Monday, 15 June 2015
[review] Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion
Yet another brand buying into the asian-beauty hype. Essences. Essence lotion. Confusing name? I agree.
These 'essences' made by these western companies are often a variety between toners and serums. The consistency of this product by Clinique suggests that it is a toner instead of a serum.
Clinique launched this product with two versions, one for very dry -dryskin types and combination-oily skin types (skin types 3, 4). I have both versions tried and tested for the past half a year and I can say that it has made it to my 'use-everyday' pile of products that I slather onto my face daily hoping for the best. Basically, is it Holy-Grail material? Yas.
I have acne-prone and sensitive skin which is also combination with parts that are dehydrated. *hyperventilates*. Frustrating? *nods*. This product hydrates it nicely and provides a boost of antioxidants. The hydration is just nice in that it doesn't over-moisturise that the serum or whatever you put on after it will just slip off.
If you have already noticed, Clinique left out one for 'normal' skin types. But I'd guess those people could choose between the two, even though I'd suggest go for the one for combi -oily skin types as it is more "light" and you can layer more skin products on top whereas the one for very dry - dry feels a tad heavier due to its consistency and more hydrating. Thus, if you intend to layer tons of products (such as oils) later in your routine, I'd suggest the one for combi - oily and vice versa.
Another interesting note is from what I found when reading the ingredient list. As mentioned, it contains tons of antioxidants (at least compared to most toners out in the market) such as apple, watermelon and green tea extracts. It also contains something called "saccharomyces ferment filtrate" halfway down the list. Now you're wondering what is it right? It's a kind of yeast extract.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Bis-PEG 18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Tamarindus Indicia Seed Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge, Artemia Extract, Algae Extract, Biotin, Ergothioneine, Caffeine, Sucrose, Sodium Lactate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Squalane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Jojoba Esters, PEG-32, Caprylyl Glycol, PEF-6, Polysorbate 20, Dextrin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium PCA, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
Those who have used or heard of the brand SKII before will have heard of their 'miracle' ingredient called pitera, which essentially is a type of yeast. On the ingredient list of their product, it's trademarked as Pitera but the science-ish name for it s saccharomyces ferment filtrate.
Know where am I going with this? No? Okay, the essences from Clinique contains what is known (and trademarked) as "Pitera". So, if you love SKII products, this may convert you. It's also cheaper *cough*.
Overall, I really like this product and have repurchased both versions of it, although I still favour the combi -oily version of it. Currently, I don't believe it's available on counters in the UK yet (although it is available everywhere else e.g. America). Though, I found it on Selfridge's website but it's been unavailable like forever. However, Debenham's website seems to have it in stock as of writing at £30 for 100ml. If I am not mistaken, I initially bought mine back home in Malaysia for RM127.