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Clinique is my favourite brand for skincare and is a company that I trust as all products are hypoallergenic and this cleanser is Ophthalmologist tested. I have skin which can sometimes be a bit sensitive or react badly to some products, especially the cheaper ones or skincare which is highly fragranced, so I usually find myself sticking with Clinique. I have never reacted badly to any Clinique skincare and I found this item pleasant to use.
Clinique has a number of different cleansers which are designed to remove all your makeup before thoroughly cleansing your skin. This does mean they recommend two separate products. The more cynical among you might think this is just a way to encourage you to spend more money and buy more from the counter, but I really do see the value in making sure all traces of makeup are gone from my face so that I can cleanse my bare skin fully.
I previously used the blue cleansing gel for oily skin but as I received a 50 ml sample of this rinse of foaming cleanser for all skin types in one of my Bonus Time bags as a gift with purchase I thought I would give it a try for a change. I ended up really liking it and I have now repurchased.
This foaming cleanser is a slightly pinkish white colour and it is quite a thick cream but feels quite light and airy. It comes in a clear plastic tube with typical Clinique branding and a green flip top lid, as pictured above. A small amount suffices to remove my makeup. It lathers and foams up extremely well when squeezed onto wet hands and massaged onto an already wet face. In comparison with the gel cleanser, this foaming cleanser creates much much more lather, as you might expect from the name. I find that I do like this better, as the increased amount of lather on my face makes me feel like my face is being cleansed better. To be fair, both of them are equally effective at lifting away all traces of makeup, but I quite like to be able to see the product on my face so I can see where I have put it, if I have applied it evenly and so on.
Clinique describes it thus "Effectively removes long-wearing makeup and sunscreen quickly and gently. Skin feels moist, clean, and fresh. Contains chamomile. Concentrated formula is long-lasting." I think this is accurate and as it is a creamy texture rather than gel, it definitely does feel much more moisturising and I find it quite calming and gentle on my skin, which I suppose may well be due to the chamomile. I do use long wearing makeup, such as the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, and most general face washes cannot remove it properly so I would find that I still get traces of makeup on my cotton pad when using toner or exfoliator, but this foaming cleanser does get rid of it and leaves my face completely clean. I then follow it with my Clinique liquid facial soap, as advised.
The only thing which I did not like about this cleanser at first is the fact that it smells really odd. I have now got used to it and no longer even notice, but it has quite a strong chemically smell to it. I couldn't say what it actually smells of, but it is not pleasant! Still, I think it is a small price to pay for something that does its job so effectively, so personally it does not put me off.
A 150 ml tube costs £16. As 150 ml lasts a long time I do this is good value for money, especially if bought during a Bonus Time when lots of freebies are available from the Clinique counter. You can get this anywhere that sells Clinique, such as Boots, House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges, most other department stores. Alternatively you can buy it online on Clinique.co.uk
The Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser by Clinique is a facial cleanser that promises to remove all signs of dirt, oil and grime from the skin, including make up, leaving it looking and feeling fresh and clean. It has been allergy tested and it is 100% fragrance free. The product has been specifically designed for those with normal skin.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to damp skin so you need to splash your face with water first. You need to squeeze a small amount of the product on to wet hands and then massage it into the face, taking care to avoid the eyes. Once that is done, you need to rinse off the product thoroughly and pat the skin dry. It can be used morning and night.
Packaging and price
The product comes contained within packaging that is typical of Clinique. It is contained within a frosty plastic tube which is partly see through and you can see the apparent pale pink product inside. There is limited information on the bottle about that product. It has a pale green plastic flip top lid on which the product can stand so it looks neat and tidy in your bathroom. The product is easy to squeeze from the tube because of the flexible plastic and it's easy to control the amount that is released.
The product will cost you around £12 and for that money, you will receive 75ml of the face wash. It is available from the Clinique counter in large department stores and also from a variety of online websites so if you shop around, you may find it for cheaper.
Once dispensed, you can see the product is actually a pearlescent white colour. Its consistency is extremely thick and it has the appearance of whipped cream and it actually looks really pretty, as face washes go!
The product doesn't seem to foam to me. It is already thick and remains thick on the skin but it doesn't foam and so the name 'foaming cleanser' is something of a puzzle.
On the skin, the product feels really silky and it is simple to smooth the product over the skin. It begins to tingle almost instantly which feels very refreshing but after a while it borders on stinging. I have quite sensitive skin so this may not be the case for everyone. It also hurts a lot if you get the product in your eyes so take care with application.
