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Long before there was K-beauty and J-beauty, many skincare junkies were obsessed with a French approach to beauty, which focuses on skin health rather than makeup. Just Google “French girl makeup” and you’ll find blog posts devoted to a natural, no makeup makeup look that’s pared down to a little bit of concealer and mascara, and a rosy lip. The French look is effortless and its cornerstone is healthy, glowing skin. While French pharmacies are legendary for their well-priced products to help achieve flawless skin, arguably the best known French skincare company is Clarins, which launched in 1954 and is still owned by the same family.

What Is Clarins?

Clarins was created by the French chiropractor Jacques Courtin. In 1954 he set up a spa in Paris and focused on massages that helped to firm the skin and boost circulation. He used essential oils in his massages and later started selling products made from plants and minerals. One of his earliest products was the “Body Shaping Cream”, which was designed to tackle cellulite. Courtin named his company “Clarins” after a character in a school play, and by the 1970s he formally added Clarins to his own last name.

By 1980 Clarins was the top-selling brand in France, and expanded to the US shortly afterwards. In 1991 Clarins debuted its first makeup collection. In subsequent years Clarins added a men’s line as well sun protection, a maternity collection as well as the new, clean beauty My Clarins line, which debuted in early 2019.  Today the company is still privately owned by the Courtin-Clarins family, and Forbes estimates the family is worth $2 billion.

What Is the Concept Behind Clarins?

The Clarins philosophy is based around the power of plants, and also taps into the emotional aspect of beauty. As Courtin told a newspaper in 1966, “Beauty has become an important element in a woman’s psychological make-up.” Clarins has embraced a transparency with ingredients long before it was trendy to do so. In 1968 Clarins added an ingredients insert into its packaging.

What Does Clarins Sell?

Clarins sells skincare and makeup products. Here’s a breakdown.

Clarins Moisturizers
Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream SPF 20 – Designed for all skin types, this cream targets fine lines while helping to add a boost of  boosts radiance. A key ingredient is teasel, a spiky plant.

Clarins Super Restorative Day SPF 20 – The hero ingredient in this anti-aging cream is organic harungana, a flowering plant in the St John’s wort family, which Clarins says helps to restore skin density and elasticity.  The moisturizer also tackles age spots and dullness.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream- This cream is meant for normal to dry skin and keeps it hydrated with organic leaf of life extract, a succulent plant.

Clarins Cleansers
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed – Add water to turn this cleanser into a foam. Cottonseed extract and gypsophila root extract leave skin clean but not stripped of essential oils.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter – Formulated with shea butter and provitamin B, this cleanser is as gentle as a cream on the face.

Clarins Eye Creams
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate – This anti-aging eye cream is meant to do it all- lift skin, tackle dark circles and puffiness and soften the look of fine lines.

Clarins Eye Contour Gel – Powered by coffee and chamomile, this eye gel can be applied anytime for a cooling, soothing effect. It is formulated to minimize puffiness and dark circles and preps eyelids for make-up application.

Clarins Face Masks
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm – This cult favorite classic can be used as a mask, or left on to help prep skin for makeup and add a dose of hydration.

Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask – Packed with leaf of life, glycerin and hyaluronic acid, this mask is designed to quench dry skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines.

Clarins Serums
Clarins Double Serum – Another runaway hit, the Double Serum contains 21 plant extracts, including turmeric, to tackle the visible signs of aging.

Clarins Pore Control SerumThis mattifying serum is meant to make pores look smaller and smoother, and is formulated with tamarind and strawberry fruit extract.

Clarins Makeup
Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation – Available in 22 shades, the hybrid foundation serum contains plant oils as well as pigments for long lasting color.

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil – This high gloss lip oil can be worn alone or layered over lipstick for extra shine and hydration. It comes in 10 colors.

How Much Do Clarins Products Cost?

Clarins products are priced in line with prestige department store brands. The new Rose Radiance Cream Super Restorative sells for $129, and Skin Illusion Foundation is $44. The cult favorite Beauty Flash Balm retails for $48, and the Double Serum is $124.

Is Clarins Cruelty Free?

Clarins says it does not test on animals but “some countries where Clarins is sold require animal testing on all imported cosmetics as part of their regulatory safety process.

What Ingredients Are in Clarins Products?

