Quick Reviews #18

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Coverderm Complete Care CC Cream for Face

The first thing to note about this CC cream is that it doesn’t provide much in the way of coverage, and that’s because it’s more of a treatment product than anything else. Here is what it claims to do:

Contains 12 super-powered active ingredients that evens and brightens skin tone, nourishes, moisturises and soothes the skin. It protects against UVA & UVB rays and treats wrinkles, blemishes and irritation and controls sebum, tightens pores and treats facial redness. Oil free, lightweight, suitable for all skin types, and available in 4 natural shades, including 3 for skins of colour. Clinically tested to be long lasting, hypoallergenic and waterproof, making it ideal for humid and hot climates.

The finish is very dewy (despite being oil free), so if you’ve already got oily skin I can imagine that this mightn’t be ideal (although it does claim to control sebum production, so perhaps it’s worth a try?). I have dry skin, and I love glow, but even I find that I need to set this with a powder to avoid it looking greasy.

Overall though, I this is lovely if you’ve already got good skin – it won’t even out discolouration or cover blemishes, but it will make your complexion look glowy and healthy. If you don’t have any major skin concerns and you’ve only got the odd blemish here and there, then this is a good option as you can simply spot-conceal where needs be.

Available from Dischem and online here. Retails for R476.00.

Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in ’04 Oud’

As part of their Autumn 2016 collection, Clarins have released four beautiful ‘nude’ eyeshadow palettes, each tailored to suit a specific eye shade (South Africa will only be receiving three out of the four, from what I can tell – ’03 Brown’ will not be available). Whilst ’04 Oud’ is designed to accentuate hazel eyes (I have blue eyes), I found that the colours still worked beautifully on me. I suspect the formula has been upgraded too, as these shadows seem a lot more velvety and buttery than previous powder eyeshadows I’ve tried. They have good colour pay-off when used dry, but you can amplify the pigments by using them wet – using the black shade on a damp brush makes for a brilliant eyeliner. They last really well too, I got several hours of crease-free, no-fade wear – and that’s without a primer!

Available from 15 August 2016, and retails for R495.00.

Clarins Mascara Supra Volume

I love a good volumising mascara, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. The premise behind Supra Volume is that it contains ‘care ingredients’ to promotes thicker, stronger lashes with each application, ie the more you wear it, the more voluminous your lashes will become. I can’t report back on that claim as I haven’t been using it for long enough, but what I can tell you is that this is a really great mascara. The brush features ultra-supple fibers which ensure that each lash is evenly coated from root to tip, and the formula contains plant extracts which form a film that coats and shapes each lash. It creates great volume, holds a curl well, doesn’t flake and washes off easily. Might as well be a bullseye.

Available from 15 August 2016, and retails for R295.00.

All products featured in this post were kindly sent for review. This post was not paid for, and all opinions are my own.