When it's time to rinse off the product, you'll probably find that you need to use a flannel. When I try to remove it with my hands, it takes ages because it's so silky, it seems to stick to your skin so a flannel makes the job faster and easier.
After use, the first thing that I notice is the amount of make up it removes. Sometimes face washes leave me looking like a panda bear, which mascara all down my face. Other face washes leave my face apparently clean but my towels get make up on them when I am drying my skin. Top marks to this cleanser though for removing my make up from my skin and leaving my towels clean.
The tingling continues after the product has been removed and you really do feel fresh and clean. My skin feels smooth and silky to touch but it does also feel very tight. It makes you want to apply moisturiser immediately, Although this is something that I do anyway, I don't like the fact that the cleanser makes my skin feel so dry and tight because it feels like it's been stripped of moisture. The feeling does subside after moisturiser is applied.
The cleanser doesn't cause any blemishes to form on my spot prone skin and it doesn't cause any dry skin to appear, despite the sensation that it gives me. I'm not sure if this product is too strong for my skin so I only tend to use it after a big night out when I have applied my make up with a trowel, rather than using it daily. If you have skin that can handle anything, you should love this. If you have skin that can't cope with lots of creams, lotions and potions then you might find that this is too strong. Either way, it will definitely get you skin clean.
As my Mum's a big buyer of Clinique products she regularly gets a few free gifts thrown in. Boots gave her a free sample of Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser quite a while ago now; however it's only been in the past couple of months that I've tried it. I use Clarins cleanser usually but recently I've found it leaving my skin a little bit greasy so I was thinking Clinique could give me a possible replacement.
The Claim: "Effectively removes makeup and sunscreen prior to skin cleansing. Skin feels moist, clean, and fresh. Thoroughly wet hands and face. Squeeze a pea sized dot onto palm and work into a rich lather. Massage over face avoiding eye area. Rinse off and follow with 3-Step Skin Care System".
I first used the sample which was about 50ml of the Foaming Cleanser, however the usual size bottle is 150ml and this costs about £15. The product is packaged simply in an off white/ very pale pink tube with the Clinique logo and product name. The tube sits upside down so the product is easily dispensed and you're not left with loads of the product in the bottom of a bottle which is hard to get out. The lid screws on and off but has a flip cap with a small hole to dispense the cleanser, it's very sturdy and I've carried this around in my bag a few times without the lid coming undone.
Initially the product is a very pale pink cream, you're advised to only use a pea- sized amount and I find this to be plenty. You then rub it into your face and it lathers immediately into thick foam, it spreads really well, meaning a little does go a long way. The cleanser is easily rinsed off and I found that every trace of makeup was removed. I was disappointed though as my skin felt so tight immediately after using and later on I noticed just how dry my skin felt.
I was put off using it again but I decided to give it another try, I moisturised immediately after using the cleanser and I found that the tightness was taken away and my skin didn't dry out later on. I've used it a few times since, and still have plenty of the sample left, I don't think I'll use it again unless I've got nothing else available.
Overall, Clinique Foaming Cleanser has its good and bad points, it does cleanse the skin but as it's very drying I had to moisturise after using it. I don't mind doing this but I would prefer a cleanser you can just use on its own without the need to moisturise immediately after. It's expensive but it does last, if you can put up with it.
I recently reviewed my Clinique Clarifying Lotion, saying that although I notice great results from it, I unfortunately have to leave it at home in Newcastle due to a problem with the lid. It's a shame now that I'm back in Germany to not be able to use it, but being back in Saxony does have its own skin care benefits - I am back to using my Clinique cleanser. I was worried about the weight limit on my suitcase as well as the possibility of it opening and spilling in transit so left my cleanser here when I went home recently, forgetting that I didn't have an alternative back at home. My skin is generally good and I only suffer from occasional breakouts and whiteheads, so this isn't as much of a disaster as it would be for those with problem skin, but I was still happy to be back to using it again.
I first tried Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser over a year ago when it came in a free gift set handed out when you bought two other Clinique products from Boots. I liked it so much that when it ran out I didn't really consider buying anything else but a full sized version of the same thing, which if anything, is proof that giving out promotional sizes of skincare really works as a method of getting repeat business. I went back to my local Clinique stand and asked if I could buy a small tube, assuming that the promotional size (of around 60ml, I believe) was also available for sale. I was told, however, that you could only purchase it in the 150ml size and was worried that it would cost more than I was able to spend, but since it turned out to cost only £14 I bought it happily. While this may sound like a relatively high price to pay for what appears to be a small container of cleanser, I felt that I was getting a bargain.
