Thursday, 6 October 2011

SMACKDOWN!! Gel Moisturisers.

In the red corner with a volume of 125ml, costing £28.50 Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing gel!! 

And in the blue corner with a volume of 50ml, costing £33. Clarins HydroQuench cooling 

In my opinion Clinique is be the starting brand for beauty lovers breaking into the premium market whereas Clarins appears to be a more established brand for the more mature woman. Clarins also is around the same pricing as Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden. Clinique is definitely cheaper and this shows in their packaging. For the most part it is plastic whereas Clarins packaging exudes a high end luxury. Clarins is £4.50 more expensive for 75ml less than the Clinique but looks so much better. Much more weighty and is a beautiful blue frosted glass jar with a golden rimmed twist-off lid. It's perhaps less hygenic than the Clinique as you have to scoop the product with your fingers. The clinique comes in a clear plastic bottle with a silver lid and pump. This is great until you get the end and most your morning is spent scooping product from around the edges. The Clinique also comes in a 50ml sqeezy tube and that retails for £16.50.

The Clarins is much thicker in consistency, smells faintly of flowers and takes a minute or two to soak into the skin. It is much harder to blend than Clinique, as that melts into the skin straight away. Clinique has a very light formulation and smells faintly chemical but this is mostly undetectable. Clinique leaves your skin feeling so soft and supple. I mention this as most moisturisers on me leave my skin feeling all sticky and gross rather than mm... soft and supple?. The Clarins unfortunately leaves a slight tacky feeling on the skin which dissipates eventually. Unfortunately it can leave the skin a tad greasy, for me, in the T zone. It does "do what it says on the tin" though - it comes into its own when it is warm as it truly has a lovely cooling affect on the skin and feels almost refreshing on a hot and sticky nights.

On another note: Clinique lasts twice as long as it has a use by date of 24 months opposed to Clarins' 12 months. I assume this is due to the product being fully exposed to the air, having a screw off lid, or has less preservatives, which on the cuff could be an indicator that Clarins is better for the skin than Clinique?

In conclusion  Clarins is down for the count and Clinique is the victor. This was always going to be a tough fight between a rooky and a heavy weight champion. Clinique remains my Holy Grail (check out my other posts on this: Products of greatness and summer 2011 beauty favourites). That is not to say Clarins is not a great moisturiser on it's own merit. I just don't get the love factor with this and in all honesty will not repurchase; but I don't dislike it by any means (Check out what other Clarins goodies I purchased this summer: Clarins Haul).

I hope you have found this useful. And if you've tried both of these, what is your favourite?? xx


  1. I really enjoyed this review (and the way you changed the pictures to red and blue)! Definitely need to invest in some clinque products.


  2. thankyou Sarah. I try... ;-) xoxo