I recently received a package of Clarins goodies that I’m really excited about. I’ve purchased individual items here and there from my local Clarins counter at Nordstrom before, but this was actually my first time making a purchase online. I was prompted by a Gilt City mobile app deal that gave me $60 in Clarins online credit for $40, and once I got my hands on that deal I decided to act quickly and make a purchase on the last day of a free gift with purchase offer that included a cute little bag and 5 deluxe product samples. I love freebies, and I’m super eager to try out a whole bunch of products that I’ve never used before.
First, I’ll show you what I purchased with the online credit. I’ve seen lots of good things said about some of Clarins’ new Graphic Expression products for Fall 2013, so I dropped two of them in my cart: the Be Long Mascara ($25) and the Face and Blush Powder Palette (limited edition, $35).
Those two items brought me to $6o, but I noticed that if I bought $75 worth of merchandise then I would receive free shipping and that goodie bag of 5 deluxe samples. Couldn’t say no to that! So, I decided to add one of their lip glosses, another item from Clarins that I’d never tried before. I didn’t feel super confident about picking out a shade online, but it turned out to be a winner and exactly the kind of shade I was looking for. A really nice everyday fall color.
This Gloss Prodige in 06 Raspberry is a really lovely berry pink with a touch of gold sparkle in it. I’ve used it a couple of times now and I love how soft and hydrating it feels as well as how pigmented the formula is. Has a fun candy sweet scent and flavor, too.
So, that enabled me to take advantage of an attractive skincare deluxe sample bag. The bag itself is a cute little gold fold-over clutch. The material is clearly pretty cheap, but I still really like it. It’s a nice size to slip into a bigger bag or just hold onto it by itself. It happens to be the perfect size to just slip into the basket I keep my skincare products in. I tend to get a little too excited about free bags, I think… I received a free pink makeup bag from Clinique when I was in high school and I swear I held onto that thing for 6 years. I like it when these freebie bags just have a very simple design and are free of obvious branding. One of the reasons I like these is that makeup bags in general are so absurdly overpriced compared to the quality of their production, and most of them are pretty ugly to boot. This now concludes the makeup bag mini-rant.
The five deluxe samples included in the gift bag are the Extra-Firming Day moisturizer ($82 for full size), Body Lift Cellulite Control lotion ($68 for full size), Defining Eye Lift serum ($54 for full size), Extra-Firming Tightening Botanical Serum ($80 for full size), and One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract for face ($35 for full size). They also threw in a Double Serum packet that’s more of the normal one-time use size ($85 for full size). I’m noting the prices because I see that they’re trying to get me hooked on some expensive stuff. I do really like that this gives me ample product to test for a good chunk of time to see whether or not these items might be really worth the money, though. I’m trying to test products in a slow, controlled way so I have the chance to see which products make the most difference in my skin.
Then, during the checkout process Clarins prompted me to pick out three more free samples. This is probably more or less standard procedure, but I still get excited about trying more free things. I picked out the Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream ($60 for full size), Lotus Face Treatment Oil ($50 for full size), and the Super-Restorative Wake Up Lotion ($42 for full size).
When I received my package in the mail, I noticed that they threw in one more sample product into the box, the Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum ($75 for full size). That’s right, lipo-drain. Part of me was kind of really excited when I saw that, and part of me was a little frightened. This is supposed to help drain fat to create a perfectly contoured face.
Since this was the most out-there product in the whole package, I pretty much needed to tear into this one first. After two days of twice-daily use, I can see that it actually helps with puffiness. I don’t have a ton of fat to drain from my face but I do experience a lot of puffiness from allergies, fatigue, etc, so that is actually a really nice result for me. The size of this sort of sits in between a regular freebie and a deluxe sample. I’m guessing this fits into the regular freebie category, but I still think I might be able to squeeze a week’s worth of testing out of it. For me personally, this sort of falls into the realm of “crazy expensive”, so I’m sort of hoping I don’t fall too in love with it, but it really is pretty nice. Besides the anti-puffiness aspect, it also helps skin feel soft and tightened in a good way (not in a drying way). It’s technically considered a pre-serum, so you can follow this up with whatever normal serum you like to use.
Well, that’s everything! I’m loving the makeup, and there are lots of exciting skincare bits to try so I have to practice some real restraint so I can try things in a slow and controlled enough way to isolate which products are the real winners. I’d love to hear if you have any experience with these items!