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A Product Review for Cellnique Skin Care

4 February 2011

Cellnique is a brand with a range of skin care products, and they asked me whether I would like to be paid a fee to review their skin care range.


I gave them a warning though.

I said that I was only going to share my honest experience, as if I was talking to my best girlfriend.

And I also told them this – I have been buying and using skin care products for the last 16 years. And in those years, I have never bought the same product twice!

OK to be honest, I really like the products of some of the more high-end brands. But realistically, I can’t afford them. US$500 for 100ml of face cream? Come on, I’m trying to pay off a mortgage!

So I have been on an endless quest to find a mid-priced product that I like.

And it’s been a long, long journey. There always seems to be something wrong with the mid-priced-range skin care products – the bottle are crap, it’s too hard to pump the cream out, it smells chemically and weird, the texture is too gooey, it doesn’t give me that clean fresh feeling, it makes my skin a bit too dry on my cheeks, the cream is way too greasey, and most times, there seems to be no difference to my skin.

Also, when I get together with my girlfriends, we often spend an embarrassingly large amount of time talking about make-up and skin care products we’re currently using. And most of my girlfriends are like me – not faithful to a single brand.

So it was highly unlikely that I was going to instantly fall in love with the Cellnique brand, and write amazing things about it on my website.

But Cellnique said, “No worries, just give it a go, and tell us what you think!”


My Skin Type

Cellnique asked me what my biggest skin concern – acne, aging, congestion, dehydration, discolouration, open pores, sensitive or scarring.

I said “Aging”. I’m 30 something, and my skin is starting to show faint fine lines, patchy dryness, it seems to be losing it’s radiance and glow, and more often than not, it’s looking a bit dull.

So they sent me a set – which I have affectionately called THE OLD WOMAN KIT.

I have tried a number of other well-known brands with anti-aging features, all of which were actually pretty good. But they are so fricking expensive, that there was no way I could keep buying them on a long term basis.

Cellnique products seems to be placed in a mid price range. I think their prices are similar, and possibly slightly more affordable than products from Clinique, Biotherm, Clarins, Shiseido, to name a few.

The Review

So here is my review. I’ve included links to the products, where you can find more information, other reviews, prices and you can even buy them online.


Cleanser (Moisturizing Gel Wash)

I really liked the smell of this cleanser – fresh green tea, I think. It had a nice soapy feel and it made my face feel very clean. I actually quite liked it. I only had to use a little bit of the gel which made enough foam to wash my whole face.

It has sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in it though, which has a reputation for drying out skin and being bad for people with eczema or sensitive skin. I usually try not to buy products with it, but it’s in everything!

And the bottle leaked a few times when it got tipped over (I told you I was going to be honest!)

Would I buy and use it again? It’s an adequate cleanser and it does the job. It’s actually better than some of the other cleansers I’ve used.

But no, I probably wouldn’t use it again. My face felt a bit drier than usual after a week of using it. I felt that I had to use a stronger moisturiser during the day. But I don’t know if the dryness was actually caused by this cleanser, or the weather, or all the swimming I’ve been doing recently with the kids?

Maybe I’ll try a cream cleanser next time.


Toner (Moisturizing & Balancing Lotion)

Again, the smell was really nice – sweet, earthy and natural. I felt like I had just spritzed soya bean drink all over my face. Yum!

Did it moisturise my skin and restore pH balance? I have no idea! But it smelt nice!

Would I buy and use it again? I’m always a bit sceptical about toners and how supposedly necessary they are for your skin. I only use it reluctantly, because some “expert” says I should. So I usually only choose the toner that goes with the cleanser I have bought.

So since I probably wouldn’t use the Gel Wash Cleanser again, I guess I wouldn’t use this toner again.

Too bad, because it smelt really nice.


Moisturiser (Vital Cellular Repair Emulsion)

This product also smelt very nice. It didn’t smell chemically, or rich, heavy and perfumey. It smelt light and fresh, in a sweet, earthy, natural soy bean kind of way.

The colour was a bit weird though. It was yellow greyish cream – like soya beans. Maybe that’s because it is quite “natural”?

