Clinique Vs. Lab Series Vs. Kiehl's Vs. Other Brands for Skincare??

  • KorBri

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    Feb 27, 2010 1:08 PM GMT
    Well so I need to buy Cleansing Foam, body lotion, hand cream.... my hands are SUPER Dry but my face is kinda oily. [no pimple or other problems]..

    so i've been searching on the internet and nordstrom. and i think lab series is pretty popular but there are soo many other products also.. so idk if there are better skincare or not... any suggestion??? icon_biggrin.gif thanks icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 27, 2010 1:56 PM GMT
    Some studies have shown that there is no difference between the expensive brands and the store brands, like Walgreen's, etc. Have you seen a dermatologist?
  • drypin

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    Feb 27, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    I haven't heard of any of those products being crap, but they each have their supporters. take lissenup's advice and consult a pro so you know just what ingredients to look for and to avoid.
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    Feb 27, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    the absolute best men's face scrub on the planet is Clinique's. and i can't live without Origin's 'fire fighter' aftershave lotion. those are the only must-haves for me.
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    Feb 27, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
    I LOVE Lab Series, absolutely my favourite---though if you can shop in the UK, Boot's No7 for men is wicked good too. Boss is good but no better than the previous two I've mentioned (which are cheaper)

    The ones I've had the worst reaction to... Clinique I found a bit corrosive, and BioTherm Homme makes me break out, absolutely every item in the series I've tried.
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    Feb 27, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
    I use Clinique face scrub and cleansing bar. Many moons ago I worked for Lord and Taylor selling men's fragrances, so I tried a lot of the brands. Clinique is less expensive but works great. Some of the drug store brands are OK, but they may not be formulated for sensitive skin.

    If you want to experiment, ask the sales person for a sample. We always had a few behind the counter, and the vendors supply them specifically for customers to test the product at home. But be nice when you ask. We never liked pushy customers expecting a freebie. Lancome and Estee Lauder also make a men's line that isn't too bad. But again Clinique is my favorite.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 27, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    Kiehl's newer products for body care is a decent product at a minimal price. Their older formulations are not so good. I really liked their white cranberry body lotion.

    I would never use Lab Series. I have yet to find one of their products without known skin irritants(alcohol, talc, menthol, aluminum, etc).

    Clinique is an ok skin care line, but becoming very dated with their formulations. Estee Lauder owns Clinique, and honestly there is not too much in differences with their products. The big difference is that Estee Lauder is advertised more to an older demographic.

    The absolute best body care product for moisturizing I have ever used is La Prairie Cellular Body Emulsion. I have extremely dry skin.

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2858633/0~2376780~6009391~6017351~6017360?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6017360&P=1


    Cleansing foam....hmmm....well Shisiedo has quite a few at reasonable prices. The one in the blue has xylitol, magnesium ascorbate, as well as other moisturizers. Your skin is not completely stripped of it's natural moisture barrier, but it will not be oily.
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    Feb 27, 2010 5:52 PM GMT
    i've used the Karin Herzog line for over 2 years now and i'm highly satisfied with them.
    link: http://www.karinherzogus.com/home.php

    vita kombi-2 ( the kombi -3 is recommended for acne prone skin )
    aha cream
    vitaH
    eye contour
    scrub
    cleaning gek

    are the ones i used.
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    Feb 27, 2010 6:00 PM GMT
    one word: Obagi

    http://www.obagi.com/Homepage.aspx
  • jonhyboy

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    Feb 27, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
    To choose the brand that you will buy you have to ask yourself how much you wanna pay and if you like to use those products...

    If you don't want to spend a lot of money and you don't like to use those products well, there are products at your drugstore that may do the trick... but don't expect something wow lol (I don't suggest that lol)

    If you don't mind to pay a little more and you like using those products I would suggest you try Bliss. They have great products for oily skin (and every skin type) and it smells great. However it is more expensive than other brands but they are the best! (I tried a lot of brands).

    Clinque... well I tried it and I was really deceived... I returned all the products that I bought... their cream don't smell anything (which I don't like) and there are products that smell awful (shave cream for example) (it smells like cough syrup lol) and the results are soso

    If you have a Sephora where you live you should go there... they sell Bliss products and other very goods brands. The can make you samples so that you can try them... If you buy a product at Sephora and finally you don't like it you can return it even if you used it. They will give you very good tips, how to use the products they will suggest products that will fit your skin type etc... If you don't have a Sephora near you, you can order online www.sephora.com and you can send email to have suggestions, tips etc they are very good and they answer fast! They also have a loyalty program that will give you free samples and a gift on your birthday lol

    I tried Biotherm but it's soso... it does the job but it not the best... and you get tired of the smell really fast.

