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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate versus Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate .

Published on December 05, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe serums. They have a total of 8 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain exfoliants and Vitamin E

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin and brightening skin

Free From

They both do not contain any parabens or sulfates

What's Inside

They both contain fragrances

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Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Price

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Buy Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Starts at $29.50
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Starts at $47.90

Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Vitamin C
Vitamin E (2)
Exfoliators

Benefits

Hydrating (4)
Anti-Aging
Scar Healing
Brightening (4)

Concerns

Irritating
Rosacea
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

Vitamin E
Exfoliators (2)

Benefits

Hydrating
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying (2)
May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Irritating (3)
Rosacea (4)
Eczema (4)
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Water β€’ Cetearyl Isononanoate β€’ Glycerin β€’ Isononyl Isononanoate β€’ Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride β€’ Pentylene Glycol β€’ Ppg-3 Myristyl Ether β€’ Ethylene Oxide β€’ Butylene Glycol β€’ Parfum β€’ Phenoxyethanol β€’ Propanediol β€’ Silybum Marianum Seed Oil β€’ Carbomer β€’ Tocopheryl Acetate β€’ Escin β€’ Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract β€’ Ethylhexylglycerin β€’ Squalane β€’ Avena Sativa Kernel Extract β€’ Theobroma Cacao Extract β€’ Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer β€’ Leontopodium Alpinum Extract β€’ Xanthan Gum β€’ Persea Gratissima Oil Unsaponifiables β€’ Caramel β€’ Curcuma Longa Root Extract β€’ Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine β€’ Musa Sapientum Fruit Extract β€’ Salicornia Herbacea Extract β€’ Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Extract β€’ Kalanchoe Pinnata Leaf Extract β€’ Sodium Benzoate β€’ Citric Acid β€’ Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf/Stem Extract β€’ Disodium EDTA β€’ Tocopherol β€’ Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract β€’ Maltodextrin β€’ Orthosiphon Stamineus Extract β€’ Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract β€’ Mangifera Indica Leaf Extract β€’ Potassium Sorbate β€’ Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate β€’ Ascorbic Acid β€’ Sodium Citrate β€’ Engelhardtia Chrysolepis Leaf Extract β€’ CI 14700 β€’ Callicarpa Japonica Fruit Extract

Ingredients Side-by-side

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 1.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 3.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 3.

3
What it does: Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 9.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 4.

4
What it does: Masking, Perfuming
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Parfum is a catch-all term for an ingredient or more that is used to give aroma to products. Parfum, or fragrance, can be a blend of hundreds of chemicals or plant oils. This means every product with "fragrance" or "Parfum" in the ingredients list is a different mixture.

In the US, the alternative name for parfum is 'fragrance'. The term 'fragrance' is not regulated in many countries. In many cases, it is up to the brand to define this term.

For instance, many brands choose to label themselves as "fragrance-free" because they are not using synthetic fragrances. However, their products may still contain ingredients such as essential oils that are considered a fragrance. One example is Calendula flower extract. Essential oil ingredients still impart a scent or 'fragrance'.

Depending on the blend, it can cause allergies and sensitivities on the skin. Some ingredients that are known EU allergens include linalool and citronellol.

Products use parfum often to give products a scent or cover up smells of different ingredients.

The bottom line is: not all fragrances/parfum/ingredients are created equally. If you are worried about fragrances, we recommend taking a closer look at an ingredient. And of course, we always recommend speaking with a professional.

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 10.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 17.

5
What it does: Preservative
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

It's often used in formulations along with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 11.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 9.

6
What it does: Antioxidant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Tocopheryl Acetate is AKA Vitamin E. It is an antioxidant and protects your skin from free radicals. Free radicals damage the skin by breaking down collagen.

One study found using Tocopheryl Acetate with Vitamin C decreased the number of sunburned cells.

Tocopheryl Acetate is commonly found in both skincare and dietary supplements.

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 15.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 14.

7
What it does: Masking, Preservative
Community Rating: Disliked

Sodium Benzoate is a preservative. It's used in both cosmetic and food products to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. It is typically produced synthetically.

Both the US FDA and EU Health Committee have approved the use of sodium benzoate. In the US, levels of 0.1% (of the total product) are allowed.

Sodium benzoate works as a preservative by inhibiting the growth of bacteria inside of cells. It prevents the cell from fermenting a type of sugar using an enzyme called phosphofructokinase.

Sodium Benzoate is the salt of benzoic acid. Foods containing sodium benzoate include soda, salad dressings, condiments, fruit juices, wines, and snack foods.

Studies for using ascorbic acid and sodium benzoate in cosmetics are lacking, especially in skincare routines with multiple steps.

We always recommend speaking with a professional, such as a dermatologist, if you have any concerns.

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 33.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 36.

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What it does:
Community Rating: Disliked

Disodium EDTA plays a role in making products more stable by aiding other preservatives.

It is a chelating agent, meaning it neutralizes metal ions that may be found in a product.

Disodium EDTA is a salt of edetic acid and is found to be safe in cosmetic ingredients.

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 36.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate contains this as ingredient number 18.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

33% are loved or liked
14% have mixed ratings
16% are disliked or very disliked
37% have no rating yet
19% are loved or liked
5% have mixed ratings
41% are disliked or very disliked
35% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 49 ingredients

3.3 /5
from 3 reviews
pinmin's Avatar'
Sep 4, 2023

IRRITATION
i got this as a sample when i bought a clarins lip oil and WHEN I TELL YOU my skin was burning within minutes of applying. i immediately washed it off but didn’t manage to save myself from the horrible red rash and peeling it...

IRRITATION
i got this as a sample when i bought a clarins lip oil and WHEN I TELL YOU my skin was burning within minutes of applying. i immediately washed it off but didn’t manage to save myself from the horrible red rash and peeling it left behind. i have relatively sensitive skin but i have never had a reaction this bad to a product - don’t know if i’m allergic to something in it or if it’s just incredibly irritating to sensitive skin

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate 37 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 review
KelliStauning_298's Avatar'
May 15, 2023

intense moisturizer, smoother, and doesn't peel off

intense moisturizer, smoother, and doesn't peel off

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