I have a combination sensitive skin prone to redness if I apply toner, containing alcohol, but this clarifying lotion (which turns out also contains small amounts of alcohol) is perfect for me! I could not believe that my skin which refuses any alcohol-containing lotions will accept this toner and will react very nicely to it. My skin naturally is good, with just very minor flaws (freckles, and minor breakouts along the jaw line during that time of the month), however I love using make up (liquid foundation + loose powder on top of it) so I love the feel of freshness that toner provides to my skin. I usually use it in the evening, after I remove my make-up and wash my face with cleanser, the product gives my skin a very refreshing sensation, the pores are opening, and whatever make-up traces are left after washing my face, they are definitely gone after I apply this wonderful product. It gives my skin light tingling sensation, it feels like you are applying menthol ice-cubes on your face, which energizes & tones it after the long day. I especially love to use it after the night of dancing or intense work-out, when I really need some stronger toner to clean & refresh my sensitive skin. I am using it for a year now. I am not using it in the morning, since my skin does not need deep cleansing in the early morning hours, however in the evenings it works magic on me, I love love love it, and I complete my skin care routine with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel & Night Creme (from other brand). I recommend this product to girls with combination skin with oily T-Zone, those who are in need to cleanse their face from the make-up they were wearing all day long, and for those who love the feeling of clean pores and refreshing touch to their faces before going to bed. continued >>
If anybody has, dry skin on the cheeks and comfortable to oily t-zone, then this product might be what your looking for. I have been using this product for two years and I love it! It works for me. It even helped some on my acne. (Not sure if it was meant for that but it helped.) Just because it worked for me doesn't mean it'll work
for others, so make sure it's for your skin type!
Another reason why, I love this product, is because of the way it makes my skin feel, when applyig it! After, my skin feels so rejuvenated and it truly feels like all the bad oils from the day has finally come off.
At first my skin was really oily. Then I started using this clarifying lotion and it dried out my skin. It did help a little with my blemishes, but after some time I didn't see much difference at all. I think my skin got immune to this product and it just stopped working. Now I have dry skin because of this toner and I will not buy this product again.
I've had a bottle of this for quite a while now (verging on about 4 years) so I'm guessing its the original formula. I don't usually use toner since there are some days I'm in such a rush that I just skip it; however I've been using this bottle now for a couple of days. Using it makes my skin feel really refreshed, and unlike other harsher toners, doesn't make my skin feel tight and dry afterwards (and I do have slightly sensitive skin). It makes my face look a tiny bit shiny, but I can live with that since I'll be putting make up on anyway! Overall, for me its not too bad. Like anything you put on your face, always test it out first before buying the whole thing :)
This product is extremely drying, I had woken up with flaky skin. It aggravated my skin so much and caused it to break out. I could see it work if it was diluted, but its not a great product for me if I have to mix it with another.
great product..takes off most of the dirt off my hair and it lasts for a decent amonut of time (3-4 months). It doesn't smell wonderful but that smell fades. I use this in combination with the other products in the 3-step system
It dries out my skin, and not helping with my acne problems. Too harsh for my skin, probably.
Ok so I gave this a shot and the first time I used it my face tingled and gave a slight burn. I'm guessing it is from the alcohol and witch hazel that over powers this product! I promptly returned it to the Clinique counter after a mere 2 days! The consultant began to go into a long drawn out speech about how the burning sensation mean that it is working! YEAH RIGHT!!!!!! Never believe that crap! NEXT!
This is probably fine for many people but not for me. One, I don't like the way it smells, and two I find that toners with alpha hydroxy acid work better for my skin. I'm always looking for something new, esp since even though I like Alpha Hydroxy Acids toners, they can be a little harsh, and slow to do much. This product is a bit drying, but not near as much as say, witchhazel/alcohol toners. I generally have to deal with acne, and I find this does very little for acne, but on the plus side it did not cause problems. If I did not prefer other toners I recommend this product.
Clarifying Lotion 2 - 3 stars for newest formula, 5 stars for original formula
It is hard to tell which Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 formula comments are being made on. There are 3 formulations and most of the Counter reps are not even aware of this.
INGREDIENTS: ALCOHOL DENAT., WATER\AQUA\EAU, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL), GLYCERIN, MENTHOL, SODIUM BORATE, EXT. VIOLET 2 (CI 60730), RED 33 (CI 17200), RED 6 (CI 15850), [ILN29288]
Clinique, please bring back this formula. It gently exfoliates, minimizes pores and firms and moisturizes the skin. Denatured Alcohol is very gentle and not the same as rubbing alcohol. It does not dry the skin as so many want to believe. It also was a very clean smell and feel and I donít need to use a moisturizer. Doubt if there is any of this formula left on store shelves or in back stock. I bought all they had at stores in my area back in Oct 2009. I still have 5 large bottles.
Reformulated late summer/early fall 2009, never announced
INGREDIENTS: WATER\AQUA\EAU, ALCOHOL DENAT., HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL), GLYCERIN, MENTHOL, SODIUM BICARBONATE, EXT. VIOLET 2 (CI 60730), RED 33 (CI 17200), RED 6 (CI 15850), [ILN29288]
This was horrible. Clogged pores, caused acne. There was more water than denatured alcohol. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) replaced sodium borate. And the overwhelming smell of Witch Hazel was very, very unpleasant. There is still plenty of this formula left on store shelves. Make sure you read the ingredients before buying. Clinique, please bring back the original formula.
Reformulated late 2010/early 2011 with magazine advertisements regarding new formulas
INGREDIENTS: WATER\AQUA\EAU, ALCOHOL DENAT., GLYCERIN, SALICYLIC ACID, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL), MENTHOL, TREHALOSE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, BHT, PHENOXYETHANOL, BENZOPHENONE-4, RED 6 (CI 15850), RED 33 (CI 17200), VIOLET 2 (CI 60730), [ILN37004]
This new formula is drying most likely due to the Salicylic Acids, doesnít exfoliate, minimize pores and firm skin as well. It does have the smell of the original formula for the most part. Clinique, please bring back the original formula.