    So, if I go back to Bliss I would suggest:

    Cleanser: http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/cleansers/bliss+fabulous+foaming+face+wash.do?filterby=&sortby=null&asc=false&finder=null

    or
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/cleansers/bliss+steep+clean+deep+pore+cleanser.do?filterby=&sortby=null&asc=false&finder=null

    Moisturizer: This one is made especially for oily skin! and even if you have oily skin it is good to use a moisturizer (your skin won't get worse if you have the good moisturizer)...
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/moisturizers/bliss+steep+clean+mattifying+moisturizer.do?filterby=&sortby=null&asc=false&finder=null

    or you could try this (I didn't try it but I will when it will be available at my local Sephora):
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/code/BLISS-355.do?showPrevNext=false

    So that was the basics but if you want to use more...

    Mattifying gel:
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/treatments/instant+mattification+gel+set+of+2.do?filterby=&sortby=null&asc=false&finder=null

    Eye cream (first place where we get wrinkles):
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/eyes/bliss+all+around+eye+cream+0.5+oz.do?filterby=&sortby=null&asc=false&finder=null

    Scrub:
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/exfoliators/bliss+pore+perfecting+facial+polish.do

    Masks:

    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/masks/bliss+steep+clean×minute+facial.do

    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/masks/bliss+triple+oxygeg-trade-+instant+energizing+mask.do

    Both are great to use!! But if you want to use the minimum use the cleanser and moisturizer!

    For your body lotion/hand cream:
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/bath+-+body/shop+by+category/moisturizers/paraben+free+bliss+lek-¨sage+body+butter+6.7oz.do

    Body scrub:
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/bath+-+body/shop+by+category/scrubs+-+masks/bliss+lek-¨sage+body+scrub+12+oz.do

    Browse the website you may find other things interesting... and if you want to buy the products you may search for sets it will be cheaper.. and register to their emails they have really nice promo and free delivery in the us (sad for me I'm in Canada icon_sad.gif ) lol

    On both blissworld.com and sephora.com you can see reviews of the products..

    I hope this will help and if you have questions don't hesitate icon_biggrin.gif

  • Cannon

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    Feb 27, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    Have you tried Lush? Fresh ingredients, little to no preservatives, little to no packaging, fantastic ethics and amazing products. I got obsessed a couple years back and now I work there. Here's a regime that would be good for slightly oilier skin:

    Cleanser: http://www.lush.ca/shop/products/face/cleansers/angels-on-bare-skin
    Angels on Bareskin is a clay based cleanser that is preservative, chemical and packaging free. Its main ingredient is lavender, which helps to balance the skins oils to give your skin a more even look. It's filled with ground almonds to gently exfoliate the dead skin away - leaving the skin, again, more even. It also has rose absolute to help heal damaged skin and take out redness as well as almond oil to leave the skin soft. This product is vegan.

    Toner: http://www.lush.ca/shop/products/face/toners-toner-tabs/tea-tree-water
    Lush toners don't contain any alcohol, so they don't dry out the skin like some do. Tea Tree Water has lots of, you guessed it, tea tree. Tea tree is an astringent that helps clean out excess oils from your pores. This toner also has grapefruit oil and juniperberry to tone and detoxify the skin. Using toner gets rid of excess debris missed by the cleanser, it balances the pH levels of the skin and gets the skin ready for moisturizer. When using toner, you tend to use less moisturizer, which is usually the more expensive item in a regime, so you'll save money by using toner.

    Moisturizer: http://www.lush.ca/shop/products/face/moisturisers/vanishing-cream
    Vanishing is one of Lush's lightest moisturizers. It's called Vanishing Cream, because it "vanishes" soon after application since it is so light. This is ideal for oilier skin, because you don't want to use a heavy moisturizer as it would make you more oily. Vanishing Cream uses light oils such as grapeseed and geranium oils, which also help pull out unnecessary oils from the skin. It has honey to moisturize and heal damaged skin as well as rose absolute, which also helps heal skin and to take down redness. There's also witch hazel in Vanishing Cream to tighten pores, so less oil will be produced and you'll appear less oily.

