Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate vs. Elf Wrinkle Refiner

Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate vs. Elf Wrinkle Refiner
Today I have a little comparison for you: the Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate vs. Elf Wrinkle Refiner.

Here are the claims of the Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate ($35 for 0.09 oz):

"Discover the magic of Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate, a high-precision corrector that smoothes away lines, wrinkles and imperfections in an instant! Use as needed to erase lines, wrinkles, pores and imperfections. Dermaxyl®, a line-correcting peptide, combined with existing Instant Smooth ingredients, immediately smoothes skin and helps repair age-related damage. Acacia Micro-Pearls in double the concentration help smooth away lines, pores and imperfections.2

Here are the claims of the Elf Wrinkle Refiner ($3 for 0.162 oz):

"Instantly smooth, soften and virtually fill in laugh lines, crow's feet and wrinkles for a flawless finish. Key ingredients draw in moisture to smooth and plump delicate skin for a rejuvenated and youthful look. The rich blend of Wheat Protein, Horse Chestnut, Caffeine, Edelweiss, Chamomile, Shea, Mango and Vitamins A & E retexturize skin and prevents future damage and premature aging."

So you can say both of them really claim kind off the exactly same thing: to smooth away those wrinkles! (yes, unfortunately only temporarily!)

To my experience: both do what they promise- they smooth out fine wrinkles and even make pores disappear- but the big draw back is: you can not apply it with foundation or powder! Both of them seem to work only seamlessly used all alone. Even a moisturizer can destroy the effect. With any other product it can look uneven and like a strange paste on your skin.

The applicator looks almost the same

I was actually really impressed by the Elf Wrinkle Refiner! What I did not understand is why it came with this applicator. While the Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate has a thick silicone like paste coming out and it makes absolutely sense to apply it with this applicator- it made absolutely no sense to me to use this Elf Wrinkle Refiner in this applicator as the substance inside is liquid like water- it comes shooting out at you and you can not apply it directly on your skin with this applicator. You rather put it on your fingers and then apply it.

Still: the Elf Wrinkle Refiner works better on me then the Clarins- it even smoothes out my pores- I like to use it only on my forehead and I find the effect holds for hours. And it has another effect on me: my usually shiny and oily forehead stays matte with this! If the effect diminishes after hours I find I can use a clean finger and pat it all in again (without using more product!) and the effect seems to last for another couple hours! Impressed!

The Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate really works almost the same although I did not notice a "matte" effect on me and the stuff seemed to crease on my forehead into my wrinkles after a couple hours and it was not so easy to get it smooth again. After a couple of hours I thought it almost looked and felt like Vaseline!

Drawback: both of them can in my opinion probably not be used on dry skin as this will only make the dry skin appear even drier. Also: both have really only a tiny amount inside.

Overall the Elf Wrinkle Refiner wins! Not only does it more then the Clarins on me- it also is wayyyy cheaper and also cruelty free! (Clarins is not cruelty free!).

Get your e.l.f. Studio Wrinkle Refiner here.

Have you ever used either one?

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