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March 13, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched Whitening Powder Foundation SPF30/PA+++

Clarins presents White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation, a compact foundation created for Asian women. Its new generation texture enriched with sea lily, the innovative plant extract in the White Plus HP range, illuminates the complexion with a new radiance and helps the skin effectively fight the appearance of dark spots.

It delivers double benefits: an unrivalled whitening action and an even, brighter complexion.

Double Whitening Performance

The "Pure Lightening" mineral complex

On application, the pigments in the formula selected for their brightening and unifying actions illuminate the complexion with a totally transparent look. Skin texture is perfectly even and dark spots and pores are visibly minimized.

The Advanced "Lock-Around System®" plant complex

White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation benefits from the same technology used in the White Plus HP range. In its formula, the combination of sea lily, alchemilla and raspberry controls melamin production and slows the appearance of dark spots. The skin naturally becomes brighter and dark spots are reduced.

Triple Protection

UVA / UVB protection

SPF30/PA+++ mineral sun protection shields the skin from UVA and UVB rays

Pollution and antioxidant protection

Clarins' exclusive complex composed of white tea extract rich in flavonoids and succory dock-cress extract, reinforce the skin care action while neutralizing free radicals.

Long-hold texture

The micronized powders in the formula give the texture an incredibly fine quality and mattifying effect.  Pigments coated in amino acids absorb excess sebum while preserving the radiance and stability of the colour.

Total comfort

Clarins exclusive Plant micropatch found in the formula limits water evaporation and preserves the skin's moisture, keeping it supple. Aloe extract hydrates and softens the skin all day long.

The sleek, luminous design of its pearly white and silver case evokes the flawlessness of the complexion. Its pure, very feminine style follows the graphic codes of the White Plus HP range.

Case (and accompanying velvet pouch) retails for S$18.

Refill (comes with a sponge) retails for S$52

Shades available:

The swatches below are 02 petal, 03 natural and 04 almond.

I eventually chose 03 natural and 04 almond. They didn't look that much different when I swatched them and looked closest to what my shade would be.

I have started using 04 almond. It does a good job at evening out my skintone and it blends really well with my skin giving it an overall matte finish. However, it didn't wow me as much as the Hydra Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation when I used it the first time. The texture, although very fine, does not feel as velvety smooth as the latter. The coverage is average, nothing too heavy duty, giving me a very natural look, which is not a bad thing. The powder also doesn't make my skin look dry. It can also be used wet, something which I have yet to try.

Click here to discover more about the White Plus HP range.

DISCLAIMER: All products in this entry were given to me by Clarins for consideration. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

January 20, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins White Plus HP Whitening Velvet Emulsion and Whitening Velvet Emulsion SPF20

In 2010, Clarins Research creates White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched, the first high-performance brightness and sensoriality range. Enriched with a flower with exceptional whitening properties, the sea lily, these skin care products give skin a unique brightness with a beautiful, transparent, rosy glow.

In 2012, White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched extends its range and offers two new face care products to ensure even brighter, more beautiful, more comfortable skin:

  • Whitening Velvet Emulsion
  • Whitening Velvet Emulsion SPF 20

These are available at all Clarins counters from January 2012 at $92 and $100 respectively for 75 ml.

The Clarins Whitening Velvet Emulsion comes in two versions: one with and one without SPF.

The one with SPF 20 is meant for daytime application. It is enriched with meadowsweet extract and protects against shine due to the heat. It facilitates makeup application and prolongs its hold. UV filters and white tea extract provide protection against harmful environmental factors and the sun.

The one without SPF can be used for day as well as night. If used for day, remember to apply a sunscreen after the emulsion to protect against UV rays.

The texture is lightweight and it smells wonderfully refreshing. It absorbs nicely into the skin, leaving it matte and smooth.

Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched products provide the most advanced protection against hyperpigmentation.

