My skin has been behaving badly. My rosacea somehow thought it’d be fun to show up like the guest of honor at a party. Only a lot less welcome. But still pretty prominent. A lot of it has to do with being sick the past couple of weeks which has added the particular added feature of extreme dryness. My makeup tutorials have been quite scarce due to this issue, so I’ve taken the opportunity to try out a lot of different skincare products. I had a sample of this Clarins cream and without much thought, I grabbed it and put it on.

Let’s see how it did…

To start with, it was very nice to use this sample because it was a tube and not one of those crappy sachets. I hate those! I know the tubes are not the most environmentally friendly packaging, but at least you can reeeeeally test a product with those.  The Clarins HydraQuench cream is an super hydrating, ultra-moisturizing formula targeted to those with normal to dry skin. The key ingredient of this cream is Katafray bark extract, which “significantly stimulates hydration and dramatically improves skin barrier functioning in in-vitro tests”.

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What’s good about it

  • Very lightweight formula, easily absorbed by the skin
  • Provides instant hydration and you can really feel it working within minutes
  • Very nice scent (that might be a minus for those of you sensitive to scents)
  • After a week of daily use (once in the morning and once in the evening), my skin’s dryness was visibly improved, and the areas that are oily (I have combination skin) felt healthy and supple. not oily at all.
  • You don’t need a lot of product so the 50 ml jar can last you anywhere between 4 to 6 months easily! But I’m speculating because as I said, I used a sample, but that sample lasted me almost 2 weeks!

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What’s not so good about it

  • It is on the pricier end, although I must say it is quite reasonable compared to others I’ve used (like Chanel or Kiehl’s)
  • I mentioned for me the scent was nice, but for those sensitive to them, this will be a minus because it is strongly scented.

I really loved it and I plan to purchase the full size (but only after finishing testing all the other wonderful products I have!)

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Paola’s mood after using this product: