Happy May everyone! I feel like I haven’t done a review in a while, but I’m back with something new. It’s the Hydra-Essentiel silky cream from Clarins. As I always emphasize in all my skincare posts, the Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion is my ride or die when it comes to moisturizers, so I never really venture out and try new ones. However, I was very curious as to how I would like this one. Click the read more to see if I gave it the Brittney Stamp of Approval!
Special thanks to Influenster and Clarins for sending me a deluxe sample of this moisturizer to try for free!
- $46CAD for the full size (50 mL)
- Normal to dry skin
- Contains :
- Leaf of Life extract to boost multi-level hydration of the skin
- Beautyberry extract to help revive skin radiance
- Clarins anti-pollution complex to protect skin from environmental agressors
- Helps restore moisture reserves and reinforces the skin’s barrier function
Okay so what I got from all those claims is that this moisturizer moisturizes your face, makes it radiant and protects it from things like extreme temperatures and pollution. I swear these big brands just write irrelevant run on sentences to make the product seem really really good. It took me longer than it should have to find the claims on the insert that came with the box. I say just get straight to the point. But I guess I’m rambling in this paragraph, so we’re gonna move on.
My main concern with this cream is that it’s made for normal to dry skin, and I have oily skin. Whenever a product is targeted for those with normal to dry skin, I always assume that it is going to make my skin oilier. This was not the case with this moisturizer. It didn’t add to the oiliness of my skin. This is beneficial for me, considering I haven’t been wearing any face makeup lately, and since I don’t have any anti-shine products on my face, any trace of oil/shine is very visible.
I applied this morning and night, and each time, I found that it really does make your skin feel like silk. It’s a different feeling than just having your skin feel moisturized and I would compare it to what my skin feels like after I apply my Luna night oil. I also think that after using this regularly, my skin has maintained that silky feel (or at least has maintained that hydration) really well throughout the day.
In terms of the claims that it boosts the skins radiance, I’m still on the fence. My skin has been more even and radiant as of late, but I don’t know if I can attribute that to this moisturizer alone. I already use a lot of brightening/radiance boosting products in my skincare routine, so it’s hard to prove that this product makes your skin more radiant, but if anything, the moisturizer has been adding to that. NGL when I’m at the gym where I’m bare faced and lighting is amazing, my skin looks so clear and healthy.
Other little things to note, the smell of the moisturizer is pleasant. Not heavily fragranced, which is always a plus of course, but it does have a clean scent to it. It’s a thicker consistency, which I don’t mind but I think that’s why it’s catered towards normal to dry skin. Some people with oily skin usually need a lighter moisturizer in order to prevent excess oil from building up on their skin (my skin isn’t as oily, so maybe that’s why I don’t have a problem with it). Also, I found that application is very smooth – literally. It’s so easy to distribute the product all over your face, which you wouldn’t normally expect from something that’s a bit thicker.
Overall, this is an amazing product. I could be biased, as I haven’t tried a lot of other moisturizers, but I really like this. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a good moisturizer that will help your skin in the long run. However, I don’t know if I would repurchase the full size based on price alone. I am still quite loyal to my Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion, and I will most likely go back to using it once I have run out of the Hydra-Essentiel moisturizer. My skin doesn’t feel silky like it does when I use the Hydra-Essentiel, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make so I don’t have to spend more money.