The main active ingredients in the Clarins Whitening Velvet Emulsion are:

  • Sea lily extract: to control the extension of dendrites, the "arms" of melanocytes which deliver melanin to cells in the epidermis
  • Alchemilla extract: to slow the excessive transfer of melanin to the epidermis
  • Raspberry extract (a highly stable vitamin C derivative) and biotin (Vitamin B8): to slow down the synthesis of melanin.

 

The sea lily is a symbol of beauty and whiteness. Threatened by extinction due to the destruction of its natural coastal habitat, it is now a protected species in France, and is specially cultivated in Brittany for Clarins.

Alchemilla, raspberry and parsley

thanks to their action on microcirculation, these active ingredients selected by Clarins Research revive complexion radiance and restore a beautiful, transparent, rosy glow. Tannins from alchemilla and flavonoids from raspberryand parsley enhance draining mechanism in skin by increasin resistance of blood capillaries.

Whitening effectiveness in featherlight textures

The Clarins application method (click to enlarge):


I am pretty excited to try this new moisturizer together with the Clarins White Plus HP Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum which I bought some time ago. I am still using the Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase at the moment and will switch to the new products once I'm done.

DISCLAIMER: All products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration (except for the Smoothing Serum at the end which I purchased). I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

January 23, 2011
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Product Highlight: new Clarins White Plus HP whitening repairing night cream, brightening exfoliator & brightening peel

Introducing three new whitening and brightening products from Clarins' White Plus HP range that I had the pleasure of receiving last week (Thank you Clarins Singapore!). I have not started on them, so can't do any review as yet, but I am all excited after reading up on them, and this I shall share with you now.

Whitening Repairing Night Cream (sea lily enriched) 50ml - $110

Exposure to daytime UV rays is the most known culprit for dark spots and pigmentation problems. But did you know that other stress factors accumulated throughout the day also contribute to weaken the skin and help to speed up melanin synthesis? As such the production of melanin does not stop when you are away from the sun or even when you're sleeping at night. Dark spots may also still appear despite the fact that you've been using whitening products diligently during the day. Thus, it is important to protect your skin against pigmentation, even at night. In comes Clarins' Whitening Repairing Night Cream containing extracts of white flowers:

Sea lily extract - the brightening active ingredient. Together with the patented combination of biotin (Vitamin B8) and a Vitamin C derivative, it helps to enhance the translucent rosy glow of youthful skin.

Daisy extract - the anti-stress ingredient. Repairs and soothes the skin, helps the skin to recover better during the night.

To ensure continuous brightening action, Clarins recommends to pair this up with the Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum.

Gentle Brightening Exfoliator 50ml - $60

This product contains two types of microbeads:

Exfoliating microbeads made from silica - to lift off impurities and dead cells, and to clear pores.

Refining microbeads made from plant cellulose - to refine skin texture and revive complexion radiance.

Other active ingredients:

Strawberry extract - to encourage biological exfoliation

Grapefruit extract - to tighten pores

Raspberry extract - to brighten complexion

Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel 125ml - $65

Used once or twice a week, this lotion leaves the skin smoother, softer and brighter. Simply apply with a cotton pad to face and neck on clean, dry skin.

The active ingredients are:

Gentle fruit acids from tamarind fruit - to eliminate impurities and encourage the natural shedding of surface dead cells progressively.

White nettle extract - to tighten skin texture.

Mimosa tenuiflora extract - to soften and soothe the skin.

 

All the above products have recently been launched at all Clarins counters. I hope that this brief introduction has piqued your interest and if you would like to read more, click HERE to visit the White Plus microsite.

You can also visit any Clarins counter and receive a complimentary trial supply of the White Plus HP Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum and Whitening Repairing Night Cream (while stocks last). And also find out how to book your Skin Time session HERE.

And if you're a fan of Clarins products, did you know that they're on Facebook? Join the group HERE to be updated with the latest promotions. Get a chance to win a White Plus HP beauty gift by answering a simple question which will be posted on the wall every Wednesday. Click HERE to answer the first question, and good luck!

DISCLAIMER: All products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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