The reason for this, and one of the reasons why I love this cleanser in general, is how a very small amount of it goes surprisingly far. As the name implies, this is a cleanser that foams up when you apply it to wet skin and only a tiny amount is needed to clean your face. I often tend to accidentally use too much, as even a pea sized amount is surplus to requirement to wash my face, and so end up using it on my neck and chest as well, just so as not to completely waste it. A 150ml container of it therefore lasts a surprisingly long time, and even with twice daily use it will last three months at the very least. Since my skincare routine isn't particularly strict and I tend to only use the cleanser once a day in the shower, mine has lasted for at least 9 months at shows no sign of running out any time soon.
That said, I wouldn't buy this cleanser if it's only positive attribute was that it lasts for a long time, and so the main reason why I like it is that is also does its job very well. My skin feels squeaky clean after use and especially when used in conjunction with the clarifying lotion I recently reviewed, moisturiser glides on so easily afterwards. My skin also looks significantly better when I use it often than when I don't use it at all, but even using it occasionally greatly improves the condition of my skin. While I was at home my skin was getting a bit spotty and I had a few blackheads (I'm a sexy beast, I know) but on returning here and using this cleanser only a couple of times, my face is now back to its smooth and clean self again. I'm not saying its magic or that my face is always radiant and clear when using it, but it definitely works exceptionally well at keeping my face in good condition.
This cleanser doesn't specify that it's for a particular skin type, despite the fact that most do, so if you have problematic skin this may not be catered to your needs. I have normal/combination skin that is mildly sensitive but not overly so and I have no problems at all using this cleanser, but I'd check at the Clinique counter as to whether this would be suitable for your particular skin type or not.
In conclusion, this is a great cleanser that greatly improves the appearance of my face and lasts for absolutely ages. At £15 for 150ml it's neither expensive nor particularly cheap, but it lasts for ages so represents good value for money. Highly recommended.
I follow the Clinique 3-step system religiously and received this as a free sample initially. Step 1 of the Clinique 3-step system requires you to have removed all make-up beforehand and that is what this product is designed to do.
The product itself is an irridescent pale pink cream and when applied to wet skin it forms quite a heavy foam, quite different from the light, very 'airy' foam washes I've tried previously. Because of this you really do need only the tiniest amount as a little goes a long way.
The foam feels nice on my skin and washes off quickly and easily. Previously I've 'tested' my skin for any remaining traces of dirt/make-up after using the Clinique. To do this I ran a white cotton wool pad with a trusted liquid cleanser over my face after washing to see if I could see any signs of make-up etc I couldn't detect anything despite having had on pretty heavy night-time make-up. From this I deduce that the foam cleanser does what it's supposed to do - always a good thing!
After using this my skin feels very tight and dry, not a feeling I'm used to as my skin is generally oily. I personally don't like this tight feeling. I have found that using the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap immediately after prevents this from occuring. To follow the 3-step programme to the letter you are advised to first use the cleanser then the facial soap anyway - it's not going to help if you wanted to use the cleanser independently however. Because it's drying (or feels that way) I try not to get the Clinique cleanser around my eye area too much and so take my eye make-up off using a specific Clinique eye make-up remover.
The price is brilliant considering I use such a small amount of this product for each wash. One full-size tube lasts me at least 6 months and usually a lot longer. Compared to the liquid cleanser I was using previously this is a remarkable saving.
All in all a good product that I'd recommend if you're following the Clinique 3-step. Perhaps not a good choice for skin that's already dry.
I have a rule of trying to only buy Clinique products when they have a free gift on, which is quite a lot of the time. In these free gifts the Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser seems to frequently make an appearance, and I always seem to have a little tube of this stuff stashed away.
Clinique promotes their 3 step system which admittedly isn't very unique, however it encourages people to cleanse, tone and moisturise and has products aimed at your specific skin type. This foaming cleanser is to be used as step one and is suitable for all skin types. Clinique state this cleanser will remove make-up and sunscreen quickly and gently leaving skin feeling moist, clean and fresh. I usually use a cream cleanser on a morning, and usually a facial scrub on an evening, and in the past I often avoided anything with the words 'foaming' in it as it usually means the product will be very drying on the skin. I have oily skin and products which dry my skin out are awful as they tend to make my skin even oilier in the long run. Despite these pre conceptions I did decide to start using this one from Clinique as I love Clinique products and I was hoping it wouldn't be as bad as I thought.