    I feel like I'm at work. Check out the website for hand and body moisturizers. I recommend Handy Gurugu for the hands and Dream Cream for the body. Good luck!

    Check out some greener living tips:
    http://www.lush.ca/shop/about-us/fresh/
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    Feb 27, 2010 7:20 PM GMT
    Most lines, even ones that are pretty good overall, have some terrible products. I recommend you check out the following site for information about ingrediants in skin care products and which ones to avoid: http://www.cosmeticscop.com/

    The woman that operates the site seems to be pretty unbiased. She has her on line of products but often recommends other brands as well so I tend to trust what she says.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 27, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    sashaman saidMost lines, even ones that are pretty good overall, have some terrible products. I recommend you check out the following site for information about ingrediants in skin care products and which ones to avoid: http://www.cosmeticscop.com/

    The woman that operates the site seems to be pretty unbiased. She has her on line of products but often recommends other brands as well so I tend to trust what she says.


    Paula is good at identifying products with skin irritants, but she is steadfast at suggesting tried and true products with the usual ingredients that's priced at about the $20.00 mark. Anything that is innovative, new, or with cutting edge science she seems dead set against since it doesn't have twenty years of research. If you wait twenty years she might let you use something with vitamin C in it.
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    Feb 27, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    Celticmusl said
    sashaman saidMost lines, even ones that are pretty good overall, have some terrible products. I recommend you check out the following site for information about ingrediants in skin care products and which ones to avoid: http://www.cosmeticscop.com/

    The woman that operates the site seems to be pretty unbiased. She has her on line of products but often recommends other brands as well so I tend to trust what she says.


    Paula is good at identifying products with skin irritants, but she is steadfast at suggesting tried and true products with the usual ingredients that's priced at about the $20.00 mark. Anything that is innovative, new, or with cutting edge science she seems dead set against since it doesn't have twenty years of research. If you wait twenty years she might let you use something with vitamin C in it.


    Maybe she is a bit conservative in what she recommends, but I credit her with getting me off products that contain alcohol and menthol. I used to use Clinque's scruffing lotion for oily skin and couldn't understand why even using a hypoallergenic line, I still felt red and irritated all the time.
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    Feb 27, 2010 7:47 PM GMT
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    Feb 27, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    There are many really good products out there, but the one thing that works best for me is just washing my face with Noxema each morning, and I have never had any skin problems at all. For dry and chapped hands two excellent products are Bath and Body Works "Look Ma New Hands" or from Le Couvent Des Minimes "Gardners Hand Therapy. L'occitane products are good as well.
  • KorBri

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    Feb 28, 2010 9:01 AM GMT
    thanks for all the comments! icon_smile.gif

    Now I'm considering more opstions . Bliss seems pretty good brand but a bit expensive for me. [I'm a poor college boy! lol]

    And.... Yes! I'm gonna get Clinique face Scrub for sure. [but maybe Shiseido aslo..?]

    Maybe Lab Series Moisturizer.. But yes I really need Gooood hand cream cause it's super dry + I live in Las Vegas. So Yes. I still need to figure out that one... So If anyone knows good hand cream more comments please! icon_smile.gif
  • jetzenpolis

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    Feb 28, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    jonhyboy said

    Moisturizer: This one is made especially for oily skin! and even if you have oily skin it is good to use a moisturizer (your skin won't get worse if you have the good moisturizer)...
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/moisturizers/bliss+steep+clean+mattifying+moisturizer.do?filterby=&sortby=null&asc=false&finder=null

    or you could try this (I didn't try it but I will when it will be available at my local Sephora):
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/code/BLISS-355.do?showPrevNext=false

    So that was the basics but if you want to use more...

    Eye cream (first place where we get wrinkles):
    http://www.blissworld.com/product/skin+care/shop+skin+care/eyes/bliss+all+around+eye+cream+0.5+oz.do?filterby=&sortby=null&asc=false&finder=null

    Browse the website you may find other things interesting... and if you want to buy the products you may search for sets it will be cheaper.. and register to their emails they have really nice promo and free delivery in the us (sad for me I'm in Canada icon_sad.gif ) lol

    On both blissworld.com and sephora.com you can see reviews of the products..

    I hope this will help and if you have questions don't hesitate icon_biggrin.gif



    Thank you jonhyboy. That was an extensive list of skin care products. I, myself, am especially interest in the eye cream suggestions to prevent wrinkles. But I've heard moisturerizer is also important to prevent skin aging (or at least slow it down).