First Impression: Clinique Custom-Repair Serum

Clinique Custom-Repair Serum

Happy Friday, to round off the working week, I want to talk about a product I’ve been trying on and off the past few months. This is the Clinique Custom-Repair Serum, and as you may have guessed, is a sample size version which, if I remember correctly, was a ‘free gift’ with a magazine I bought a while ago. However, if you’re looking to buy the full size, it retails for £52.00 for a 30ml bottle. Yikes, that’s pricey for my very restrained wallet, but worth knowing if you’re interested.

So my experience with this product is split between two main attempts at using the product. The first was towards the beginning of the summer, where I found myself trying this after using up my previous serum. Until the heat and humidity really set in, this worked fine, but after that I found this wasn’t a good fit for my oily skin. The second main attempt was very recently when the weather started to cool down again, when I decided it was a good time to pull this product back out. With this in mind, I don’t want to call this a full-blown review, but rather two first impressions combined, and I want to be transparent about that.

Starting with the packaging of my travel size, the bottle is made from plastic with a plastic lid that pops off with minor resistance. There’s enough resistance that I feel confident it won’t pop off when in a makeup bag. The dispenser is quite conventional and easy to use, with a lot of resistance to it that lets you have control over how much product you dispense out. I find this to be a positive personally, as I don’t like wasting product if I can avoid it. So the packaging isn’t anything ‘special’ but it is effective at what it does and that means a lot more to me.

Clinique Custom-Repair Serum

The texture of the serum itself is a bit intriguing to me as it’s a bit different from what I’m used to. I apologise for the photo being quite blurry, but I spent around 20 minutes faffing with it to focus, and it just didn’t want to cooperate. The texture of the serum is a weird combination of gel, watery and also a little bit creamy. It spreads over the skin really easily and leaves the skin feeling really soft, smooth and luxurious. However as I eluded to already, this can come with issues for oily skin because even though it’s very hydrating, smooth, so on, oily skin can be exacerbated by it.

At the moment I apply this only to my cheeks as it is the least oily area of my face, and this works out well so far. I used to apply this my t-zone and I found my skin was a bit oilier than usual, which is unfortunate. However, if you have dry or normal skin, this would work a lot better for you.

While the formula isn’t perfect for my oily skin, I am at least happy that I can make use of this now the weather is cooling down and the humidity factor isn’t as oppressive as it has been. So while my cheeks are still oily, I can use this applied lightly to my cheek area in an attempt to combat the dehydration in my skin. What I particularly like is how smooth my skin feels after and I feel so nourished and pampered after.

With that in mind, this isn’t a product I can see myself repurchasing just for the price alone. I have nothing against high end brands or anyone who supports them, but I don’t have a budget that can afford to buy their products. However I am happy I tried this product out, for the short-term pampering this serum has given my skin leaving my skin grateful for a bit of love. I plan to use this up, so expect to see this in a future empties post.

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