I have very oil skin and I thought I should try the #r clarifying lotion but it burned my face. I waas told by the lady working the counter that this product isn't a toner but an exfoliator and if you don't exfoliate you need to start at the bottom and work your way up once the product doesn't seem to be working. The #1 did nothing for my skin but the #2 is perfect for now. I will re-purchase this untill it no longer works and wil have to buy the #3. The ppackaging is nothing special just a screw off cap and you have to use a cotton ball but it has really cut my oil down :)
EDITTTT---- this made my face more oily and would be an oil slick after half an hour!!! Going back to my vichy toner!
This clarifying lotion was given to me as a tester. First, I opened the bottle. It smells so strong that a toner shouldn't smell like this. It even smells stronger than a nail polish remover! Then I put it on my face. I felt like putting on acid on my face which made me feel burnt immediately! I had to wash my face with tons of water! I am disappointed with this product because I really like Clinique moisture surge cream and I think the toner will be good too. I don't know if it's just me. But I can't use this product, it is just so horrible for me.
I agree with the review by kwcarr - I've Clarifying 2 for over 20 years but this last bottle first of all smelled different from the moment I opened it, and not in a good way.
Additionally, ever since I started using this new bottle, I have multiple small breakouts on my chin that I can't get rid of! Clinique needs to bring back the old formula.
TREHALOSE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, BHT, PHENOXYETHANOL were not in the previous 2 forumlas. Why do they need to be in there now?
I'll be shopping for a new ftoner product because really, I mean, how can I get my chin waxed if I am too embarrassed by my breakouts?!?
This product was horrible for my skin! It made my skin feel raw and not in a good way. The alcohol content is too rough for my skin. I had horrible breakouts for the entire month that I used Clinique's three step program.
this toner takes all the dirt & nasty gunk that builds up after the whole day. this ensures that my makeup is off plus makes my face feel so clean ! the smell isnt the best but who cares when the product works for your face ? but it burns a little which is a downside.
If you are thinking of buying this product, SMELL it first. Then ask yourself, do you really want to put something that smells stronger than nail varnish remover all over your face!!?
Being a Clinique product I thought it would be ok, but no, my face was effed up for a long time just from a couple of uses. It burns, it stinks, my face went flakey then red like flesh.
This worked ok for me. Mostly I just didn't like the burning sensation. Besides the burning sensation, I would say this is an ok lotion.
I tried this toner together with the other 3 step products 15 years ago (formulas have not changed since then). These products damaged my skin so much that it took years to me to have a good skin again. After that, I learnt that alcohol and menthol are well known skin irritants.... so I donīt know why they still use them... what kind of benefit can they add to skin?.
Besides, BHAs are not for eveybody..specially not for sensitive skin like mine. I could not even use the mild version...
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.
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.