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Are High-end products better than High-street when it comes to your skincare?

Are High-end products better than High-street when it comes to your skincare?

I’ve always wondered whether there was actually any reason for some company’s to charge more for certain products than others. Is there really something to be said about the product if it’s more expensive? Does that instantly mean it’s good? Is it always the case that just because you buy something for £30 instead of £5 that it’s going to be better for your skin? So I decided to put it to the test. I tried out 4 staple skin care products, high-end and high street, and have reviewed each individual product as well as making my final decision on whether high-end skin care is really better than high street.

Something I feel not enough beauty bloggers/YouTubers/reviewers do is describe their skin type before reviewing products. This infuriates me as I always try products recommend by bloggers/YouTubers. I look for honest reviews. However, when I get it home and try it about 40% of my products have been thrown away as they don’t work well with my skin. So before I start reviewing all my products I’m just going to let you know a bit of my “skin history”. I’ll try and make this quick and painless as possible for you all.

I have what you call “congested skin” I don’t suffer from acne, and haven’t ever really suffered from acne. When I was in my teens and my hormones were doing all sorts of things, trying to find their place in my confusing body, I suffered from boil like spots. Gross, I know. They were mainly under the skin and would take ages to come to the surface, resulting In either a shiny like mountain or a scab on my face. Attractive. Anyway, come on Hols you said quick and painless. To sum up, I have a lot of clogged pores, that often result in spots, as well as a mild oily T-zone. With that in mind, I have gone for two brands Clarins for my “high end” and Garnier for my “high street”.

So, here are my thoughts…

Clarins Skin care products

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating scrub

 I didn’t feel like the Clarins face scrub properly exfoliated my skin. It didn’t really give me a deep and cleansing experience to un-clog my pores. I want my skin to feel fresh, soft and refreshed after a good scrubbing, much like having a really good bath after a night out, no one wants to feel the alcohol still seeping from their skin. Be real. So for me, it wasn’t enough, especially for £25.

Garnier Purifying Face Gel

When it came to trying out Garnier products I had high hopes. Their miracle water has been raved about all over the beauty blogging world. SO I assumed their other products would be brilliant too. When it came to the face wash I was a little disappointed. It was lovely and smooth to apply but left my face so dry. I feel like finding a face scrub/ wash that suits my skin type is going to be harder than I thought.

Clarins Skin care products

Garnier Green tea toner

After being disappointed with the face scrub I was a little dubious about the toner, I was actually pleasantly surprised. It smells AMAZING! My face felt tighter, more refreshed and just generally really impressed by it. It may be on the pricey side at £16 but I think it’s well worth it! Let’s make this face beautiful again.

Toners are taking the lead. It’s going to be hard to make a decision as to whether high end is better than high street or visa Versa. This green tea purifying toner smells as if you’ve just woken up to fresh flowers being shoved in your face by some gorgeous looking man peering down at you with a smile. That’s a good smell, just in case you were wondering. It made my skin feel so smooth, and fresh.

Clarins Cleansing Milk

When it comes to moisturisers I’ve had a bit of a tough ride. They always seem to leave my face looking like a dot to dot. I find it so hard to find something that isn’t too heavy, actually moisturises my skin without leaving that excessive shine. Sometimes I love to look all dewy and sexy but girl no one likes looking like they’ve just left the gym! This Clarins cleansing milk is actually a happy medium, it’s great for just before makeup as it soaks into the skin pretty quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling all shiny. However it didn’t wow me, and for £20 I was hoping for something more.

I was hoping for good things from this moisturiser as it’s a new formula. Much like the green tea toner, it smells Devine! Being a mattifying moisturiser I assumed it would be perfect under my make up. Oh Holly, haven’t you learnt by now never to assume! Unfortunately, this moisturiser left my face feeling like I had an extra layer of makeup on. Instead of making my face look flawless, it left it looking like I had just been on a 2 week holiday in the sun and had forgotten the after sun and started to peel. Ew! So for me, this is a huge no no.

Garnier Skin care

 Clarins Pure and radiant

I have to say I actually liked both these masks. The Clarins pure and radiant mask was perfect for a midweek wake up for your skin. It’s light enough that it doesn’t cause small breakouts the next day but has all the right ingredients to really cleanse your skin. As some of you may know I’m a huge believer in a bath to soak away your sorrows, and there’s some serious must haves when it comes to bath time and a face mask is 100% one of them.

Garnier Moisture Bomb

The Garnier moisture bomb tissue mask was so relaxing and soothing. This was my first ever tissue mask. I know for a mask lover I can hardly believe it myself, but this bad boy didn’t lie about what was inside the package, unlike others I know. Excuse the hideous attempt at bad humour. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that it defiantly did not disappoint. It says it intensely hydrates, helps mattify skin and pores should appear less visible. It defiantly hydrated my skin and after my skin had absorbed the leftover product my skin did feel really smooth a slightly “mattified”. For me I didn’t notice a difference to my pores after using this mask. However, it defiantly helped cleanse my skin.


So that completes my high end vs high street… haul if you like, and I have come to the conclusion that spending a little more on your skin care could benefit your skin and your pocket in the long run. HOWEVER, I love a mix and match and I think as long as you get products that suit your skin type there is defiantly nothing wrong with buying your favourite high street products, I would just advice you doing a bit of research into your skin first and shopping around first.

If you liked this post make sure you check out my other reviews >here<

Ta-ra for now
H x


  1. Josie Brownlee May 23, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    I always wonder on this as well – and you’re right finding what’s right for your skin is just practice and experimentation and bit of research. I used to just buy things because bloggers/reviews made it sound incredibley magical but would often use it and it would make no difference. I’ve just done a post on my skincare picks that have helped me too – I’ve got quite an oily T-zone as well, but whitehead spots and redness are usually my main problems. I love Garnier and use an old moisturiser of theirs which I love, but haven’t tried this new range, but the mask sounds lovely – I do love a good mask!

    Thanks for the review!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    Skincare post -> JosieVictoriaa // 3 Skincare Gems

    • Holly
      May 30, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Garnier is brilliant and trustworthy but make sure you look into the products you buy from them to make sure you’re getting the best for your skin type. Love giving honest reviews to products. Your blog is great BTW, love the fresh blog post ideas. Thank you for your lovely comments Josie xx

  2. Karina May 30, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I always wonder if it’s better me spending more as I suffer from quite bad skin, especially at that time of the month, but reading this I’m glad I got your opinion as I was going to go out and buy some clarins and try it out for myself! I have had no issues with high street, but that might be because I’ve never tried anything better! Great post!

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