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Clarins High Definition Body Lift

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I’m sure 90% of the women out there agree with me, cellulite is one of our worse enemies.

I exercise at least 3 times a week and keep my diet in check, but the damage of my youth is done—I have cellulite along my entire thighs and buttocks, along with ugly stretch marks from my massive weight gain during puberty.

I know I cannot expect them to magically disappear. If cellulite creams really do work their wonders, the world will be cellulite-free already. Many products though promise that when used as part of a diet and exercise plan they help to speed up the process of breaking down cellulite. The Clarins High Definition Body Lift is one of them:

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The Product

A body cream for the hips, thighs, and buttocks that visibly corrects stubborn cellulite while smoothing, firming, and redefining. Clarins breaks the vicious cellulite cycle with the first slimming treatment that visibly corrects the appearance of cellulite. It targets cellulite before it starts visibly smoothing hips, buttocks, and thighs for a slimmer silhouette. It hydrates and softens skin, reshapes, lifts, tones, and visibly improves skin firmness.

The peach colored cream contains small red granules that end up all over your bathroom floor as you massage. There is also a tendency for the cream to peel off like dead skin after massaging for a while. I have tried exfoliating prior to application, but the effect is consistent no matter what I do. Perhaps there is some form of film-former included in the formula, I don’t know. It smells heavily of menthol, really unpleasant, but thankfully doesn’t linger.

To test the effect out, I massaged it onto my right thighs and right buttocks as instructed. You can find the official Clarins anti-cellulite massage here. If it works, I should see a visible difference between my right and left legs at the end.

The Verdict

At the end of 400ml, my legs did appear thinner, the gap between my thighs wider, but I believe that is a result of the consistent exercise and diet, not Clarins. There is no discernible difference between my left and right thighs, nor my left and right butt cheeks. There is still the same amount of cellulite appearing on both thighs when I squeeze them.

Maybe 400ml is not enough for the product to work its magic, maybe I don’t exercise enough, or maybe you cannot really have such high hopes for anti-cellulite products. Many reviewer will go at this point: “It helps with skin elasticity”, “It helps in improving skin tone” or “It is moisturizing”. But the fact is, the main selling point of anti-cellulite products is to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and many clearly fail to deliver.

Will I buy High Definition Body Lift again? Nope (Re-purchase is also not possible, Clarins has replaced this with the New Body Lift Cellulite Control).

Will I give up on anti-cellulite products? Nope. I’ll still be seduced by the promise of ugly thigh dimples gone, but of course with much lowered expectations.


Quick Reviews I

October 2013 Empties

These are the empties for the past few months. I can’t bring myself to do detailed reviews because I’m already moving on to other products. Just thought I’d write a few lines for each of them.

DHC Kakonjuka Cream (40ml)

I’ve used this as a night cream for two months and woke up everyday to well-rested skin, though to be fair I do not have major skin concerns to begin with. The texture of the cream is great, not too thick and reasonably easy to absorb. It is definitely too heavy to use in the daytime in tropical heat. There is a faint smell of mushrooms but nothing too unpleasant.

Repurchase: No.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (100ml)

This is the pre-reformulation jumbo-size bottle. I am way too young to use this (still in my 20s), but someone’s gotta finish what Mom started before it expires. I’ll not talk about its effects, because it is magic in a bottle and I’m sure everyone already knows it. The 100ml lasted for over more than 13 months, which isn’t really hygienic. Even with the dropper I’m sure some dust is getting in there. It’s best to get the regular 30ml which should last 3 to 4 months.

Repurchase: No. Maybe when I hit my 40s.

Thayers Rose Petal Alcohol Free Witch Hazel (355ml)

This toner has a lovely scent and leaves skin slightly damp and ready for serums. I’ve used up three bottles, but now I am not sure if a toner is necessary. My skin felt okay after skipping the toner and hitting the essence or serum straight after cleansing.

Repurchase: No. I may not use toners at all.

Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel (50ml)

I loved it at first–it is suitable for tropical climate, it is relatively light, easy to absorb and smells divine. But halfway through the tub I realised that while it does hydrate, it does little of anything else. I did not notice the well-rested effect as with DHC Kakonjuka Cream or any improvement to the skin over the long haul. It can be easily substituted by other hydration-only moisturisers like Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream and La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light.

Repurchase: No. I’ve learnt to demand more from my moisturisers.