The biggest problem I have with Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus is the promises it makes. Ok, so it does add the disclaimer that “results are not identical to laser”, but then goes on to say that there will be “a striking visible reduction of lines and wrinkles in just 4 weeks”. This has not been my experience. After four weeks, I have seen no results whatsoever.

Repairwear hasn’t done any harm either. I focused on the eye area, as Clinique suggested. No breakouts or any other issues. And given that the cost was a reasonable $40, I don’t feel too resentful that it didn’t give a stellar performance. It is a bit much though that it hasn’t perform at all.

Despite this, I have to keep going for another couple of months because it is only after 12 weeks that “its visible wrinkle-reducing power comes remarkably close to the profound wrinkle repairing results of a dermatological laser procedure”. In all fairness to Clinique, who according to Sephora “guarantees impressive results”, I shall persevere. But it is with little enthusiasm. Especially when I note that the rave reviews on Sephora come mostly from women who are 22 years old.

Clinique has patented an “enzyme blend” and touts this and “peptides” as Repairwear’s key actives. The peptides are Matrixyl (palmitoyl oligopeptide), which is supposed to stimulate collagen, and the expression line inhibitor acetyl hexapeptide-8 (for some reason, it’s name has been changed from acetyl hexapeptide-3). The enzymes are less easy to identify, but I am guessing that they are the whey and lactis enzymes and that they perform some exfoliation.

Amongst the plant extracts, the most dominant is St Paul’s Wort. This isn’t surprising since it is a Clinique favorite, but I have no idea why as I have never been able to find out what, if anything, it does for the skin. It is followed by retinyl palmitate, which I haven’t been too keen on since a study linked it to cancer. There are some good extracts though including antioxidant pomegranate, ergothioneine and the new darling of the cosmetic industry, arabidopsis. Perhaps this has something to do with Repairwear’s enzyme complex because it is supposed to prompt a repair enzyme known as OGG1).

Whatever good is here, I can’t help but feel that it is elbowed out by the large number of dominant silicones and that Clinique’s Repairwear is yet another department store disappointment. We shall see. Only two more months to go.



Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Trimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxiane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Polysilicone-11, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Plankton Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Juice Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Whey Protein/Lactis Protein/Proteine Du Petit-Lait, Pinanediol, Camphanediol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ergothioneine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Caffeine, Micrococcus Lysate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Linoleic Acid, Sodium Mannose Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Cholesterol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.