Tested on animals:Yes
Clinique Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum for Face and Neck debuts in beautifully weighty packaging. Its formula is good, but also shares many of the same ingredients as other Clinique serums and moisturizers—even though some of those don't claim to lift skin. As it turns out, Sculptwear can't lift skin, either; at least not in the way you might be thinking! See More Info for full details on why a "face-lift-in-a-bottle" isn't possible—and what you can realistically expect from such products.
The misleading part is that this water-based serum for all skin types contains a film-forming agent (pullulan) that can make skin feel tighter as this serum dries—that's the "immediate tightening effect" Clinique mentions in the claims. But skin feeling tighter isn't the same as sagging skin actually being lifted, either along the jawline or elsewhere. The truth is not a single ingredient in this serum can accomplish that—though that doesn't mean it's is a waste of time and money.
Getting past the lifting claims, this serum feels sheer and light; ideal for oily or breakout-prone skin but also fine for those with normal to dry skin, assuming you apply a moisturizer over it (this serum is minimally hydrating). Clinique includes an interesting, varied roster of antioxidants from various plants plus some peptides and a small mix of skin-repairing ingredients, too, all in a fragrance-free formula. For the money, this formula isn't a bust!
The mix of anti-aging ingredients this serum contains can stimulate healthy collagen production, which Clinique is attributing to giving skin "a more toned, taut appearance". Healthy collagen can do that, but only if skin isn't sagging, too. Skin sags not just because of collagen loss and damage, but because of numerous other factors, including elastin damage, gravity, muscle and fat pad movement, and gradual, age-related bone loss—all factors skincare cannot change (Skin Research and Technology, 2009, and DermatoEndicrinology, 2012) .
What about Clinique's Sonic System Massaging Applicator, a handheld attachment that's sold separately for $35 and is suggested on Clinique's website for use to apply this serum? It's an option but doesn't really add all that much other than a massage element—and you need to own Clinique's Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush to get the Massaging Applicator to work! If you don't already own the brush then the whole contraption gets quite pricey—yet isn't adding much in the way of skincare benefit in exchange.
Whether or not you should choose Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum for Face and Neck depends on your willingness to let go of the notion that any serum can lift skin. This serum will make skin feel tighter, but that tactile sensation doesn't mean skin actually becomes tighter or contours will be refined. At best, you can expect skin to feel smoother and that the mix of anti-aging ingredients might bring about an increase in skin's firmness, but that's the extent of it. The sagging portion requires dermatologic or surgical intervention!
Note: Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum is also available in a larger, 1.7-ounce size that retails for $82.
- Silky, lightweight formula works well for all skin types (though dry skin will want to follow with moisturizer).
- Contains several antioxidants plus anti-aging peptides.
- Cannot lift skin along the jawline or anywhere on the face.
- Building healthy collagen alone isn't enough to reverse sagging.
Lifting Products: Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing they can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness.