Monday, June 28, 2010

Review: Clarins Aqua Essence Morning Energy and Evening Infusion

If there is one thing that i can curb my morning grouchiness... apart from my pure black coffee (my daily dosage of caffine), it would have to be the Aqua Essence Morning Energy from Clarins (coincidentally green coffee is one of the active ingredients : ) ).
So, twice the caffine dosage, that should prep me up, right ? : )
I have done a rather detailed write up on the Aqua Essence Morning Energy much earlier, see , this time round i will discuss more on the Evening Infusion.
Top: Aqua Essence Morning Energy, Bottom: Aqua Essence Evening Infusion
A Closer look through the frosty glass bottles

Amount of Morning Energy left in the bottle after approx. 2 months daily usage

Brand new bottle of Evening Infusion

The evening Infusion is the exact opposite of its counterpart- the morning energy. It seeks to "de-stress"our skin after a day's work and exposure to harsh conditions such as air pollution and stress, the essence aims to refresh the tired face and at the same time strengthen plus moisturising the skin.

In short, its more of a comforting lotion to prepare your skin for your daily night time skincare regime. I don't usually take the product description at full value for alot of products that i have used and reviewed in my blog, i would take it with a pinch of salt and prefer to test it out for myself to see if it is indeed the miracle worker that it claims to be. Afterall, there are too many products out there that over promised on things.

Packaging-wise, it comes in a frosted glass bottle with spray that dispenses a modest amount each time, which is good as it is easily to get carried away and use up more than what is required each time i use it. The heavy glass bottle is a nice touch, i would say, it sort of sends out the subtle message that it is a luxurious product (which it is, looking at the price).

Texture-wise, the essence is watery, it spreads nicely across the palms and is easily absorbed into the skin (according to the little booklet enclosed, the effect would be better if application is done using the Clarins Auto-lifting method).

There is a slight flowery fragrance initially, not overpowering, which i quite like. It sort of fades away moments after the essence is fully absorbed by the skin. I have been using it for a month, so far so good. My skin felt slightly smoother and softer after the application but i don't really see any brightening or radiance coming through (maybe i need to use it for a longer period for visible results to show up).

If there is a duo that i can't live without, it would have to be the Clarins Aqua Essence for Morning and Evening. Both lotions compliment each other quite well and are more of a good-to-have type of products but they are a must for me when i have the extra cash to splurge or stock it up whenever a sale is going on.

A potential HG material in the making.

Priced at S$65.00 each for 100ml, which should be sufficient to last at least a good 4 months with daily usage.

Main Ingredients for Morning Essence: ........ I threw away the cardboard packaging before i recalled that i have not input the listing for main ingredients yet....but the active ingredients are Redcurrant, Green Coffee and White Tea Extracts.

Main Ingredients for Evening Infusion: Aqua, Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Trehalose, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Fragrance, Tromethamine, Acrylates, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzophenone-4, Solanium Lycopersicum (tomato) fruit extract, Phytic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract and Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract.

Active Ingredients for Evening Infusion: Cherry Tree, Passionflower, Roman Camomile and Linden Extracts.

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