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Last year I got a few sample sized Clinique products when I bought 2 full size Clinique products.
One of my samples was this Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion.
A 200ml bottle of this clarifying lotion will cost £17.00 from Boots.
This clarifying lotion (also known as toner) is step 2 of the Clinique 3-step system and is designed to be used after the anti-blemish solutions cleansing bar (or soap), which was also one of the samples I received. Step 3 is Clinique’s anti-blemish solutions clearing oil-free moisturiser.
I have used another one of Clinique’s clarifying lotions before, which I was pretty pleased with.
This clarifying lotion claims to work by gently exfoliating and opening clogged pores and evicting blemish causing bacteria. Clinique says, ‘Medicated ingredients rush in to accelerate treatment. Just cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise twice a day. With daily, twice-a-day use you’ll start to see clearer skin within days.’
To use the clarifying lotion I simply tip some onto a cotton wool pad and apply directly to my face. Like other Clinique clarifying lotions, the neck of the bottle has a wide opening meaning that if you accidentally knock the bottle over with the lid off then you will lose a lot of product, which would be quite frustrating as it is quite expensive. It doesn’t have a restricted opening like many toners do.
I find that this clarifying lotion has a very strong scent of alcohol. When I apply this between my nose and mouth it smells like I am applying vodka. It is a lot stronger than the other Clinique clarifying lotion that I have used.
It feels cool on my skin. It doesn’t make my face feel tight, like I found with my other Clinique clarifying lotion.
The clarifying lotion works to remove any make-up, dirt or dead skin cells left behind after cleansing. Despite the unpleasant smell of alcohol I think this toner feels very gentle on my skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and my pores appear minimised.
My skin does not look or feel dry after using this product, but I do still like to use a moisturiser afterwards, giving my skin an extra boost of moisture.
You do not need to use much of this product to get a good coverage and I am surprised at how many uses my miniature bottle has given me.
After using this for a while I can’t honestly say my skin looks much clearer than usual.
This clarifying lotion is my least favourite part of the 3 step system because of the strong smell of alcohol, which I don’t think would go down well if you had a hangover! I do like the idea of the 3 step system, but this clarifying lotion doesn't do anything that a normal toner doesn’t.
I wouldn't buy this product again, mainly because of the scent. I think it works well as a toner, but it is not for me.
I had bought a similar Clinique product in America last year and fell in love with it. Needless to say, when I returned the UK and it had run out, I couldn't find this product anywhere! I decided to try this to see if it was similar and it is pretty close!
I wanted a toner that would help minimise pores and this works quite well. I like the refreshing feeling it gives me when I use it, and it feels gentle on my skin. I've used previous solutions that feel quite harsh and burns somewhat but at least then you felt it working somewhat. This, however, does helps calm my skin and gives a good base for my make up/creams, as I use it straight after washing. I wouldn't see it as a spot treatment, but if you count uneven tones and blotchiness as blemishes then it does help.
The bottle is nice and large, but the opening is large too which is a bit of a pain as it usually dribbles down the side of the bottle when I try to dab it onto a cotton ball.
It's a decent price for the size of the bottle, but it can be a bit messy to use.
Clinique is a well respected cosmetic giant so I trusted that their products would be safe to use and of high quality. I decided to try this Anti-blemish solutions 'lotion' as it promised to reduce blemishes and claims to be fast acting.
~~~APPEARANCE, EASE OF USE~~~
In a tall translucent bottle, the lotion is a toner like consistency, and smells a bit like astringent. It tells you to shake vigorously before use. You can see some white soapy precipitate at the bottom and causes foaming when shaken and the overall liquid you put on your face has a milky appearance.
I use a cotton pad and swiped some across my face after a good face wash (in the morning and after an evening shower). The first few times I used it, my face was a tad pink afterwards which I thought would be normal since using a new product, and this could just be a tad stronger than what my face was used to before, so I continued to use it. It has been fine since.
~~~EFFECTS AFTER USE~~~
The next day, you notice your skin much clearer and really the blemishes are less obvious. Clearly, it doesn't make everything vanish overnight, but the smaller, less significant blemishes, blotches and redness does definitely get dealt with.
