Over the years, I’ve heard so much about the Clarins White Plus line and their use of the sea lily to help with skin whitening/brightening. It seemed to have been the core of everything White Plus. Then, this year, I learnt the sea lily is so 2012. No more sea lilies in the Clarins White Plus range. Instead, they have upgraded the formula to not just whiten but to make skin look more luminous with, as they say Total Luminescent properties.
Our environment and lifestyle can cause the “micro mirrors” in our skin to fail so what the White Plus Total Luminescent range is supposed to do is polish up those mirrors so they reflect light better thereby helping skin look more luminous, translucent, fairer, brighter etc. You have to admit, they make it sound quite intriguing :P
Out of curiousity, have you ever tried anything from the Clarins White Plus range?
The new formula has as its primary ingredients, hyaluronic acid for moisture, sandspurry extract for counteracting melanin production and gingko biloba to promote circulation. All this is supposed to help rebalance your “micro mirrors” so your skin continues to look clear and bright.
I’ve had fair success with the White Plus HP Whitening Velvet Emulsion from last year and it was one of those where I actually finished up the bottle of emulsion because it was alright. It wasn’t drying as whitening skincare tends to be, although I did not notice any marked brightening of my skin. My skin did not quite take to the Clarins White Plus HP formula in general, because I found previous formula too drying for my already dryish skin. Perhaps the inclusion of hyaluronic acid this time around will make it more comfortable too.
The products in the White Plus Total Luminescent range are:-
- White Plus Total Luminescent Pearl-to-Cream Brightening Cleanser (125 ml) – RM115
- White Plus Total Luminescent Brightening Pure Aqua-Lotion (200ml) – RM150
- White Plus Total Luminescent Brightening Soft Aqua-Milk (200ml) – RM150
- White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serum (30ml) – RM295
- White Plus Total Luminescent All Spots Brightening Corrector (7ml) – RM195
- White Plus Total Luminescent Brightening Hydrating Emulsion (75ml) – RM200
Of the lot, I’m most interested in the Brightening Pure Aqua-Lotion and Soft Aqua Milk which are both lotions (toners), but which have a slightly thicker, more silky texture. Ever since I started using lotions and toners on a regular basis, I have found that it benefits my skin a lot so these fascinate me as they claim to be more hydrating. Use them after cleansing, before serum and moisturiser.
The other big news of course coming out of the Clarins stable is the UV Plus HP Multi-Protection BB Cream SPF40 PA+++ The news for Asia is that THIS is the BB Cream we are getting, not the one that comes in a red tube that is available in Europe and North America.
This product slots into the sunscreen category of Clarins so it will be sold alongside the very popular Clarins UV Plus HP Sunscreen. I have used up about 3 bottles of the Clarins UV Plus HP sunscreen before I discovered the Shiseido Perfect UV and the Clarins one is a worthy substitute (even if its SPF40 and not 50)
The question of course is how is this BB Cream different from the tinted UV Plus sunscreen which comes in a beige tint? I tested them side by side and I found that there were some differences:-
- Shade : The beige tinted UV Plus sunscreen is a lighter slightly more yellow beige tint. The UV Plus BB Cream has a stronger tint.
- Texture : The BB Cream feels thicker while the sunscreen feels lighter on skin.
- Opacity: The BB Cream goes on skin more opaque and offers more coverage, while the sunscreen is more translucent and offers less coverage.
I will review the Clarins BB Cream separately but just off hand, I will tell you that the shade (it only comes in 1 shade) maybe a problem for me. It found the swatch a little deep for my skintone and my concern will be that if it develops further on my skin, it may end up being half to a shade too dark for me. For those who have medium skintones, you shouldn’t have a problem.
The other issue many will face is price. At RM158/30ml, it is quite pricey (although not as pricey as some others from the more premium skincare brands) but if it works for you then it’d be worth it because it does have a pretty decent coverage and you only need a little because its quite thick and a little goes a long way.
Have you tried anything from the Clarins White Plus skincare range? Does this new BB Cream grab your fancy?
I’ve only had luck so far with 1 item in the Clarins White Plus range and that’s the Velvet Emulsion. It looks like they’ve reformulated that too into the Brightening Hydrating Emulsion so I don’t know how the new formula will sit with me. As for the BB Cream, it does look to be too dark, but we’ll see if/how it will work. I’ll report back! But if you have tried it, please share your thoughts :D
Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent skincare range and the new Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Perfection BB Cream is available at all Clarins counters. Prices are as set out above.