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I suffer from dry skin at times especially in the cold months and seeing as the winter appears to have lasted far longer than normal I have noticed my face is more dry than normal and at times this can be quite sore. My husband bought me some Clinique night cream for dry skin and I have found that it does really help.
I really like Clinique products, they are more expensive than I would normally go for but I do find that they work really well and I like the way that they are presented. This cream comes in a round glass tub which looks very nice and classy. It is quite short and round and very simple. There is dark green writing on the side and a white lid which you twist off.
Using the cream
To use the cream you twist the lid off and it reveals the cream inside. The lid is easy enough to get off, sometimes I struggle with lids but this one isn't too wide so is easy to get a good grip on and remove. The cream is a good consistency, it's not hard like a butter but not too soft either so you are able to get a good amount out using your fingers. I use a few little blobs on each finger and then rub them into my skin using circular motions. I find that my forehead and just underneath my chin need a little more than other areas as this is where they are most dry. The cream is quite cooling and I find it takes about 3 minutes to absorb which is fine, any longer would be fine too as it's a night cream so it's not like I have to wait for it to dry before I apply make up or anything.
This cream helps me with my dry skin, it does absorb into the skin over night and in the morning my skin feels much smoother and hydrated. It has definitely been very good at moisturising. As for the lift aspect of this then I have definitely not seen an improvement, my face is still the same but I like to think that it is working away at keeping my skin in as good a condition as possible.
Although I do really like this cream as it helps with my tight, dry skin I am giving it 4 stars because it is very expensive (my husband paid about £40 for it) and I think that there are other creams out there that can moisturise my face which cost half that. I am also yet to see any 'lift' action with it. It is a nice cream that is gentle on the skin and does moisturise well and is easy to use. The packaging is nice and I do really like it but feel that the price is expensive especially when you can buy others for cheaper.
I really like using Clinique products and had been considering purchasing the 'Repairwear Lift Firming Night Cream' since about Christmas time, although at the time I couldn't justify the £45.00 price tag as I felt it was quite a lot of money for a 50ml pot of face cream. I was explaining this during a recent conversation with my sister who is a huge fan of Clinique products and has been using them for years - I was asking her if she had used the product before and she replied that she had. She then retrieved a small tub of the product for me to try out for myself, which she had got as part of a free gift from the Clinique range and had only used a couple of times.
Delighted at this gift from my sister, I used the Repairwear Lift Night cream that night and continued to do so for around a month to see if I could notice any significant results before deciding whether to purchase the full-sized tub or not. (The tub I have is a mere 15ml in size, and I believe my sister used it once or twice before giving it to me.
I won't go on too much about the packaging for the tub of cream that I have, as I believe it differs quite a lot from the full-sized tub that is available in stores, and most consumers reading this review will be more inclined to try out that size than the trial size I have. However, I will say that the packaging is fairly plain-looking in both cases, although this is of course just my opinion. Consisting of a plastic tub and a plastic screw-off lid, the name of the product and the plastic lid itself are both shades of green, which contrasts quite nicely with the silver-colouring of the plastic tub itself. I believe that the full-sized tub of this product has a slightly 'sleeker' look to it, although in both cases I feel rather uninspired by the packaging, especially given the high price tag for the product.
The Clinique Repairwear Lift Night Cream is available to buy in two skin-type options, so that you can choose the type that will best suit your individual skin type. There is an option for "Combination Oily" or "Combination Dry" skin types. The sample of cream that I have is the 'Combination Dry' option so this is what this review will be based on, as I have not tried out the alternative.
The cream itself is fairly generic looking I have to say. It has a very thick consistency, although this is what I would expect from a night cream, and I have found all similar products that I have used before are quite thick. It is an off-white, sort of pale yellow colour and has quite a glossy look to it. There is a faint smell that is evident from the cream, even as I screw off the plastic lid on top of the tub, and this aroma is, I have to admit, not particularly pleasing. It is a rather clinical smell, with a faint whiff of something quite chemical-based, and overall I can't really say that I care for the aroma that much. This is unfortunate, given that the smell of the cream is quite noticeable to me after it has been applied to my face and neck, and even more unfortunate still, given that the smell is still evident for quite some time after the cream has been applied.
