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What is it?
A clear gel which, when applied directly to blemishes, helps to reduce redness, irritation and heal the blemish. It comes in a standard 15ml mini plastic bottle (measures about 8 x 2.5cm) with a screw lid and retails at £12. It is part of Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions range, which comprises of various skin care and make-up products to fight and prevent blemishes. It is suitable for all skin types.
What does it claim?
Clinique assures us that Anti-Blemish Solutions Clear Blemish Gel will reduce blemishes and promote healing whilst also minimising redness and irritation. It is invisible under or over make-up.
How is it applied?
Squeeze a drop out of the bottle and dab on blemishes, morning and evening.
Does it work?
Yes! I'm surprised that this product has received average to negative reviews as I think it's fantastic (as, apparently, do the Boots and Clinique reviewers, however what works for one is not necessarily right for another). I usually buy more expensive beauty products because my very sensitive skin reacts to everything cheap. Clinique products have the best success rate for me so I purchased their Blemish Gel and began using it. It definitely does what it promises and if applied regularly to blemishes I notice that they heal much quicker than if left and that any swelling reduces within a day. It's most definitely my go-to product when I suffer breakouts. The tube seems small but it lasts for ages - I suspect the one I have now is approaching a year old and is just reaching the bottom of the bottle. This would make the price per month around £1 - great value for money.
Would I buy again?
Definitely. I'm a devotee to this gel for as long as I require it. I have and will continue to recommend it to people.
I always have problems with acnes and spots and whilst trying to find a solution, I stumbled across this tiny bottle. At first, I was really skeptical to try this out as I think it is quite expensive to pay £12.00 for a 15ml bottle. However I decided to try this one since some of the other products I have been using weren't working well.
I have mixed feelings about this one because on one hand, it does reduce the redness and swelling within 24-48 hours. However, sometimes with quite aggressive/swollen acnes, it doesn't do much. Also it does stings a bit sometimes. From my experience, after using the gel on the same spot for about 3-4 days, the surface layer of the skin gets dry and peel off - this can be a good thing as it gets rid of the black blemish and leaves the skin a shade lighter.
The bottle is small but it does lasts me about 6 months, so at £12.00 it doesn't hurt much to give it a try. It is not scented which is perfect for me because it can be irritable. The gel consistency is similar to a liquid, but it's not runny and dries easily. However, I think that the result would very much depend on the type of skin you have and, of course, cleanliness as well. All in all, it's not the best but not the worse either.
*Same review on Ciao under the same username*
I first bought this when I bought a few other products that claimed to help with problem skin. I had a bit cash to splash, so decided to treat myself and also thought that getting some Tailored skincare products would be a good choice.
This comes in a 15ml little tube and cost me £12 when I got it. This was close to a year ago and I still have a little of this left, so even though it is a bit expensive, it's not a product that you need to use all that much of and a little of this goes a long way.
The bottle looks like the picture. It is a clear plastic tube which has a coloured tinge to it. At least you can easily see how much Gel is in here. The branding is alright on the tube and the little lid comes off easily enough. There is a pointed bit at the end so this allows you to direct the Gel onto a certain area of your face. I still just put a blob of this onto a Finger and rub this onto the area in question.
So what is the meant to do? This claims to clear Spots, Reduce Redness and Soothe your skin.
This Gel isn't really scented. It has a kind of airy scent to it, but nothing else really. The Gel is a medium consistency and not too sticky.
So how did this work? Alright I guess. I apply this to my cleansed face and after just rubbing this onto my Spotty areas I felt that the spot seemed to go a little tight and a little bit hard. I figured that this was a good thing as it would be drying it out which is what I wanted. However if I was to use this in the morning then I would want to put a bit concealer over the area as I found that the area that I used this on looked a bit shinier. So I now tend to stick to this more at night time as at least it gives it plenty of time to work.
To be honest I wasn't overly impressed with this. It does help with large angry looking red spots and makes them smaller and takes the redness out of them, but I was expecting them to get cleared up pretty quick.
After this tube is finished I won't buy this again. There is plenty other Gels that I feel work better and are that bit cheaper.
The first time I tried this was when I was in Selfridges and buying the Anti Blemish solutions 3 step. At the time I had a very large and angry spot on my forehead and the woman serving me on the tills recommended this gel for my angry spot. I didn't know whether to be offended that it was so visible or grateful that she was trying to help. Anyway I declined her offer to buy the gel but she insisted on trying the gel. She put a large dollop of the gel on my spot and guaranteed that the next morning the spot will be gone. Anyway, as the gel dried over my spot, I felt some tingling and the gel hardening. If I frowned would the gel flake off?? Woke up next morning and yup the spot had completely gone very impressed. Bought a bottle of the gel and it was great. Then several bottles later I have found that maybe my skin has become immune to the ingredients as it has done nothing for me spots. I still have spots and the next morning I don't notice any difference. I do notice a layer of the gel which is water resistent and I really need to scrub it off which is annoying.
First off, please don't be put off by the price! This is my fourth item brought from clinique, and I find it fantastic.
If you are after a spot cream for quite a big area, or if you actually suffer with acne, I wouldn't recomment this for you. I suggest Freedom gel for something bigger. This works best for the occasional spot that you might have, and it does it very quick. Just apply a pea sized drop to dry and you'll notice the redness and infection of the spot will disappear very quickly.
Size.. Granted, the size is not big, at 15ml. However, I have had this one for over a year now, and I still have half left. I use it possibly a few times a month, and find it handy to keep in my handbag. Most of the time I will use it over night, so the drying it does can occur without other make up over loading the product. It really should just be used on larger, raised blemishes to make a difference.
Price.. The price of this now currently ranges about £12-15, but in most cases you can get points back for your money, such as advantage card points, which benefits slightly.
