Avene have sent me quite a few products to test over the last few months, and I’ve finally had a chance to try them all properly, so you’re getting them all in one big post.
The Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream (R180) should be a staple in everyone’s first aid kit. It’s basically a barrier cream that will repair the delicate protective barrier of any damaged skin. It will also work for people who have had laser or peels.
The Micellar Lotion (R185) was sadly not my favourite. It removed all traces of makeup easily, but it stung my eyes and left my skin feeling a little dehydrated, which I don’t get with other micellar waters. Having said that, I’m not if I just got a dud bottle because my bestie, Leigh from Lipgloss is my Life said it didn’t sting her eyes at all…
I just adore Soothing Moisture Mask (R230). It is one of the most hydrating formulas I’ve ever used. You are meant to leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, which will deliver great results, but actually apply a thin layer, wait for it to absorb and then apply another layer, and leave overnight. It’s incredible!
The Cold Cream Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel for Body (R125) reminds me of the Cetaphil Restorative Wash. It gently cleanses the skin and leaves it feeling more hydrated than before. I’ve been using it to shave with, and my skin is left smooth and not at all irritated or itchy. If you are prone to dry patches during winter, this is a winner for you.
I really like the SPF50+ Very High Protection Emulsion (R230). The formula is half way between a fluid and a cream, so I find it works well under makeup. It does take a bit longer than some other formulas to settle, but it’s worth it to have the SPF50. I can only talk for my skin, but I don’t think you’ll get any ashiness from it, either.
I had such high hopes for the Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector SPF30(R185), but sadly it was the biggest disappointment. The colour is just too peachy pink for me. I like the texture, and I’m sure it’s a fantastic formula, but I just couldn’t get the colour to work. I think it’s because I have a very yellow undertone to my complexion, so the peach just clashes with it.
My absolute favourite discovery is the Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum (R280). The texture, the formula and the results it delivers is just phenomenal. It instantly makes your skin look hydrated and plumped, and with continued use, it stays that way. I can safely say that it is the best quality hydrating serum you’ll find in this price range.
I was unsure of the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid (R240) because I generally only have a bit of an oil issue on my t-zone. But I was surprised at how well it managed to keep my nose matte for most of the day. It doesn’t clog my pores and doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry and tight. If you struggle with oil, I highly recommend giving this a try.