Save, Spend, Splurge Day Creams featuring Avon, Origins and Clinique

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while after I got quite a few positive response on the one I did on eye make up removers (found here) I always wonder whether it really is worth paying more for things. I plan on doing posts on night creams and hot cloth cleansers too. Would you be interested in seeing posts like this on beauty products as well?

Anyway today’s post is day creams. Let’s start off with my skin type. I’m an oily combination skin type. While I used to sway away from moisturiser as I was oily skinned I used to not bother as I thought it was unnecessary to add more to my skin. How wrong was I. Since realising this I’ve been trying different ranges of skin care to find what’s perfect for me.

In a day cream I like something that’s light and sinks into my skin easily so I can apply my make up on a nice base and not have something heavy on my face as it doesn’t need it.


The first one I started using was the Avon Solutions Complete Balance Day Cream. This is an absolutely brilliant moisturiser for anyone with oily combination skin. It’s a mattifier day cream which just leaves the face with a nice shine free finish. It’s oil free which is always good and has SPF15 which is what I like day creams to have so I don’t have to worry if my foundation doesn’t. The cream has a great consistency which leaves my skin feeling suitably moisturised without being oily. It sinks in easily too which means you can apply your make up onto a nice base. The RRP for this is £7.50 for 50ml which in itself is a great price but you can usually get it on offers and in deals. It’s currently £5.00 here or you can get a travel set with a mask, day cream, night cream and cleanser here which is also £5.00 and is a great way to try them out. I got this one for £3 when it was on offer.

Apologises for the tatty pot. I like the pot it’s similar to the Clinique one and means you can get all the product out easily. It does mean if you have long nails you do get some product under your nails. This cream has a nice fresh fragrance that is very subtle and possibly a little floral.


For if you want to spend a little more I have the Origins Balanced Diet Moisturiser.This is also an oil free moisturiser. It uses Japanese seaweed and sodium hyaluronate which is apparently what makes it great for oily/combination skin types as these give moisturiser without weighing down the skin. This lotion blends easily into the skin and feels very light weight. It has an almost minty fresh fragrance. I find it pleasant. This one cost £23.00 for 50ml so is significantly more than the Avon one. You can find out more about the ingredients and how they work here. I like the brand Origins and a lot of their products. But this isn’t a cream I’d repurchase and I prefer the Avon one over this. Mainly because they are very similar but the Avon one also has SPF.

I do prefer the packaging of the Origins though.


Onto the Splurge. The Clinique Superdefense age Defense Moisturise SPF 25 for Combination oily to oily skin (with Clinique you can get the same moisturiser but for different skin types). I have previously done a full review on this day cream here. This moisturiser is brilliant. It’s perfect for oily skin as it’s lightweight and sinks into the skin easily. It feels fresh on the skin and sinks in well and has the highest SPF value of the three creams. I love that this cream is not only aimed at oily skin but is also Anti Ageing and while I’m only 23 I’m a firm believer of prevention is better than cure and it’s best to start young. I find it hard to find anti ageing products that aren’t heavy on this skin and this is brilliant. But it comes at a price. £37 for 50ml unfortunately. While it’s pricey I really think it’s worth every penny and would definitely repurchase. The product lasts a long time though. You can purchase here.

The packaging looks and feels luxurious and classic and is plastic which is handy if you are travelling. No one wants to spend £37 then drop it and it smash.

So overall this time for me SPLURGE wins. It’s such a great all round cream to prevent anti ageing, sun damage and control oil. I love this. But when I’m skint I turn to my SAVE option as I think it’s as good as SPLURGE so it’s not worth spending the extra.

Have you tried any of these? What’s your go to day cream? Are you happy to spend on day creams?

Love M



  1. Essjay23x
    November 21, 2012 / 7:01 pm

    Although with hindsight I'm not a fan of Clinique three step, I do like their moisturisers a lot. I like La Roche Posay for day and night. Great post, I'd love a series maybe inc. mascara and foundation! xx

  2. MirrorOnThe Wall
    November 22, 2012 / 12:34 am

    I adore Origins, but I have to say, I've never tried this particular cream. I'm also a huge fan of Clinique makeup, although I didn't find their skincare worked for me. That said, I tried it out at about 18, and truth be told, I don't think I really knew my skin type or what it needed at the time, so perhaps now things would be different. Their foundations are fab though, especially the Even Better one :)Mel

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