Next up in the Brand Focus Series is the American Luxury Skincare Brand – Clinique. Coming from the house of Estee Lauder Company, Clinique is marketed as the world’s first Allergy Tested and Dermatologists Approved Cosmetics Brand. Clinique is Not Cruelty Free if you are wondering so. They do conduct tests on animals whenever and wherever necessary as they sell their products in China, where testing is required by Law. So Cruelty Free lovers, Clinique Products are not for you.
To start off my trial with Clinique, I bought the Clinique 3 Step Skincare System for Oily Skin (Available at Amazon). I thought these were travel sized when I ordered, but No! The products had quantity that lasted for 2 months. The Liquid Facial Soap is 50 ml, the Clarifying Lotion 3 is 100 ml and the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is 30 ml. Not only that, I also received a free 7 ml sample of the newly launched Moisture Surge 72 Hour Hydrator.
Ingredients of the Clinique 3 Step Skincare System
Today I’ll be reviewing all the above mentioned Clinique Products, including a quick review of the Pout Restoring Mask which has already been reviewed by one of our skincare enthusiast. Let’s get started with the reviews.
List of products featured in this post
- Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula
- Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3
- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
- Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Replenishing Hydrator
- Clinique Pep Start Pout Restoring Night Mask
Clinique Products Review
1. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula Review
My first impression after seeing the product. Ah! One more gel face wash to place in my bath shelf. Looks like I’m tired of gel based face washes (Roop Mantra?) Nevermind! The Clinique Liquid Facial Soap is a clear, medium consistency gel cleanser. It foams up really well by just rubbing in between my palms (even without adding water). It does contain SLS and so a very little of the product is sufficient for each use. It cleans up the skin nicely without overly drying out, because it kind of forms a thin film on the skin. Post rinsing, my skin feels soft and smooth. It definitely awakens my tired skin and makes me feel fresh. The cleanser does not have any added fragrance and so it has a faint chemical scent which must the raw scent of the chemicals used in it. It’s not a bothering scent though.
Overall, the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap is a quick rinsing gel face wash which is gentle on the skin and protect the skin’s natural moisture balance. This passes off as a no-fuss cleanser for oily, sensitive and acne prone skin. Initially I did feel that it is basic, but over days I got fond of it (or got adapted) as it made my skin happy with No new breakouts and No extra dryness.
2. Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 Review
Don’t mistake it for a Lotion. It’s an exfoliating toner with salicylic acid and witch hazel. It’s kind of a treatment product, so it’s actually not very gentle on the skin as claimed. It is a water like pale pink solution which comes out almost colourless. The first thing one will notice is its strong alcohol smell. It is so bold and nauseating. Especially since this is my first Non-Alcohol Free Toner, it was way too overwhelming for me. I didn’t expect this to contain Alcohol Denat, and that too at the top of the ingredient list!
I started off using it twice a day, but then reduced it to once a day, in my PM routine as it was a bit strong to suddenly introduce acids in my routine. (I had long ago used AHA’s, but currently I’m keeping my skincare routine minimal without using any chemical exfoliators). The toner sometimes causes tingles in sensitive areas around my nose & inner cheeks. It dries out the skin so much that I need a serum and calming moisturizer to go thereafter immediately. But it is common for most exfoliating toners to dry out the skin. The Clarifying Lotion 3 is able to do its exfoliating action well. I use a cotton pad to apply this toner. After swiping all over my face, I can see that this toner has pulled out all the extra dirt and dead cells from the skin, that some face wash failed to remove. Although I don’t see instant brightness, the toner helps to even out the skin tone a bit after having used it for 3 weeks. It also kept away from whiteheads, blackheads and acne breakouts.
Simply put, the Clinique Clarifying Lotion works perfectly as an exfoliator. Overtime it shows improvement in skin tone and texture. Slowly introduce it into your routine and follow it up a good moisturizer and never forget a sunscreen. The only con of this product, it reeks of alcohol.
3. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Review
The Dramatically Different Range comes in three versions, Gel, Lotion and Jelly. This kit has the gel which is meant for oily and combination skin types. It is a lightweight, pale yellow colored gel. It spreads flawlessly and gets absorbed into the skin in just two strokes. The gel contains Dimethicone and hence has a mild silicone feel on the skin which makes it smooth and soft to touch. It leaves the skin matte, hydrated with no greasy feel. However this gel wasn’t moisturizing enough when used after the above exfoliating toner. This gel alone wasn’t able to calm down my exfoliated skin as it isn’t very moisturizing. This is good to use after a hydrating toner (rose water) for day time use but then too, for nights this gel alone did not suffice to provide intense nourishment. Again this product claims to be fragrance free, but it has a chemical scent, which is subtle and non-bothering.
Overall, The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is not dramatically different! I liked it’s non greasy, lightweight formula but there are no long term benefits. It’s just an expensive gel moisturizer that will suit oily to very oily skin types.
4. Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator Review
This thing is promoted like crazy everywhere. This is supposedly a re-vamped/re-launched product with a better formula. I haven’t tried the earlier version so I can’t compare or comment on it. But I have seen a trusted blogger saying the older formula was much better. Anyways, my experience with this was so so. This is a moisturizer/hydrator which makes tall claims of keeping skin hydrated for 72 hours, even after washing your face. Sounds too good to be true and I didn’t fall for it!
The product is a peach colored, semi-thick gel cream which feels so soft and very very silicony on the skin(even my fingers which I had used to apply it has that slip). There are times when I feel like this sits on top of my skin without getting absorbed which eventually dries down. However, the gel instantly tackles the dryness caused by washing the face, balances skin’s moisture level and makes it look plump. It makes my skin looks dewy but without any tacky feel. I preferred to use this as a night time product for my oily skin, because I find it a tad bit heavy for the humid weather at my place. The product goes well under makeup working like a hydrating primer. Although I didn’t encounter major breakouts, some days I woke up with tiny whiteheads on my cheek and chin. So use it cautiously if you have acne prone skin. Probably this will be a great choice for combination dry skin types. Very oily and very dry skin types can skip it. Yet again, it claims to be fragrance free and has a faint synthetic scent, almost negligible.
Overall, The New Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Replenishing Hydrator is a moisturizer that keeps skin supple and hydrated for long, but definitely not 72 hours. I wouldn’t be recommending this product as I don’t like it’s silicone texture. It sits on top of skin, clogs pores and does not satisfy its 72 hour claim. This thing is not worth the investment. For me, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel was much better than this.
5. Clinique Pep Start Pout Restoring Night Mask Review
This might look like a sample product. But it’s not. 10 ml is what we get for 1500 bucks. This should last for a minimum 3 months since the thicker consistency leads us to use just a tiny drop of it each time. It is a clear gel with no noticeable fragrance.
Basically this is a not a lip balm but a night lip mask. It is heavy and you feel like you have something on, on your lips. This works overnight to heal cracked and chapped lips and makes you wake up with nourished and supple lips. But it can also be used before applying your liquid lipsticks. Apply the mask 15 mins ahead and wipe off excess before applying your lipstick. Continuous and consistent use of this lip mask atleast 4 times a week showed better results where softer lips becomes a reality. Ladies with dry lips will love this for its intense hydration and repairing formula. Our writer loves this and is more than happy to have found this lip mask.
Rating: 4/5 [P.S Review based on the experience of one of our writers. Read Full Review>>]
Overview of Clinique Products
|Product Name||Clinique Liquid Facial Soap||Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3||Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel||Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hr Replenishing Hydrator||Clinique Pep Start Pout Restoring Night Mask|
|Suitable for||Normal to Oily Skin||Oily Skin||Oily Skin||Normal, Combination, Dry||All|
|Texture||Colorless Semi-Thick Gel||Pale Pink Water Like Solution||Lightweight, Pale Yellow Colored Watery Gel||Pale Peach Colored, Semi-Thick Gel Cream||Colorless Thick Gel|
|Fragrance||Faint Chemical Scent||Reeks of Alcohol||Faint Chemical Scent, Non-Bothering||Almost Negligible Fragrance.||Fragrance Free|
|Efficacy||Cleans the skin thoroughly||Exfoliates the skin really well||Moisturizes the skin with a matte finish||Does not keep skin hydrated for 72 hr as claimed.||Heals cracked and chapped lips.|
|Plus||Foams up well||Contains Salicylic Acid||Fast absorbing.||Tackles dryness instantly||Small tube will last 3 months.|
|Minus||Slight Slippery Residue||Alcoholic scent||Not Dramatically Different||Can break out skin.||Can be a bit heavy|
|Would I recommend?||No||No||No||No||May be.|
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My final thoughts on Clinique Products
Clinique Products have some intriguing product names – Moisture Surge Hydrator, Pout Restoring Night Mask, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream? As a skincare beginner, you will fall in love with Clinique Products. They do give a Luxury Vibe and the products do work on the skin quite well. But having tried a whole lot of skincare products, I couldn’t help but compare the price vs performance. For the steep price, I would expect it to give extra ordinary results which they actually don’t. Also, although they don’t use parabens, phthalates and fragrances in their products, I am not very happy looking at the ingredients to contain SLS, Alcohol and some harmful chemicals. Even the fragrances scream Alcohol, where they claim to be fragrance free. Personally I wouldn’t recommend splurging on them, as there are way more better safer options in the wide skincare market. Splurge it only if luxury skincare is your bae. If you are like me, wanting to explore this luxury brand, then I would suggest getting the above reviewed 3 Step Skincare System Kit and see if it works for you. It is available in 3 variants for 3 different skin types.
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