Thursday, April 18, 2013

GM Collin Review

You may know this already but I love cosmetics and skincare products just as much as I love fashion so I was more than happy to review a few products from GM Collin. GM Collin was founded in France in 1957 but since the early 1990's the skincare line has been manufactured and adapted by a Montreal-based company called Dermo-Cosmetik Laboratories, to suit the North American climate which, where I live, is EXTREMELY dry. I used the products (more about each of them below) for 4 weeks. In the above pictures you can see three photos: the first one I took before I started using GM Colin, the second one is 4 weeks after and the last one is of me with makeup on. (I had to include one of me with makeup on so I wouldn't scare my readers away! I was very nervous posting photos of my bare face but there you have it!) I should mention here that I continued using Retin-A, which I've been using for years, and my Vivier Vitamin C Serum in conjunction with these products.

What impressed me most about the products was how deeply hydrated and moisturized my skin felt after using them. I don't think I can go back to using my regular day and night cream after experiencing GM Collin. Before, when I applied concealer to my under eye circles (which are horrible, see here), especially in the winter, the concealer would dry and seep into my fine lines and "crack", it would look very crusty in that area. That doesn't happen anymore, plus my eye circles aren't as dark now and my skin is also much clearer.

To read more about each product I used scroll down:

Hydramucine Cleansing Milk - It actually felt like I was washing my face with milk! This cleanser is very creamy and did a great job removing my makeup, while using my Clarisonic and didn't irritate my sensitive skin.

Hydramucine Treating Mist - I used this right after the cleansing milk and it left my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Also helps to absorb the products you put on your face after using the mist.

Hydramucine Optimal Cream - I used this during the day, before applying my makeup. The cream is velvety-smooth and super-moisturizing. Makes my skin feel so soft. The only thing that I don't like about this cream is that it doesn't have SPF in it. I wouldn't wear it in the summer, I would use GM Collin SPF 30 Cream instead.

A.G.E. Total Defense - This is an anti-aging cream packed with 8 antioxidants and 5 peptides that combat the signs of aging. I used this at night, all over my face and under my eyes. I found that it decreased the appearance of my fine lines, evened out my skin tone and made my skin brighter. I don't like the packaging though because whenever I tried to open the cap, the whole top would come off and I'd have to screw it back on!

Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patches - Loved these! I put them under my eye area for 20 minutes and they really did instantly reduce the appearance of my fine lines, under eye bags and dark circles. These are very soothing for the delicate skin around the eyes and great for the morning after a long night out ; ).

Overall, I was really impressed with this skincare line and what it had to offer. And even though these products were sent to me free of charge to review, I would purchase them myself. They are a little pricey but so worth it. I make sure to invest in high quality skin care, especially now that I'm out of my twenties and I have to think about wrinkles and aging! I want to age gracefully. Plus, the skin is the largest organ in the body, you need to treat it well : ).

To find out where you can buy these products in your area you can visit this site and call:1-800-361-1263.


Closet Fashionista said...

Oh wowza, what a difference! (not that it was bad before, haha) Those products sound amazing. If only I wasn't so lazy in my own skincare routine, I often stop using products after a couple weeks because I'm too tired haha

Courtney Erin said...

This line sounds amazing! And my skin has been chronically dry since moving back north....

Courtney ~

JennaStevie said...

Sounds like really great products, it's always wonderful to see an actual difference after using something new.

Ariel said...

never heard of this brand but it sounds lovely! great to know!

-ariel* xoxo

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

humm i'm gonna look into this now!

Cee said...

You're such a brave girl, posting photos of your bare face - go you! (I haven't dared yet... and I'm not sure I'll ever be brave enough.) It served a great purpose, because you can really see the difference that these GM Collin products made to your skin. Canadian winters are so harsh, particularly on the prairies - an arsenal of good products is a must and it looks like you've found the best!

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Pretty Affairs said...

thanks for sharing this :) i'm really intrigued to try these products out... bonus, it can be used with Mia :) i am looking for a new cleanser x

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