Clinique has had a whirlwind of releases lately, and I've tested two of their new offerings. I loved one, and was only moderately impressed with the other. Let me tell you about them...
Samples of these products were provided for consideration by the lovely folks of Clinique.
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"This instantly cooling rollerball helps massage away bags, refreshes and hydrates puffy eyes on contact. Brightens eye area immediately and over time. Combats dark circles, too. With caffeine, potent antioxidants and soothing botanicals. Oil-free, non-irritating. Ophthalmologist Tested."
The cool rollerball feels good on the eyes, that's true. In fact, put it in the fridge and you'll really love it! It's a clear gel with a tiny bit of a shimmer or glow. It's not sparkly, it just seems to refract the light and "spruce things up". The downside is that this stayed on top of my skin for awhile and looked wet and a bit glisten-y and a little sticky. That's no problem if I'm sitting on the couch or going to bed, but it was just sticky enough that I felt weird putting makeup on it, even after it sat for awhile. Also, the product keeps coming out of the rollerball as you roll (of course) so if you're really grooving on the cool feeling you end up with a puddle under the eyes!
I noticed a tiny bit of firming and tightening (temporary) but it's not like it sucked in the skin and I looked like a teen again. I'd pay bazillions for that! It's definitely hydrating, and as such it pluffs up the fine lines for a bit. I have my doubts about the dark circle impact, even after a long time, since my understanding is that dark circles are really, really hard to combat. The caffeine probably shrinks the veins seen in allergy eyes and similar types of dark circles, but I doubt you'll get any progress made on genetic dark circles.
Overall opinion: Meh. Let's see how it does after a crying jag. I'll get back to you.
"Dermatologist-developed to be safe, comfortable. Yet in clinical trials our serum was comparable to a leading prescription ingredient in creating a more even skin tone. A verified 53% improvement in skin tone. For all ethnicities: See results starting in as little as 4 weeks. At 12 weeks, see a visible reduction in dark spots, age spots, and traces of acne past."
Listen, this is pretty groundbreaking, ya'll. The way we usually deal with dark spots of any kind is a product called hydroquinone, which is only available in prescription form and has all kinda of downsides (irritation, for one). Other products claim to break up the melanin that creates dark spots, but when pressed pretty much everyone agrees they work nowhere near as well (or as fast!) as hydroquinone.
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, though, is showing comparable results with no irritation. And with no prescription. And when I say "comparable" you have to know it really is: within one percentage point of the hydroquinone in almost every test they ran. Sometimes the Clinique product even had the 1 point edge over the prescription!
I've been using this religiously for a few weeks, and by religiously I mean "every morning for sure, and at night when I remember, which is almost never". So, just once a day, if I'm being honest, and I'm still seeing great results! I have noticed a definite fading to my freckles and ... um... for lack of a better word: "'stache". And my skin looks overall more even.
My one-word review for this product: STELLAR.
I'll keep you posted, but I expect to continue to be impressed.
BSB Tip: When applying serums, put the product on your fingertips and then touch them to the area you want the most impact first, then spread. So I hit the area between my lip and my nose fo' sho', then spread it over the freckles and then move to the rest of my face.
Have you tried either of these products? What do you think?