The multitaskers: Five skincare picks that do it all

Multitasking products??? MULTITASKING PRODUCTS! I love multitasking products, dude — give me something that’ll preform more than one function for me and I am there.

(You have no idea how crushed I was to find out that there aren’t any 2-in-1 ‘cone-free shampoo-conditioners. There may have been tears.)

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The multitaskers

Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel ($1.99$12.95 CAD) – a silicone, fragrance, paraben, and sulfate-free makeup remover and cleanser. This one is great for removing makeup (it even took off that new Hourglass 1.5mm liner I’ve been testing!), but I still definitely think Marcelle’s Cleansing Milk is better for extra-dry skin.

L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Eyecare & Mask Duo ($42 CAD) – also silicone-free, this one’s not your usual kind of 2-in-1: used sparingly, it’s an eye cream; slathered on more heavily, it functions as a 10-minute mask to moisturize, luminize, and de-puff. Also worth noting is that it has a metal tip similar to that of the Clinique Lid Smoothies (but larger and more round), so application is mess-free and very cooling.

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector ($24.95 CAD) – this one’s not silicone-free, but it does do a whole bunch of things — and it’s brand spankin’ new. If you’ve had your eye on the Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum, this might be a good option instead if you’re on a budget!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Fair Light swatch review

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream SPF 30 in Fair to Light swatches

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream SPF 30 ($16.99 CAD) – you guys, this CC cream breaks my freakin’ heart. It doesn’t just do everything well, it does everything perfectly — except for one big, glaring thing. Lightweight and insanely comfortable, it minimizes redness and smoothes over dry, flaky patches like a champ, but leaves the skin looking and feeling totally natural… until you walk into the sunlight.

See, the thing is, this CC Cream is actually packed with disco-ball levels of completely unnecessary microshimmer, which is a total deal-breaker for me (and probably some of you, too!) Skip it if you’re one of the shimmer-free camp, but definitely, definitely give it a go if you’re not adverse to shimmer. Lovers of Annabelle’s BB Pressed Powder, Guerlain Meteorites, etc., this means you! 

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum ($59.50 USD/$69 CAD) – our last product today is the ultimate do-it-all: a serum that claims to target skin concerns based on the distress signals being sent out by your own skin. I don’t buy that for a second (despite the 37 patents backing this product), but I do believe in the six zillion actives crammed into this serum (including soothing caffeine, plumping hyaluronic acid, and brightening Vitamin C, to name just a few.)

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  • Great picks! I've had my eye on the Clinique Serum and the L'Occitane Eye Cream.

    • Definitely pick up that eye cream, Meg! It's such a dream to apply :)

  • mostlysunnybunny

    I've tried the L'Occitane eye cream and the Clinique serum, and I love them both! I use the L'Occitane eye cream exclusively as an eye mask when I need a hydration boost or depuffing action. The Clinique serum is an unexpected love! I thought there was no way in hell I'd like a serum that contains so much silicone and light-reflecting particle, but it ACTUALLY WORKS. I don't think I'll revise my no-cone no-light-reflecting-particle policy anytime soon, but I guess not every product that contains these is totally useless.
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    • Oooh, really? That sounds really cool — I wish I could try the Clinique serum myself! Something would have to be REALLY good for me to excuse shimmer (er, I mean, "light-reflecting particles.")

  • !!! the neutrogena sounded awesome until you mentioned the shimmer…
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  • Amy

    First off, that is a beauty of a graphic :). Also I need that eye mask asap! It sounds awesome.


