Brilliant or bust? Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

Looking for a new serum? Clinique’s latest offering has been formulated to work for everyone by adapting to your needs. In Clinique’s own words:

Our smart serum understands the particular needs of your skin, providing custom repair for the damage you see and the damage you don’t. For all ages, all ethnicities.

I have been testing this serum for the last couple of weeks, having received a decent sized sample of it. So, should you run out and buy this or save your pennies for something else?

clinique smart serum

Clinique indicates the serum should be applied twice a day, so that is what I did tried to do. The morning after I first applied this instead of my normal facial oil, I woke up with a completely dehydrated face. I love testing new products for my lovely readers, but this clearly wasn’t working for me at all. So, I opted to apply this once a day as a morning serum instead.

The serum is fragrance free and allergy tested, but unfortunately my skin turns red after application of the serum. I sometimes have this reaction to retinol but tried to find the list of ingredients to see if I could narrow it down. As I have a tester, the packaging doesn’t contain a list of ingredients so I turned to the website, to find the (active) ingredients aren’t mentioned anywhere! I find that extremely poor from an internationally renowned brand like Clinique.

I did run into a second gripe on the site however, as I was also curious as to how this magic serum would be able to adapt to the particular concerns of your skin. Despite a short animation, the process is still wholly unclear to me.

Back to the product: despite the slight redness I did continue to test as it was not accompanied by any burning or itching. The serum isn’t moisturising enough for my dry skin, so did very little to adress fine lines caused by dehydration. I also didn’t really see any improvement in the overall condition of my skin or a evening out of my skin tone.

This serum retails for a whopping $60/€67 for 30 ml. Given the lack of results, I would avoid this serum. If you are looking for something like this, there are two options. Try the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which is a similar price but did provide great results or invest in a nice (organic) facial oil.


Op zoek naar een nieuw serum? Clinique’s nieuwste product is zo gemaakt dat het voor iedereen moet werken door zich aan jouw wensen aan te passen. In de woorden van Clinique:

Een serum dat slim genoeg is om het verleden van je huid te begrijpen en haar toekomst te veranderen.Speciaal ontwikkeld voor één, unieke huid. De jouwe.

Ik heb dit serum de laatste tijd getest, aangezien ik een luxe tester had ontvangen. Snel naar de winkel om dit product aan te schaffen of je centjes bewaren voor iets anders?

clinique smart serum

Clinique geeft aan dat je dit serum twee keer per dag moet gebruiken, dus dat is wat ik deed probeerde te doen. De morgen nadat ik dit serum voor het eerst ‘s avonds had gebruikt in plaats van mijn gebruikelijke gezichtsolie, werd ik wakker met een compleet uitgedroogd gezicht. Ik vind het altijd leuk om nieuwe producten te testen voor mijn lieve lezers, maar dit werkte dus duidelijk niet voor mij. Daarom heb ik het serum enkel ‘s ochtends gebruikt.

Het serum is parfum-vrij en getest op allergien, maar helaas werd mijn huid rood na het gebruiken van het serum. Ik heb die reactie soms op retinol dus ik ging op zoek naar de lijst met ingredienten om een kijkje te nemen. Deze lijst staat natuurlijk niet op mijn kleine tester, dus ik keek op de site maar kon de (actieve) ingredienten nergens vinden! Ik vind dat toch wel tegenvallen van een internationaal merk als Clinique.

Ik liep meteen tegen een tweede probleem aan op de site, want ik was erg nieuwsgierig naar hoe dit magische serum zich dan precies zou moeten aanpassen aan mijn huidproblemen. Ondanks een kort animatie-filmpje, is dit proces mij nog steeds compleet onduidelijk.

Terug naar het serum: ondanks de roodheid ben ik het product wel blijven gebruiken omdat er verder geen sprake was van een branderig of jeukend gevoel. Het serum is echt niet hydraterend genoeg voor mijn droge huid en deed dus helemaal niks tegen fijne lijntjes (veroorzaakt door dehydratatie). Ik zag verder ook geen verbetering van de algemene conditie van mijn huid of een vermindering van vlekjes en verkleuringen.

Dit serum kost je in de parfumerie €67 voor 30 ml. Zeker geen aanrader vanwege het gebrek aan resultaat. Als je iets vergelijkbaars zoekt zijn er twee opties. De Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair kost ongeveer hetzelfde en geeft wel resultaat. Of kies voor een fijne (natuurlijke) gezichtsolie.


17 thoughts on “Brilliant or bust? Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

  1. annie'sbeauty... February 28, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Usually for skincare to show any signs of working, they need up to two weeks. But I’m like you! I can totally tell if something is working for my skin from the first or the second application!
    Good thing you got a sample though!
    Lots of xx, Annie

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    • Anne February 28, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Well, i managed to do ten morning applications as it was a pretty nice sized sample (a third of the actual product :). So at least their samples are up to scratch…

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      • annie'sbeauty... March 1, 2015 / 1:20 pm

        Well that’s a good thing! Unfortunately my skin doesn’t get along anymore with Clinique skincare! But I was intrigued by how this product could identify your skin issues and work to cure it! Oh, well! 😌xx

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  2. Emmy February 28, 2015 / 1:22 am

    Definitely doesn’t sound like it was fun testing this out, and I’m sorry it aggravated your dry skin. As someone with both dry and dehydrated skin I really appreciate the feedback so I can stay away from the product!

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    • Anne February 28, 2015 / 9:40 am

      Ah thanks Emmy! I just couldn’t believe the price when I checked it online: very happy I only had a tester.
      Do you have a preferred serum? Always looking for new stuff to try 😉


  3. avibrantday February 27, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Wow, these are legitimate concerns! Clinique is known for being dermatologist tested and approved… They should have their ingredients prominently displayed, and they should explain the reasoning behind their claim of being self-adjusting to all skin types. Boo Clinique! We expect more from you!

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    • Anne February 27, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      I assume the ingredients are on the full sized product (they are on a different Clinique product I happen to have), but I think they should be easy to access in the website as well!

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      • avibrantday February 27, 2015 / 7:52 pm

        I agree! Especially since ingredients are a foundation of their company.


  4. V February 27, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    Ouch, doesn’t sound like it was worth the money at all. My skin is pretty sensitive and I use so many products on it already that I pretty much avoid serums regardless.


    • Anne February 27, 2015 / 3:27 pm

      No, I am so glad it was just a sample and not the full size…total bust!
      Serum are a particular issue for sensitive skin aren’t they? I don’t understand why, but they cause most issues for me as well.


      • V February 27, 2015 / 5:22 pm

        Yes! The last one I tried since I had a sample actually made my skin sting. Eek

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        • Anne February 27, 2015 / 5:58 pm

          Ooh, stinging is never good, usually means your skin will turn a nice shade of tomato red next.


          • V February 27, 2015 / 6:43 pm

            I didn’t let it make it that far. I figured if it was stinging, it was time to wash it off

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