Focus on Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and Photo Damage Corrector

by Paris B on · 29 comments

in Product Reviews,Treatment

Back in August I got me grubby paws on the (then) new Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus serum. It is touted as a Wrinkle and Photo Damage Corrector. My eyes zeroed in on the words “Photo Damage Corrector”. Have I mentioned I have pigmentation? Yes, a million times or so 😛

clinique repairwear laser wrinkle and photo damage corrector review

Gah! How did that picture get so big?!

But when I read the copy, I realized that the Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus does not target pigmentation sort of photo damage. Rather, it targets the fine lines and winkles sort of photo damage. Hmm… since I’ve been using this serum and that serum I gotta say that I’m already keeping fine lines at bay. But I gave this one a shot anyway.

So, whilst I cannot tell you if it works well to diminish fine lines and wrinkles (another serum took care of that already) I can tell you that my skin took to this one like a duck to water. It could be all those peptides and Vitamin E and C, packed into one potent serum, that did it because my skin was starting to look pretty good, plus I found a side benefit I’ll tell you about further down 😉

I personally found that my pores were looking smaller – skin looked finer and it just looked a little better overall. My old acne scars seemed to be less obvious and this was something I noticed quite recently.

I had to have photos taken recently and quipped that I hoped they got my “good side” – my right side cos my skin’s smoother there – but I realised that even the left side, where my old pitted scars were more prominent is now favourable.

There was nothing drastic which I like. Anything that works too drastically on skin means it contains very concentrated ingredients which sensitive skins would not like.

clinique repairwear laser review

I do have these rather deep lines on my forehead, which I’d been working on reducing. Some earlier serums I used helped, but they were still there when I was using this Clinique one. Well, happily, this Repairwear Laser serum seems to be slowly “lasering” away the lines because I can definitely see them looking a little fainter now. I do not expect them to go away for good. They have been etched in there too long 😛

My skin feels plumped up, it looks and feels smoother and as I mentioned, my pores look smaller and pitted scars were flattening out. When I returned from my holiday, I picked up a bottle of Clinique Clinical Brightening Essence at Changi airport, because I was a shade darker from walking around in the blazing Roman sun, and the pigmentation on my cheeks were going nuts. I could play connect the dots if I were bored 😛

You know what? A week after I get back, and with just using this Repairwear Laser serum twice a day, well blow me down if my pigmentation isn’t looking somewhat lighter! I notice this most when I put on my makeup. A week later, I’m using less concealer on my problem areas.

So, whilst this one isn’t a whitening or brightening essence, I must say that there are some benefits in that department too. Not bad! Now I may not need to use that bottle of Brightening Essence after all 😛

clinique repairwear laser review

You are recommended to use 3-4 drops of this serum day and night. I follow instructions (might this be why it worked?) and in the day, I will advise the use of a strong sunscreen as well.

There is one thing I’m not enamoured with – the plastic bottle. I would much prefer the use of glass for serums of this nature. The plastic looks alright, but just makes it feel a little “cheap”. A 30ml bottle retails at RM200 which isn’t very pricey for a serum that works.

Pros: Helps reduce lines on skin, Helped me reduce the effects of pigmentation, No scent

Cons: Plastic bottle does not fit the overall image

Some extra tips. Use this serum on your neck and hands too. Some of us have very lined necks and hands (and necks and hands show age much more quickly than our faces) so, try this on these areas. I use it on my neck too – but then everything that goes on my face ends up on my neck anyway :)

Have you tried this or know someone who has? When I looked online, I found that many people raved about their lines diminishing but no one experienced skin lightening while using this serum. Well I did and perhaps, you might too since our skins react differently to products 😀

Note: This product is a serum. You must still use a moisturizer.

Cleanser -> Toner -> Clinique Laser Focus -> Moisturizer

Paris B

Clinique Repairwear Laser Wrinkle and Photo Damage Corrector retails at RM200/30ml

Ingredients (from here): Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Trimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxiane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Polysilicone-11, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Plankton Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Juice Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Whey Protein/Lactis Protein/Proteine Du Petit-Lait, Pinanediol, Camphanediol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ergothioneine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Caffeine, Micrococcus Lysate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Linoleic Acid, Sodium Mannose Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Cholesterol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

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September 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

Wow…. Does it really reduce pore-size and acne scars? OOOO… I’m interested. Dangnabbit. So that’s RM 200 more to Paris’ conscience… 😉 Bye Bye new video game!


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

It did for me – with prolonged use. Don’t expect an overnight miracle just because it says “laser” 😉


September 30, 2010 at 9:49 am

ROFL at this line “because I was a shade darker from walking around in the blazing Roman sun, and the pigmentation on my cheeks were going nuts. I could play connect the dots if I were bored”

it reminded me of my trip to Kapalai which I got a shade darker and had to go get something intensive pronto! And boy, I am lucky I got something that works and after 2 weeks plus of using, I am back to my good old shade.

most probably not picking tis up anytime soon, but the brightening essence, hm, i think i just might! my freckles and spots are always trying to say hello!


