Lately, my skincare and makeup brand of choice have converged into just one French brand which surprised me quite a bit. I like quite a bit of variety in my routine so I didn’t realize how much I haven’t really been doing that.
As I was going through my usual Clarins routine, I realized there were a few items that I knew was going to stay in my routine until they run out and need to be repurchased. It got me thinking that I need to write another “Best Of” post sharing some of my favourite Clarins products that you should give a try next time you feel like splurging on new goodies!
I’ve always loved Clarins’ botany-infused beauty range – it feels good knowing that you’re putting organic and plant-based ingredients on the skin. Between skincare, makeup and a few unique picks, I think I’ve got everything covered here! If you have any other Clarins suggestions, please let me know – I’m always up to trying something new!
Clarins is very well known for their skincare range so it’s very hard to narrow down my picks to a just a few items. They have something for everything. By “everything” I mean, every skin concern! Here are a just a few of my favourites.
1. For the Busy Millenials…
I enjoyed the Multi-Active range ($91, available here) with their day/night cream and eye cream ($51, available here) which is designed and formulated specifically to target skin aggressors that millenials often go through on a daily basis. Available as a day and night cream for different skin types, this is one of those products that will be a complement to your routine.
2. The One Wonder Product…
The Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil ($64, available here) is another one of my favourite – I’ve gotten this as a sample multiple times but really need to get it in full-size because when mixed with my moisturizer, this just amps the hydration factor. While on the surface it moisturizer, deep in the skin, it cleanses, and encourages skin cell reproduction to help the texture and look of your skin.
3. The Hydration Booster…
If I could stick to only one (or two) product that keeps my skin super hydrated, no matter the weather, I would point you in the Hydra Essentiel (previously HydraQuench) range ($39-62, available here). I am obsessed with the serum which helps the skin retain moisture well. With the “leaf of life” as its inspiration, it’s not a surprise that this is one of those products that will keep your skin
4. The Perfect Skin Splurge…
I was quite the skeptic when I first tried out the Double Age Control Serum ($91, available here) which claims to have a unique dual blend of anti-aging plants. The Mission Perfect Serum is an oldie but has been discontinued as it is no longer available on Sephora. It was what made me want to try more of the skincare range given this serum really gives the skin a little something that helps reduce the look of dark spots.
5. For the lips…
I’m a little biased but the Clarins Instant Comfort Lip Oil ($28, available here) and the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector ($34, available here) are some of my favourite lip products. Of the two, I usually have the Instant Light lip perfector on hand as it’s less sticky and feels a lot more lightweight than the oil counterpart. The Lip Perfector is a great all-year lip product to have handy.
6. For the understated eye look…
I am not over my love affair for the Ombre Matte and the Ombre Matte Iridescent eye shadows; these are some of the best, long-lasting, great-for-day-to-night products that I obsessed over. The shade #09 silver rose, remains my all-time favourite eyeshadow (it;s very similar to Urban Decay’s Sin eyeshadow) – perfect for a quick application.
Despite the potted format, it’s very easy to build up pigmentation and I was surprised at how well it lasts without primer. I did drop my pot a couple of times and although the inside has cracked, a quick press (using a drop of water and pressed down with tissue paper) fixed it to its prior glory.
Overall, Clarins remains a brand that is has consistently surprised me – if you were to choose, I’d recommend the skincare over the makeup as they are less of a guesswork and the high reviews for them is a testament to the strength of the brand’s R&D. If you want to dabble into their makeup, I recommend starting with their lip and hybrid skincare/makeup items as they are more consistent in terms of quality!
What are your favourite Clarins products?