Clarins products are based around botanicals, including tamarind, the blue orchid extract found in its signature Face Treatment Oil as well as hibiscus.  The anti-aging collection is powered by botanicals such as organic harungana, and Montpellier rose to tackle age spots. Oils are also found in many Clarins products, including hazelnut, sweet almond, macadamia and grape seed. Other ingredients are more common, such as hyaluronic acid, which holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water; glycerin, a humectant, and dimethicone, a silicone.

Where Can I Buy Clarins Products?

Clarins products are sold on the company’s website and in department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom as well as Sephora and Ulta Beauty.

Do Clarins Products Work?

Beauty and skincare does not have a one sized all approach. A little trial and error is always necessary, as one person’s hero product may do nothing for you. It’s always helpful to look at customer reviews and editorial write ups as a starting point.   

Clarins products have received plenty of editorial coverage over the years, and arguably its two best known products are the Double Serum and Beauty Flash Balm. Allure magazine named the Beauty Flash Balm a “Best of Beauty” winner, writing “Like a shot of espresso for the face, this treatment perks you up instantly, quenching skin and making it seem brighter and tighter.”

According to a 2017 article in The Cut, the Double Serum is the company’s best-selling product. The writer felt that “Double Serum is not a miracle potion, but it does a lot. It’s a product that makes your skin look better, even when you think your skin already looks pretty great.” British Vogue called the Double Serum a “beauty hero” in 2018.  The magazine’s Jessica Diner wrote, “This is what you call a democratic beauty product. It’s designed to work on all skin ages (from first signs of ageing to more advanced lines and wrinkles) and on all skin types (I have oily skin and it works like a dream, but friends who have sensitive and dry skin have also seen the benefits)…”

Glamour included the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face in its 2019 Beauty Awards: The 17 Best Skin Care Products of 2019 and Cosmopolitan named the Hydra- Essentiel Cooling Gel, which contains hyaluronic acid, in its 2017 round up of “These Are the 21 Best Skin-Care Products You Can Buy Right Now.”

But what do real people think? The new My Clarins line has thousands of reviews on Influenster.com. One of the most reviewed is the My Clarins Re-Fresh Hydrating Beauty Mist, which gets a 4.3 out of 5 star rating. Isabelle L. writes, “This is the best smelling skincare product I have tried to date…it’s in the name: re-FRESH” and Akisha W. agrees – “This Clarins refresh mist is amazing on top of makeup or on its own just to hydrate your skin.” Kate T. had a bad reaction – “It gave me incredible reaction!! My face is extremly dry and swollen after this product” and others didn’t like the scent.

The Double Serum gets a 4.4 rating on Influenster from more than 900 reviews. Fans like Jerica R. call it “My favorite serum by far…It feels so luxurious and I saw so much improvement in my skin within the first couple weeks.” Olga S. also loves it, writing “This serum is the best I’ve ever tried. I know it’s a bit pricey, but…it definitely does the job.” Those that didn’t like the serum complained that it made them broke out, or saw no results. “This stuff was terrible,” wrote Sheliza S. “My skin broke out terribly. I’ve never had this happen before. The rash lasted for almost one week. I think the oil could’ve been the reason.”

A best-selling Clarins product at Sephora is the Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate, which gets a 4.2 out of 5 star rating. Bunzzy says its “worth every penny… Impressed.. my dark circle and fine lines have been visibly reduce!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!” MFBx calls it “Finally, a REAL eye depuffer.” Customers who gave it low ratings, like o1o1o111 wrote “I have been searching for a product which can improve lines/textures under the eye but this one didn’t work for me.” N2Itgirl wrote that it made her eye area worse – “ This product made under my eye area puffier.”

What Are Some Alternatives to Clarins?

Clarins may not be for everyone, either because they don’t react well with your skin, it did nothing for you or the price point is too high.  Consider Formulyst.

 Formulyst’s philosophy is long-term and effective skincare. The brand wants to help its customers achieve their best looking skin. Some of the biggest causes of aging are environmental, such as the sun and pollution, so protecting skin from these aggressors is key to help it looking and feeling its best. Formulyst’s Active Serum – Vitamin B, C, E, Ferulic + Niacinamide is packed with a cocktail of antioxidants and vitamins to help protect skin and keep it looking bright and healthy. The potent blend leaves skin looking smooth and hydrated.

Dry, parched skin is no match for Formulyst Super Hyaluronic Water Moisturizer. The hero ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and can hold up to 1,000 times it weight in water.  This lightweight, oil free formula works by attracting water to the skin and contains multiple types of hyaluronic acid.

