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As a rule, I don't usually spend a lot of money on facial skin products as I tend to add them to my birthday and Christmas lists. If I need anything in particular I tend to spend my pennies wisely and opt for the cheaper, more affordable brands. The only expensive products that I have ever purchased are an Elemis papaya enzyme peel, which I paid £30 for, and the Clinique Turnaround Concentrate which also cost in the region of £30, and which I will be writing about.
The Clinique Turnaround Concentrate was an impulse buy...it was something that I had to buy as soon as I was offered to try on a free sample by the ever enticing staff behind the Clinique counter, in the Debenhams store. And this review will probably prove to you that I had in fact no choice but to buy it then and there, without giving one thought to my ever increasing overdaft. At that moment, my next birthday, only a couple of months away, seemed like a very long time away...and I convinced myself that this was something I needed right away.
The Turnaround Concentrate is an advanced cocktail of exfoliants, which Clinique claims, I quote, "to unveil skin's optimal radiance through an unprecedented multi-level skin renewal process. It continually resurfaces skin for a brighter, more even appearance. Immediately, skin looks perfected. Over time, the appearance of fine lines is reduced". Wow, it sounds magic! The Turnaround Concentrate comes in a small light blue glass bottle with the Clinique logo in silver, and white writing advising that it is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free etc etc. No ingredients are listed on the bottle itself, which contains 30 ml of this "visible skin renewer". It is advised that you use this twice daily and avoid eye area. The bottle has a silver dispensing pump, which helps control the amount you use (I find that an amount the size of a pea is sufficient for my face). The Turnaround Concentrate is fragrance free (something that I am not too keen on as I like a bit of a scent), ideal for sensitive skin.
Ok, I will now tell you why I had to buy this as soon as I opened and used the sample. I rubbed the Turnaround Concentrate onto my face, this was absorbed immediately (it is not runny or too thick in consistency). As soon as I had done that, my face felt like it had been touched by fairy magic. It felt almost impossibly smooth, silky, soft and even. I really cannot describe in enough words how wonderful my skin felt, I would keep on touching it over and over again, not really believing that anything of this earth could actually make my face feel like that. Even though I did not see an instant improvement, I had to buy it just because of the way it made my face feel. And anyway what can actually make your skin look different straight away, apart from a facelift or some botox? The effect seemed to last for the next few hours, as I kept touching my face and wondering what the heck was inside this little bottle.
I started using the Turnaround Concentrate daily and within a few weeks, my skin not only felt but also started to look better, fresher, brighter I would say. I still had fine lines, but as a smoker and sunbed user I couldn't really expect too much, perhaps if I didn't use the Turnaround Concentrate at all, these lines might not be so fine. Please believe me, you absolutely have to try this amazing potion, so next time you go past a Clinique counter, ask for a free sample. But just remember, that once you have tried it you will also end up buying it!
This is another chemical exfoliant, great in concept, horrible in production. A bit of background information; This product is a serum, designed to penetrate the deeper layers of skin, dissolve any dead tissues, and force your skin to renew itself faster than normal. A great concept.
The product is a white thin serum, it doesn't smell of anything, and has been allergy tested like all other clinique products. Again i received this as a sample, but in reality it costs £32 for 30 mls. Clinique advise you to use this serum over moisturiser daily, morning and night. In reality, i did not use it every day, without fail and more like once or twice a week before bed.
If you've read some of my previous reviews, you'll know i have a serious issue with over exfoliating, and i think any company marketing a chemical exfoliant for daily use really needs to take a serious look at themselves. TBH not many companies do this anymore, most promote every other day, or every 2 - 3 days, and i think that clinique have showed really bad form by saying this product is suitable for daily use. In my experiance, exfoliating every day has left me with raw, broken skin, along with angry red bumps on my cheeks, but enough rambling, back to the product.
I applied it over moisturiser before i went to bed, and in the morning, i did like the effects. However, in comparison to some other chemical exfoliants i have used, they where minimal at best. Yes my skin was a bit more "glowy" but it didn't look any better in the sense of acne scars or large pores.
I feel that clinique haven't quite perfected their formula yet, or perhaps they have made it weak enough for daily use and it needs some time before the effects really kick in. Honestly, i'm glad i got this as a sample, and didn't buy it. It angers my preconceptions of chemical exfoliants, and while nice in concept, in my opinion clinique haven't got it right yet.
