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Repairwear Laser Focus Smooths, Restores, Corrects
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1 fl. oz. for $47.50
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

In fall of 2013, Clinique launched an allegedly new and improved version of this serum, now with “twice the smoothing” as before. Don’t take that claim to mean smoother skin as if you had a laser or other in-office procedure done; they mean smooth as in cosmetically smooth, which is something almost every serum can deliver. And despite its second outing, this serum still isn’t as impressive as those that earned our top rating.

The ingredient list for this reformulated serum didn’t change in a manner that altered its texture or finish, and it remains suitable for all skin types. Yes, this does make skin feel smoother than the previous version, but “twice as smooth” is pushing it. We suspect most people who used the previous version won’t notice a major improvement in how their skin looks or feels with the latest version. It’s more status quo than major innovation.

This remains another well-formulated, fragrance-free serum that will make your skin (and wrinkles) softer and smoother, just like countless other well-formulated options.

Regarding the "laser focus" part of the name, this doesn’t have anything to do with how real lasers improve skin. Not a single ingredient (or mix of ingredients) in this or any other serum is capable of even vaguely creating the results a medically-supervised laser treatment can provide.

Getting back to the formula, what did change was the removal of several ingredients with a small amount of research proving they help improve uneven skin tone and stimulate collagen. Why Clinique removed these ingredients is a mystery (it’s possible the complex was discontinued by the manufacturer) but they replaced those ingredients with other good anti-aging ingredients not in the previous version, so it’s a wash.

For the best of both worlds, a smart approach to anti-aging is to pair a state-of-the-art skin-care routine with the cosmetic corrective procedures that are appropriate for addressing the concerns you have about how your skin is aging.

Note: This serum is dispensed via a dropper applicator. Although not the ideal method to dispense a serum that contains light- and air-sensitive ingredients, sometimes this type of packaging is necessary due to formulary requirements. When that’s the case, the goal is to keep the bottle opening as small as possible, the bottle should be opaque or specially coated to protect the contents from light, and you should use the serum up within three months of opening.

Note Two: Clinique also offers this serum in a 1.7-ounce size for $73 and a 3.4-ounce size for $132.

Claims

Potent serum gives every skin a second chance against lines, wrinkles, sun damage. In 4 weeks, see obvious reduction in lines, wrinkles, improved texture. At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermalogical laser procedure. 63%, to be exact

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Trimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Polysilicone-11, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Plankton Extract, Whey Protein, Sea Whip Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Caffeine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Sodium Hyaluronate, Micrococcus Lysate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ergothioneine, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesterol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Lecithin, Carbomer, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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06.15.2015
Clinique Repairwear laser focus is a magic serum it return back your skin repairing it like Baby I

It's Really a magic &a fantastic Whole Repairing & antiaging I feel so bad I do not find like it to use long time ago starting long time I know this product , I also mainly sends my thanks to Mis Nancy one of your seller working in the shop whome advice me to use everyday imension her actually she help me like Consultand Dermatology.

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Samia Mikhail
05.23.2015
Love it!

I am quite happy with this serum. It made my skin much smoother and helped make the fine lines around my eyes and mouth a bit less noticeable. Helped even out my skin tone. I will be buying this again.

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Kristine C.
02.24.2015
I don't agree with Beautypedia

I LOVE this serum...much more so than any of Paula's Choice serums, and I love PC and many of her products. However, this one has that extra something in texture. I love it.

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HOWARD D.
07.25.2014
My opinion has changed!

I recommend this product because I did see instant results with this serum. It gives a smooth finish. I just wish it had more key ingredients like the other Clinique serums. I don't like the packaging of this serum. I prefer a pump. But, it does come in a 3.4 0z. On the Clinique website now. I don't know for how long. I might stick with the new smart repair serum it's so gentle and I believe it has vitamin C.

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Annette D.
05.07.2014
I'm a 47 year old male , I just servied stage 3 cancer

After my over2 year battle with cancer my skin looked bad aged tired, I heard about this product from my doctor!! And went and bought the laser repair and I love it! My skin looks so healthy again!! And my lines around my eyes are totally gone!! My skin is lifted and very firm!! Also I had old acne scars that are all smothed away in so happy. I will never stop using it no matter what the cost, I want to stay looking yung for a very long time!!

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Brian Welwood
05.05.2014
repair wear laser focus

Save your money. I've been using this for 6 weeks and there is absolutely no change in my skin.

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Michelle s
04.19.2014
Just okay

Received this as a free sample, it's just okay. Leaves skin a little smooth but I have used products that work much better than this one. I have used this am and pm and haven't noticed anything really great about it. Makeup application after using this serum is tricky, since it never seems to sink into skin foundation tends to "pill" a little bit. I waited a full hour before foundation application and I still end up with little foundation color dots.

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Anonymous
03.29.2014
Disappointing!

I got this as a sample at Macy's. So I try not to complain when I get something for free. It smells a lot like like Estée Lauder's Advanded Night Repair. Which shouldn't be surprising since Estée Lauder owns Clinique. The Clinique has better ingredients in it. But advanced is more hydrating. I'll stick with my Olay regenerist micro-sculpting serum.I'm content with that.

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AnnetteD.
02.14.2014
Still works

This is a great non-retinol serum. I cannot tolerate retinol on my skin, so this is perfect for me. It leaves my skin soft and smooth, which is what I was expecting. I know better than to expect "laser like" results, so I am happy with this serum.

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Lauren S
08.12.2013
A New Formula and Name!

I just went to the Clinique website to order this serum, but it has been removed! I did a live chat with their website consultant. I was informed that this serum no longer exists! I was told that a new formula is coming which will contain a "gentle leave on exfoliant" and that it has been renamed. This is so bizarre because they aggressively promoted the old formula with HUGE promotion (2 free sample bottles for each customer) recently at Macy's here in Chicago. What is Clinique up to?

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Carole
05.09.2013
A change of ingredients

I had been using the laser focus serum for quite a few months last year until one day a couple months ago I checked the ingredients of a more recent bottle only to find retinyl palmitate had been removed from the product. Apparently, and I was told this, retinyl palmitate is no longer an ingredient in the laser serum. You can imagine my surprise that Clinique can reformulate a product without making it known and I am also surprised they are able to make the same claims about the product.

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D.C
04.04.2013
Serum Corrector

I received a sample from my gal that works at the department store. I simply cannot say enough about it. I ordered it and along with the bonus kit. It has done wonders with my skin. I, also, use Avon's Banishing Cream along with Loreal's Night Cream. My skin has not looked this good in years and I will be 62. My husband and friends have noticed that "something" is different. I won't let them in on my secret.

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