On the plus side, it is obvious even as I first apply the cream to my face that this product is one of a very high quality. I can almost instantly feel the cream seep into my apparently thirsty skin, and it takes a mere moment to spread the cream over my face and neck, which was quite surprising to me, given the thick appearance of the cream itself. I suppose I was expecting the product to be quite heavy or certainly have a more 'robust' feeling than it did; it really felt lovely and light on my face as I was applying it.
Furthermore, the thick, rather velvet-like consistency of the cream means that a little goes a long way, which is a point worth making in a product with such a high price tag as this one. I don't know that many people that would be able to afford to shell out £45 for a tub of face cream all THAT often, so it is worth bearing in mind that a small amount - just a small blob really - has been quite ample for my needs, each time I have come to use the night cream.
Taking care around the delicate eye area, the cream is so easily absorbed that there is no 'slick' like feeling on my face after application has been completed and I can already feel the softening qualities of the cream beginning to work, particularly around my eyebrows, which are always prone to dry skin which looks flaky from time to time. I found the cream was absorbed much quicker and easier than I had expected, which again I can only put down to an assumption I had made based on the initial appearance of the cream... I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the thick-looking cream was not at all greasy or oily-feeling after it had been applied.
I must be honest and say that I have not felt any 'tightening' or 'firming' properties from using the cream although to be fair I am not sure that my own skin is the best judge of this aspect to the cream, given that (in my opinion at least) there is not too much that needs firming up (yet). I am only in my early thirties, and so do not feel that my skin is particularly sagging or aged. I'd guess that in another couple of years this might not be the case, but I do look after my skin and take great care in the sun by using a high SPF product, so I do feel that perhaps my own skin is not the best judge in this respect.
There is, however, a noticeable change in the condition of my skin after using this product for around a month. I have found that the overall 'feeling' of my skin has been greatly improved, and given that this is the only product that I have changed recently, I can only assume that it is this product that has brought these beneficial changes to light. Not only is there a marked improvement to the area of dry skin that I mentioned earlier, but my skin tone overall looks to be much improved, with a slightly 'brighter' appearance being noticeable to the trained eye. Furthermore, I have found that the moisturisation properties of the Repairwear Lift Night Cream are second to none, with my skin feeling much softer and in better condition than usual.
The pros most definitely out-weigh the cons with this product, for me personally at least. However, as the Repairwear Lift Night Cream is sold as a 'firming' face cream, I can't help but feel that other consumers may have more issues with the product than me. I could certainly understand if somebody had bought the cream as a 'firming' product, they may be disappointed with the results. As this was not the main selling point for me personally however, I can't help but be impressed with the results achieved. That said, I will be deducting at least one star from the product rating for this face cream as I do feel it is disappointing in respect of the firming claims made by the product.
However, this is a review based on my own personal experience and I have to confess to being really impressed at the improvement in my skin's softness as well as the improvement to my skin tone and overall appearance. I have been so impressed with these aspects of the cream that I am pretty sure I will buy the full-sized tub of the product, high price tag or not.
There is a whole range of Clinique cosmetics and skincare products that are available to buy in departments stores such as House of Fraser and Debenhams. Some larger stores of Boots also stock the products. In addition, Boots have a website from which you can purchase the cream, and this can be found at www.boots.com. The price for the 50ml tub of Repairwear Lift Night Cream (which is the full-sized tub) is £45.00.
My grandmother and mother always warned me about Clinique products, saying that they caused their skin to break out in a rash and that they are not for sensitive skins. Clearly my skin is either a lot more resiliant or Clinique have cleaned up their act since the years ago that they both tried them. I first read about this cream in a magazine and it had been very highly rated. So I decided to give it a go.
