Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review: Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

According to the Clinique SA, this toner is their star product. Clinique claimed this product is difference maker in their 3-step skin care system. The selling point is gentle exfoliation (chemical exfoliation) that remove dull dead skin cell revealing healthier layer skin. This product is formulated for those with combination oily skin.

The ingredient includes whole lots of denatured alcohol (ugh), water, glycerin, witch hazel, butylene glycol, salicylic acid, acetyl glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and some other ingredients including colorings.

It come in a simple packaging, with screw top bottle that I hate a lot. For a quite expensive product, a pump should be included. Clinique can make cleanser and moisturiser with good pump, why not package the toner the same way!? Anyway, the bottle design cause a lot wastage. So I decant some in a smaller pump bottle and I noticed I used the same volume for a longer period.

This toner have strong alcohol scent since it is mainly denatured alcohol. When I first applied it, it stings and dried up my skin, after a week, my skin starts to tolerate the toner better. It is important to apply this toner gently, don't rub it hard or your skin will be so irritated and it become red and it sting. See how harsh it is?

I use this product since early October 2010. I have high expectation for this product and I'm very disappointed. It does work in reducing pimples, but it does very little in reducing blackheads and whiteheads. Not much oil control too. Even with claims of gentle daily exfoliation, I didn't see my skin becoming smoother from the use of this product. I don't like the fact that it is drying. In a nut shell, it's not a miracle worker, nor it is the difference maker. Furthermore, I suspect the chemical exfoliation is not enough since my clogged pores is not reduced with used of this products. Only after I includes physical exfoliation in my skin care routine that clogged pores dramatically reduced. So much for the toner helps unclogging pores. I'm so disappointed.

I concluded that this particular clarifying lotion is harsh for my skin, so I ask the Clinique SA advise for toner with least amount of alcohol, but she keep pushing me to get the same one or the one from anti-blemish solutions range when she see my post-acne blemish infested cheeks. I end up buying nothing from her, and bought The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying that claim to work for combination oily skin, but much less harsher than it's Clinique counterpart.

I would not repurchase it since there are tonnes of toner out there that works better than this one, at cheaper price too. I also would not recommend this one due to it's high content denatured alcohol.


I think I have to stress it here that I'm disappointed with this toner due to many outrages claims that Clinique made about their toner. It's just a toner. Nothing special, at least for me.

For comparison purpose, this Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 cost RM115 for 400ml. So, that is RM28.75 per 100ml

Meanwhile, The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner (pretty much the same purpose minus the exfoliation properties) cost RM 38 for 200ml. So that is RM19 per 100 ml.

So that is RM9.75 difference for 100ml.

p.s: It's not that I hate Clinique, I do love some of their products, but this toner in particular is not up to my liking.


pleinair said...

would love to hear your thoughts on body shop's seaweed toner:D? i am planning to buy body shop one too, and for the very same reason i am avoiding to buy clinique's #3 toner even before trying:D

Pepper said...

I say avoid Clinique skincare altogether since most of their products is a total waste of money. I find few brands that works much better and cheaper too. I stopped using TBS seaweed toner since is irritated my skin. I have sort of bumps on my skin and it's looks like rash. It occurs when I apply the toner and gone after I stop using it. I think it is due to the menthol in the ingredient.

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