So this foaming cleanser usually comes in a 150ml tube however I always have the smaller 50ml ones. They do last a long time though, and this is because you only need to apply a small amount. The cleanser is a pale pink colour and I always use just a pea sized amount onto my finger, before I start rubbing this onto my face. I love the feel of this cleanser; it's thick, creamy and foams up wonderfully. The thick creamy texture really feels gentle on the skin, and I was worried a foaming cleanser would be quite harsh and would dry the skin out. It foams up nicely over the skin, and I usually apply another small pea sized amount for my forehead. As the product name suggests, you then simply rinse it off. It doesn't require much to wipe it all away, and I am always left with great results.
My skin doesn't feel dry afterwards and instead it feels wonderfully clean, fresh and smooth. It's great to use at the end of the day to remove makeup as it really does get rid of makeup so well, and at the same time it's not too harsh on the skin. However, I don't have sensitive skin so I can't comment too much on how 'gentle' it is but for people with oily skin types like me, this isn't very drying at all. It does a brilliant job of removing makeup, excess oil and dirt and grime and is a brilliant first step in the 3 step routine. I always follow up afterwards with a Clinique clarifying lotion and moisturiser for even better results.
I've been using this every morning for a few weeks now and I have noticed a difference with my skin. I am prone to blemishes and I believe this cleanser has really helped as recently my skin has appeared much clearer than usual, something which was noted by a work colleague too. If you fancy giving this cleanser a try then it costs £14.50 for 150ml, which is expensive! I would recommend having a look on eBay for the 50ml size which usually costs between £2-3 and means you aren't shelling out for a full size tube when you haven't tried it out. The 50ml size I use usually lasts me at least a month, being used around once a day so it probably is great value for money buying the larger size. Overall I recommend this foaming cleanser, especially if you are wanting clean and fresh feeling skin!
I first saw this product as part of a Clinique giveaway at one of their counters at Beales.
Now usually I don't cleanse/tone/moisturise, yes I know, bad me, but most of the cleansers I've tried you apply with cotton wool and rinse off with toner adn quite frankly I can't see how they work. yes they leave the cotton wool a satisfying shade of brown but my face still feels dirty, so....
When I got the free samples from Clinique, I hung onto the moisturiser and the mascara and gave my housemate the cleanser and eyeshadow. Then the following week I ran out of normal soap.
Well housemate had unwisely left her products in the shower, confident that I wouldn't use them, but I had no other choice so I had a go.
The first thing I noticed was that you really don't need to use a lot of this product to get results. I used a penny sized blob the first time and felt like I was drowning in the stuff. The second time I used a pea sized amount, about the same as you'd use for toothpaste (on your teeth, not your face) and that was about right.
The second thing I noticed was that after I rinsed it off, my face felt really clean. Not just like I'd wiped a smelly lotion over it but like I'd washed in it soap 3 times, squeaky clean!
Now this second part you'll have to excuse me for.
Believing this to be just a fluke, I decided to do a more scientific test, in that I now didn't wash my face for 3 days (it was a one off I promise).
Result? The same thing. After one application my face felt squeaky clean.
Which leaves me with a dilemma.
I am loath to admit to my housemate that she was right, but at the same time, how am I going to explain to her why her previously very economical Clinique sample is rapidly diminishing when I presume she is also only using a pea sized amount?
I got a sample size tube of this in a free goodie bag from Clinique which you get when you buy any 2 items. I've only just started using a new face wash but have put it on hold for the last week to try this one out. I have looked on the Clinique official site and found out that it costs £13.70 for the 150ml full size bottle. To me this is ridiculously expensive for a face wash, and I'd probably only want to buy it if I could get it cheaper on ebay or Amazon!
The sample size is exactly like the full size bottle just smaller. It is a white bottle with a slight pink tinge to it in the light. It has the classic min green Clinique colour cap, which clicks open and closed. It has a big C and Clinique below it in solid black lettering and 'rinse off foaming cleanser' written in lower class black font below this. The packaging is typically Clinique which I would describe as quite plain and simple, yet very fresh and expensive looking.
***What it promises...
Clinique says that the cleansing wash will:
"Effectively remove makeup and sunscreen, leaving skin moist, clean and fresh"
The face wash comes out of the tube looking more like a cream than a face wash. I'm used to face washes being a gel but this is a white cream. It has a smell similar to a block of soap which doesn't sound that great but it makes it smell milder than if it were to have an artificial smell or a chemical smell. The texture is also quite different to others I have tried. It is hard to explain how it feels, imagine a bar of soap broken up and then whisked until it is a smooth cream, it is kind of like but as though you've added loads of moisturiser.
