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rated 4 of 5 on 12/20/2014 1:20:00 AM More reviews by Nurselily

Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I like how clean my skin feels after I wipe a cotton of this on it. Fresh and clean. Makes my sebaceous filaments less visible. Love this stuff. Wish it had a pump though. Don't like the packaging

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 11/26/2014 2:13:00 PM More reviews by spinnaker

Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green

Until this product, I was firmly in the 'toner is an extra, wasted step' camp. Now, in my attempts to step up my game, it is an essential part of my routine.
This product was recommended to me as an alcohol free, BHA toner to gently brighten, exfoliate and refine without bombing my skin. I had heard the stories about Clinique's toners laying waste to skin, so was nervous but shouldn't have been.
First, this product needs to be shaken before use. No biggie. And there is really no smell to speak of, certainly no reek of alcohol as with other Clinique toners.
I use this with cotton pads, and the upward sweep they teach. It is mild enough not to sting my skin but I still see residue on the pad occasionally, so it is not too mild to be not doing it's job. I haven't had any irritation and I do use it right up around my eyes. I have also started sweeping this down onto my neck and decolletage; at my age, it can't hurt!

Has my skin been magically transformed, no; but my skin seems clearer and my products are absorbing better than before. I have eased off my usual cleansing scrubs as this seems to do enough of a job exfoliating on it's own.
The price is quite reasonable at $17 CDN; I get about 3 months out of a bottle using it AM and PM. I also time the purchases to coincide with their GWP, so that's a nice bonus. I now have plenty of travel tubes of DDML and haven't bought a new lipstick in 6 months.
My only beef is that this toner is never offered as part of a promo set and only comes in the smaller bottle. The bottle is great and sturdy for travel but for home use, an economy size would be nice. And buying this at the mall sucks.

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rated 2 of 5 on 10/26/2014 10:27:00 AM More reviews by BeaP

Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Green

This is an exfoliator, a BHA product with salicylic acid. BHA products are usually recommended to people with oily, acne-prone skin or to people with rosacea. This product might be mild compared to other BHA exfoliators, because it contains a lower than average amount of salicylic acid, but it is definitely not mild in general. Just click 'lowest rating first', and you'll see how many people got skin irritation because of it. There are a lot of us, whose skin does not tolerate BHA at all.
I have normal-slightly dry in winter- slightly sensitive skin with mild rosacea. I hardly ever have spots. I've tried this lotion and Paula's 2% BHA lotion: both gave me red pimples. This Clinique one numerous small ones, Paula's some huge ones (maybe it's because of the concentration). This lotion also dried out my skin and made it uncomfortable. It's not uncommon that BHA products cause spots to those who have problem-free skin. They might bring the junk up to the surface, I don't know.
So I say especially if you don't have acne, try a sample of any BHA product before purchasing, and wait some days before you use it again. I recommend Paula's 1% or 2%, because she has samples, and the concentration is better, so you'll see more quickly if it's good for you or not, and if it's OK, you'll have a more effective product.
The best and mildest exfoliator I've tried until now is Clinique's Turnaround Concentrate, which I use every day. It makes my skin much smoother and it hasn't caused me any irritation so far.

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/9/2014 2:48:00 PM More reviews by vivian308

Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I honestly never really liked to use toner before, since I think it's the step that u can skip, and usually most toners have alcohol which I hate, because it dries my skin out and also can cause breakouts (I'm not so sure about breakouts part but I just don't like the fact that my skin care products contain alcohol) However when I went to a Clinique counter and ask for help because my skin would not have big breakout but usually the clogged pores that continue to get bigger (I tend to have clogged pores instead of big breakouts), she told me that I have to try to exfoliate my skin more, and use a chemical exfoliation instead of physical (facial scrubs or Clarisonic etc, since it can be more irritating to skin) I took her advice and since this is a non-alcohol toner, I tried this, and I must say I like it, it actually help remove the left over debris that cleanser can't get rid of and somehow the salicylic ingredient in it exfoliate my skin... although it contains salicylic acid, it is pretty gentle and does a good job with toning and exfoliating the skin

However the price is what I give it 4 lippies, since it is a bit expensive...I read reviews about Dickensen's witch hazel toner, and that product is $4 at Walmart for a big bottle, I just bought it a few days a go, and it seems to work just as well, for a fraction of cost...I was surprised because I never liked alcohol toner, and Dickensen one has about 14% of grain alcohol which is a lot...however it was not irritating to my skin at all, it was actually pretty soothing and also I noticed it brightens my skin after I use it, so I think I will continue with Dickensen toner...

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rated 5 of 5 on 6/5/2014 8:25:00 AM More reviews by 76bonz

Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Green

I like the way this makes my skin feel. At first I thought it was not doing anything because I was used to those strong clarifying lotions clinique makes but after using for a while I see my skin is better looking. Now I am addicted to this stuff. I use it after using the coil for hair removal to calm my skin down & disinfect. It never dries my skin too much.

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rated 4 of 5 on 6/4/2014 7:13:00 PM More reviews by ladushka

Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

The lotion cleanses well, it moisturizes my skin and kind of wakes it up in the morning. I guess it exfoliates well. It doesn't irritate my skin but is not soothing enough. For the price I would expect that the lotion does more to calm the skin. One lippie off. But all in all, it is a decent toner.

