22 May 2013

Product Review: Societe Clinical Skin Care Prime & Defend Moisturiser SPF15

Since I moved to Australia over a decade ago, sadly my Scandinavian started to see an increasing amount of pigmentation, so I am always very aware of protecting my skin, to avoid it increasing any further. Here are my thoughts on the *Societe Prime & Defend Moisturiser SPF15;

What They Say:
"Protect against unwanted pigmentation with physical sun protection in a hydrating base with a tint to give the skin a healthy appearance with or without make up. Dries transparent. Suitable for ALL skin types. Prime and Defend does not clog pores (non-comedogenic), offers Antioxidant-rich protection with Green Tea, provides effective environmental barrier protectant, is lightly tinted to even out skin tone and smoothes and softens skin.  Prime and Defend is an excellent primer for all make-up, including mineral make-up."

RRP: $79.20 Stockist 1800 648 851

What I Say:
I have to be honest and admit that I have never heard of the Societe brand before, but I love it when I come across and get to explore new brands.

Societe Clinical Skin Care is an American range of exclusive products, created with the professional skin care specialist in mind. For ease in prescribing and at-home use, ingredients are clearly visible on product packaging and identified via a unique Societe classification system. This system is a five-ingredient breakdown targeting the essential components needed to achieve healthy skin. The numbers on each box indicate how many Antioxidants, Acids, Proteins, Plant Sources and Vitamins are in each individual product.
The products are also free from parabens, propylene glycol, and sodium lauryl sulfate, as well as they are free from fragrances and artificial dies, and of course Cruelty Free! Big bonus points from me!
The Societe Prime & Defend Moisturiser SPF15 is an oil-free day cream with a tint intended to be used in the morning before makeup, sun exposure and as desired for moisture.

Having combination skin, prone to breakouts I am always worried when I try a new cream, especially when it contains SPF, as that often makes it even worse, but was relieved when I read that Prime and Defend does not clog pores. That’s a good sign.

In spite the moisturiser having a slight tint, as soon as applied into the skin, you wouldn’t even know, as it dries completely transparent, which means that it doesn’t really help cover any imperfections or even out the skin tone. But it does leave the skin with a nice sheen, and hence working perfectly under makeup.

The cream absorbs instantly into the skin, making it feel soft to touch, and in spite of it being oil-free, it leaves my skin feeling thoroughly moisturised, without leaving behind greasy residue.

The Prime and Defend comes in a simple white plastic bottle with a pump, which as always I really do like as it makes it not only very easy to use, but also very hygienic as you don’t have to keep contaminating the cream by dipping your fingers into it. The only downside to the pump and the fact that the bottle is a solid white, means that it is impossible to see exactly how much product is left in the bottle, as well at it can be difficult to use up every last drop of product, but only time will tell.

It doesn’t appear as if the cream contains any added fragrance, yet it has a slight chemical scent, which also reminds me a little of liquorice, and although it does fade a little once absorbs into the skin, it does linger around for a while. But as it is only a slight scent, it doesn’t bother me.   

The cream works perfectly under makeup, and really does act as a primer, as even without the use of a primer, I feel that my makeup stays put for longer, than with most other moisturisers used on their own.

And after having used the moisturiser for over a month, I am happy to say that my skin has not broken out at all. So I really do believe the claims that it is suitable for all skintypes, from combination/oily, as well as sensitive skintypes would also be able to use it as it is so gentle and fragrance free.

Obviously I have not noticed any changes to my existing pigmentation and sun damage, but it is great knowing that the moisturiser is protecting the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
At $79.20 it is not exactly cheap, but I do like, and am happy to pay a little extra for a product that I know has been made with the best ingredients and is free from chemical nasties.
While unfortunately the moisturiser does not have any anti-ageing benefits, it is a fantastic general day cream, which does leave my skin thoroughly moisturised and with a lovely glow too! I will enjoy using the remainder of this cream, and definitely look into other products in the Societe range.
* Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever heard of Societe Clinical Skincare? What do you look or in a day cream? And which one is your favourite?



  1. The product's seems to be quite effective but the price of the products are high .
    Thanks for the review -

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    Alison Clarke

    1. Yeah, I agree, it is a little pricey, but unfortunately often more natural products often are!


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