When I flick through a women magazine, my first target would be the skincare advertisements. I truly enjoy looking at new products and reading about the latest innovations in skincare. I would read the details and compare the different products and their miracles.
So naturally, I noticed the tiny Clarins coupon in the Cleo (Malaysia) March 2014 magazine. I tore out the coupon from the page and kept it in my purse, just in case….
I admit, it has been years since I stopped by a Clarins counter – the last time being in Wawasan Plaza, Kota Kinabalu. And I have never tried out any Clarins product.
Somehow, I always ended up with other brands.
But as I was paying for a purchase at Metrojaya, Suria Sabah, I spotted Clarins counter and remembered the coupon.
I was quite certain that the stock must be finished, but I approached the sales assistant anyway because I wanted to ask about their foundation.
Ms Korina, the sales assistant, surprised me when she confirmed that the samples were still available. She was very professional, helpful and welcoming.
If I were not there with my mom and we were not in a hurry, I suspect I would have bought a few Clarins items that day – she was such a dear! And an expert. I believe she has been handling Clarins counters for a decade and her expertise was refreshing.
Many a time, I have met sales staff who seems to hate their job or hate the customers who visit the store.
She expertly informed me about the products, their purpose and how to use them. She even offered to give me a skin analysis and consultation whenever I’m ready, preferably after I have tried the samples.
I’m already considering getting a foundation from her on my next visit.
Clarins White Plus
The sample consists of Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Brightening Hydrating Emulsion, Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Smoothing Brightening Night Cream, UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 and a Beauty Treat Card.
I started with Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Smoothing Brightening Night Cream. This nourishing night-time treatment aims to turn around dull, uneven skin while you sleep.
With Raspberry and Alchemilla extracts and Vitamin C it helps to counter the effects of daytime stress—minimising dark spots, freckles and discolourations for a radiant, even complexion upon waking.
The cream has a smooth texture and when applied onto skin, feels pleasantly powdery and smells nice.
I was advised to finish it within 2 applications but I’m not used to slathering my skin generously with cream, so I used it 4 times instead. My skin is combination-oily, and in the morning I can feel a bit of stickiness on my face. It is indeed a ‘rich, smooth cream which bathes skin in intense moisture throughout the night to restore a fairer, brighter and even complexion’.
I think it’s perfect for those with dry skin, ok for those with combination skin and to be used sparingly by those with oily skin.
During the day, I used the Brightening Hydrating Emulsion with SPF 20. It is stated as ‘a fine, fluid and milky emulsion which protects skin and brightens the complexion, leaving it perfectly matte with a youthful, transparent rosy glow’. It’s not oily at all, but I don’t detect any ‘transparent rosy glow‘.
Of course, that can only be achieved instantly with blusher or due to allergic reaction. 😀
I applied the UV Plus Multi Protection SPF 40 – Day Screen High Protection when I knew I was going to be under the sun for more than half an hour. It’s lightly tinted and has a sweet fragrance. The light tint succeeded in making me appear rosier and more photogenic.
It’s called multi-protection because it gives triple protection :
- UV Plus shields from sun damage with 100% mineral filters
- Defends against the elements with a patented anti-pollution complex.
- Fights free radicals and DNA damage deep within the skin’s surface with organic Cantaloupe—Clarins’ powerful new anti-oxidant from Provence.
Taken together, the products help to turn around dull, uneven skin and preserve clear skin while helping to prevent the formation of dark spots.
My verdict :
After a couple of applications and even after an hour in the sun, my complexion has improved a bit, the dark spots is not as noticeable as before and I didn’t get sunburnt.
Of the 3 Clarins skincare products, UV Plus Multi Protection SPF 40 is definitely my favourite.
Please check out Clarins Malaysia website for more info on Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Brightening Hydrating Emulsion (75ml, RM230), Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Smoothing Brightening Night Cream (50ml, RM250), UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 (30ml, RM158)