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/29/2014 7:39:00 AM More reviews by mule84

Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel

This is the best toner I have ever used. It's interesting that I've never had it recommended to me by a Clinique representative, because it seems like it would work for a lot of people. I have used the numbered toners in the past and they often work well for a while, but eventually become too harsh for my skin. My skin has become drier as I have gotten older, but oil production gets ramped up to try to compensate.

Using this mild clarifying lotion is like bathing by skin in happiness. After cleansing and using this toner my skin feels silky, smooth, not at all dry or tight, and not at all oily. It is ready for moisturiser. It has helped settle down my dry patches and in turn has decreased my oiliness.

I would recommend this toner for anyone with dry skin, and it would probably work for oily combination skin as well. I think it would be a great addition to any skin care regime.

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rated 3 of 5 on 4/24/2014 12:10:00 PM More reviews by sciencegeek

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

I tried this lotion with both the mild and extra mild facial soap and the dramatically different moisturising gel. For reference my skin is combination.

The system made my skin red, itchy, irritated and very dehydrated. It also caused me to breakout a lot (even in places I never breakout). The lotion in itself was probably the best product out of the bunch. However, even though it is supposed to be mild I wouldn't name it that way. I guess 'normal' would be more suitable. It is still a bit drying/uncomfortable to use. I mean, it's not irritating as the numbered clarifying lotions, but it isn't soothing either. I expect something that says 'mild' to be soothing or pleasant to apply. This is not.

I also didn't not see any improvements on my skin in the two weeks that I used it twice daily. I can say, however, that this worked better with a cleanser and moisturiser that are not in the Clinique '3 Step range'. I believe it worked ok with the moisture surge extended thirst relief. I stopped using this lotion after two weeks though, as I wanted something more soothing. I really did not enjoy using this lotion at all and saw no benefits and so stopped using it.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 2/5/2014 4:00:00 PM More reviews by athenasius

Age: 56 & Over Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green

Watch out that the Clinique salesperson doesn't steer you away from this one towards their larger bottles of the numbered system of toners. Those all contain alcohol and are both irritating and drying. The sales people persist in trying to diagnose your skin and hand you a "prescription" number for their system. They will tell you you don't need this one.

You'll know you got the right one when they give you a pale green bottle that is half the height of the numbered toner bottles. It's usually not on display, and they have to look below the counter to find it.

They can insist they don't have any.

HAH! Double HAH to all that nonsense.

This one is the ONLY one that Paula Begoun recommends and other derms that write books recommend including Baumann.

It is an exfoliant but a mild one based on BHA which clears the pores and refines the skin so it's anti acne and anti aging.

It will take off the traces of cleanser and makeup that rinsing and patting dry didn't get, plus return your skin to it's proper pH level.

It is mildly moisturizing with the glycerin but shouldn't aggravate acne or rosacea.

It has NO alcohol in it.

If you are very oily, this will suffice as a moisturizer just by itself.

To save money, shake to mix (you have to with this one) and pour a tsp onto your cupped palm then quickly apply to face and wipe off with cotton pad. This uses a LOT less than soaking a pad, then wiping the face and does the same thing.

MY experiance with this has been it's a wonderful product for use with my sensitive (right now very dry but sometimes combo) skin that has redness, reactivity, mild rosacea and a bit of sebbhorhea. I use it to combat the occaisional pimple from the rosacea, along with sebbhorheic keratosis and as a mild exfoliant for anti aging.

I find the soaps and cleansers in the Clinique line are a bit too harsh (mild gel) or too creamy (extra mild cleanser) but this toner is perfection.

Now all that said, Leslie Baumann in her skin type book says there are skin types who should NOT use ANY toner at all. So your mileage may vary but if you want one of the mildest BHA products around you should give this a try.

And if you are too sensitive for daily use try using it once or twice a week. I don't think once or twice a day is necessary if your skin is thin and sensitive. There is such a thing as overtreatment.

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rated 2 of 5 on 2/5/2014 12:55:00 PM More reviews by Carybear

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

Well for a while I took a vacation from Clinique products. Recently though I've been having such a hard time with moisturizers the thought of this lotion. Manual exfoliation seems to really upset my skin so I thought that I'd go back to chemical exfoliation. This BHA liquid/toner, not only has the ability to exfoliate the skin but moisturize as well.
I've used this on and off for about five years. I don't know why I keep straying away from it, it r is beautifully formulated, an excellent toner and evens out my cello, olive toned complexion.
I have remarkably sensitive, combination skin that's prone to dehydration and clogged pores. My skin is also undergoing the wreak and ruin of hormonal changes. That means adult acne that responds poorly to BP and other harsher, conventional acne treatments. Those are for younger skins.
So if you're like me, prone to clogged pores and light acne and you cant handle moisturizers without dealing with itchiness, I would definitely recommend this to you.
May 2014- I am afraid I'm going to have to change my review. When I began using again, I found the clarified and brightened my skin. As time went on I realized it was drying my skin out. I also think that it was clogging my pores. There's a lot of pore clogging ingredients, Which sucks.
Yeah after a while, halfway through my skin started to react in the classic welts/hives fashion. Only in the hollows if my cheeks, and because it's such an odd place where I am actually rather dry (sometime dehydration shows on my cheeks as fine lines) it reminded me why I stopped using this time and again. My skin does not like it. The end.

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