I suffer pretty badly from ingrown hairs and shaving rashes which can be uncomfortable and downright painful at times. A shaving foam isn't going to do much for ingrown hairs but finding a decent one is a must for minimising discomfort as much as possible.
The Clinique shaving cream came as part of a set I received at Christmas and I was quite curious to try it out as I am not normally a fan of shaving creams and usually prefer to use a foam but I had heard good things about the Clinique one.
The shaving cream is exactly what it says it is and is a white cream that has a sort of shimmery look to it. All you have to do is take some and massage it between your palms and then apply it to wet skin. Clinique say to use a coin sized amount but I find that I need to use quite a bit more than this to be able to comfortably cover my beard area.
The cream is fragrance free but there is actually quite a strong smell of menthol to it. You can also feel the menthol on your skin as it gets cold when the air touches it. I quite like this as my skin does tend to feel the burn when I am shaving it.
Being a cream the razor is supposed to just glide across the skin but this wasn't really the case in my experience. I found that the cream actually tended to come off with the first pass of the razor and I had to add more cream and shave again as I wasn't getting a close enough shave.
The things that I did like about it were that it made my skin feel really soft and although it didn't do much to stop me getting a shaving rash it also didn't aggravate it and make it worse like some shaving products that I've used do.
Overall I would say this is an ok shaving cream but it isn't anything special and at £12 for a tube it really should be much better than something I can buy in boots for £5.
Last year when I was moving out of my old flat and into a new one, I had some friends help me out in moving everything out and whilst I was due to help the same friend out of the group do the same tasks for him, all I expected was a bottle of wine or a pint for the help. I was completely bowled over when I received a three pack Clinique Skin Supplies for Men kit consisting of a post shaving balm, M Moisturiser and the Cream Shave which appears to be the product subject for this review.
Whilst I have endless facial skin products I hadnt actually used Clinique before until this kit had been given to me as a gift and whilst delighted at receiving something so outwardly expensive, I already had a few shaving creams and sticks to get through. So by the time University came along I was ready for the Shaving Cream in my daily use.
** Price/Quantity **
Since the beginning of University and within the time period of a new residence in an old city I had previously lived in however I had also started to use Cliniques facial soap for men with disappointing results. I couldnt believe that singularly a tube of this Shaving Cream would set me back £11(125ml) from Jenners department store in Edinburgh for example, whilst prices elsewhere such as House of Frasers were identical. So, would it improve my skin or have a better effect than my normal shaving cream? Read on!
** Packaging/Promise **
As you are in no doubt by now Clinique also produce a range for men, emphasized by their own section on the UK website dedicated to mens products ranging from the obvious such as moisturisers, facial products and more recently a complete siren of change for me, a concealer stick which has been produced for men!! Lordy what next...lipstick??
Similar to the facial soap then, the shaving cream comes in a dark grey tube which looks very clinical and to my mind very 1970s when comparing old products seen on You Tube videos featuring tacky adverts for facial care for women. It is also not dissimilar to one of my favourite brands of shampoo (and sadly no longer on sale) Vidal Sassoon who used to produce classy grey bottles and tubes for hair products. White lettering abounds the middle of the tube and at the back for the company statement specifically promising sleek and smooth skin as well as moisturising a beard, which actually presents a bit of a confusing image for me since its going to be taken off anyway, how can it moisturise a beard, or perhaps Clinique mean to say moisturise the stubble once the beard has been removed!?
And as per usual with this product from Clinique it suggests that no additives have been put into the cream substance other than emollient which adds to the silky, smooth consistency.
** Consistency & Scent **
Once the cap is lifted up, the cream which is deposited has a silky and shiny look to it which befits its hefty asking price. It also has a lovely clean and fresh smelling scent and one which up until now I have appreciated against cheap shaving creams and foams which smell like stale body odour! As such the cream is thick and meringue like in the way that it falls on my hand before I apply to my skin. Clinique suggest to wait 10 minutes before applying to the face and I have done this if Im not rushing out the door in the morning.
** In Use **
For starters, the cream is easy to apply to my face and being off white in colour it is easy to see where it lands if other facial hair is nearby. When applying a wet shaver across my face, I am left with tingly skin particularly around my neck which I am quite sensitive to and in the past have suffered from slight razor burn. On my moustache and side burn lines, the razor I use glides beautifully with this Cream Shave product and leaves no stinging. However as much as Clinique would have you believe, nicks and grazes do not vanish with this cream and I have had a few cuts from my shaver with the use of this product, just like any other I have tried.
It is afterwards that the effects of this cooling shaving cream start to wear off. For about 5 minutes my whole face throbs once the cream has been washed off and I thought that this was great until I left my home. Then the coolness of the cream just absorbs into my skin and Im left with smooth skin unless I apply aftershave. Thereafter whilst my skin felt smooth, it does change if you apply aftershave. Now, whilst this is a 3 pack I have also used the Post shaving balm which is supposed to calm down razor burn. Whilst it does calm down stinginess, the effects are short lived just like the cream which is frankly disappointing for such an expensive product. I applied it in the morning and in the afternoon when aftershave was sprayed on again to refresh, by god my neck and beard area stung like mad!!
For softer skin I moisturize with a myriad of different facial moisturizers; Cliniques M Moisturizer does nothing for me other than offer a small degree of smoothness but it does not leave my skin silky smooth for a prolonged amount of time and it doesnt have a pleasant enough fragrance.
Washing off this product is easy to do and the cream comes off very easily though. My mum does like using it for her legs which is great because at long last it can be used for someone else just not on me. It is a great pity that overall although the product promises much there are better products out there.
** Any other considerations? **
The tube top can sometimes get clogged with cream and turns to a yellowish colour before the small depositing hole gets completely clogged up. This has proved to be annoying especially when I dont have my glasses on when shaving in the morning and find that I am applying old bits of cream shave as opposed to the soft, silky feeling fresh cream to my face.
Clinique should improve the quality of the tubing and its cap for the price they are asking off the customer.
** Conclusion **
Once again Im disappointed by a product by Clinique and unfortunately for this company I have just discovered another shaving cream which trounces it on price, quantity and offers similar protection and performance. The fact that it has the same scent could just be a coincidence; Superdrug Shaving foam 400ml at £2-99 with Aloe Vera. All of a sudden shaving neednt be expensive! Thanks for reading.
Beauty companies are bringing out new mens skin care products all the time, to fill a new growing market. The modern man wants to look good, and they dont mind paying for it. Clinique has brought has brought out its own for men range. This is a designer range of mens skincare products in plain manly packaging, with a designer price tag to match. It is quite a large range and includes moisturisers, eye creams, face wash and even soap.
Clinique for men is my hubby's Favourite Shaving Cream; he loves it (so do I), no more razor rash with this cream. Well what made him try it, well it was a gift and he liked it so much he kept using it. I must admit that for all its benefits it is expensive at £8.50 for a 125ml tube, but it will last for a month. Its does make a good gift though; you can get gift packs from most stores for around £20 - £25. There are various gift sets, with slightly different contents; most contain the shave cream, plus post shave healer (around £16 a bottle in stores) and M Moisturiser.
Clinique shave cream comes in a grey tube with white writing very plain, but will appeal to most men. The product itself is a white cream that looks like moisturiser, an has no detectable odour. It seems to moisturise your skin while you shave. It allows you to have a closer shave and results in less irritation and a closer longer lasting shave. Although I am told (by my Hubby) that, this product can be difficult to use if you a couple of days growth.
Take it from a woman it works, I can always tell when my man has used this, his skin is softer, smoother and more kissable. No more spots or rashes no matter how often you shave and less of those nasty razor cuts. Its also worth investing in the post shave healer, at around £16 a 75ml bottle it is expensive, but this will last around 6 months. Helps heal cuts quickly and cleanly. My hubby has tried all sorts on his razor cuts and this really works.
As this product is a cream rather than foam and allows you to have a closer save with less nicks. It is very difficult to find other shave creams on the market and compared to shave foams and Gels this product is very expensive, but compared to other creams the price is about average. Compared to other shave creams it seems to perform better and in some cases even slightly cheaper, as some brands retail at around £12.50. We are constantly on the look out for a similar product at a better price so will let you know if we find anything.
On the downside the Clinique for men range is expensive, but both my man and I think that the benefits outweigh the expense. One other problem is that it is too expensive for us ladies to steal to use on our legs, so unfortunately I have to buy my own. I would recommend that every woman buy this for her man. If the price tag is stopping you trying it, it is worth buying a tube just to use for getting ready for going out, other special occasions and Holiday, and remember if your going on holiday it is cheaper to purchase it at the airport. It is a very good product and would have been a 5 star product if not for the price.