When I got to the counter I was absoloutely overwhelmed by the amount of lotions and potions and couldn't seem to find the product I wanted. They all seem to have pretty similar packaging and the mass of silver lids didn't do much to help me. Luckily the assistant came to my rescue and bombarded me with a number of options until I got what I think was the cream I had read about. She didn't seem to give me any advice or anything or even question whether the cream was right for my skin. But I went away happy with my oily/oily combination night cream.
The bit on the back of the pot states:
"Allergy tested. 100% fragrance free...Next generation technology moistirses, helps build visible lifting and firming cushion, fuelled by a unique Retinal/Peptide Complex. Enhances skin's natural ability to generate a structural Type 1 collagen. Helps empower skin to 'defy' gravity. Apply dilligently every night to face, throat."
Well only about half of that made sense to me and the claims of defying gravity seemed a bit much. But I slapped it on anyway.
I found that it didn't feel too heavy for a nightcream and sank in quite quickly (whether this was down to my skin being desperate for a bit of moisture, I don't know).
The next day my skin felt very soft and seemed to be a little tighter. I put on the Superdefence daycream and later on in the day my housemate said how good my skin looked and how fresh I looked. So obviously it had done something. I was impressed that after one use I looked more radiant. I can't really comment on the anti-wrinkle side of things as I haven't really developed any yet. This is more of a precautionary measure but they say the skin starts to age mid twenties.
Overall I am very impressed with the cream and I will continue to buy it. It does carry a hefty price tag but it seems to be worth it and I can feel the difference from cheaper night creams. Now it's just a case of being able to identify the same cream when I next go!
When it comes to looking after your skin, it strikes me that the biggest mistake people make is to leave it all too late. You can't wait for the lines and wrinkles to start appearing and then try and do something about it. Whatever those television commercials promise, you can't turn back the hands of time without surgical intervention and personally, that Bride of Wolfenstein look is not for me. I've used facial moisturiser for quite a few years now. I'd like to think I'm kind of preserving my looks to an extent, but I'm still aware that I'm gradually aging and that's cool. I'm not actually after that Dorian Gray eternal youth; I just want to look as good as I can for as long as I can, within the confines of my age.
The Clinique brand was formed in 1968 and was the world's first hypoallergenic line of cosmetics and skin care products. Their products are allergy tested on human volunteers, such that 600 volunteers must confirm that after 12 applications/uses, they have experienced no irritation. The brand is owned by the Estee Lauder Corporation, a name you'll probably associate first and foremost with perfume, which is slightly ironic, given that one of the Clinique brand's other selling points is that all their cosmetics are fragrance free. The website (www.clinique.co.uk) is very good. The full range is displayed and arranged in an intuitive manner, with lots of information and advice - plus you get to choose free samples whenever you place an order.
When it comes to doing what they're supposed to, I trust Clinique branded products. They're certainly not particularly cheap, but I hold strongly to the belief that you need to spend some decent money when it comes to facial skincare and having used and enjoyed their Clinique For Men range, I was happy to expand further into other products. The other good news is that Clinique products are not tested on animals, which, for me at least, is pretty essential when it comes to this sort of thing. Why should animals suffer for my vanity?
Repairwear Lift Night Cream is, as the title suggests, a moisturiser specifically intended for night time use. You should really have a different moisturiser for daytime use, when your skin needs more protection from UV and pollution and I use Clinique's SPF15 hydrating moisturiser first thing in the morning. At night, your skin doesn't need that sort of protection but it does need help healing, repairing and/or maintaining its condition whilst the rest of your body does exactly the same thing. That's what sleep is all about, after all. The product retails in four different variants for different skin types, namely:
- Dry combination skin
- Combination and oily skin
- Dry and combination skin
- Very dry skin
If you're new to this whole thing and you're not entirely sure what kind of skin type you have, my advice is to go to the Clinique counter in a department store and speak to one of the consultants. He/she can ask questions about your skin and can even use samples and testers to determine which of these four types is best suited to your skin. I use the first type - dry combination skin - as I don't really experience any oiliness where my skin is concerned. Parts of my face are reasonably normal, but I seem to require additional moisture protection around my nose and across my forehead. This is not part of the Clinique For Men range, but is equally suitable for male and female skin.