It was an adequate cream. It felt nice, and absorbed well. But you would probably have to use this cream for a while before you saw any actual changes or effects. It is supposed to “repair damaged cells and promote healing process”.

Would I buy and use it again? Maybe. I’m a bit torn on this one. It’s quite hard to find a good moisturising cream with healing and restoring properties – that doesn’t smell gross or feel gross. So this one was pretty good in that respect.

But I like my daytime moisturisers to have some level of SPF (Sun Protection Factor), because I live in Australia and live an very outdoor lifestyle, so I NEED SPF. So it’s a bit of a hassle to have to put another layer of SPF moisturiser over the top. I guess you can’t always get everything you want in a day time cream.

However, just as a night time cream – OK, YES, I would buy it again.


Serum (Reversal Diamond EGF Drop)

Ok this product came with a whole lot of mumbo jumbo skin care promises. It is supposed to brighten skin tone, firm your skin, boost texture and appearance and promote new skin growth.

It smelt and felt wonderful! It was like smoothing super-enhanced rose hip oil on your face. It made my skin feel very hydrated and very smooth the next day.

Would I buy and use it again? Probably not. I was a bit iffy about the whole “nano diamond particles” thing. Not to mention, it was a bit costly for such a little bottle. I think I would prefer to use plain old, organic rose hip oil on my face.


Serum (Amino Collagen C Intense Set)

OK. This was my real surprise.

The serum comes in two parts. Part One’s main active ingredient is L-Ascorbic Acid (a natural form of Vitamin C). It looked like pale yellow water, and when I rubbed a little over my skin, it stung a bit. It was as if, I put a bit of lemon juice on some sensitive skin. Just little stinging tingles. I left it for a minute. Then proceeded with part two.

Part Two is… haha I have no idea. It’s main active ingredient is Hyaluronate Acid, a natural moisturiser. It looked like clear oil. And when I spread it over my skin, it feels a tiny bit oily.

5 minutes later, I was quite sure that my whole skin and face felt a little plumper, firmer and perkier. The pores seemed smaller, there seemed to be less fine lines. It all seemed a bit too good to be true.

I used this whole regime for a week. And I do believe that the skin on my face continued to feel magically plump, firm and perky. Now is that the magic words everyone wants to hear, or what?

Of course the sceptic in me was very cynical. Maybe I was just imagining it.

And so I started to experiment with it, like a mad scientist, but in a very non-scientific way.

I kept using the cleanser, toner and moisturiser. But I stopped using this Amino Collagen C Serum, and in 2 days, my skin went back to normal. That is, it was not magically firm and perky.

Then I used the Serum on one half of my face for a few days. I noticed a difference.

Then I stopped using the cleaner, toner and moisturiser, and only used the Serum for a few days.

Then I tried it on my husband, who said I was mad, because he couldn’t feel any difference.

And I also tried it on my tummy, on the back of my hands, and I tried using more on my nose, where the pores were bigger.

My conclusion is that … whatever chemical cocktail they put in this serum, it does seem to do something VERY GOOD to my skin. Using this serum on my face seemed to give it a fresh healthy glow, and my skin did feel firmer and plumper.

Was I surprised? Very.

Was I happy with it? YES!

But I realise that the downside is that I would have to keep using it every day. Should I be using this kind of chemicals on my face, everyday for the rest of my life? It’s not a cure to aging skin. It’s a cosmetic.

So would I buy and use it again?

Yes! But I wouldn’t waste it on my husband’s face or my stretch-marked tummy. It’s a bit expensive, so I’d only use it for special occasions.

My summary!

Overall, I quite like the stuff from Cellnique. I think I’d like to experiment with other products in their range. Including their “most raved about products” featured on their site, which look and sound quite cool.

I also like the fact that Cellnique are active on Facebook, they have a large following (over 23,000), and they are pretty good to their members – offering promotions, freebies and competitions etc.

I guess it shows that they don’t hide behind a wall of “elite corporate branding”, they are not afraid of hearing what their users actually think about their products, and that they are pretty confident about their products.

So, I hope you find my review to be honest and well balanced.

If you’re a bit like me, and like to try out different skin care brands, Cellnique is definitely an option and worth having a look at.