I absolutely love Clinique products; I think I am yet to find one that I don't like! I am only in my early twenties and technically speaking I doubt I necessarily need a serum just yet but that's not going to stop me using one. I did recently try one from soap and glory thinking that it would be a reasonable product but it was just awful and so I went back to Clinique to see what suitable serums they had. As I said I am only young so I wasn't interested in any anti-aging / anti wrinkle type products just yet but was recommended the turnaround concentrate visible skin renewer.
===Price and other products in the range===
This did not come cheap at £32 for 30ml, also available in a 50ml size for £47. I thought this was fairly expensive but having been so impressed with other clinique products I didn't mind paying this price although I did go for the smaller size. There are other products in the turnaround range which are basically aimed at promoting radiance and therefore giving a youthful look. Other products are:
Turnaround overnight radiance moisturiser - £34 for 50ml.
Turnaround body smoothing cream - £24.50 for 150ml
Turnaround instant facial - £32 for 75ml
I have tried all of these products aside from the overnight moisturiser and love them all! These products can all be found from Clinique counters in department stores and in larger Boots stores.
As with all of the turnaround range the packaging is mainly light blue with some silver which I think looks fairly attractive and luxurious (as it should for the money I paid) on my dressing table. This serum is in a cylindrical pump tube with the usual information written on it. What it claims to do, how to use it and that, as with all Clinique products, this is 100% fragrance free and allergy tested. I quite like this packaging, it is slim and attractive and easy to use. The pump seems to dispense just the right amount of serum to cover your face without having any excess left over. The last thing I want to do with an expensive product is to waste any! The only dislike I have for this packaging is that there is no way to see how much product is left and I wonder if I will actually be able to get every last drop out.
The blurb on the back of this says that this product 'unveils skin's optimal radiance through an unprecedented multi-level skin renewal process. An advanced cocktail of exfoliants continually resurfaces skin for a brighter, more even appearance. Immediately, skin looks perfected. Over time, the appearance of fine lines is reduced.' I think it is great to see that this product is intended to have not just an immediate effect but a long term one.
===So does it work?===
On the packaging the instructions are to apple twice daily following the 3 step system and to then follow with the rest of your regimen. I don't tend to use this twice daily as I like to use the Clarin's daily energizer range in the morning, but I do use this every night. Once I have completed the usual 3 step system, although I do sometimes skip on the dramatically different moisturiser, I apply this serum. The serum is a white, almost luminous liquid with a good consistency, not too thick or too runny. The amount you get when you use the pump doesn't look like much but just a pea sized amount is enough to cover the whole of your face. A little bit really does go a long way! I rub this into my face, avoiding the eye area and it feels lovely. Considering this is an exfoliating serum I was expecting it to not feel very pleasant on my skin, but actually it is very silky and smooth and feels as though it is moisturising my skin. the serum is absorbed very quickly into my skin and I then follow this with applying my usual superdefense moisturiser. I really notice the difference in the morning and genuinely think that my skin looks brighter. I'm not too sure if it evens out my skin more, mainly because my skin is very evenly toned anyway. I also can't comment too much on the claim on fine lines as I don't have too many of those either! I have had many people comment on my skin before, which I think is as a result of using this, saying I look very well, or glowing!
I absolutely love this product and would recommend for any age range. There is no denying that this is an expensive product but a little goes a long way so the product should last well, meaning that actually it is good value for money. I have known Clinique to keep samples of this before if you feel the need to try before you buy.
Thanks for reading.
I am a Clinique fan and when browsing one day I came across this serum. After chatting to the sales assistant I was sold. This is one of my skincare essentials now and I will not be without it!
Clinique say that this is "A high-performance cocktail of exfoliants that prompts a renewal process that is multi-level, time-released. Its speeds fresh, vibrant cells to the surface and continually unveils brighter, more radiant skin. Leaves skin with a velvety feel and a perfected look", well I am no scientist but I do know my own skin and it certainly looks and feels better.
Price: This is expensive at £30 for 30ml, but it works fantastically well and is really worth the money. I have continually bought this product for the last two years, but one bottle lasts me just over three months, so at £10 a month it's so worth it!!
Packaging: I think this bottle looks expensive, the blue glass and silver finishings look quite elegant and classy. Its typical of Clinique's skincare packaging. It is a pump action bottle, so you can control what you use.
Application: This serum feels amazing on the skin. It is a joy to use as it glides across the skin. It is not oily and has no fragrance so there is no unpleasantness.