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Formulyst

The philosophy of Formulyst is long-term and effective skincare, rather than covering up any imperfections. The comprehensive line of products tackles everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin. While some brands rely on unnecessary fillers and scents, Formulyst focuses on ingredients that help create results, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many of the Formulyst’s products harness the power of plant and citrus extracts as well as gold-standard workhorses such as retinol. Read More
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Advanced Dermatology

The Advanced Dermatology skin care regimen addresses the most pressing aging concerns. It can be used by men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. This award-winning system can help diminish wrinkle appearance, reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, fade away redness, even out skin tone and improve the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. Some of the standout products in this line include the Super Youth Serum, Complete Age Defense and Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Treatment. Read More

Clarins Boosters

Consumers who know about the skin care company, Clarins, may have heard about Clarins Boosters, which are specialized skin care serums for targeted treatment. The products are meant to be an addition to a regular skin care routine, to help rejuvenate the skin with concentrated botanical extracts. In some ways,...

Clarins Double Serum

Clarins Double Serum contains two anti-aging serums in separate chambers, which are combined together as one fluid each time you press the pump at the top of the bottle. According to the manufacturer, this delivery method guarantees that the precise amount of ingredients contained in Clarins Double Serum is applied...
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Clarins Super Restorative Night Cream Review

The Clarins Super Restorative Night Cream was designed to serve as an ultra potent and targeted anti-aging moisturizer for specifically targeting skin concerns while you sleep. This active moisturizer offers a complex formula that’s chalk full of powerful ingredients and unique complexes that are available exclusively through the brand. This includes things like the Organic Montpellier Rose-rose and the Clarins’ Anti-Pollution Complex, each of which perform different functions when applied to the skin. Starting off with the Organic Montpellier Rose-rose, this rarely seen rose-based ingredient helps to fight the visible signs of aging that are linked to hormonal changes that occur naturally as we age, including skin dullness and loss of density within the skin. The Clarins’ Anti-Pollution Complex on the other hand is an antioxidant rich blend of ingredients that help to fight the effects of environmental aggressors like pollution and free radicals. Overtime, these two aggressors can reek havoc on our skin and lead to some of the more visible signs of premature aging.

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Clarins Daily Energizer Cream Review

The Clarins Daily Energizer Cream was designed to start your day off right with an energizing shot of moisture. This lightweight, fast absorbing day cream works to keep your moisture levels balanced throughout the day, so that you don’t find yourself between different extremes. Depending on your skin type, you may often find that your skin tends to become oilier and shinier throughout the day, or dry and dull as the day wears on. Instead of simply hydrating and the surface and providing a temporary solution for the skin, the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream keeps your skin in homeostasis all day, so you don’t have to worry about either extreme. What’s even better is that this cream also provides addition skincare benefits, delivering a glowing, radiant looking complexion. As a result, skin looks and feels healthier, more balanced and totally fuss free.

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Clarins Cleansing Milk Review

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs is a makeup-remover and cleanser for normal or dry skin that is said to gently cleanse while hydrating and softening. One of the key ingredients in this cleansing milk is alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, a prebiotic. Prebiotics are a type of non-digestible fiber compound that provide indirect benefits by enhancing the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms that make up the skin’s microbiome. Ultimately, this results in healthier looking skin. Besides alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs contains a handful of emollients and humectants that should help to moisturize and soften the skin. However, this formula contains many different synthetic fragrance ingredients, including parfum/fragrance, limonene, linalool, hydroxycitronellal, alpha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl salicylate, eugenol, amyl cinnamal, and many more. All of these ingredients have the potential to cause allergic reactions and/or skin irritation.Plus, you don’t always need to immediately see or feel the sensitizing effects of fragrance ingredients for your skin to suffer damage. Unfortunately, all of these fragrance ingredients are used in higher concentrations than most of the beneficial ingredients in the Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs, so this product may cause more harm than good.

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Clarins Extra Firming Foundation Review

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation SPF 15 is a rich, creamy, oil-free foundation that combines skin-firming and anti-aging ingredients to promote a younger-looking complexion while also providing medium to full coverage. It is said to help to minimize imperfections, delivering a smooth, more radiant and even complexion. Clarins Extra Firming Foundation SPF 15 is available in five different shades so that you can choose the one that best matches your skin tone. The active sunscreen ingredient in this foundation is titanium dioxide (2.5%), a mineral sunscreen that works by blocking or deflecting UV light, rather than being absorbed by the skin. One disadvantage of this foundation is that it is only rated SPF 15, when SPF 30 or higher is recommended for adequate protection.

