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Friday, May 21, 2010

Clarins Cares + Review: Clarins UV Plus Protective Day Screen

I've mentioned before that I'm not one that buys into the whole "for charity" products because more often than not, the companies are using charity as a gimmick. And of course there are sorts that use charity as an excuse to spend the money that they could've used to actually donate. Seriously, how many "for charity" eco-bags do you need?

Some time ago, I was having a discussion with the people of Clarins Malaysia and came to realize that perhaps not all companies use their corporate responsibility acts as selling tools (though indirectly, these acts do become selling tools). That day, I gained a new found respect for Clarins.

Read on to learn more about Clarins' commitment to social and environmental responsibility and a review of the Clarins UV Plus Protective Day Screen that I've recently been using

Some activities by Clarins:

  • Supports fair trade business
  • Does not harvest plant species in danger of extinction
  • Provides direct support to improve education and local living conditions of the area in countries they harvest from
  • Analyzes plant life to indicate where harvesting can take place without harm to ensure sustainability
  • Uses safe, environmentally-friendly formulas that are processed with reduced emission of green house gasses
  • Uses lighter packaging made from simple and recyclable materials
  • Supports and honors men and women who have devoted to protecting children in danger and saving our planet through preservation of plants
  • Supports development of bioenergy ie. Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse, which promotes renewable energy by creating a solar-powered aeroplane
  • Established "Clarins, We Care" charity campaign that aims to continue providing children with education and instill knowledge in the importance caring for the environment
  • Raises funds to support underprivileged children and children homes
  • Raises funds to support the Bandar Harapan Organic Farm for the disabled that aims to educate the general public and children on going green
The fact that many of these efforts have not been loudly shouted about in ads, banners, etc. makes me believe that they're genuine*. It seems that there is a lot more to Clarins than just a brand that uses plant-based ingredients and I admire Clarins for that.

*This does not mean that I think brands who actively promote their charity acts are not genuine. However, there are many many brands that use charity as a PR and marketing tool when in fact they do not contribute much at all to charity


Clarins has recently launched an improved formulation for their White Plus HP range with Sea Lily extract. My "guinea pig" has not been able to test out the products yet so the review will not be out so soon.

One supplementary product that I've been using is the Clarins UV Plus Protective Day Screen SPF40 PA+++, listed as one of Clarins' essential products.

The peach-colored fluid is quite runny and applies smoothly. Because of the texture, I didn't seem to need a lot of product to provide me with sufficient protection. It feels very lightweight on the skin and comfortable worn under makeup.

The slight tint brightens and slightly evens out my skin tone immediately without leaving a white cast. As you can see, it doesn't add any shine or greasiness to the skin either. The formula's also gentle enough to be used around the eye area (this time, the product claims so). Additionally, it contains white tea extract as an antioxidant to protect skin against free radicals.

The only thing I don't like about this sunscreen is the price for the size. RM158 for 30ml is quite a lot to pay for a product that requires liberal application.
Available at all Clarins counters and outlets.
Retailing at Sephora for USD$42/1 oz

*The product featured in this post was provided by Clarins Malaysia for consideration


domncroxd said...

Nice review! I'll definitely have a lookout for this. You're right about the price though. Is this suitable for oily skin?

Connie De Alwis said...

I think it should be fine for oily skin because it doesn't add any greasiness or oiliness at all

fuzkittie said...

Oo the new one has a tint! :] It really does brighten the skin. You gotta try Laura Mercier's new sunscreen!! I think you'll love it~

milktea said...

Hi Connie. It looks good on you. But way too expensive for a sunblock. Just like Kiehl's face protector. I use SunSense spf50 for Face by Ego Australia. It's tinted and(in their words)"gives an invisible matte finish". I'm not promoting this product or anything. Only that it's an affordable (less than rm50) and effective product that does what it's meant to... block sun rays without any fuss or worry to the budget. At Guardian.

Connie De Alwis said...

Fuz: Just enough to brighten up my skin :) I'll check it out! Thanks for the rec

milktea: Yeah, it's hard to justify paying so much for a sunscreen when a cheaper one works just as well. I've come across the SunSense sunscreen before. It's quite intriguing but I've also heard mixed feedback on it. Glad that you found a sunscreen that works for you!

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