If you suffer with redness with blemishes too, this does help to reduce it. But if you are after a product that clears redness, then look out for this range in clinique.
Disadvantages.. The only slight disadvantage is possibly the sting you get once you apply it, yet it only lasts for a minute or two. I personally think it's fine, but I can see how it can be a bit sharp.
It is also hypo-allergenic, like most of the clinique products, and I can support this as it works for me and I have sensitive skin too.
Brilliant, spot zapping cream, especially if you want a quick fix - worth the price!
Every now and then I have a breakout of spots, so I'm always on the look out for a product which can help with my problem.
I'm a huge fan of Clinique's Anti Blemish Solutions, and already have quite a few products in the range.
On a recent visit to a designer outlet, I popped in a cosmetics shop and saw the blemish gel for around £9 which is £3 less than the RRP. Having been pleased with other Clinique products I have used previously I decided I would try it although it was more than I would usually spend on this type of product.
The gel comes in a translucent turquoise bottle with a pistachio green coloured lid. The bottle is packaged in a outer cardboard box which is also pistachio coloured. This seems a little excessive but the bottle is quite small at around 3.5" in height so I suppose it is needed. The bottle contains 15ml of the gel.
Using the Clear Blemish Gel couldn't be simpler, you squeeze some of the gel out of the applicator nozzle onto your finger and then apply to the spot or you apply directly to the spot. The nozzle is designed so that you don't end up squeezing too much out and wasting any of the product which is good as considering the price you will only want to use what's needed.
The gel is clear and fragrance free although it you can smell the alcohol in it.
The instructions for you use are to apply onto the spot morning and evening after cleansing, however you can use more often if needed if you don't have a reaction to the gel and no dryness occurs. If you develop irritation discontinue use.
I found that the gel dried very quickly and there was no sign that you had used it shortly after application. I've also applied foundation of the gel once it has dried and it isn't visible.
When I have put it on a spot, I can feel my skin tingle where it has been applied but I don't find it unpleasant or uncomfortable.
I have found that how well the gel works depends entirely on the type of spot I am using it on, if it's a little pimple spot it doesn't really seem to have any effect on them at all. On larger spots (the ones that hurt) it does seem to reduce the redness of them and possibly helped clear them slightly quicker than if I left them alone but this certainly didn't seem to be a miracle cure for them at all.
I have read some reviews which claimed it magically gets rid of their spots overnight, which makes me wonder if I'm doing something wrong or whether I have some kind of super spot which is resistant to the gel's powers.
Although it did work a bit on some spots I wouldn't buy this product again, I have used other blemish gels in the past which have cost less and have been just as good if not more effective.
I recently decided to invest in some products from Clinique's Anti-Blemish range, in the hope that, by paying for more expensive spot treatments than I have in the past, I'd get better results for my problem skin. So I bought this Anti-Blemish gel, alongside a cleansing bar, from the Clinique website. The 15ml bottle cost £12.00, much more than the other spot-zapping products I've tried in the past, but I thought it would be worth it if it proved to be the wonder product that would give me perfectly clear skin.
This little bottle is made of clear (although coloured) plastic, so it's easy to see how much gel is left inside. The green lid screws off to reveal a nozzle, through which the gel can be squeezed out. It's a good way of ensuring that the gel hits its target- at this price, you wouldn't want to be slopping it around! The blurb on the back of the bottle spells out its claim: to help clear blemishes, soothe skin and reduce redness.
The day after my Clinique package arrived, I woke up to find an impudently large, red spot brewing on my chin. Armed with my pricey gel, however, I wasn't dismayed- if anything, I was quite happy to have such an early opportunity of testing out my latest buy! Following the instructions on the bottle, I applied a thin layer of gel over the spot, after cleansing my face. The clear gel was just the right consistency- easy to squeeze out through the nozzle, yet thick enough to stay put. It is fragrance free, so good for use on sensitive skin, although it does have a distinct, clinical smell. Nothing too noticeable though, especially in such small quantities. One good thing I noticed about this gel was that it dried very quickly, within a minute or two in fact- a big improvement on the last spot gel I tried, which stayed sticky for at least 20 minutes, and made putting on concealer a real hassle.
The instructions also state that the gel can be applied throughout the day, provided no irritation or dryness occurs. In my case, it didn't, so I targeted the spot several times during each day. Each time, the skin underneath the gel stung slightly, which I took to be a good sign- if it hurt, it had to be working! Unfortunately, the stinging skin seemed to be the only noticable effect of the product. Each time a new spot popped up, I would target it from first sign to the time it faded, but I can't say that this timespan was any shorter than normal, or that the spots I used it on looked any smaller or less red and angry than my untreated spots had.
I was very disappointed by the lack of results, having expected more from a trusted brand like Clinique. I found myself wondering whether it was my type of spot that was to blame- I tend to get red lumps under the skin rather than stereotypical pimples or whiteheads. But a blemish is a blemish, and at the price I paid, I would have expected to see at least some results on all breeds of spot! My disappointment led me to examine the ingredients list; amongst the usual alcohol denat and aqua were several well-known spot busting ingredients- salicylic acid and witch hazel being the most familiar. These two seem to crop up in just about every spot cream you can get. Further down the list was a form of kelp extract used for shrinking pores, and sea whip extract, which has supposed anti-inflammatory properties. All very nice, but hardly unique- the formula for this product seems very similar to most other anti-spot gels I've seen, which are available for about half the price. So, if you're going to buy a targeted gel like this, I would avoid splashing out on this Clinique one- I get the distinct feeling they're just charging for the brand name. The only difference I noticed with this gel was its quick drying time, which, while convenient, is hardly worth the price on its own. Disappointing.