Thursday, 15 October 2015

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream | Review

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream £25 - If you hadn't guessed already, I am a massive Clarins fiend, they are by far my favourite brand not just for skincare but also for makeup too. One of my best friends is a Counter Manager for one of my local counters which means I get some great insider info on what really will sit my skin however the little beauty photographed above needed no introduction to me. I don't know when I first tried this, I probably stole some from my sister at some point well over 6 years ago but I have always coveted it as my holy grail of exfoliators. The beads are so fine yet so jam packed that you know you're really exfoliating your entire face and also means you don't have to scrub as hard to reach everywhere. It's so gentle that it can even be used dry (not something that's ever appealed to myself personally but it's a pretty good testimony to how soft it is). The ba-zillions of teeny tiny beads means that it leaves my face superbly smooth and as though no dry patch has been left untouched and I can be confident that I won't step out of the shower (I always exfoliate in the shower, I don't know why) and suddenly see a little cluster of flakes that it's failed to whisk away. 
The only downside to this is the mixture of the price tag and it's size. I'm currently using a budget version of this although which doesn't have quite the same amount of grains however the size of the product is twice the size for half of the price. For £25 (£26 in boots!) you only get 50ml which really doesn't go too far. I've actually run out of this for the time being however I will definitely purchase some more as soon as their doing a Gift With Purchase (why anyone would buy anything high end without a GWP is beyond me) but I think with my impending arrival on the way I'll have to keep this solely for emergencies and special occasions. 
Much like the product itself, this review will be compact and to the point. If you want a highly effective exfoliator that's going to scrub away any nastiness or dry patches then this could be the one for you if you can bear the price tag. I've always been told that you're only supposed to exfoliate once a week, twice maximum so as to not damaged the elasticity in your skin however even on that basis it won't last you very long. Similarly if any of you can recommend a high street dupe for this that has a large amount of fine grains then please so sling it my way. I can't stand exfoliators that feel as though they only have 5 or 6 beads per dollop and I end up using far too much of the product just to make sure the job is done. Claris, you've still got my heart when it comes to exfoliators, however I'm not sure that my wallet agrees. 

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