Clinique 3 Step System

2.8

1407 reviews

40% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS



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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

Hate, hate, hate. Got a luxury sample of the three while on a job trip and was in deep need of an immediately hydrating effect cream, buying Moisture Surge Intense (which I hate Intense too) in a hurry. First of all the soap; stripping my skin completely of any natural lipids my skin had. It got dry as the Sahara desert.

Then the toner containing tons of alchohol (no problem in it self in smaller amounts as it helps good ingrediens penetrate the skin faster), but the salisylic acid (though a good ingredients for superficially, daily micro/mildly chemical peeling effect) HAVE to be present because of the very high amount of petrolatum to avoid blackheads and otherwise clogged pores the petrolatum (yes, from refined crude oil!) causes from DDML. The Dramatically Different M Lotion is basicly mineral oils, water and chemicals (except two added inexpensive mainstream moisturizing ingredients).

In one evening and morning regime I looked ten years older and all that puberty shiny skin all over again.

Bad, really bad for the skin of all ages. I won't even bother to write a review of Moisture Surge Intense I slapped on the next morning in stead of DDML. No deep hydration, only superficially occluding my skin.

Since I was in such a hurry I didn't take the time to read the ingredients properly which I deeply regret. They went straight in the bin where they fitted well. These are so cheap to produce and Clinique must have a VERY high profit on these since the pricetags are far to unrealistic.
You can get into any drug store and get the same ingredients in generic products for a few euros.

Clinique? Will never touch it again.
Stay as far away as possible.



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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I'm not sure why people are posting hating comments towards Clinique. Clinique's 3 Step is awesome! The price of cheap, compared to other brands, obv it's going to be more than a drugstore product because of quality purpose. If you've had a reaction to it or it leaves you dry, 99.9999% sure that you're just using the wrong toner and moisturizer. Everyone should wash their face twice a day, and tone and moisturize. Like every good brand has a 3 step, you clean with the soap, use the toner to unclog your pores and give glowing skin and it makes your moisturizer go in deeper your skin to moisturize, and the DDM gel/lotion is different because its specifically made to combine the oil & water in your face and hydrate to avoid wrinkles. They also have a new moisturizing cream for people with dryer skins, for those people that complained that it's not moisturizing enough. And they have other options if you opt to use the gel but want a little boost on any dry areas. I've used Clinique for 5 years now, and my skin is in LOVE! When I first started using it, I saw some difference, my face was clean, I had less oil, and it was kinda smooth, I liked it tho, wasn't crazy about it. The problem was I wasn't using it day and night, only in the mornings and I would just use the soap at night. I also had the wrong toner, it wasn't as strong for my oily skin. So when I finally was told the difference it makes when you tone and clean your face properly after you take off your makeup at night and moisturize always after washing your face and using the right toner for oily skin...OMG! IT CHANGED MY LIFE!! My face has NEVER been without a breakout, smooth as a baby's bum, post breakout marks fading, with use of my toner, exfoliating them away and my sunblock.😍 Once in a while I also give my skin a boost & use the exfoliating scrub to deflake my skin and then wash it with my soap in the morning. My makeup looks flawless, and airbrushed, my skin is silky, my face isn't shiny, it glows. I just love Clinique, what stands them out is that they don't sell everybody the same skin care routine. I love how Clinique forms a skin care to whatever skin type is, or what your skin needs, it won't overdry or grease your face, it's perfect for my sensitive skin with no fragrance. FACT: The alcohol in the toners is not your average cleaning alcohol that would sit on your skin. It's only in the toners to preserve it but as soon as you apply the toner, it diminishes in the air. The toner should tingle alittle because that's how you know it works. Go speak to a Clinique person and explain the problem, they're always smart and trained to know the products that go or don't go for your skin type, trust them and most importantly TRUST your products.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

too pricey, too harsh on the skin. Hated it didnt even finish half of the bottles


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I feel funny writing a review for a skin care system I used in the late 80's and not again since then. Initially I liked the soap and toner very much because I had acne and oily skin, but the drying effect soon became a problem for me. At the time I didn't know that the soap and toner were robbing my skin of healthy moisture and the dramatically different moisturizer made my face look like grease over dry flakes, absolutely horrible. If I didn't moisturize my skin practically peeled off and was tight, dry and itchy. It was a no win situation so I stopped using it after about 8 months. I like a lot of the options Clinique offers for makeup but as a skin care regime, I steer clear. La Roche Posay Effaclar is one of the best product lines if oil or acne is a concern. It is gentle but effective (I've written separate reviews on these products).

To clarify, the 3 step system I used included the bar soap, there wasn't an option for a gel or cream cleanser back then so the cleanser may be better today if in liquid form. With respect to the toner, way too harsh on the skin. And the moisturizer just doesn't work for me.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

The 3-step-system is Clinique's classic regime. Since the company launched in 1968, the regime of bar soap, liquid exfoliator and moisturiser remained largely untouched until most recently. The addition of liquid facial soaps and with the reformulation of the toners and moisturiser, Clinique has pitched it's regime for a new generation.

However although Clinique saw fit to remove acetone from it's Clarifying Lotions it did not see fit to remove the high SD alcohol (denatured alcohol) content. Not that Clinque is alone in using SD alcohol. More natural companies like Jurlique, Dr hauschka and Weleda for instance also use alcohol. Not to mention reputable high-end brands like Dior, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins, Shiseido etc. So singling Clinique out as the worst company for using it is ludicrous.

Having noted that, I would handle the Clarifying Lotions with care. In fact I would bypass them all and choose the Mild Clarifying Lotion which is a BHA exfoliant and does not contain SD alcohol or witch hazel and is gentle. Oddly enough Clinique don't promote this one but it is an excellent product.

