Clarins? Class act or crap cak? Skin care routine review.


So two posts in one day? You lucky devils :).
I can’t keep away and was really excited about bringing this review to you guys.

I was kindly given a complete skin care routine by the Ladies at Clarins and I have kept to the routine day and night, rain or shine for exactly a week.
These items aren’t cheap however I wanted to put the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ to bed.
Each brand has a hit product, then its miss.
This starts from your drug store to Sloane square.
Its up to us beauty bloggers to dive in the lotions and potions and see where you can scrimp and where you should splurge.

Read on bbloggers, read on.

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract

Polishes skin clean
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, Oily
Texture: Cream
Price £20

Clarins state;
Clarins gentle, spa-fresh cleanser polishes-away make-up, embedded impurities and spent surface cells in one time-saving step—revealing the glowing skin beneath. Orange extract softens, refreshes and revives. Moringa Seed extract purifies and refines while preserving your skin’s natural moisture level. Gentle Silica Microbeads tackle clogged pores. Now that’s refreshing!

Okay, I want a cleanser not a grocery list but anyhoo, what does it all mean.
Oranges are a good source of Vitamin C which is known to improve the skin texture and colour. They help restore collagen in our body which we all know is a must for skin firming and preventing early aging of skin.
Clarins have also popped in some
moringa seeds for good measure. These also offer great antioxidant benefits. They contain lots of vitamin A, C, B and other free radical fighters. The moringa seed also contains zinc which is amazing for the skin. They then chat about Silica microbeads. I didn’t know a great deal about them and I’m not sold yet but they are alleged to be very porous and help absorb oil.

But, what did I think?

Okay, so I did as suggested and applied it to my damp skin. Hello scratchy city! The exfoliator felt like I was rubbing sand onto my face. I couldn’t remove my eye make up or even the make up around my eyes for fear of being admitted into A and E with a scratched retina.
I persevered and my face was crimson afterwards. I was quite concerned and read on the ingredients list this product contains sulfates which are known to cause irritation to some people. I am one of these people. Sulfates are used to make the products foam when they come into contact with water. I don’t trust them but they are in thousands of products unfortunately.
I found this product messy, harsh and feared for my ‘elf and safety when using it.

In my humble opinion its pants.


Toning Lotion With Camomile “Dry/Normal Skin”

Gentle cleansing
Skin Type: Normal, Dry
Texture: Lotion
Price £19
Clarins state;
Alcohol-free toner—with gentle Camomile, Alpine Herbs, and Linden extracts—removes every last trace of cleanser, leaving dry or normal skin clean and perfectly radiant. Softens, soothes and smoothes irritations. Also, preps skin for the Clarins treatments that follows.

I do not like toner. I think its all a bit of a con and as I previously explained in ‘beauty jargon busted’ its just fancy water.
Clarins unfortunately did nothing to disprove this theory.
Yes, I applied it to a cotton pad and it did remove all traces of cleanser.
But so would a bloody flannel from Asda.

I’m going to start a campaign #tonersforboners

Ditch it. Its like a beauty tax. Do not buy again if you agree with my thought process.

Well, thats one way to lose friends and alienate people. But I only do honest reviews.
Luckily its looking a bit better for Clarins from here on in.

Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner Gentle exfoliating lotion


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, Oily
Texture: Lotion
Price £25
Clarins state;
A fresh, fluid exfoliating lotion that brightens, smooths and softens skin. Regular exfoliation helps to strenghten the skin’s resistance to wrinkles and maintain the balance between preventing a build-up of dead cells and encouraging cell renewal.

So this is a bit Awks, after my toner outburst but I actually don’t mind this product.
No I’m not cray, here me out.
This in my opinion is more of an exfoliator. It contains AHA’s and these are wicked for your skin. Much better than chucking bits of grit on your face hoping it will make you look as young as a newborn.
So ditch the first two products and use this as an exfoliator.
If your skin is more spot prone you could use this daily but for normal skin, maybe 3 times a week.
Forget that its a toner, the only similarity is in application. A quick slug on a cotton pad and applied to the face.

I like this product but I don’t think I’ll be parting with 25 quid for it.

It gets better guys.