At the moment, I am a bit stressed and am having some breakout on my face and those are the areas which this 'lotion' has not really managed to treat/hide/clarify. However, it does exfoliate and makes the pimple process speed up which I am happy with.
The 'lotion' costs just over £20 which may be quite expensive for some, but it truly does work and I am really happy with it. To think what my face would be like if I wasn't under stress and if I kept using it.
This is a product I would recommend. I have not come across this kind of product before. I've previously just been using toner, though even the best toner I've used has not managed to bring results such as this. Obviously this will work differently for everyone, but for me, it has worked wonders!
I bought this lotion after using Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam alone and noticing that it had had a remarkable effect on my skin. It had never felt so smooth in my life and I wanted to see if using the lotion would enhance the cleanser's effect.
It's description on the Clinique website is as follows: 'Gentle, effective formula exfoliates to clear dead surface cells and reduce excess oil that can lead to breakouts. Unclogs pores. Oil-absorbing powders eliminate shine. Soothes irritation, redness.' I'd certainly agree with this description; it has reduced my need to exfoliate almost entirely and I no longer need to use a mattifying moisturiser during the day due to it's oil-absorbing abilities. I use this in conjunction with the Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Moisturiser and it really helps my skin to absorb the moisturiser - my skin doesn't quite feel right if I cleanse and moisturise without using the lotion in between!
The product is incredibly easy to use - you simply give it a shake, put a small amount onto a cotton wool pad and wipe it over your face after cleansing and prior to moisturising. Though not cheap at £16.50 rrp for 200ml, the bottle goes a long way as you only need to use a tiny bit at a time to make a real difference to your skin.
I'd highly recommend this product, alongside the aforementioned cleanser and moisturiser.
The product is a bit on the pricey side, and it is encouraged that you use it as part of the three step process, but if you have blemish prone skin it is well worth it. I have found this is the only product that works really well for me as I have really bad skin which is prone to spots. The clarifying lotion comes in different grades depending on your skin type, but this is basically anti-bac, so if you suffer with spots, this is the best option. It doesn't dry your skin out, and you feel so refreshed and clear after using it. The bottles are also really big, so once you have paid for it, it seems to last forever as you don't need to use a lot. So in the long run it is definitely value for money. You also don't need to rinse, so it is a real quick and easy way to give your pores a good clear out.
I've suffered from breakouts and extremely oily skin for many years now, and I've been hoping that my skin would just calm down but I'm 20 now and it's just as bad as when I was 14. I tend to get spots on my chin, blackheads on my nose and my skin is constantly oily.
Since using this product (about 5 weeks) I've hardly had any new spots, even when pmsing, and the ones I did have are slowly but surely going away. I use it both morning and night, it's not too drying on my skin and feels like it is giving my skin a deep clean and it makes my skin tone more even and healthier. However, it has not done much for the oil my skin produces which is a shame as it is a major concern of mine. My skin is insanely oily though, so I imagine it will work on skin that is oily but less so than mine.
It's quite expensive to buy, especially on a student budget like mine, but I do think it is worth it, and I am going to continue using it.
When shopping for Clinique products, it's always best to look online first, because those women could sell you expensive air and you would leave with a smile on your face.
Clinique on a whole is a nice brand to use, generally as gentle as simple, but more effective (and in turn, more expensive). But if you are serious about blemishes and feel like you've tried everything, Clinique's three step anti blemish program (of which this is number two) isn't a bad idea.
Personally I have suffered from blemishes since I left school and have tried everything to the point of feeling hopeless. When I first went into my local Clinique branch (for help) they assigned me to their first three step range. The range was lovely to use but did nothing to get rid of my spots, so I went back in to exchange them for the anti blemish range.
The Clarifying lotion I'm reviewing today is the second step in the program, but can be used to some degree of success if you substitute the other two steps, they are after all a basic notion of wash, exfoliate and moisturize. The Clarifying lotion is the exfoliation stage, but rather than a 'scrub' as is often it is a lotion that takes away the top layer of dead skin cells. For sensitive skin this CAN be ideal as it is a gentle yet effective alternative to the scrubs.