I used Clinique back in the 90's when it was still a fairly spartan range but I got great results even though I wan't able to use it consistently.. Eventually I developed a sebaceous cyst which means the products were too harsh for me and overstimulated my skin.

Back in the day I liked the face soap a lot and I can't remember it being too harsh as it lathers up to a creamy foam and seems to really give the skin a good cleanse. However looking at again, I am instantly struck by the "medicated" smell (as do many of their products) the soap has and how taut my skin feels after use. The actual soap contains two kinds of petrochemicals which are known to have a soothing effect on the skin. Although mineral oil, petrolatum and other petrochemicals have a wealth of medical studies proving their safety, people seem to be more reluctant to use products containing these ingredients because of their occlusive properties. In a product you rinse off there is no issue. Today, I wouldn't suggest using soap on the face at all. At least Clinique have alternative cleansers you can try instead.

The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion wasn't very dramatic when it was launched back in 1968 and although it has been tweaked with new ingredients it is still not very dramatic. Again it contains mineral oil and if you are concerned about this ingredient but want to try the lotion, keep it to only dry areas of facial skin. Don't use it all over your face because it is quite rich. The gel version (which is pitched at oilier skins) is much better although again it is a basic lotion designed to be used as part of the 3-step-system.

Clinique always intended for customers to try additional face creams over and above the 3-step-system. This is important to note because alone, it won't take care of specific skin care needs.

I found that most of the products I tried had a "medicated" smell which although I did not like one bit was not a real problem.

One can say that the 3-step-system belongs to an era when a more aggressive approach was fostered to care for the skin. Certainly there is something antiquated about it. Personally I would not advise anyone to exfoliate their skin twice a day because eventually you will dry out your skin - no matter how much lotion or cream you apply after. Your skin needs gentle and thorough care not stripping. Consider how much your skin contends with, why would you use a chemical exfoliator to strip it as well?

Clinique is one of the more trustworthy brands because they do more or less what they claim. They stand head and shoulders above other companies because they make good products and they educate their staff. And they should be commended for managing to remain for the most part, "fragrance free". Fragrance is an issue for people with skin sennsitivities but you'd be amazed how many companies (including those claiming to be all natural) add perfume to their products.

Would I suggest the 3-step-system? No - unless you tweak it by using the milder products such as the Mild Clarifying Lotion and milder liquid soaps (this goes for men too, because the men's line is even stronger than the women's).

Other than that I would suggest that if you want to shop Clinique then make up your skin care basics from the line but leave the 3-step-system alone. It is too harsh for every day use.

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Before trying Clinique, I only used natural and organic products on my face, including my makeup. My daily skin routine consisted of cleansing with Dr. Bronner's Lavender Castille Soap, which contains only 10 ingredients, followed by pure jojoba oil as a moisturizer. When I am breaking out (very rare, usually only 2 or 3 blemishes) or need extra moisture, I will do a coconut oil face cleanse where I simply rub coconut oil on my face and then exfoliate/remove with a warm, wet washcloth. Using this organic system, my skin had never been better and was never irritated. However, I did still suffer from dry skin sometimes, especially in winter, as the jojoba oil soaks in very quickly. I decided to try Clinique on a whim, as the products are beautifully packaged and were recommended to me by my grandmother, who swears by the company. I got system #1, which is recommended for people with my skin type - very dry with no oil at all. I gave the system a good run, using it daily for 3 weeks. At first, my skin was beautiful and bright. But, with time, it became red and irritated and I began to break out along my hairline, which never happens. The "exfoliator" is just witch hazel and rubbing alcohol with a melange of other unnecessary ingredients. Witch hazel is a great natural astringent and I would recommend it to anyone with oily skin or acne for use as a toner after cleansing, but I have no idea why Clinique markets it as an exfoliator. The very mild cleanser never removed my makeup, as I was left having to wipe down my face with 3-4 exfoliator-soaked cotton balls every night to remove the rest of my powder. I don't even wear liquid foundation so the fact that the cleanser could not remove a simple mineral powder is pretty concerning. And the lotion is not nearly moisturizing enough, as I had to re-apply it multiple times throughout the day on the driest parts of my skin. It also left a sticky residue that was not pleasant. Perhaps the other systems for more oily skin types are better, but I would not recommend this system to anyone. It is expensive and simply does not work but, as a marketing student, I must hand it to Clinique for the design of their packaging. If only this product worked, I would continue to buy it simply for the aesthetically pleasing and sanitary packaging. Sadly, it does not work at all and left my skin worse off than I started. Please be wary of this marketing scheme...Clinique has only further enforced my belief that simplicity is the best thing you can do for your skin and I will be returning to my old, natural skin routine.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

My skin was terribly dry after using it. May work for someone with oily skin, I wasn't a fan of it..

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Surprised at the mixed reviews for this product. I would personally highly recommend the 3-step system to anybody going by my results! I have been using the system for a month now and my skin has never been softer. I've also had fewer breakouts and don't get oily throughout the day like a used to. Will definitely be purchasing again :)


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I love love love this product. I've been struggling with acne since high school and I've tried multiple products but no luck until I stared using clinique my acne has been controlled and my acne scars are diminishing.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I love this product! I have oily combination skin that really flares up in the summer so I use the clarifying lotion 3 along with the facial soap and the dramatically different gel to clean up the oil a little bit. I recently went back to Clinique after using a Nutrimetics line for a while. While the Nutrimetics one didn't do my skin any harm, I found that it wasn't as smooth or as "clean feeling" as when I used Clinique. This product might be a bit harsh for those with sensitive skin so I'd recommend seeing a consultant to test out whether it works for you. My skin isn't very sensitive so I find that it just makes my skin feel really fresh and clean as opposed to the flaking and break outs others have experienced.


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