Super Restorative Night Cream

by Clarins  Super Restorative
Price:
$125 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
4/30/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Super Restorative Night Wear is nearly identical in emollient feel and performance to the Super Restorative Day Cream, and the same basic comments apply.

There is no logical reason to charge more for this product than for the Day Cream, but this would still be illogically priced even if it cost only $20. The various types (and tiny amounts) of algae it contains cannot promote a brighter, more even-toned complexion. Actually, all of the played-up plant extracts—and a few antioxidants too—are listed after the fragrance, so they don’t add up to much of anything, and the jar packaging will reduce what little potency may be present.

More than just a night cream, this new generation high-tech restorative beauty treatment is formulated for maturing skin challenged by natural hormonal changes due to the aging process. Super Restorative Night Wear enlivens skin in the evening, replenishes skin throughout the night and delivers firming, moisturizing and illuminating benefits. Optically reduces the appearance of wrinkles and shadowy areas as it restores skin's vibrancy. Promotes a brighter, more even textured complexion.

Purified Water, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Mica, Polyacrylamide, Disodium EDTA, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Titanium Dioxide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Nyctanthes Arbor, Tristis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Triclosan, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Phosphate, BHT, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol, Red 4

Clarins is a distinctively French line whose beginnings go back to 1954. It was then that founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins began formulating plant-based treatments for his clients. He parlayed this into a Beauty Institute, and from there, with an all-natural mantra that was slightly ahead of its time, the business grew. Never wavering from its original marketing angle, Clarins has steadfastly held on to the belief that whatever grows from the ground and smells nice must be the cure for every skin ailment, from breakouts to loss of firmness to the dreaded "sponginess" of cellulite. A visit to today's white- and red-trimmed Clarins counter confirms that the plant-based, natural-extract rhetoric is still intact, and the counter staff is eager to discuss it (yet ask them what some of the non-plant, unnatural ingredients are doing in their products and you may be met with a blank stare).

You'll also find that Clarins routinely offers facial appointments at their counters, yet more often than not these appointments, which are done behind a privacy screen, are about selling products, not about performing a legitimate facial. (For example, cleansing, toning, and facial massage are included, while extractions are not.) One other point of difference you may hear about is the Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex. First added to their products in 1991, this Complex consists of a group of plant extracts — though what they may be is a mystery, since all manner of plant extracts show up in these products, with few repeats. This "high-performing" protection is supposed to shield skin from pollutant gases, corrosive particles, and industrial emissions. Although that sounds good, it's not true and there isn't a shred of proof to the contrary (Clarins research is unpublished). Plant extracts, alone or in combination — regardless of the remote locations they may come from — cannot keep pollution off the skin. If anything, the amount of fragrance in these products can weaken the skin's defense mechanisms, resulting in more damage from the pollution our skin encounters daily.

This line is enormous, and is absolutely one of the most cumbersome around. Within it, the assortment of plant extracts ranges from the usual to the exotic and ultimately to the no-one-knows-what-in-the-heck-these-are! Clarins has something for every skin concern imaginable—from keeping pollution off the face (not possible) to lifting a sagging jaw line (not possible without surgery), and even protecting skin from electromagnetic waves (give me a break). It would seem there is nothing these supposedly miraculous products can't do! And you'll find a horde of plants here with the promise that this can really all come true.

However, once you're armed with even a modicum of ingredient knowledge and a fair helping of myth-busting, you'll realize how ridiculously out of whack all of this hype is. That's not to imply that all of these products are bad—there are good ones—or that all of the plant extracts aren't good—because many are very good anti-irritants, antioxidants, emollients, or antibacterial agents. However, many plant extracts are also potential allergens or skin irritants. Clarins also has its fair share of ordinary, standard, and completely unnecessary products whose claims are at best misleading and at worst downright false, and overall the products are incredibly overpriced for what you get. What is most startling is the redundancy among the Clarins products. There are few differences, for example, between the moisturizers and the mask cleansers, and the oil-control products are more reruns than they are new alternatives for skin care.

Note: All Clarins products contain fragrance.

For more information about Clarins, call (866) 252-7467 or visit www.clarins.com.

Clarins Makeup

Clarins showcases its prodigious skin-care products so prominently that you may not have noticed that their excellent makeup collection has become even more impressive. Evaluating Clarins makeup is 180 degrees different from evaluating the lackluster and confusing assortment of skin-care products they sell. When it comes to foundations, powders, and lipsticks, texture is critically important. Luckily, this is where Clarins color line excels, despite premium prices and going a bit overboard with fragrance. Their foundations are marvelous, the lone concealer is much better than their former attempts in this area, and every powder-based product feels incomparably silky while looking stunningly smooth on skin. (Keep in mind, however, that even the best makeup looks only as good as the skin on which it is applied.) Giving Lancome and Dior a run for their money, Clarins' mascaras are surprisingly good, and at least their lipsticks feel as rich as you'll need to be to afford repeat purchases. You don't need to spend this much money to get beautiful results and stellar products, but if your budget allows you to fill your makeup bag with department-store products, Clarins' nicely organized makeup display should be one of your first stops.

Clarins likes to promote that many of their foundations contain a special anti-pollution complex to safeguard your skin. Don't believe it for a second, because there is no way to completely shield skin from the effects of pollution and antioxidants. Besides, the kinds of ingredients that can reduce, not block or eliminate, pollution-based free-radical formation are rarely included in Clarins makeup.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 29, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    new preservative in ingredients
    • This cream used to be really good and produce excellent results. However, I believe they reformulated it just slightly in the past few years and there is now a preservative in it, that wasn't there before called Methylisothiazolinone, which I am almost certain I have an allergy to. Its a dissapointment because this cream used to produce really good results. I am attemtping to try it even though it now has this preservative in it, but it is likely I will not be able to use it.

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