You can see from the product images here that the moisturiser comes in a smart little pot. I think that with Clinique products you can tell that they're not your average item and the jar looks really smart. A fake interior cover protects the moisturiser from leaking or spilling, but to be honest even without it, this is a very secure container. The screw lid is easily fastened and unfastened and with all my various travels, I've never managed to spill any of this in my luggage. The lid is easily handled too; even if you have slightly 'greasy' fingers once you have applied the moisturiser, you can pretty easily screw the lid back on. The moisturiser is noticeably thin and light compared to its heavier day time counterpart. The fact that it's fragrance-free doesn't mean that it's entirely odourless; there's faint, bland smell when you sniff it up close, but this is undetectable once you apply it your face.
If you're going to look after yourself properly, you can't just apply moisturiser to untreated skin. After the rigours of the day, you need to clean it properly first, removing any excess dirt and grease and ensuring that the moisturiser is absorbed straight into the skin. I've managed to get myself into a reasonably robust routine of scruffing the skin across my face with Clinique scruffing lotion, which removes any dirt or cosmetic product and effectively leaves the skin 'naked'. Once this is done, I wait a minute or two for the skin to calm slightly and then apply the moisturiser. This took some getting used to. In contrast with the day time moisturiser, this stuff is so thin that you can easily accidentally slather yourself in it, which is not the end of the world, but does mean that you have to sit there for some time rubbing it all in. Over time, you get used to the amount that you need and apply this to my fingertips and simply rub it into each part of my face and throat. The advantage of using your fingertips is that you can really focus on the harder to reach places, like the sides of your nose/nostrils. I'll still use this even if I haven't had a shave that day, but if you're unshaven for any longer, you'll find that the stubble stops the cream getting to your face.
This particular night cream is patented in the US and boasts a number of claims.
The manufacturers claim that this includes a 'unique-to-Clinique Retinol/Peptide Complex'. I certainly haven't tried any other moisturiser that 'feels' the same way that this does or that has the same effect. When first applied, the skin feels cooled and soothed, and is actually rather calming. Over time, I've noticed that my skin is softer and smoother and very, very rarely do I now suffer from any kind of dry skin patches. My skin seems to be retaining its firmness too. Other products on the market contain Retinol, including the revered Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect, but I have found much better results with the Clinique variety. Peptide complexes are effectively compounds that release protein, which nourishes and protects the skin. They're not unique to this product; most anti-ageing products now contain peptides.
Clinique also claims that this cream 'enhances the skin's natural ability to generate structural Type 1 collagen'. Collagen is another protein and the more collagen that your skin produces, the less susceptible it is to lines and wrinkles. I don't think I'm yet at the age where I should be seeing any significant signs of this type of aging but my brother (who is seven years older) and has never used any moisturiser is really starting to suffer. Faint lines on my forehead and around my eyes have been relatively constant since I started using this - they haven't got any deeper, for certain. Clinique claims that this cream 'helps to erase the look of lines and wrinkles'. Without any significant lines or wrinkles to erase, I'm probably not in a position to comment on this claim.
For 50ml of this cream, you'll pay £44, which puts this towards the higher end of the market (although it's still a long way of the many hundreds of pounds that you'' pay for the advanced treatments.) I find that one jar lasts me roughly a month, so you're looking at maybe £1.45 a day. I think this is a wise investment. I don't trust or have confidence in the capabilities of cheaper products on the market and having now used this for some time, I'm pretty convinced that it's doing a good job.
I received this on a bonus time at Debenhams one day. I am very dubious off beauty products that say they firm, list, reduce or completley abolish lines and wrinkles, but I took a chance as Clinique is always good.
However, I may have wrong to do so.