HydraQuench Cream Normal to Dry Skin

Moisturised and radiant skin all day long
Skin Type: Normal, Dry
Texture: Cream
Price £35

Clarins state;
Light and silky, smooth to apply and feather-light on the skin.
Rapidly absorbed, this cream refreshes and hydrates.

So this is dear. But it works. Yes I am a budget beauty I will admit however if a product is worth the money and you need it, then buy it once you can afford it. A fiver a week in a piggy bank and in less than two months you will have a luxury moisturiser.
I found this absorbed super quickly and as I went to wash my hands, I looked back up and it was gone.
No I wasn’t losing my mind (on this occasion) my skin had literally drank it. My skin felt so soft yet not greasy. My skin looked plump and youthful. I was super pleased after the first two ‘mares.
This is better for drier skins but still worked on my normal skin. This was the first to run out so shows that I loved it.
The only negative is no Sun protection.
My foundation contains this so wasn’t too big of a deal but if yours doesn’t thats another step you’ll have to factor in.

This is going on the christmas list. I can live without it but my skin looks far better with it.

Now, here comes my baby.
This is the game changer, the myth breaker, the faith restorer.

Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil “Dehydrated Skin”


Rebalancing oils made from 100% pure plant extracts
Skin Type: Normal
Texture: Oil
Price £32

Clarins state;
Moisture care for Dehydrated Skin.
100% pure plant extracts. This best-selling oil contains extracts of Rosewood, Patchouli and Blue Orchid to tone, revitalise and restore radiance to moisture-depleted skin. Hazelnut Oil helps prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines.

I am now obsessed with this product the ingredients are knock out. Heres a quick run through. Rosewood is known for its antibacterial properties soothing as well as promoting elasticity.
Hazlenut Oil can help prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines.
Patchouli is the Princess of Anti-inflammatory she strengthens and kicks skin cells up the arse to get them moving.
Then, the Diva arrives. Blue orchid! (no not Beyonces daughter thats blue Ivy!)
this bad boy tones the skin kicking it into touch. It tackles dehydrated skin by revitalising and restoring radiance to moisture sapped skin.
This for me is a winter delight, my skin turns dehydrated as the nights draw in and my lips often crack. I haven’t noticed one flake on my kissers since slapping this on daily.
It lasts forever too! I had the 2ml sample and have used it twice daily and I still have some left.
Its fool proof too, add into your moisturiser, drop a bit on your hands and warm it up or even add to your hair conditioner over night. Wash the next day and girl, I’ll be your new BFF for letting you know.
My skin was so soft I felt proud it belonged to me. One of the blokes I work with even commented that my skins the best he’s ever seen it. He’s known me since I was 15!
*do a little happy dance*
The smell was divine, every application felt like I was having a spa treatment.
Damn, I love this.

Price doesn’t even come into it. Must buy, must have. I need more.

I am a face oil convert and I am unashamed.

To summarise, the first two are naff. I’m sorry to be blunt but I know no other way.
I am sure a beauty expert will respond with facts and statistics why what I have wrote is absurd but I’ll always tell you peeps the truth.
I would hate to fib and say I love it because thats what other are saying.
You read this blog for a reason and I’m hoping that reason is for truthful, honest and frank posts.

The gentle exfoliator, brightening toner, but its blates not a toner, product (3)
Is a decent purchase. I’m not gonna chuck it away or regift it, a few months on. Im just not going out of my way to buy it.

The last two products, are beautiful. The only fault I can see is no SPF.

If you’re looking to treat yourself to a new face oil, or step up your game with the moisturising. These two are for you.

I hope you found this post useful and I hope I won’t get lynched by hardcore toner fans.

Oh and remember


Ex oh ex oh



all images and descriptions were taken from the Clarins website.


2 thoughts on “Clarins? Class act or crap cak? Skin care routine review.

  1. Hey 🙂 enjoyed reading! I’ve not used any Clarins skin care products really, I got my partner the men’s moisturising balm and I use it too- it’s amazing I think! I always use Clinique foundation and would love to see a skin care review of that- maybe you could do one before I dish out the money so I know haha! 🙂 would be fab if you could check out my blog too! I’m also a Clo 🙂 xxx


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