Sometime in December last year, a few beauty bloggers were invited to Clarins for a preview to experience their reformulated Whitening Velvet Emulsion range. These products were set to replace the older versions which were released back in 2010.
The packaging is quite different from the previous versions as they come in taller glass bottles. They still share a similar minimalistic quality. The bottles may look elegant standing on your vanity table however they are not travel friendly because they are bulky and heavy. But I do like the fact that they come with pumps.
The Whitening Velvet Emulsion without sunscreen protection is a slightly runny lotion but it absorbs fairly quickly, so I’m not particularly worried about the consistency. It does feel a little tacky at first but it goes away after 3 minutes or so. It helps my skin feel soft and smooth. At night, I usually apply this lotion topped up with another moisturiser as my skin is dehydrated and I need the extra moisture. It is recommended as both a day and night lotion and pairs very nicely with the Clarins UV Plus HP SPF40 sunscreen.
The Whitening Velvet Emulsion with SPF20 seems to have a thicker consistency and absorbs quite quickly too. It may be a little shiny when first applied but leaves a matte finish when dried down. As I am paranoid about sun protection, I’ll usually apply a separate sunscreen with a higher SPF on top. But for those of you living in cooler climates who won’t require as much sun protection, this will be a nice enough daytime lotion on its own. It is not very moisturising so if you have drier skin, you may want to use a separate moisturiser beforehand.
A thing to note is that the one with SPF20 pills and sometimes quite badly too, depending on what you apply before or after. It can be a hassle to keep having to rub off what feels like flaky skin, especially when in a rush. This effect also happens when I’m applying another sunscreen on top but it does go away after allowing a bit of time for the product to absorb before moving on to makeup.
Both products contain a few key ingredients:
• Sea Lily Extract – Controls extension of the dendrites by controlling the reactions of proteins that causes the extension of dendrites and encourages the retraction of the dendrites.
• Alchemilla Extract – Slows the excessive transfer of melanin to epidermis.
• Raspberry Extract, Vitamin C derivative and Biotin (Vitamin B8) – Slows the synthesis of melanin.
I think these three ingredients contribute to slowing down the rate of pigmentation or sun spots from surfacing. The Velvet Emulsion with SPF20 has Meadowsweet Extract, which protects against shine and heat to help with smoother makeup application. It also contains UV Filters and White Tea Extract for extra protection against the sun and other environmental aggressors.
One thing I’d recommend is to warm some product with both hands and gently pat all over the face to allow the product to absorb better. I find that the application feels less tacky this way. It is also a recommended method by Clarins.
All in all, the White Velvet Emulsions are fairly decent products and I love the soothing, floral scent on both of them. I definitely prefer the reformulated version to its predecessor. But the pilling effect on the SPF20 is a turn-off and for that reason alone, I won’t be repurchasing when I run out. Yes, I am still using the product but around my neck and decollete, just not on my face anymore. I’m not sure if the problem is unique to me as I don’t see many people complaining about this. Or maybe, they are not as bothered by it as I am.
I have been using both products for more than two months and am happy to report that I have not suffered any adverse reactions although I tend to be a little sensitive to most whitening ranges. But I have not really witnessed any whitening effect either. To be fair though, whitening serums tend to work better because I believe the concentration of ingredients are a lot higher in serums than moisturisers or lotions.
Clarins Whitening Velvet Emulsion costs RM190 for the non-SPF version and RM210 for the one with SPF20. You can find them at most Clarins counters and boutiques. They both come in 75ml bottles, which is a pretty generous size.
Have you tried anything from the Clarins Whitening range before? Do share what you like or dislike about them and whether you have any favourites too.
The product without SPF was provided by brand PR for consideration.