I have been using Clarins HydraQuench Cream SPF 15 for a couple of weeks after getting to the end of my latest tube of Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream. I couldn't find any reviews of this SPF cream version before buying, so I think it might be a fairly new product on the market.
So I decided not to repurchase Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream because on its own, it isn't quite moisturising enough for my skin during the cold weather... its main selling point being for brightening the skin, rather than moisturising very dry skin like mine. When my skin is especially dry from lack of sleep or not eating enough fruit and veg, I can really notice the way my skin crinkles up on the tops of my cheeks when I laugh... not good!! And I'm scared that if that keeps happening, those crinkly lines will become permanent. I like laughing too much to stop, so my only hope is to keep my skin hydrated.
Here's what Clarins says about the cream:
"A super-moisturizing cream for normal to dry skin. Katafray bark and Sorbier tree bud ensure ideal skin moisture balance while SPF 15 filters protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Expertise 3P. Protects skin from the harmful effects of today's pollution. Allergy tested, non-comedogenic."
This Clarins HydraQuench cream is really rich (the first ingredient after water is shea butter). I ordered it online, and was kind of expecting it to be a gel formulation because of the product name... you know... "hydra" and "quench". But it's a proper thick, white cream. The smell and texture reminds me of the old Pond's creams that my granny used to use when I was a kid... it's very comforting, both physically and psychologically :-). This is what the cream looks like:
Being so rich and having an SPF, it can be a little greasy sometimes. It doesn't totally absorb (but then none of my heavy-duty moisturisers ever do... it's just something I've come to accept). Sometimes when I've slathered it on a little too heavily, my face feels a bit sticky and unfresh... like that feeling you get in humid climates when you feel like you need to shower again immediately after stepping out of the front door. So I've just got to learn to control how much I put on!
I wasn't expecting to see any noticeable difference in my skin... after all, a rich moisturiser is a rich moisturiser. But my skin does actually feel noticeable softer. I noticed it when washing my face just days after I started using the cream.
The pot is thick glass, so it's really heavy, and totally impractical for travelling. But hey, that just gives me an excuse for using my MUJI travel-sized containers.
Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase. I feel like a sophisticated French woman when I'm using it, and it leaves my skin baby soft. It's a little greasy sometimes but that's nothing a bit of finishing powder can't sort out.
The ingredients in Clarins HydraQuench Cream SPF 15 are:
Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnate, Glycerin, Ethyhexyl Salicylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Parfum, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Cedrelopsis Grevei Bark Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Lapsana Communis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pyrus Sorbus Bud Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitan Isostearate, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, BHT.
The HydraQuench range has several other variants of moisturisers, including a lighter SPF lotion, and an even richer cream (which doesn't have SPF). I bought mine from FeelUnique.com for £28.80 (for a 50ml pot) where I buy most of my skincare products because it's so much cheaper than anywhere else due to the company shipping from Jersey and thus not having to pay the usual taxes. Plus there are always substantial discount codes floating around. I know it sounds like I'm plugging the website, but I'm not, honestly! I just like their prices!