I'm siding with MissNostalgia on this one. Solidly Meh.
First meh: I am religious about SS, and this is a day cream with no SPF. I immediately sent this into the Night Cream part of my life. I have fairly oily skin, so that was okay; I've done day cream as night cream before with no ill effect. If my skin was any drier, this would not be nearly moisturizing enough, which is odd given Vital Light's target group.
This is marketed at post menopausal women - past Super Restorative, looking for moisture and glow. If you are post menopausal, surely you know the value of SPF, and your skin is probably pretty dry. I am baffled.
The cream comes in a sturdy glass jar, Clarins has always done packaging well. I'll give them a lippie for that - it looks pretty in my drawer and I always support pretty. The product is a pretty, mild smelling, flesh coloured cream, goes on smoothly and does leave my skin looking slightly mattified and comfortable. No stinging, no breakouts.
Second meh: When I wake up in the morning, my skin feels okay but not stellar. Maybe even a little dry. And results, none to speak of. At $90 CDN I want more. Something, anything. I have gotten better results with my $10 shea butter.
I am almost middle aged so I am not a wide eyed, hopeful teenager. I am not expecting unicorns and fairies. But I've had great results with some Clarins products, so I was expecting more. Jar is almost empty, moving on.
While this isn't bad, I can't say it's good either. My skin looks exactly the same several months after adopting it.
I like its texture, smell, colour, and how quickly it absorbs.
It's creamy and lush.
Just opening the jar feels nice.
But sadly it's costly, and ineffective. At no point have I seen any improvement in tone or skin texture.
Probably won't be repurchasing. Nothing personal, Clarins, I just wanted a little more from an expensive face cream from a company I adore.
I love Clarins, but this is a lousy moisturizer. It might be good for someone with oily skin, since it seems to have a mattifying effect, but for normal or dry skin, forget it. An hour after I put it on, I already have that dry feeling. Best to stick with the more basic (and much cheaper) other lines from Clarins.
I used the red Super Restorative last year with little/no issue. I switched to this cream in search for a slightly less expensive but still rich cream. I had a serious skin allergic reaction from this cream. Within 4 days (=4 applications), my cheeks were patchy red, my forehead started having red spots from reaction, the face overall became very dry instead of moisturized. I returned it to Shoppers Drug Mart by end of 4th day. They gave me some free samples from Biotherm to restore the moisture level of my skin. This was nice customer service.
It is time to return the favor I owe to the ladies in this forum. Background to my ritual first. I have normal skin which tends to have blackheads and clogged pores if I am not vigilant about my products, am 47 years of age, brown spots - some from the sun and some which are the results from the occasional pimple due to hormones mainly at my age.
I also use Paula's choice (bha 2% in the morning, aha 8% in the evening and her antioxidant serum - the Skin Balancing formula for normal to combination) to tackle the pigmentation and acne on my skin. I also use clarins' vital light day and night cream along with their uv plus 40spf high protection everyday (even in the winter). I used to use their vital light serum till it finished and have not repurchased only because I am waiting to finish the rest of my creams (maybe I've 1 month's worth left).
My verdict is this: I think the above combination of paula's choice and clarins works quite well together because while the bha and aha kept my skin smooth from breakouts and lightened my pigmentation, the vital light range has been responsible for firming my skin. I also use clarins' phyto tenseur serum in the day as well, and am diligent about using the clarins method of application. I do believe that it is the vital light range that also contributed to the glow from my skin - I do not generally wear foundation except when I am out for the day and there is a sheen that is definitely not from oil because I do not possess oily skin. This sheen is apparent even through my foundation (I am using lingerie de peau from guerlain).
I am very pleased with the outcome and have started this program for a total of 3-4 months before I started seeing results. My skin was in a terrible state mainly from dense pigmentation on my cheeks, clogged pores and blackheads from using products without reading the ingredients. I cannot stress enough the importance of reading the ingredient list before investing in any product. Once I have finished my vital light creams, I am thinking of checking out their super restorative range not because I am displeased with vital light but I think my skin is becoming unpredictable - some days drier than others and super restorative is supposed to address that particular issue. I love that clarins has a range for any problem encountered as one ages. Love my face.
Lovely consistency, lovely smell, ok moisturizer but absorbs slowly and just doesn't seem to make much if any difference to skin. Odd as I use the night version religiously and it is absolutely amazing.
I came on this website because, having spent what I considered a lot of money on a cream, I was interested to see what others were experiencing. In the shop I was advised that I needed this cream rather than the one in the lovely red packaging (which I actually preferred) because, at 51, I have been through my menopause and this was apparently the right cream for me. However I am finding it is leaving my skin a bit sore, particularly around the neck area. I've used Clinique for years and wanted to change to something with a nice smell - and Clarins was perfect. A natural plant extract and a lovely delicate smell. I'm not sure if I can take it back, having already used it, so feel it's a big expense wasted, but I'm more interested to know if anyone else has had the same problem.
Incidently, in agreement with another review - I don't understand why most of these reviews are from 'young women' when this cream is specifically for those who have been through their menopause?
I'm really sorry I've had a bad experience because I really love the feel of the cream and the smell, and it is a perfect base under a tinted moisturiser which I use.
I actually really enjoyed this cream. The texture and smell were both lovely and light. As far as efficacy, the small area of hyperpigmentation on my cheek was reduced. As far as wrinkle reduction goes, I credit my serums with that. As to packaging, I like jars over pumps, however as I near the end of the product the curvature of the jar made it hard to get the last remenants out.
I switched to this from Clarins 'Multi-Active Day' Early Wrinkle Correction Cream when I realized I should give my skin a little more SPF protection during the day. This is my first jar but I've been using it for the past month or so and I absolutely love it. It has a texture which absorbs quickly allowing me to apply my make-up without delay, caking or falling off my face half way though the day. As it is, I wake up with luminous skin from it nightly counterpart so my face it ready to instantly receive more goodness. I'm very happy with this product and will certainly repurchase again.
I was given this free from Elle Canada to blind test for their readers choice awards. I was given 7 moisturizers, each with the label completely covered, to use each for 1 week.
Not a bad cream. It absorbed nicely, left no greasy residue and didn't cause breakouts but for the price, I really saw no difference in my skin at all, I have had better luck with Olay regenerist products.