The packaging is very typical of Clarins; where almost everything they sell has a very similar design, it's nice in one way because when you have a couple of their items on your bedroom drawer it makes for a nice looking collection.
--Value for money
I bought mine with some left over John Lewis vouchers I had been given as a gift, because of this I decided to splash out and treat myself to something expensive and special and this was expensive. It is £36.50 for a 50ml tub and although this is going to last me for a good few months it is still a very steep price to pay. Like most of Clarins products a little does go a long way and I do find that I am probably only using an amount of cream equivalent to a pea.
I am going to give this product four out of five dooyoo stars. I think my skin feels and looks better because it is being looked after. Also due to the fact that I spent so much on this I am actively trying to take better care of my skin and spend the time cleaning and moisturising before bed. If you do decide to try this it is worth asking for a free sample first to make sure you do like the product, especially before handing over a rather large sum of money for it. One star is definitely removed because of the price, I doubt I would buy this on a regular basis, next time I am looking for a night cream I am going to see what is available at a slightly better price.
I tend to suffer with sensitive skin when using over perfumed and coloured skin creams and lotions so I try and opt for more natural products or ones specifically for sensitive skin. Clarins do a sensitive range of skin care including their Gentle Night Cream.
It is designed specifically for skin that is prone to breakouts and blotchiness and can even be used during those irritated periods to calm and sooth (which luckily for me I haven't had the opportunity to test this theory out yet).
It contains brown linseed oil which helps to calm and sooth irritations and is a source of Omega 3, liquorice extract (which is used in ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for inflammation) to calm and sooth, hazelnut oil (which is good for the circulatory system and moisturises without blocking pores) to nourish and moisturise and derivatives of Vitamins A, E and B5
It is a white rich textured cream that smells like normal vitamin E cream with maybe a touch of perfume and liquorice. It glides on smoothly onto the skin and sinks in very quickly leaving your skin super moisturised but not greasy at all. You can feel the immediate smoothing and softening effects on your skin as it leaves it so silky soft it was brilliant!!
I costs approx £33.00 for a 50ml tub and it's quite a lot to pay if you are buying it as a compliment to the day cream (which is the only reason it lost a star) but I think it's worth getting it just on it's own. I've been using this for a couple of days and I've noticed that my skin feels plumper, softer and more radiant and I haven't suffered any blotchiness yet.
I bought this on my travels as a treat as I had some spare holiday cash to blow. As a teenager, early 20s I always used to buy Clarins products but as age crept up on me as did bills, mortgages etc I decided to look for more reasonably priced products which in my opinion do very much the same as this......in my view you are paying for the name.
Anyway, this 50ml tub cost £22.50 in Aug 2005 and I have recently browsed through the Clarins counters and it's ranges from £26 to £30 in department stores. Very expensive but great for anyone who has lots of disposable income or as a treat.
The tub comes in a white / pale cream box with peach edging. Inside there is a 50ml tub with a peach screw top lid. You can't get in to the tub as it now has a plunger at the top with a little hole in. The idea being that you press down gently and the cream comes out of the hole. Very neat and tidy but I like it when you can get your fingers in to the tub so that you can scrape the last remains of the cream up (you need to at that price) and also you can see how much you have left.
Clarins describe this tub as an 'airless' jar that keeps out both air and light which protects the product's pureness and effectiveness.
What does it promise to do?
Clarins Gentle Night Cream for Sensitive Skin
~ Night time is apparantly a perfect time to calm sensitive skin.
~ The cream is based on Clarins rebalancing complex and vitamins A, E & B5.
~ This cream nourishes and desensitizes the skin overnight.
~ Optimizes night time rest to restore, strengthen and nourish the skin.
~ Helps prevent dehydration.
~ Promotes smoother, radiant, more supple skin.
I can honestly say that my facial skin doesn't look more radiant than it did when I bought the product in the summer. It certainly isn't dehydrated in the mornings but then again I don't suffer from very dry, sensitive skin.
The product however is very easy to apply to the face and neck areas, it is quickly absorbed and it has a nice, clean, light smell to it.
In Clarins' defence, perhaps I'm not seeing the best results as I don't use all of the products that they suggest should be used alongside this cream in their 'Gentle Treatment' range:
Gentle Day Cream, Gentle Day Lotion, Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream or Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion.
In short, yes it's nice to have Clarins products on your bathroom shelves etc but at the end of the day I would rather buy a cheaper product which has the same result. The next time that I'm on my travels and have a bit of spare cash left over I won't be buying this, despite it's easy application and nice smell, I'm not keen on the new 'airless' jar and my face just doesn't look radiant.........Think I will be sticking to my E45 cream, think of how many tubs of that I could get for the same price!!
Slightly richer than it's daytime counterpart Clarins Gentle Night Cream is manufacturer to re-balance and restore the skin, as the irritant effects of pollution are best eliminated at nighttime / You awaken to smoother, softer, less irritated skin / '