This system did not agree with my skin. I have used it on two occasions over previous years, the most recent being a skin type 2. Didn't really do anything at the start, nothing good nothing bad, my dry chin was dry and my oily t zone still oily. After a couple of weeks I got lots of little pimples on my forward and chin, (never get spots on my forehead) like uneven skin. Stopped using it and switched to creamy cleanser from a cheaper brand and it cleared up. I think clinique is way too harsh, but their makeup is great! Much better off to read caroline hirons skincare
Where do I begin? Okay, I'll start with Step 1 of the 3 part regimen.
Step 1, according to Clinique's advisors, is to cleanse. After you have answered your advisor's short questionnaire to determine your skin type, you are steered towards the inaugural step. I was a 1 since I am fair and sensitive. (The cleansers and toners/astringents are all labeled 1-4, with 1 being for slightly dry and 2 being for combination, 3 for oily and 4 being for very oily. (I must caution oily skinned individuals to beware. 3 has a higher concentration of drying agents and 4 even more. I got curious and was reading the other bottles at the counter.) The cleanser number 1 was lathering so I knew I was going to have a problem since lathering cleansers always leave my face tight and screaming for moisture,even if it says non drying.) This was no exception. Onto step 2: Toning.
The Clinique rep recommended the number 1- mild. This had a lower concentration of alcohol in the product. However, it still dried my skin. She suggested I go with the non-alcohol (wouldn't that have made sense in the first place?) witch hazel based extra mild toner,which is number 0. This was much better for me and my skin thanked me for it. This led me to the final step: 3, which is the moisturizer.
Based on my results, I had purchased the Dramatically Different Moisture Lotion. Probably one of the worst moisturizers I ever used. It smelled like soybean oil and left my face just as greasy .
Mind you, I have been educating myself on PROPER skin care for different skin types for years, since I was 13 years old. I decided to go into this venture pretending to be clueless , sort of an investigative mode to see what my experience would bring me.
What I learned is the skin care system designed by Clinique needs a major overhaul. Anyone who knows even the basics of skin cars knows alcohol acts as a drying agent to skin so therefore you are not controlling sebum production, you signaling your skin to produce more because you're applying alcohol and that is sending the message that your skin is dry and needs more lubrication. What is disturbing to me is that the more oily your skin(ie: level 4 very oily),the more alcohol Clinique puts into the step 2. The cycle keeps going and the client is left frustrated.
On the plus side,the representative was helpful and knowledgeable about the products but that's her job and Clinique does offer a money back guarantee,which I promptly received,but I kept the toner.
Similarly to my review of the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, I really wanted to like the whole clinique 3-step system but my skin absolutely hated it and I broke out like insane (I used the number 3 skin-type which is for Oily Combination skin).
The Liquid Soap was ok but I didn't like that it doesn't remove makeup at all - not even light make-up. The lotion made my pimples look even more red and irritated from using it (I barely get many pimples at all - maybe 1 a month, but this broke me out). And the DDMG felt like it didn't hydrate at all.
Don't waste your money on this if - I think Clarins and Dermalogica are MUCH better for your skin than Clinique and they are pretty much around a similar price range. I was working in a store at one point and we actually used the Number 4 toner to clean the burnt oils off an oil burner - no actual cleaning products could take it off.
I tried this over a year ago (I'm the combinated-one), so I don't remember it excactly.
From pictures I have to say that my skin looked quite good and clear, but now I would NEVER use it again. I'm more into skincare now, and I know what's bad for your skin. (ingredients-wise etc.)
These products contain sooo many bad things. Alcohol, parabens, etc.
Especially the toner, is the bad guy.
It might clear up your skin a bit, but it's not good for your skin!
I have super duper sensitive skin that's almost always red and I have severe acne. On the first use, it made my skin turn so red like a tomato, then dried it out so much that flakiness appeared. I used it for a week and saw nothing but bad things. I do not recommend this.