The first thing I would tell you was that just because you have spots does not mean this is the product for you, you need to look at your skin type; the reason you become spot prone. If you suffer from dry, sensitive skin your skin will be trying to compensate with oil, i.e spots. So you should be using the first or second step clarifying lotion as you want to exfoliate but not dry out further. If you have an oily skin type you will need to be using the third version or the anti blemish version as these are stronger and will help to strip the oils that are causing your pores to block. If you go into your local Clinique they can help to determine your skin type and if they do get it wrong (as with me) you can exchange them for more appropriate products (I even took in empty bottles, so do not hesitate, you have been miss sold products after all).
The lotion itself has the texture and density of water, simply dab onto some cotton wool and sweep across the face. Although it is tempting to rub it into your skin, assuming the more of a good thing idea, you must not. This is an exfoliant and will dry you out if not used properly. DO NOT forget to shake the bottle vigorously as there is a white liquid at the bottom of the bottle that needs to be mixed with the majority. When you first use the lotion you may feel a slight tingle, but this will pass and after a long day of subjecting your skin to outside environments you will feel fresh and rejuvenated. If you use it in the morning it will set you up for a fresh faced day and if you use it again before bed it will help to wind down and relax. It is scentless so you aren't left with a chemical after smell.
As for the blemishes, this wasn't enough for me, I needed to combine with PanOxyl cream (which I have also reviewed) to keep my spots at bay. But as exfoliation is essential, this lotion plays a big part in my routine and I've no doubt those with less aggressive skin will have even better results.
If you are a fake tan fan this is a great product to use before as it exfoliates and takes off any traces of dirt you might have and will set you up for an even tan. Also if you have an undesired tan stain somewhere on your body you can use the lotion to help take it of faster, for this you will need to rub. Obviously the skin on your leg has more resistance than your face and a following of moisturizer will prevent any possible dryness that could occur.
If you suffer from allergy's this is also a wise product to use, as with all Cliniques products the lotion is put through a rigorous allergy test, so that should put your mind at ease.
The price varies at different times of the year, it is definitely a wise idea to wait for Debenhams to reduce it by ten percent as this happens a lot. At around fifteen pounds the price is steep, but my bottles last me beyond three months, where as a scrub of five pounds can last you three weeks, so the price does pay off in the end, whilst you receive a Clinique quality product.
So to sum up, a good product. Didn't cure my stubborn blemishes, but helped alot.
I have just reviewed the whole 3-step skincare system of which this is step 2. I had the set bought for me when my spots were quite bad and I found the other elements were ok, but this clarifying lotion was far too harsh for me. It left my skin feeling as though it had been stripped and then it felt very dry, which is not I assume the desired effect.
To buy this bottle individually you're looking at spending £17 for 200ml, which I think is expensive, especially when you can buy the same amount of witch hazel from the chemist for £2 and that is as effective on spot-prone skin. The product itself is the consistency of water and you soak some into cotton wool and sweep across your face (cue the stripping sensation for me). You then follow this with a moisturiser.
I have to say that this product is just too harsh for my skin and I won't be using it again. Having said that I do have sensitive skin, so perhaps that is the problem and this product may well be very useful for those that have spot-prone skin that is less sensitive. I would recommend getting a tester before investing in the full sized bottle though.
I first tried Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion a few years ago now, when I was about 15 and I was going through a phase of having very bad skin. My mum bought me all different kinds of products to try and sort out the problem but to no advantage. Anyone who reads my other reviews will know just how much my mum loves Clinique so; naturally, she decided it would be a good idea for me to try one of their products to sort my skin out.
At the time, we probably paid about £13 to £14 a bottle for the lotion, however I do still buy it occasionally now and it costs about £16 for 200ml which is obviously quite expensive. I do only use it sporadically now though when I have a bit of a breakout so it isn't quite so expensive for me, using every day the bottle does last about eight months so it is worth the money.
The bottle is plastic and a greeny blue colour; it's slightly frosted and has the Clinique logo in silver. Although it's quite simple it does give the product a quite expensive feel and it looks nice on the shelf which I always appreciate. The cap lid screws off to reveal quite a largish hole from which the lotion is dispensed.
To use, just pour a little bit of the lotion onto a cotton wool pad and rub over the face and neck. I found the lotion to be quite thin, but it's worth shaking before use and being careful not to pour too much onto your cotton wool as it would just be a waste- you don't need to use much. The lotion doesn't really have a scent particularly, other than it smells quite clean, it isn't meant to be a smells nice, looks nice product, and it is easy to see Clinique have put this product out to do a job.
At first the lotion did make my skin feel a little bit dry and tight, however after a couple of minutes it felt normal again except a lot fresher and a lot cleaner, like all the grime had been rubbed off. After only a couple of days I noticed an improvement and after a couple of weeks the results were great. The lotion dried out my spots leaving them a lot less red and obvious, and over time my skin really improved.
I have been really happy with the results from Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion, it really does work! Although it's expensive it does last for ages and the results are pretty much instant, I'd advise anybody with problem skin to give it a go.
The first thing you notice on forking out a not insubstantial sum for the Clinique clarifying lotion is how uninspiring the bottle is. It is very plain, with a green theme throughout, and unadorned by fancy images. I suppose you could argue that given the high quality of the product itself there is little need for the company to try to impress buyers with unnecessary adornment.
I rarely use clarifying products of this kind, even though I think I have a good skin care routine. At the end of the day I tend to use a cleansing lotion to remove make up, and a cleansing wipe to remove the excess. I tend use a gentle exfoliator and finish off by applying moisturiser. I noticed at the beginning of this year however, probably owing to exam stress, that I was developing more spots and blemishes than usual. I need a product that would rectify this, so I decide to try a trusted brand. I purchased the lotion online and paid around £13 for a mid-size bottle.
The lotion itself has approximately the same viscosity as water, so you do have to be careful when dispensing it on to a pad that you don't overestimate the quantity emerging and spill any excess. Having said that the opening in the bottle is very small, so you can better control the emergence of the product even though you do have to be mindful not to squeeze it too hard.
Most of the skincare products I use have either no smell at all (the Simple range) or have a natural fruity or floral scent (such as St Ives exfoliating products). For some reason this puts me at ease, as in neither case do I feel I am putting harmful chemicals on the delicate skin of my face. I had expected the clarifying liquid to be devoid of scent, but in fact it disappointed me by smelling of some kind of medical product you might find in a doctor's surgery. The smell is not overwhelming by any means - it is more a dilute, medicinal sort of aroma, but still I was not keen on it.
You use the product by applying it to a pad or cotton cushion of some kind, then working it gently into the face. The lotion is intended to rid the pores of small amounts of grease and dirt that accumulate, with the aid of micro-beads. The problem I found was that as the liquid is absorbed quickly by the pad, the cotton can irritate your skin after a time. It also means the micro beads work with relatively little liquid to accompany their action.
I used the liquid religiously for perhaps two months, once a day. I did notice that I developed slightly fewer spots, but then again I was under less stress by then, so cannot say that this was not the responsible factor. I do use the liquid every now and then, but I much prefer my Simple and natural-smelling skin products, and my purse does, too.
My experience with Clinique anti blemish clarifying lotion came from originally using the mini-sized pack with the 3 step system. The oily T zone has been the bane of my facial health ever since puberty and I have always been trying to find beauty products that would actually help combat it. Also oily T zones come with rather aggressive acnes which are painful and unsightly. So I thought to give Clinique a go. I first bought the combo pack with 3 x mini-sized 3 step system bottle and I found the results quite striking; which obviously had led me to buy proper sized bottles for each steps.
Appearance wise, the bottle design is simple like any other Clinique products. The colour is of pale turquoise and the cap is easy to open. The clarifying liquid itself looks watery but, if you look closely, you can see white pellets which I think are active products. The tiny pellets tend to settle at the bottom so you have to shake quite vigorously to mix them with the liquid before each use (I did forget to shake sometimes to be honest).
At the price of around £15.00 per 200 ml bottle, I do feel it is rather expensive considering most other cleansing lotions cost around £5-7. However, Clinique do tend to deliver good quality products from my experience.
This is the 2nd step of the 3 step anti-blemish system. Firstly, you would wash your face with the anti-blemish foam and wipe your face gently; then use this clarifying lotion. Application is quite simple. I tend to use a normal sized cotton pads; just cover the opening with the pad and soak it with the liquid. Then gently massage your face with the pad, focusing around the nasal region particularly if you have an oily T zone like me.
