Dec 072015

Clarins Mission Perfection - 2

I’ve been using Clarins Mission Perfection Serum ($72) since September. This is asserted to be a ‘groundbreaking’ serum that is intended to even skin tone (both reddened, dark spots, and dullness) without changing your natural skin tone. If you’ve read this blog, you know that I’m in a vigilant fight against discoloration. Mine comes under control, but sometimes goes off again during the summer no matter how strong my sunscreen is, or how often I apply. I was intrigued by Clarins Mission Perfection because it does not rely on hydroquinone as its active ingredient. As you may know, hydroquinone is a controversial ingredient. Most of the non-hydroquinone products that I’ve tried in the past don’t really seem to cut it. I’m not comfortable getting laser, because of the potential side effects. Claris provided some pretty impressive data when this was first released in Europe, and so I bought this when it was released in the states.

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According to the line: “Acerola extract monitors melanin production. Hexylresorcinol helps reduce the appearance of dark spots. Gingko Biloba extract helps restore radiance.  Gentle Fruit Acids eliminate dull, dark cellular debris—improving skin radiance. Pigment perfectors illuminate and even out the complexion.”

Clarins Mission Perfection is sold in a plastic pump bottle that holds one ounce. My first impressions were very positive. This lightweight cream feels weightless, disappears quickly, and has no annoying scent. I’ve read lots of reviews that says that it works beautifully for reddened skin, but that’s not my issue–rather, I have areas that go to darker shades (whether this is a side-effect of some medication that I no longer take I cannot say but I suspect this is the case). The peachy color of the product does seem to have some visual color-correcting properties, but that isn’t why one would spend $70 on this product. I want skincare, not camouflage.

The first week seemed to deliver impressive results, at least until I exfoliated. Anticipating that my skin would look brighter after a week of Clarins Mission Perfection and using my Dr. Gross Peel Pads, I was surprised to see dark areas return after I removed that top layer.   I persisted with my Clarins, under the belief that my discoloration goes lower in my skin that the very top layer. On the upside, I knew that I could continue to use Mission Perfection without fear that it is harming my skin because it is not hydroquinone-based.

I’m very glad that I did. After persisting for the past two months, my skin is about 98% both before and after exfoliation. Particularly over the past month, I’ve used sheerer and sheerer foundations. It’s pretty astounding. It’s certainly wonderful to see how young my skin looks when the tone is even. Really, I feel like I’m free of a problem that I’ve had a very long time. I’m going to use my Sephora money to get a refill of this. It’s that good for this very narrow purpose. I have to admit that I do get self-conscious about uneven skin, and finding a gentle, effective solution has been huge.

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Clarins Mission Perfection is available from Clarins, Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Macys, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue.   

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  7 Responses to “Review: Clarins Mission Perfection Serum”

  1. I haven’t tried Clarins. I just have a weird issue paying that much. I feel like they are getting over on me. I should try them, right?

    • It depends on your age/needs. I had heard wonderful things about this particular product, and I love some of their oils and foundations. But I can’t speak to their entire line.

  2. Thank so much for the review. I have uneven skin, I’ll try it! ?

  3. I don’t have a ton of discoloration but with my pale skin I’m sure it will be an issue going into my 40’s. I’ll keep it in mind!

  4. Okay, now I’m excited. I’ve had melasma since my pregnancy more than a decade ago. Sunscreen does nothing to protect me from growing dark patches in the summer. I have to avoid the sun all together or risk looking like a brindle breed. My patches and spots have faded some, but only because I’ve avoided the sun for four years now. Foundation helps, but I find it makes the dark spots look a little grayish. I’m a big fan of most Clarin’s products, but didn’t care for the two serums I tried. I’m on my second bottle of Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Supplement because I want to use a serum and this one gives me no ill effect. Not sure if it’s helping anything, but I feel better using it. I have had a sample of this serum sitting in my bag. I’m pulling it out tonight!

  5. hmmmm…….interesting. This sounds like a great one to try out especially for discoloration. I have a slight discolored skin and I wanna see if it will work on it.

  6. Great review, Amy. Although I don’t have this particular problem, other Clarins products always work for me, too.

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