I first had the opportunity to try this serum, which boasts some pretty dramatic claims, through a deluxe sample size included in a gift with purchase from Clarins (photos here). This serum comes with the frightening term “lipo-drain” in it’s name, a manual for how to use it, and a high price tag. Sounds fun, right? Once I finished that first sample, I actually decided to take a plunge and purchase a limited edition “luxury size” bottle of 3.4 oz., so I’m in deep. The Shaping Facial Lift serum is advertised to help define facial contours by reducing puffiness and fat, but I’ve found that it actually delivers a bit more than that.
This is a really lightweight creamy serum that spreads easily on skin and sinks in rapidly. I find it pleasant to use, and just on a superficial level I prefer it to Clarins’ gel serums because it’s easier to spread around and doesn’t get sticky as it starts to absorb. In the ingredients, you’ll see that there’s a high level of alcohol in this and I think that helps explain the texture.
I never experience issues with it pilling or layering badly under other skincare. Because it’s so lightweight, it makes a great first step in the treatment step of the skincare process. If I use any additional serums on my face, they go on after this one. I don’t find the Shaping Facial Lift hydrating or drying, so if I follow it with a serum it’s usually a more hydrating one.
I do want to say that reducing the fat in my face is not a huge concern for me, and when I tried that first sample of the serum it felt more like a strange experiment than something that spoke to my actual desires. And, really, I can’t say I’ve noticed my cheeks losing a ton of weight. One thing I did notice pretty quickly, though, was that it did help with morning puffiness, which is a concern of mine.
As I continued to use it, I also noticed a few more benefits. It’s reduced the appearance of my pores somewhat. It’s noticeably evened out the texture of my skin. The biggest development of all is that is has nearly wiped out the redness in my face, so I’m now a little less reliant on foundation. In this regard, I’ve never experienced another product quite as effective as this one.
Like I mentioned, it does come with an instruction manual. That’s also a new experience for me. The instructions basically involve applying the serum and then sitting and applying pressure to your face for a certain amount of time. I’ve tried it, but I’m too lazy to stick with it. I hear it really helps the efficacy of the product, and I’d imagine it does. It kind of makes sense, I guess … I think it just has to do with blood flow.
I will say I’m not sure it’s the best for very sensitive skin, and as it’s been getting colder out and my skin on the whole has been feeling more sensitive I have felt like it may be just a tad irritating. Though, from the looks of the user reviews on the Clarins website it seems even people with sensitive skin have had good experiences. (UPDATE: I’ve since realized that my toner was making my skin feel more sensitive, and I’ve been using it right before this serum. I’d like to take back the suggestion that this serum is irritating!) If you’re interested in facial contouring and easing puffiness, pores and redness, I think this is an interesting product to consider! I’ve been enjoying it and do think it’s worth a try.
The Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain serum costs $75 for 1.7 fl. oz. and is available at Clarins.
Have you tried it? I’d be interested in hearing others’ experiences with it!