From my experience, the clarifying lotion does have a slight stinging sensation when you use it, regardless of the amount of lotion used. The after-smell has a slight clinical feel to it, although I also think it leaves a cleansing/exfoliating sensation. My recommendation is to cover the whole face twice at most because if you rub with the pad for too long, it can make the skin quite dry. This is the problem I have because after using this for about 6 months, my skin starts to get really sensitive and quite dry; by that time, I was through with my first bottle and on my second. Since it gets rid of the dead skin on the surface, it indirectly destroys the protective barrier which makes it worse in regards to acne in my opinion.
Therefore, I stopped using it after about 6-7 months. I do think it does a good job of cleansing the skin and leaves it refreshing. However, in my case, it may have been too much and led to more cases of acnes unfortunately. However it should be noted that I didn't have any problems (such as allergic reactions) to this product. All in all, I don't think it worked well for me but purely as an exfoliating lotion, it is quite effective in a sense.
So it was my mother-in-law that got me in to Clinique, Clarins & lots of other luxurious beauty brands. I often remind my husband of this when I'm spending copious amount of our (his) money at the various beauty counters I visit throughout the year when 'treating myself'. I must admit to loving treating myself from time to time, what busy mother doesn't deserve a little bit of TLC now and again?
I have been known to suffer with a fair oily T zone and when I mentioned this before at the Clinique counter I was recommended this clarifying lotion. I paid around £15 for a 200ml bottle of this which has lasted me for around 3 or 4 months so far with just a little bit left. I usually get suckered in to buying multiplie Clinique products because they always seem to have some sort of goodie bag on offer and how can you know what other products you want to buy without some of their cute little trial size products.
I quite like the packaging of this product, it's quite fresh and crisp looking. It works well in my bathroom and is inoffensive. The packaging has a kind of green colour to it that's quite nice and it does look fairly simple (i.e a little bit cheap). The opening for the lotion is fairly ample sized and means I can use a cotton wool pad to cover the opening, pour out some lotion and then rub this around my face. I find this the best way to use this lotion & avoid too much waste. Also, it's very easy to apply the lotion this way. This lotion applies well to my face, sinks in quite fast and does not leave too strong a chemical scent behind. This feels a little drying on my face, particularly my cheeks, but that soon allays and leaves me with wonderfully soft, smooth, clean skin. I find that my skin looks very well cared for when using this product and if I don't use it for a day or two I do notice the difference. The redness I sometimes suffer on my cheeks appears to be reduced but that could just be because I am stimulating the skin and keeping it nice and moisturised. I don't really suffer from spots anymore as I'm almost 30 (thankfully!) so can't really comment on whether this lotion stops breakouts. I certainly haven't suffered anymore breakouts while using this which is always a good thing!
Since using this I have been very pleased with the results. My skin is clean, fresh and smooth at all times and there is no really strong scent left behind when using this which is ideal as I normally use this before bedtime. Although the price of this is quite high I think this makes me conscious of the amount I am using and this ensures that I don't cake it on and I am quite frugal with this. My oily skin problems of the past seem to be combated now and my skin is in wonderful condition, better than ever!
I got into the Clinique brand a good few years ago. I had some cash to splash and went over to the counter in Boots to get my skin assessed by a lady at the Clinique counter. I have Oily Greasy skin, and although I knew the Clinique brand was a bit expensive I thought if it was tailored to my skin in a way and would help it then it would be worth the price tag.
This comes in a 200ml bottle and the last time I bought it which was about 6 months ago it cost me £14. I tend to buy my Clinique products in 2's as often there is a promotion on where you get a goody bag with quite a few generous sized trial sized products for free. I like a freebie!
The bottle looks like the picture. It's an ok bottle. Nothing all too special though. This is a plastic bottle which is a sort of frosted green colour. There is a large shiny silver coloured C on the front, and I think this is what makes it look a bit more expensive. When you take the lid off this you will see the opening to this is quite large, but not overly.
To use this just pop a bit Cotton Wool over the opening and tip the bottle up a bit to Wet the Cotton Wool. I tend to make the Cotton pretty damp, as I like to go over my face a few times.
This doesn't have a huge amount of scent to it. It smells a bit astringent and perhaps a bit Chemically at first, but the slight scent this has goes away quick enough and this dries quick enough as well.