I know what you are all saying - 'You are only 26...why do you need anti wrinkle' but believe me 2 kids has taken its toll on me!
Clinique is one of the world's leading brands of prestige skin care, makeup and fragrance products and since 1968, Clinique has been a popular choice to all who have a skin care routine. It is allergy-tested, 100% fragrance free and dermatologist tested.
They have always tried to meet individual skin care needs and this is shown in Clinique's custom-fit 3-Step Skin Care System. Cleanse with Facial Soap. Exfoliate with Clarifying Lotion. Moisturise with Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
This comes in a recyclable green box with corragated insert. The actual tub is made of hard plastic and is shiny silver wuth green writing on the front. It has a silver screw top.
****Size & Price
£ 34.00 30ml Price per 100 ml: £ 113.33
£ 44.00 50ml Price per 100 ml: £ 88.00
According to Clinique 'You'll wake looking remarkably rested and refreshed. Skin will be softer, smoother. Over time you'll see more elasticity, less 'slack.' Fewer apparent lines and wrinkles'.
This formula will help your skin to produce a type of collagen it needs to build lift and firm.
*****How to use
After you have done your 3 step routine and before bed, apply with upward strokes to face and throat.
Considering the amount of money this product costs, I don't think I will be purchasing again. I didn't like the smell at all. I put this on as instructed just before bed and I couldn't get to sleep because of the smell. It is quite a thick cream and didn't soak into my skin, it left a layer of greasy film and combined with the smell, was very unimpressed.
You don't get alot for your money as it looked like I had used half the tub in one application.
As for the wrinkles, well I put up with this cream for 4 weeks of trial and can honestly say I havent seen a difference in my lines around my eyes or the line from my nose to mouth. In the morning my skin did feel a bit moisterised but it also felt quite heavey and clogged up.
If you do find great results but the price is putting you off, try Ebay, as they have some great deals and some with free postage. Or if you want some extra samples, go to the Clinique counter as they always give me some free lip gloss, which did burden the blow of how rubbish this was!!
Perhaps my wrinkles and lines are of the wrong kind or not deep enough (I wish) but I get better results from drinking plenty of water and that is a hell of a lot cheaper!
I got this product as 1 of the free trial sized tubs when I got 2 full sized products from Clinique. They often give you freebies this way and I like to get a bargain. Unfortunately the freebie bag wasn't skin specific, and this is for Dry/Combination skin which may not suit everyone, but I have Oily/Combination/really dry cheeks, so it was worth a go. Afterall I doubted that this would make my skin any worse than what it is!
The little tub that I got was 7ml, and looks like it will last approx 5 goes. Since it was not for sale, then cannot put a price on it. I believe the full sized product is 50ml. I'm not sure of the price of this at Boots, but i've seen shops online selling it for £40, and I think that is so expensive for a face cream.
The tub is the normal Clinique style tub, which is a green plastic screw lid and the writing of the product on the body of the tub. Clinique packaging always looks cheaply expensive. it doesn't look special, but you know it is a brand name, and roughly the cost of it. Their packaging certainly isn't as flash as other brand names.
This cream is thick, and has a sheen to it. It is a very light orange colour amd you only need a small amount to rub into your face. There isn't really a scent to this, just a light cream scent.
So how does this work? You apply this to a cleansed face, and at night time. This is meant to tighten any saggy areas and help with wrinkles. I have only used this 3 times, and mostly on my cheeks and in the morning they feel soft, smooth, have a little sheen to them and I would like to say my skin feels a tiny bit tighter.
It seems to be a good product and would be glad to get a free sample again, but I am not convinced it should be as expensive as what it is.
You'll wake looking remarkably rested and refreshed. Skin will be softer, smoother. Over time you'll see more elasticity, less 'slack.' Fewer apparent lines and wrinkles. Helps skin multiply the presence of the one type of collagen it most needs to build lift and firming cushion. To use: Apply with upward strokes to face and throat. Limit sun exposure and use a daily sunscreen while using this product and during periods of non-use.