Clarins High Definition Body Lift - review


My mum, bless her, gave me a bundle of her unwanted Clarins products a few months back when my body really started to expand with the pregnancy - generally stuff to do with wrinkles, blemishes, stretchmarks and the like.

This product was one of them. I imagine it was one that she didn't buy but wound up with in some gift bundle or other; she's not the kind to care much about cellulite, but she does love her Clarins facial products and has been buying those for decades.

I've almost finished the bottle now and feel I can comment on its efficacy.

Or lack thereof.

Clarins claims/product details:
  • A patented, innovative and intensive cellulite control treatment that helps optimise the release of excess fat, even from the most stubborn places
  • Contains active microspheres that melt into skin to increase absorption of ingredients upon application
  • Minimises the appearance of cellulite, helps redefine hips and thighs by providing skin with a gentle lifting effect
  • Visibly enhances skin with dual-toning and smoothing action
  • Restores balance by moisturising and nourishing skin
  • Refreshing and cooling cream-gel texture helps tighten tissue for toned and firmed skin
  • RRP $75 for 200ml, but do shop around because it's always cheaper somewhere (eg ebay)
  • Available in Oz from eg Myer


I have to say, Clarins is very clever. As I said to my husband when I first started using the product: 'I don't know what they've put into this, but it's cooling and tingling and I'm totally believing it's working - even though it probably isn't.'

It wasn't.

The cooling effect is from the menthol contained in the product, and any temporary tightening feeling comes from the alcohol in it.

The reviews on eg makeupalley are pretty divided: you either love it or think it's rubbish. In any event, the cost is pretty rubbish so in my opinion it's totally not worth the outlay.

Paula's Choice has some hysterical things to say about this product (see here - they've given it a poor rating and made some pretty scathing comments), and I have to agree with them. There ain't much you can do about cellulite or other skin issues like stretchmarks (which are largely hereditary - sorry!), although companies will no doubt continue to tell us they've created the miracle elixir.

Having said this, I am actually enjoying using this because it feels nice on and I like the cooling/tingling feeling. While enjoying the feeling of something on your skin is a completely valid reason to use it, I'd say most people wouldn't pay $75 for the privilege ; )

So yeah. Don't bother.

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