Clinique vs. Avene – battle of the anti-redness creams

Clinique vs. Avene – battle of the anti-redness creams

by on May 8, 2017 · 7 comments

I suffer from redness and some days are worse than others. Certain things definitely make my skin flare up, like raspberries or strawberries which are known irritants (it doesn’t stop me from eating them tho). I’d say my redness is worse in the morning so a light coverage foundation doesn’t always hide my blotchy face which is why I bought these to try. I’ve used both Avene and Clinique skincare off and on for several years and I’ve had some hits and misses with both brands. Warning close-up of my face ahead!

Avene on the left, Clinique on the right

My skin after applying Avene Diroseal Tream Cream for localised redness

The Diroseal Treatment Cream is quite thin and gave my skin a Frankensteinish tinge, I know it is green to correct the redness but it gave me a sallow hue. I found this to be quite sticky and tacky in texture and it just sat on my face and didn’t absorb. I left it on for a few minutes before applying foundation but it didn’t make much of a difference and actually made applying foundation a messier affair than normal.

This didn’t dry fast enough for me and I certainly wouldn’t be happy just to wear it without foundation. The only thing that I thought was useful was the long nozzle which prevents too much product coming out. This is available from Boots at £22.oo for 30ml, but as you are probably aware Avene is often part of their skincare events so you may be able to get it cheaper.

My skin after applying Clinique Anti-redness Daily Protective Base with SPF 15

This absorbs much more quickly then the Avene, and the texture is light and easy to apply. I don’t know if it’s because the Clinique cream is a lighter green but it makes my skin look a lot better. I don’t think the redness actually goes away as such, but it gives my face a bit more luminosity which improves the look of it in my opinion.

I’ve also been using Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser SPF 20, and Even Better Makeup SPF 15 so it makes sense that the Daily Protective Base works well with the other two. I’ve never been one for using all of my skincare or makeup from the same brand but as a trio these work well together. This is available from Clinique at £14.50 for 40ml.

If you suffer from redness what colour correcting products do you use?

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The Nail Buff
May 8, 2017 at 8:57 am

I suffer from redness too from time to time, so this is really useful!
I have to say I’m really really surprised that the Clinique is so much cheaper! I would have put Avene as a “cheaper” brand, but maybe that shows my skin care ignorance?
I agree your skin looks better with Clinique, the texture and luminosity looks really good!


May 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

That was good to know. I don’t suffer from redness but those cystic acne spots can get really red and sore…
Only thing is that the prices are on reverse where I live- Avene is the cheaper one ;)


Miss A
May 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

This is an interesting post.

I suffer from redness too (mainly because I have old acne scars on my cheeks and they tend to look dark/red in the morning) but I have never actually used an anti redness moisturiser/base.
I simply use my normal mattifier/primer and then the foundation.

That Clinique base sounds/looks good though. I’ll see if I can get a sample of that :-)



May 8, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Fantastic post. Your skin with the Avene looks sticky and heated, if that makes sense – it looks really so much cooler and more comfortable with the Clinique and I would say the improvement in your skin is distinctive and quite visible with the Clinique. My skin looks EXACTLY like yours, I haven’t met anyone with such similar skin before. I am also surprised by the difference in pricing and efficacy of these 2 creams, I have always loved the Avene range on the basis that the whole anti redness thing is their thing, whereas Clinique do fragrance, cosmetics and skin care I am always concerned its a bit jack of all trades. That said will now be purchasing this cream. If you haven’t tried the Clinique Anti redness stick yet (the yellow creamy stick concealer I blogged recently) you really really should. It is my absolute star product at the moment and with us having such similar skin I guarantee that you will absolutely love it as well, I would imagine the combination of the 2 would be stand out. By the time I have added a bit of Max Factor creamy concealer and then my Chanel foundation I actually look as if my skin is quite normal! xx


May 8, 2017 at 10:56 pm

@TNB – You know when I checked the prices cuz I couldn’t remember what I paid I was surprised that the Clinique one was cheaper too.
@cbsg5861 – The Clinique cream makes your face feel nice a cool so you might want to give it a go.
@Miss A – I suppose this is like a primer not that I’ve used many. I think this will be good for my wedding day.
@Debbie – Ah someone who understands my face! Maybe it’s because we are similar in age. I don’t really get spots I just get blotchy. I have a had a look at the yellow stick online, I’m going to drop some serious £££ at Clinique when the spending ban is over. I need wedding makeup too! It is a shame about the Avene but you are dead right my face is sticky and hot and it makes my foundation application worse (if that’s possible)!

Thanks for your helpful comments beauty babes! xoxo


July 28, 2017 at 2:59 pm

I’m sorry, but you’re using the diroseal incorrectly – it’s a retin-A treatment that you’re meant to use daily (most use it at night) over the course over 3 months, it’s not a “camoflague” product meant to be worn under makeup. That might be why it didn’t give you the results you were hoping for.


July 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Doh! Thanks Misty Kitty for setting me straight. I have to say though I don’t like the way it feels on my face so I wouldn’t use it anyway.



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