  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    I love a good multi tasking product myself. That Clinique serum sounds interesting. Might have to check it out :-)

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    • Let me know how it goes, Lily! I can't review it ('cones), but I'm super curious ;)

  • Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

    Hi Rae! I received a sample of Clinique's Smart Custom Repair Serum and really like it so far! I remember wanting to check out the Marcelle brand awhile back, but I'm not so sure it's carried in the US unfortunately!
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    • Not in stores, but they ship to the US online! And everything is buy one get one FREE until the end of the month ;)

  • Haha, ok, maybe I will actually look at that Neutrogena CC cream. I don't mind a bit of shimmer. Then I can skip highlighter! I like to glow. :P

    Also, I want to try out that Clinique serum, too. It looks so fancy in its silver bottle :P
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    • You are EXACTLY the person I had in mind for this one!! (Because you liked the Annabelle CC, not because I think you're a shimmer bear.) It's so pretty, dude — and handles dry patches like a freakin' champ.

  • howdoesdeedoit

    Oooh I love how you've laid everything out here like that Rae! Nice goin. Havent seen the neutrogena CC cream at any of the Shoppers/other drugstores here and I haven't seen the new Marcelle CC skin perfector either. Those two have me intrigued! Has the L'occitane eye mask thingy worked for you?
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    • Thank you!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the layout — this one was so fun to shoot and edit :)

      I spied the Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector at London Drugs a couple weeks back, so if there are any in your area, I bet they'd be a great place to start!

  • beautyreflections2013

    I wanna shimmer baby! :P I might have to try that Neutrogena CC Cream. When I finish the butt load I have already LOL. That eye cream though might be good for Marky. She needs something that won't irritate under her eyes, which a lot of things do. Any suggestions other than this one?
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    • You!! Yes!!!! CC Cream!!!

      I loved the Anatomicals one that they discontinued, but aside from that one… maybe The Body Shop's Vitamin C duo? That one didn't WOWWW me (I have yet to find an eye cream that does), but it's nice to apply and didn't irritate my eyes!

  • Oooh awesome picks! I have to try that L’Occitane Immortelle duo. I have the new Divine Immortelle face oil and I absolutely love that one.
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  • Lush has a solid 2-in-1 bar called Godiva,en_CA,pd.html#sta
    that I believe is cone-free, although I found it to be very drying. Much more so than you'd think a 2-in-1 would be!
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    • !!! Thanks, man!! I'm not sure how much help a drying 2-in-1 would be, but I'll definitely keep it in mind :)

  • wondersreviews

    This CC cream sounds really great ! But I'm in the no shimmers camp :(.
    The 2st multitasker in my mind is my Baume de Rose from By Terry. But i dont waist it on my cuticules ;).
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    • Whoa. Yup, nope — I definitely wouldn't waste a By Terry product on my cuticles, either! :p

  • sylirael

    LOL, I wonder if any of the 37 patents are actually for 'compounds that *actually* actively detect skin stress signals' in that Clinique one? ;-). I may have snorted in a most inelegant and unroguelike (but very chemist-like) way when I read the ad copy for it. I mean, if it makes ones's skin feel and look amazing then by all means! I just wish they'd tone down the derpabolic (my new word for 'derpy and hyperbolic'?) marketing spiel…

    Anyway, chemist's grumble over, that l'Occitane cream sounds rather spiffy… I could definitely do with some de-puffing right now (also sleep, but yeah. Deadlines!). ;-)
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    • Hah! Yup, I'm wondering that too :P The ad copy is pretty unbelievable (and I don't mean that in a flattering way), but it DOES sound like it performs well in the reviews I've read so far — no matter what the reviewer's skin concerns have been. Time will tell, I guess!

      Not seeing a visible amount of de-puffing so far from the L'Occitane, but I'm only using it once or twice a week. It does feel great going on, though, and I like to think it makes my eyes feel less puffy!

  • esharp1978

    I've been interested in the Neutrogena CC cream, I might have to buy it now.
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    • If microshimmer doesn't bother you, I would definitely recommend it!! :)

  • I agree that Marcelle cleansing gel is awesome. I've used their cleansing water but I didn't know they had a cleansing milk. I'll be looking out for that next time I am home to Canada!

    • Yes, do!! It's so good, Megan — I've loved a lot of Marcelle cleansers in my time (just tried a new-to-me one today, in fact!), but for dry or sensitive skin, the Cleaning Milk is by far my top choice.