My Favorite Face Moisturizer: Clarins Extra Firming Mask

The Clarins Extra Firming Mask exceeded my expectations and today I want to talk about why I love it so much, and why you should put this luxurious, moisturizing goddess on your radar.

My skin type

Normal, these days. Oily skin seems to be a problem of the past, even in the summer. Also a reminder that I am aging! This cream would be great for all skin types.

What it’s supposed to do

From the brand: Clarins’ first relaxing anti-aging mask contains a blend of Organic Green Banana and Lemon Thyme extracts to help promote the appearance of elasticity and firmness and revive radiance. Palmitoyl glycine visibly minimizes stress lines and wrinkles—for younger-looking skin in just 10 minutes! Soothing cream-gel texture, delightful mauve color and relaxing aromatic plant extracts soothe the senses for a wonderful feeling of wellbeing.


Aqua/water/eau, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, alcohol, jojoba esters, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, polyglycerin-3, palmitoyl glycine, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, glyceryl stearate se, phenoxyethanol, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, parfum/fragrance, butylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium polyacrylate, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hydroxide, sodium hyaluronate, acacia decurrens flower wax, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, musa sapientum (banana) fruit extract, thymus citriodorus flower/leaf extract, malpighia emarginata (acerola) seed extract, furcellaria lumbricalis extract, ci 17200/red 33, potassium sorbate, ci 42090/blue 1, maris sal/sea salt/sel marin, [c2813a]

How I use it

I do not wipe or rinse this off and I use it twice a day. I repeat, I do not take this gloriousness off my face! Clarins instructs to use apply for 15 minutes and wipe off, but what a waste! I apply this in the morning and at night before bed. It comes with a spatula to decrease contamination (and scrape the sides) and you get 2.5 ml of product.

How long I used it

Two months now. I have thought about curbing my use of this cream due to the price, but I really, really love it. Using it twice a day, nearly everyday, it looks like I will get another month or so out of the cream.

What I like about it

I actually do feel like my face feels firmer after using this. My face seems brighter and feels very smooth. I love the scent of this too. It’s subtle and fades away after a minute or so. It plays nice with other products and does not pill. Also, it’s purple! More of a lavender color, but I find some products that try and do purple, it just comes out a bit gimmicky with mediocre results. This cream doesn’t know the word, “gimmicky” or “mediocre.” Finally, it gives me so much joy to use this cream. It’s a very mind-soothing experience, as well as skin-soothing. Now, that may be because I am being mindful of using this $77 cream, but it’s so worth it.

What could be better

I mean, it’s Clarins, so it’s going to come out at a higher price point so I think the price is fair. I don’t have any complaints.

Joy Factor

Where to indulge

Nordstrom | Sephora | Blue Mercury | Macy’s | Clarins

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