The rest of the Clarins Extra Firming Foundation SPF 15 formula mainly consists of different types of silicones and emollients to improve spreadability and impart a silky, smooth skin feel. The skin-firming and anti-aging ingredients, such as green tea leaf extract, plantain seed extract, and acacia senegal gum, are present in very low concentrations (less than 1%). We know this by looking at the ingredient list (which is in order of descending concentrations). All of these ingredients are listed after the preservative phenoxyethanol, which cannot be used in concentrations more than 1%. Clarins Extra Firming Foundation SPF 15 also contains several synthetic fragrance ingredients, such as alpha-isomethyl ionone, linalool, hexyl cinnamal, and limonene. These ingredients can cause sensitization and irritation.

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Clarins Multi Active Jour Review

Hectic days, a fast pace of life… stress and lack of sleep leave their mark on your face. Now you have an exceptional skin care designed just for you. Technology that targets the first signs of aging. New generation capsules of teasel extract with antioxidant and revitalizing properties help your skin to protect itself from the harmful effects of a stressful lifestyle, promoting youthful-looking skin for longer.

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Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster Review

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster is a concentrated self-tanning product that is intended to be added to your favorite day and/or night moisturizer to achieve a sun-kissed glow. Since you can decide how many drops you want to add, you can create your own custom color (although Clarins recommends three drops). The key tanning actives in Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster are dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and erythrulose. DHA can be derived from plant sources, such as sugar beets and sugar cane, and by the fermentation of glycerin. Erythrulose naturally occurs in red raspberries. Both tanning actives react chemically with the amino acids in the skin’s main protein keratin to produce a brown color change. However, erythrulose develops slower than DHA and provides more lasting color. Of note, Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster does list alcohol as the third highest concentration ingredient in this formula. Alcohol can disrupt the skin barrier, leading to dryness and/or irritation. However, since this product is meant to be mixed with a moisturizer, these effects may be counteracted by the ingredients in your moisturizer. Overall, Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster enables you to turn any moisturizer into a self-tanner in order to create a custom glow.

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Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Review

One of the most beloved products from Clarins, the Gentle Foaming Cleanser, has been around for years. But what makes this product so beloved? This gentle, creamy cleanser was on the market well before non-foaming cleansers became a trend. While foaming cleansers do produce a satisfying and sensorial lather, the surfactants in these high foaming cleansers can actually do more harm than good. The Gentle foaming Cleanser from Clarins uses significantly less aggravating surfactants to gently cleanse the skin without stripping or irritating. The formula behind this product also includes cottonseed extract, which helps to further soothe the skin.Additionally, this formula also houses an anti-pollution complex, which helps to reduce the impacts of environmental damage on your skin, which can cause premature aging and increased sensitivity. With gentle cleansers like this one from Clarins, you can still benefit from a thorough, deep cleanse without the drawbacks of increased dryness and potential irritation.

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Clarins Multi Active Day Cream Review

If you’re looking for a day cream that targets multiple skin concerns, you may want to check out the Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream. This product was developed in order to fight the major signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles as well as loss of radiance. The formula behind this product includes the key ingredient, encapsulated Teasel extract. This ingredient works to revitalize your skin exactly where you need it, while Myrothamnus extract smooths, tones and de-stresses the skin. Finally, like other products from Clarins, the Multi Active Day Cream contains the Clarins anti-pollution complex that helps to prevent environmental damage from occurring on the surface of the skin. Based on these ingredients, we’d recommend this formula for those of you who are concerned with pollution, stress and environmental damage and would like to incorporate a product into your routine to prevent these aspects from affecting the appearance of the skin throughout the day.

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Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream Review

If you’re looking to extend your anti-aging routine to include body care, you may want to check out the Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream. This product was developed to soothe the skin while simultaneously reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Some of the key ingredients in this formulation including lemon thyme, centella and bocoa extracts which help to promote elasticity and firm the skin. Additionally, this product features a nourishing and comforting creamy texture, which helps to soothe dry and irritated skin. Because of these characteristics, we’d recommend this product for those of you who were looking for a more rich and nourishing body moisturizer, or if you have extremely dry skin. With that said, this product does contain fragrance, so if you have sensitive or reactive skin, this may not be the best option for you.