It foams up really well, you hardly have to use any as once you start to massage it into the skin it foams up loads. But its not bubbly foam like bath bubbles, its thick creamy foam that you can massage in for ages. It feels lovely and smooth, a bit like applying a face mask. It takes a while to fully rinse off because it is quite rich but once it has washed off it leaves my skin feeling really really clean, like squeaky clean! It feels great and my skin also feels quite soothed by it, it feels really gentle and doesn't irritate at all. My skin also feels quite moisturised after use but after 5 minutes I need to apply moisturiser like normal. It contains chamomile which may contribute towards the soothing feeling.
I have been using it for a week now and am pleased with the results. My skin feels clean and fresh all the time and has not felt irritated for ages. I also think it has got rid of a few blemishes on my face, probably because it has got my skin so clean yet without irritating it and causing further break-outs. Also despite it only being a mini tube it is lasting really well as I only have to use a bit each time. This makes the price of the full sized bottle seem a bit more acceptable.
Once the tube runs out I will probably go back to the Garnier face wash I had been using previously but when that runs out I will be very tempted to buy the full sized bottle of this but will definitely be looking for a reduced price one on the internet!
I think this is an expensive product yet very effective and lives up to everything it says on the bottle. When using it I can tell it is expensive and good quality, and the bottle lasts ages therefore I think it is fairly good value, although I still think it is slightly overpriced. Although the bottle says this is for normal skin I would also advise it to anyone with sensitive skin as it is really gentle and my skin can be delicate yet I have had no negative reaction to this at all.
Clinique Rinse -off Foaming Cleanser
I'm not really that big on labels and brands. If I like something, I'll buy it, but I'm not a person who will buy products x, y and z simply because the girl who sits opposite me at work has them, or because I want to be "better" than Joe Bloggs who lives over the road.
Branding and Logos and big companies in general rely heavily on the whole "sheep" aspect of our tendencies in the area of consumer purchasing, and I for one am very proud to stand up and be counted as a "non-sheep"!!! To be fair, I'm probably a brand manager or marketing directors nightmare!
However, and there is a however, when I find something I like, however it is labelled or marketed, I do tend to stick with it.
My first experience of Clinique was this foaming face wash, and I came to use it when I got a free sample through the door. I used it once and absolutely loved it. That was about 4 years ago, and I have been using Clinique Rinse off Cleanser ever since.
It comes in a big tube, like a very large, very wide tube of toothpaste, with a very simplistic and clean looking design on the front and a faint pink hue through the opaque plastic casing. The lid is the famous Clinique Green, a sort of warm, spring leaf-like colour, which to me seems very fresh and clean and new looking.
The size I buy is 150ml, and I think this is the only size they do. It is not a cheap product - £14.00 a shot is very expensive in my book, especially as you can pick up the same volume of cleanser in boots for around about £2.00. However, it is good stuff, and that counts for a lot I feel. It lasts for ages too, which as well as the quality of the product, stands for a great deal in my opinion.
Using the product
The main thing to remember with this stuff is that a very little goes a long way. I use a thumbnail sized amount, and a 150ml sized tube of the cleanser has been known to last me a good 7-8 months.
The first thing you will notice when using the product, is the smell. Now the packaging says this is 100% fragrance free, but I think what they mean is that they don't use artificial fragrances in the product. Because there are lots of plant derived ingredients in the cleanser, I feel this is where the rather invigorating smell comes from.
The main scent is that of rosemary, but there is a fresh citrus tone, a hint of lavender, as well as mild overtones of pine, eucalyptus and for the highly trained nose cardamom.
The inclusion of such powerful herbs and plants makes for a really powerful clean, yet it is gentle, and leaves your face feeling soft, scented and smooth as well as clean.
To use this, I put a small amount in the palm of my hand, lather it up with a small amount of water and rub with a circular motion all over my face. If I'm in the bath, I leave it on for a few minutes before washing off with warm water. To tighten my newly cleansed pores, I splash my face with cold water, pat dry with a towel, and then moisturize. Easy.
My skin is left feeling toned, fresh, smooth and very, very clean, and I have found over the years that this product works wonders for keeping spots and pimples away
I can really highly recommend this product, and feel that despite the cost, the fact that it works so well to keep my skin looking young, fresh and spot free, and lasts such a long time, mean that it is definitely worth the money. I enjoy using this product and it is one of the few things I spend a lot of money on. It is, really a treat, but one which is well worth the money!
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Thank you for reading, Kate x
Effectively removes makeup and sunscreen residue, skin is left feeling moist, clean, and fresh. To use: Thoroughly wet hands and face. Squeeze a pea sized amount onto palms and work into a rich lather. Massage over face avoiding eye area then rinse off.