Welcome to Hey Pretty! My name is Steffi Hidber, and I’m a beauty editor and blogger based in Switzerland who seriously loves her job. I could talk about make up, skincare and hairstyles all day.
SERIOUSLY. LIKE, ALL DAY.
And since I’ve been writing about beauty for both print and online outlets and working hand-in-hand with industry professionals for nearly ten years, I have to admit that it doesn’t really happen all that often that a new skincare product really makes me perk up my ears.
But when Clinique recently presented their new Sculptwear line of products, there was a lot of buzz about them. And not just from all the over-40s present, *cough*.
Clinique Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum for Face and Neck, US$ 54.50 (30 ml) to US$ 82.00 (50 ml)
This feathery-light, unscented serum promises «instant» tightening results, and they’re not kidding around! I can’t yet confirm Clinique’s claim of a «visible 40% lift along the jawline» after 8 weeks, but there’s definitely a slight tightening of the skin, where applied. Not in a weird way… but you can feel it right upon application.
Clinique’s PolySculpt Technology consists of (among other things) ingredients like almond oil, red algae and soy extracts, which hydrate the skin deeply, and extracts of Coleus Barbatus, sage and coffee beans that tighten and energize and promise to «slow the process of sagging skin».
The serum – which is meant to be used morning and night on the face and neck (thus erasing those dreaded «tech neck» lines we’re all getting by staring at our phones with our heads bent down) is complimented with this ultra-rich face mask:
Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask (50ml), US$ 44.50
The buttery, rich texture is beautiful on the skin and deeply hydrates immediately, thanks to hefty doses of hyaluronic acid, squalane, jojoba oil and a patented mixture of titanium oxide, mica and Nylon 12 (not kidding! There are actual fibres in this!). The firming effect can’t be denied, and the «healthy pink glow» is not unattractive at all.
Of course, you can massage the mask into the contours of your face (jawline, neck, cheekbones and forehead) using upward strokes. But for even better results, Clinique has one more sculpting trick up their sleeve, and it looks pretty high-tech:
This neat applicator is a new addition for Clinique’s successful Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, which – in my humble opinion – is one of the best skincare brushes out there. I do love my Clarisonic, but Clinique’s version is a pretty great alternative for less.
The applicator allows you to work the Contouring Massage Cream Mask (or, indeed, any other skincare product!) deeply into the skin and firms and tones at the same time. In case you’re going «whuuuuut?», here’s a clip that illustrates how to use it.
I’d take the model’s glowing, plump cheeks any day, with or without the gadget to go with it!
HEY PRETTY’S TAKE:
Estée Lauder released their New Dimension line a few months ago, which I also tested, so I can compare the two quite directly: I’m impressed with the effectiveness of these two (or three, if you count the applicator!) products, and feel that they are a great option for anyone over 40 who is starting to notice sagging, or a reduction of skin plumpness.
If they’re in your budget range, the Sculptwear products are definately worth a try!
The Clinique Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum for Face and Neck, the Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask and the Sonic System Massage Treatment Applicator are launching in January 2016 and are available at Clinique Counters worldwide.