After using this my face feels a little tingly at first. Also it feels slightly drying and my Cheeks feel a bit tight, but this doesn't last all that long and my face feels clean, fresh and smooth enough.
So how does this work on my skin? It is a pretty good product. It seems to reduce the large spots that I get. It's like it dries them out and shrinks them. The red patches I tend to get on my Spots or that I can sometimes get at my Cheeks as my skin is a bit dry there the redness seems to be a bit reduced. Also this seems to Mop the Oil off my face and more importantly keep it away for a good while.
Yes, this is a bit expensive, but it is a designer brand. I still have a bit left of this after 6 months use (perhaps only another week's worth), but this is good for me and I would recommend it if you have Oily or spot prome skin.
I am a big fan of Clinique products, I like that they have different types of systems for different skin types and their makeup counters are always available near me complete with helpful and friendly staff.
At christmas, I received a voucher for the Clinique in Lincoln's Debenhams and decided that I would like to spend it on skincare, rather than makeup and give their 3 step anti-blemish system a try.
I have read reviews on this system and it seemed it had really mixed responses, alas, I decided to try it anyway, after all, if it helps my skin, thats great!
My skin is pretty combination to be fair, oily in the T zones and can get pretty dry elsewhere. I seem to have a bit of a problem area on my chin and around the side of my mouth where I tend to get spots quite frequently. I asked the woman on the counter if she would recommend the anti-blemish 3 step system for my skin and she said yes (sometimes they refer you to the normal 3 step system).
I am going to review each product separately, starting with step 2, the clarifying lotion. This cost me about £14 for 200ml, I have had it for 4 months so far and still have half of it left, therefore it has lasted a really long time which is good and I think this justifies the price!
The lotion comes in a frosty green bottle and clearly shows the Clinique logo on the front, it looks pretty elegant and not cheap. It also tells you that it is step two, so that new users don't get them all in the wrong order!
At first, the liquid inside is separated, it is clear throughout and there is a little white bit at the bottom that needs to be shaken up so that it is thoroughly mixed.
To use this product, firstly you shake it to mix it up, unscrew the lid and use either a cotton wool ball or cotton pad to dab some liquid onto it and then swipe all over the face. I always feel a lot better after using this product as sometimes when washing the face (step 1) small bits of makeup are left behind and this gets it all off, sometimes its surprising how much dirt you can acquire!
This is then followed by step 3 (moisturiser).
At first, i didn't like the smell of this product, in fact i still don't as it seems really strong, but I have gotten used to it now and it doesn't bother me as much, however, sometimes the product can seem a bit strong for the skin and sometimes tingle the skin.
Have I noticed a difference? Yes, i feel that this really works and since using it I barely have any spots at all, of course i still get the occasional one, but nothing like before, so I am really glad that it has worked for me.
if you have troubled skin, I recommend you give this a go, but allow enough time to see it work, as it doesn't just happen overnight!
I first started using this in April 2010, and personally find that it works really well. I am in my late 20's and have struggled to find something that minimises my acne since my early teens. I have previously tried all kinds of brands, from less expensive ones such as clearasil and clean and clear, to the more expensive dermaligica and murad. Each time I tried something new I'd see an initial improvement, but after about 1 month my skin would return to how it had been before. After about 2 weeks of using the clinique anti blemish range I could see an improvement, but my skin was a little dry, however after a month the dryness had cleared and the improvement was maintained. I continued to use the 3 step system and also started using the Clinique anti blemish foundation up until my wedding in July - when my skin was the clearest it had been in years. Since then I have continued to use the 3 step sysem and foundation, but at times I have run out of one or another product, and my skin has suffered for it! this clarifying solution seems to be the item which makes the biggest difference (if I don't use it - I definitely notice a difference in my skin). I have also noticed that as I get to the end of a bottle abnd the mixture is more chalky - my skin improves even more (even though I shake the bottle when it's still relatively new!). I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has either a few or several blemishes. at £30 for a starter set with each of the 3 items it's possible to try the whole system without breaking the bank. Whilst it is more economical to buy the larger bottles individually I continue to buy the starter set for going on holidays, plus Clinique often have good offers and can be bought at shops that have loyalty schemes.