Clarins does some of the best skincare, and since I was on the hunt for a new day-time serum, I thought I would give this a shot.
Side note: If you’re wondering what a serum is, and if we really need to use one, read my post on serums here.
The Clarins Mission Perfection Serum claims the following:
Clarins’ groundbreaking serum targets dark spots, discolourations, dullness and shadows—without altering your natural skin tone. Immediately, skin is glowing and luminous. Day after day, skin’s full radiance is recovered.
Sounds enticing enough, right?
The serum has an almost cream (gel) type texture, and is peach in colour, which is automatically meant to be brightening for the skin. One of the key ingredients in this serum is Acerola Fruit (a kind of wild cherry), and the fruit acids in this product are expected to work wonders.
The scent is a bit fruity, but I can’t quite put my finger on it – it’s a bit citrusy / berry type, but not very strong. It’s actually quite refreshing in the morning.
I use this serum each morning after cleansing and before my moisturizer, and I can definitely see a difference in my dark spots and skin tone. I started to notice the difference about 2 weeks in, but it is definitely something noteworthy. I had been using the Kiehl’s Dark Spot solution previously, and although Kiehl’s is one my favourite brands, I went through half a bottle, unfortunately I could not see any difference in my dark spots.
I also noticed that after applying this, if I look closely at my hands, I can see the tiniest amount of shimmer, which is probably what contributes to the radiance and colour correction, too.
- Lightweight and refreshing
- Peach tint adds an instance radiance to the skin once applied
- Produces actual results within 2 weeks
- Because of the packaging, I don’t think I will be able to tell when I am running out
- Quite pricey at USD 72
- The scent may be an irritant to sensitive skins
For a more detailed, scientific (and cynical) review on each ingredient, you can check out this link.
I would definitely recommend this serum if you’re looking for one, but since it’s a good chunk of investment, I would encourage you to do your research and maybe get a sample, too.