Clinique are a brand I’ve loved for a long time now. Ever since I discovered their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion … A couple of weeks ago I noticed that InStyle Magazine were giving away a free sample of Clinique’s Smart Custom Serum with their latest issue, and I just couldn’t resist picking it up to give it a try!
I’ve used serum’s for a good few years now, and my friends are constantly asking me what it actually does, and how I use it. And I think they do that because serum’s aren’t talked about as much as a lot of other skincare products are.
So, what’s the answer? Well, I believe that a good face serum penetrate’s deep into the skin (much deeper than a moisturiser does) and replenishes it with nutrients and moisture.
They are often designed to focus on specific areas, such as making your skin tone brighter or helping to diminish red patches and skin discoloration. I think of a face serum as a nutritious drink for my skin, and I use it around five minutes before I moisturise.
Because I’ve only had good experiences with Clinique products in the past, I had high expectations for the smart custom serum. When I read up on it I found out that it’s called a ‘smart’ serum because once applied, it can tell what your skin type is and any imperfections it needs help with, such as pigmentation, wrinkles or dark circles, as well as helping it to look more radiant.
Now, I also read that you will start seeing results after 12 weeks of using the serum, and I obviously I haven’t used it for that long, but I wanted to post about it today incase any of you wanted to try and get your hands on a free sample with InStyle mag before everywhere sells out. And to be honest, I do think it’s changed the appearance of my skin a little anyway so I do have some positive things to say about it. I hope that’s alright?
Let me start by talking about the packaging. Like all Clinique products, the Smart Custom Serum has very sleek and sophisticated looking packaging. It has a pump dispenser and the sample size I received with InStyle is 10ml, which I think is quite generous.
When pumped, the product dispenses straight away with no fuss or mess and I find that 1-2 pumps is enough to do my whole face. Clinique suggest using the serum twice a day for maximum impact.
The serum itself is a gorgeous pearly colour and has a beautiful, gel-like formula to it. It glides on to my skin smoothly and sinks in really quick. I have to say that it feels really luxurious, and I look forward to using it every morning and evening as part of my skincare routine as it leaves my skin feeling utterly refreshed and, I have to say, looking a lot brighter and more radiant than it has done recently.
It is also 100% fragrance free, and because of its smartness, it is suitable for all skin types. I have combination skin – it’s mostly normal but I have a couple of small dry patches – and I’ve found that this has really helped to mask those patches when I’ve used it. This is really handy for me as I usually use two different moisturisers because of the dry patches, but since using the Smart Custom Serum I’ve only needed to use one!
The product is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml tubes, priced at £48.00, £68.00 and £96.50 respectively. I do realise that it may be a little bit pricey for a lot of people, but I also know that many of you who read my blog are really in to skincare products, so I thought it was worth talking about anyway.
And while I’m on the subject of price, if you’re looking for a serum that’s not quite as expensive, I’ll be posting about serum’s for all budgets in a couple of weeks time, so make sure you look out for that.
Overall I am absolutely loving this serum! Clinique most certainly didn’t disappoint. I’m hoping to get my hands on a full sized version really soon so I can see just how much of a difference it makes over a 12 week period. And I may have to go out and buy a second copy of InStyle just so I can have a sample size to take away on holiday with me in a couple of weeks time. It’s fantastic.
Clinique Smart Custom Serum – £48.00-£96.50 ||link||
*Product came free with InStyle Magazine