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Clarins Mission Perfection Serum

When pigmentation problems persist, count on the Clarins Mission Perfection Serum to straighten them all out. Throughout the years, our skin takes us on many different journeys. Through teenage years and acne, to drier times and even the most perfect of times. But somewhere in between, you can probably bet on pigmentation problems popping up. Whether it’s a one time thing or something that stays, hyperpigmentation, dark sports and an uneven skin tone can cause more damage than all.

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Clarins Eye Cream

Clarins Eye Cream Overview The Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate is a Clarins eye cream that is formulated to improve the look and texture of the skin around the eyes and reduce a number of problems associated with that area, including fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. This product is manufactured and distributed by Clarins, a Paris-based company that was founded by Jacques Courtin-Clarins in 1954, when he began to sell original formulations of massage oils to the customers in his beauty spa. This Clarins eye cream is one of many products offered by this company, and others include body care, cosmetic items, fragrances, and sun care items. If you are trying to fight the signs of aging, and are thinking of including Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate in your daily skin care regimen, it’s a great idea to first speak with your dermatologist and read Clarins eye cream reviews. This is important for any new product, but especially valuable in this case, because at $83, the cost of this Clarins eye cream can make the purchase a very expensive mistake.

About Clarins Eye Cream

This Clarins eye cream is designed to treat several different signs of aging around and under the eyes, which may allow you to replace several items in your skin care kit with one product in order to save you time and money. The formulation of Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate can be used on all skin types, according to the manufacturer, and includes cosmetic agents to conceal skin imperfections around the eye while the other ingredients work to treat them.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Overview Those who are looking for a skin product that complements their makeup may consider adding Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch to their skin care kit. This product is manufactured and distributed by Clarins, which was founded in France in 1954 by Jacques Courtin-Clarins. The brand spread internationally, arriving in America in 1981, and includes a variety of skin care and cosmetic items, including Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. This particular crème works in a variety of ways to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is available in a wide variety of countries and locations and online.

How Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Works

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch provides users with a surface fix for fine lines and wrinkles. The crème has a light, crisp texture that allows it to spread evenly across the surface of the skin without leaving an oily residue behind, according to the manufacturer. The product’s ingredients fill in visible fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin, decreasing their appearance.

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Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm: Product Information and Overview Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is manufactured by a French-based skin care and cosmetics company, Clarins. The manufacturer has been in business for over fifty years, carries a variety of products that are formulated to tighten skin and heal a number of skin problems such as undereye wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging skin. The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm product is marketed as both a primer for cosmetics application and as a skin rejuvenator that will improve its overall look and feel. The balm, and other items marketed by the company, is available for purchase on the company website, at department store beauty counters, and in high-end spas throughout the world. If you have never purchased this product before and would like to better understand its possible benefits on your skin, you can also utilize the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm reviews available on the company website, or speak to your skin care specialist about how this product may be utilized in your specific skin care routine.

About Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a cream-based skin care product that is designed to improve skin in a number of ways, from acting as a primer for cosmetic foundation, to hydrating the epidermis, to tightening the skin for the purpose of reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The balm’s natural active ingredients include witch hazel, olive leaf extract, and rice starch. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm also contains fragrance and other synthetic ingredients, such as preservatives and artificial colors.

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  • bmn 01.03.19 Reply

    Helena, I’m with you, I got burnt from clarins, still recovering after 3 months. The customer service is a joke, I also was told by clarins that I accuse them. No apology and full of rudeness.

  • Helena Stratford 10.19.16 Reply

    I am horrified I have used – 1. Vital light Revitalising anti ageing cream. All skin types’ 2.Super Restorative Day Cream. 3.Eye contour gel for puffiness, dark circles.
    I have suffered with a dreadful allergic reaction to these products. My face is a mess. Red Hot burning skin. Blister around my eyes. My lips are swollen. My skin is itching & tingling. On day 4 of my disaster I have been put on antibiotics & a steriod cream for this dreadful disaster! I have taken photos every day since I had the allergic reaction. I rang 2 very useless people at so called Clarins customer relations!Andrea Lewis(who accused me of being abusive!!!?) I am in agony & vry frustrated) what would u b like if your face was red hot,swellon, itching & very uncomfortable! What does the idiot expect me to be like. I have spent the last for days crying. My mini break was completely ruined! Now I am stuck in doors as I am feeling so lousy! Shame on u Clarins! I will ‘never use your over priced products again!

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