What Do You Do With Failed Beauty Products? Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream Review, Photos

I don’t usually buy skincare products on a whim. There I was at the Duty Free shops at the Canada-US border, and I remembered that I ran out of my favourite day moisturizer. In an uncharacteristic move, I bought Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream For All Skin Types ($48 instead of $58 retail price, also available at Sephora) without doing in-depth research, i.e., reading lots of product reviews. I tried it on the back of my hand, and the rich whipped cream felt and smelled divine. Worst case scenario was that my skin would hate it and break out. I have hardy skin that doesn’t usually break out, so odds are stacked in my favour. Right?

Clarins MultiActive Day Cream 1

Unfortunately for me, the worst case scenario did happen. After using it for a few days, several red and painful blemishes popped up around my mouth and chin. I had to discontinue use on my face immediately. :( The cream is too rich for my skin at the moment — 26-year old, normal to combination skin — but I just can’t stomach leaving my $48 jar of cream untouched on my vanity.

Clarins MultiActive Day Cream 2

You know what Clarins Multi-Active Early Wrinkle Day Cream does do well though? It makes a wonderfully rich neck cream. I have started to notice some lines on my neck that  weren’t there a few years ago, so I’ve become more diligent at moisturizing my neck day and night. It’s perfect because the Clarins cream is meant for those in their 30s who want to fight fine lines and wrinkles. The skin on my neck and chest are drier than my face, so the cream does a great job hydrating the skin on these areas.

Clarins MultiActive Day Cream 3

So, lesson of the day: Find another use for beauty products that don’t work as advertised. Improvise. You might even learn to love it.

Maybe Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream will work better in the drier months, too. :)

Clarins MultiActive Day Cream 4

Do you have a skincare or makeup product that failed when used conventionally? Have you found another way to make it work for you?

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  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Arianne, I do exactly the same thing! When a product is too rich for my face, I use it on my neck and even my hands! My neck isn’t dry per se, but it’s not as smooth as my face so I reckon it could use some extra love :)

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca/ Arianne

      Oh yes! This makes a nice anti-aging hand cream, too. :)

    • http://www.rxbeautychic.com/ RxBeautyChic

      This. All the time. Sure it’s an expensive cream, but a little dab on a dry patch here and there is definitely worth it! :D

  • http://MariaAguilar.ca/ Maria Aguilar

    What a great idea! I hate seeing products go to waste and I never thought of doing this with “too-rich” moisturizers before. Love this tip!

  • http://funsizebeauty.blogspot.ca/ steph (fun size beauty)

    creative! using skincare in another area seems so obvious but whenever something breaks me out i get so spooked that i want to toss it. :(

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    Oh no :-( I used to use this one diligently, before I went more natural. It worked really well for my dry skin. Too bad it didn’t work but awesome save, apply to backs of hands, xo

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Strange how these things work, because this cream is so good to me! It’s a bit heavy for summer but is perfect during spring/fall. Love using nice products on the neck an decolletage — great save!

  • http://www.beautyfrontline.com/ Gowthami

    What an idea :) :) Great review :)

  • http://www.themistymom.com/ Shari

    Aww too bad this didn’t work for you. For some reason, Clarins products break me out too :( I used their toner and the next day, I get bumps :(

  • Sarah S.

    Sadly, if I used a cream that made my face break out on my neck… I’d soon have an army of angry cystic acne on my neck >_< I have re-purposed wrinkle creams to the backs of my hands, though!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca/ Arianne

      Oh that sounds awful, Sarah S. Best to stay away from the neck up, then. :( At least you still have a hand cream.

  • daly_beauty

    Amazing! I was planning to write a similar review of a Vichy masque! Waayy too rich for my face (breakouts) but perfect for the neck & décolletage. Love it!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca/ Arianne

      Oooh very nice! Great minds think alike. ;)

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    Great way to turn it into a “Make it Work” moment! Tim Gunn would be proud of you! :) I was on a hot streak of success of using Josie Maran Argan Oil on my damp face post-shower. My skin felt SO GOOD and it never got too oily. Unfortch, after a week, I developed what can only be described as “monsters of rock” zits on my chin and near my mouth. That’s when I remembered I’d had a similar reaction the last time I tried to use it on my face more than a year ago. OY. It’s a HUGE bottle. Luckily, it works fantastically when I add a few drops into my palms and mix it into a body lotion. It really amps up the hydration without leaving any oily residue on my skin.

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca/ Arianne

      Oooh Argan oil lotion sounds wonderful! That’s so annoying that it all of a sudden “turned” on you. Awful. But great save!

      Also, next time get your Argan Oil from a beauty supply store like New Directions Aromatics or a health food store. I’m sure you can get it much cheaper than Josie Maran’s!

      • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

        Thanks for the beauty supply store tip! :) I really want to try some Wella oils, as well.

  • http://www.mywomenstuff.com/ Paris B

    Oh dear, I was eyeing this cream actually but using it on your neck is a great idea! I sometimes do that too, and especially for sunscreens that don’t work on my face, I use them on my arms :D

  • Toya

    That’s pretty much what I do every time I had a bad facial reaction to a product and can’t return it! On my neck and chest it goes :) Sorry it didn’t work out Arianne but at least it won’t totally go to waste, right!?

  • Joan

    thats what i do as well! if it also doesnt work on my neck, then off it goes onto my hands or even feet – weird i know, but theyre one of the driest parts on my body and never gets any bad reaction. i find sometimes i can tell people’s age from those 2 spots so why dont give them some tlc too!

  • Rema Gouyez-Benallal

    omg I LOVE this cream! It smells like heaven. Im sorry you broke out though :(

  • Audrey

    GIRL. You need to start reading Futurederm’s website when it comes to researching products and individual ingredients. Especially ones for anti aging. One interesting thing I learned from Futurederm is that Olay has some of the best AND most economical products simply because they have so much money to put towards research and development of new products. The Olay Regenerist line has a combination of nyamicide peptides and matrixyl. I’ve been using a Regenerist moisturizers and then putting on a retinol every night, as per Futurederm’s advice. I’ve been doing this routine for 2 months and the change in my skin and fine lines has been totally astounding.