Clinqiue 3 step type 3 - So I am a person who is very conscious of looks, and I wanted my skin to be flawless with and without makeup ! Please NEVER buy this product. I was so upset by it. My skin is fairly clear , just get a few spots underneath the skin on my cheeks now and again. This product brought out loads of little pimples on my chin, which were extremely itchy, made the skin around my nose peel, the spots on my cheeks even worse and left me feeling very self conscious. So frustrating as I was so excited to try this product , thinking it would leave me with flawless skin, the complete oposit happened !! At first I thought it was just cleaning my pours and this was suppose to happen, but nothing got better it just got worse ! Such a waste of money! I am now trying to find a product with good reviews and that actually works so I can feel good about myself again. If anyone has any recommendations please let me no x
I am a teenager (17) and have combination skin that has constantly had pimples for years, i believe this product has been reallygood, especially the toner. I only applied it at night which was enough for me, but when i woke up in the morning my face felt somewhat oily or something after applying the moisturiser.
I'm gonna agree with the last few reviews. Do not buy these products. You will be so disappointed with the results.
I couldn't wait to get home and try these products. The first couple of times I used it I thought ok maybe there's a slight improvement. The woman did say to use it for 28 days as that is how long it takes for the skin to regenerate itself apparently. After continued use my skin become very irritated. It was sore, my skin started to peel and it did nothing to improve my skin. Complete rubbish.
I guess everyone is different but anyone with sensitive skin is best to stay clear.
Sigh, here we go. Let's just start out with a summary. DO. NOT. BUY. THIS. SET. I used to work at a place with a Clinique counter and all the girls I worked with ranted and raved about how amazing this system was. I have incredibly dry skin that just cannot get enough moisture but is pretty tough on all accounts. I usually scrub as hard as I can with my regular cleanser and exfoliator and I've never had any problems or reactions to that process. But I figured maybe I should get out of the drug store brands and into something more high end. I bought it while they were doing their gift with purchase and I got the set and I think it came to $68 altogether. I nearly choked on the price but I figured hey, if this was gonna change my life like everyone said it would, I might as well give it a shot.
I could write sonnets, novels, dissertations, and encyclopedias about how much I hate this set. So let's break it down product by product!
Liquid facial soap:
This literally felt like hand soap. But like the cheap gas station in the middle of no where hand soap, not the creamy dial soap. When you rubbed it between your fingers, it made this weird squeaking noise. Then when you got it on your face, it didn't lather at all, and I kept feeling like I should put more on my skin, only to have it disappear.
Honestly, I don't really think they put anything else in the bottle besides rubbing alcohol. I've tried toners from Lancome as well as Elizabeth Arden that were in the same store and they felt more like milk rather than water. I also think that the toner is what killed me. It always burned whenever I put it on, even though I made absolute sure to 'sweep it on, not rub it in', just like I was told.
Dramatically different moisturizing lotion:
Ah yes, the moisturizer. This stuff was the famous part of the collection. However, it was incredibly thin. Again, just like the cleanser, Dial soap is thicker by a phenomenal margin. I felt like I couldn't get enough on my skin and it was just...disappointing. Perhaps it's because I usually use the Cetaphil moisturizer meant for eczema, cracked heels, and as an overnight moisturizer.
Basically, I used this stuff religiously, twice a day for 18 days in a row, I believe it was and by the end of it, my face had literally cracked. I had what looked like rug burn on the tops of my cheeks and chin that burned like a mofo when I used the toner, my forehead was flaking off like crazy, my skin felt tight, dry, and sore, and I had to exfoliate my eyebrows (I don't normally touch my eyebrows when I wash my face) because there was soooo much dandruff in them, a problem I've never experienced before. On one of my last days using this product, I walked into work and one of my co-workers legitimately gasped and asked what in the hell had happened to my face and if I had rosacea.
It took me a solid two months to get my skin back to normal and even now I still find that it's a loooot drier that it was to begin with. Before I would use my Cetaphil stuff at night and then a lighter Garnier or Clean and Clear moisturizer during the day but now I can't use anything thinner than the Cetaphil stuff during the day or night. This product is honestly absolute crap, spare yourself the pain and your skin the torture of using it.
Just had to leave a review for this stuff - it's so awful!
I have combination skin with mild acne and although I hardly ever find products that make me say 'wow' and really help my skin, I never have that badder reaction to anything either... Until now!
The cleanser left my skin feeling tight but then so do most cleansers so I didn't think much of it. But the toner! Oh my God! It smells like cheap vodka! Why I put it on my face, I don't know... But anyway, I did, and it's so strong it made my eyes water! So I persevered for a few days but I just had to stop. My skin has come out in painful spots/blister type things which I've never had before. So upset!
I'd recommend anybody to stay away from this. Even if your skin can hack it, there has got to be far gentler products out there that can do just a good a job!