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 10:16 am

I really like the Brightening Essence. It really helped me but I was surprised that this one did the job – perhaps its all a package because my skin is better now and therefore my pigmentation is less obvious? Not that I’m complaining either way 😛


pigellen September 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

how much u bought at Changi airport? wil be there this satur


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

The Brightening Essence? Cannot remember sorry but from what I do remember there wasn’t much difference. I just had SGD to spend 😛


September 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

I didn’t think that the bottle was plastic! how about the dropper?
Good to know that this one’s making a difference! Oh, and I know what you mean about using this serum and that serum :p


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 10:49 am

Dropper is glass :) And it doesn’t look plastic… till you touch it


Eli September 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

Sounds like the Cellnique Contour C treatment I just reviewed! But this sounds more effective and economical. Maybe I should consider buying Clinique again. Hmm.


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 11:26 am

Don’t know about the Cellnique one but this is very promising :)


September 30, 2010 at 11:24 am

i never had the impression that clinique products work. i like the simplicity in their packaging and their products have a good range. however, even their basic 3-steps didn’t work for me. but, i have heard how much improvements people are getting from their more innovative products. maybe i would try them out if i get gatal one day 😉


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 11:27 am

Personally I did not like the basic Clinique range. Nothing in there works for me and I find it too harsh. That said, I have recently found that their “treatment” products work better for me e.g. the Brightening Essence and this Laser Focus. Perhaps its the ingredients? I can’t say. But for basic skincare Clinique will not be my first choice.


Foong Jin September 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Sounds good! Are there any silicones in the ingredients?

Also, which would you recommend – this or the Estee Lauder ANR, since both the 30ml versions are roughly the same price?

About time I started the anti-aging treatments *sigh*


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Hiya! I’ve updated with an ingredient list picked off the internet. It would appear there are silicones. I don’t get that plastic film feeling though. It is watery and absorbs well. As for which I’d recommend, I’d say a lot depends on your concerns.

I personally find that Estee Lauder’s ANR makes a good “all-round” anti-aging serum and it helps my skin feel hydrated too. This Clinique serum however addresses particular concerns of lines and photo damage. So, I’d say, if you want to prevent or maintain, go for ANR but if you already have problems with lines etc, try this one :)


Foong Jin October 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Thanks for the ingredients listing! That’s a lot of different types of -cones! I am annoyingly sensitive to silicones. Even H2o+ face oasis breaks me out! I’ll take a look at the ANR :)


September 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Nice!! Great to know that something works really well~~ I really am a great fan of Clinique~~ Was tempted to try this but my wallet has officially gone on a ‘diet’… hahaha… tightens pores!! That’s something I really need…


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Since this is permanent, there’s lots more time to try this (if you need it) :) That said, I wasn’t much of a Clinique skincare fan but I must admit there are one or two items I will continue to use – mostly from the treatment ranges though.


Angie September 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

How do you juggle using so many products? For example, I understand you are using the Estee Lauder ANR serum for night, so how do you incorporate this into the night regime? I’m asking because, I am tempted to get this Clinique one but I am also using my ANR. Hmm…


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Hi Angie – When I start a new product I stop the current one so I can properly appraise the new one. I was using ANR but have stopped it for a while. This post might explain the present and upcoming slew of posts :) In your case, my reply would be the same as to Foong Jin above. Use the product which addresses your present skin concerns. ANR for me prevents while this Clinique one treats :)


Jessica September 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm

O la la, a serum that works! I too have some lines etched to the forehead and expecting to drill in. Might give this a try since I’ve seen good reviews about this. Ya suppose it’ll cost lesser at airport duty free??


ParisB September 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Honestly I’m not sure if it’ll cost less at duty free but it should :) now you know the price you can compare next time you’re at the airport! 😀 I’ve come across lots of reviews saying its great for plumping lines but I found it better for helping with the appearance of scars and (to my surprise) pigmentation. Less of the latter but still noticable enough 😀


Jessica September 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Yep, with price in mind, I’d be able to get the cheaper one..muahaha! I have this small but annoying acne scar that would NOT go away. Hopefully this will help. All and all, a thumbs up review. 😀


ParisB October 1, 2010 at 10:09 am

Thanks Jessica and I hope you DO find it at a lower price 😉


Chris October 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I just bought the laser focus today. Can’t remember, I was told by the saleslady,
to make sure I put on moisturizer too. Do I put the moisturizer on first, then the laser focus or first the Clinique laser focus and then the moisturizer?


ParisB October 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

This is a serum so it goes under moisturizer. Perhaps I should mention it in my post :)


Chris October 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Thank you so much!


Elle Linda October 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Hi friends…I really love to give a try on this product but at the same time, another one, or shall I say the rival is out in the market . The new Lancome Genifique (serum as well)…which is targeting on the same problems; fine lines, wrinkles etc…Any ideas or info on which one is the better one??


Elle Linda October 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Oh yeah, I’m thinking of starting with Murad’s Vit C essence for brightening..( I do have pigmentations and that unneven skin tone) It’s a serum-type too…Is it ok if I use these two types of serum together? Murad’s and Clinique’s ? Not an expert in beauty/dermatology kinda of stuff…=)


Wallace June 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I just start try the product too.havent notice got any change on my face skin yet…It cause RM300 now…Damn expensive…


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