Performance: This serum adds brightness to my skin, makes me look healthier and gives my pale skin a fantastic boost. I use this after my moisturiser, and it really helps to hydrate my skin. I have found it evens my skin and reduces the appearance of minor scarring. Because its Clinique, its suitable for sensitive skin and so could be used by a variety of skin types.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to look after their skin. Clinique give out samples so if you are interested in it perhaps ask for a sample before you buy it full size. But I don't doubt for a second that you'll go back for more.
I received this as a sample at Boots and, when funds allow, would never be without it again!
The turnaround concentrate is part of the turnaround range launched by Clinique a few years ago. The concentrate is a thin, white serum type product that you apply to the skin before make-up. I've had different opinions as to whether to apply before or after moisturising but I find applying once my moisturiser is dry works best for me personally.
The concentrate comes in a cute pump dispenser which looks good on my dressing table. It's easy to dispense the product and about two pumps are needed to do my face (whatever's left over gets applied to my neck). The idea is that it exfoliates the top layer of skin using chemical microdermabrasion. By exfoliating chemically Clinique assures me that scratching and other mechanical damage to the skin is avoided.
I won't lie, I was sceptical at first. A serum will exfoliate my skin? Nah boy! I was proved wrong though, it really makes a big difference to my skin! After a couple of days of continued use my skin looks more toned and the few fine lines I have are definitely less pronounced. My skin feels smooth and I even think my acne scarring looks better. Result!
The downside is the cost. At around £30 I can't always afford to repurchase and a bottle doesn't last me that long either. Maybe 8-9 weeks at best. All the same I would highly recommend this to anyone with the cash to buy it - go on, treat yourself! You won't be disappointed.
This is such a fantastic product!! It is a serum which gently exfoliates the skin. It is to be used after your moisturiser and is for all skin types. I recommend using this product with Clinique's Turnaround Instant Facial as together they work like microdermabrasion but without the pain, discomfort and redness. It leaves your skin silky smooth, brighter and more radiant. Perfect for people who feel their skin is looking duller. It is great for all age groups. It retails at £30 for 30ml. So it is relatively expensive for a serum but it works wonders and really is worth the money. Since I started using it I have not been able to stop. My skin feels lost without it now. It adds that extra plumpness to my skin and prevents my skin needing an additional moisturiser. It also seems to hydrate my skin and seems to have helps past acne scarring which is a real bonus. So I really would recommend either buying this product or asking for a sample from your nearest Clinique stockist! And an added bonus is that Clinique is dermatologically developed, fragrance free and for sensitive skin so you can't go wrong with it!
I first starting using the Clinique Turnaround Concentrate a good few years ago after the advisor on my local Clinique counter in Debenhams recommended that I it a try. At the time I was having a course of microdermabrasion in a beauty salon. Microdermabrasion if you don't know is deep exfoliating treatment where they fire micro particles at your skin. The microdermabrasion was quite a nice treat and was making my skin nice and smooth, however at £35 a go, with a recommended course of 6 weeks to see the full improvement, it was beginning to get rather costly. Also my skin is rather sensitive and prone to quite serious breakouts if I am not careful with what I do to it and the microdermabrasion, being quite a harsh technique, started to cause my skin to flare up after the 2nd session. Anyway on the recommendation from the lovely Clinique lady, I scrapped my microdermabrasion course and gave this a go.
The Clinique Turnaround Concentrate is also a powerful exfoliant, however it relies on chemicals to exfoliate your skin, rather then containing anything in it that would scrub your skin like a convensional exfoliator. I have to admit I was a bit worried about it when I first bought it. I was not sure what effect these "chemicals" would have on my skin, because it really is annoyingly tempreramental. As soon as I used it however, all my worries were dispelled almost immediately.
Straight away when using the Turnaround Concentrate you can feel that it is working. Your skin feels beautifully smooth and silky to the touch. I can't help just running my fingers over it after I have used the concentrate. Also it is extremely gentle, I had thought it might sting or something, but my sensitive skin had no adverse reaction to it at all. It does nothing to flare up any breakouts and my skin stayed clear and healthy looking over a prolongued period of using it. If anything i think the gentle exfoliation actually helped to keep my skin clear because you don't get a build up of dead skin cells when you are using the concentrate. After a few weeks of using the product, my skin really began to glow, it felt great and looked fantastic.
The Turnaround Concentrate comes in a small, attractive blue 30ml bottle, which might seem to make it rather expensive considering that it costs £30.00 a time. However you only need to use the most miniscule amounts. One to two pumps of this silky, shimmery looking serum is more the sufficent to cover your whole face and neck and this means that the concentrate lasts for absolute ages. The instuctions on how to use the concentrate are clear and concise. I started off using the concentrate twice daily, then narrowed it down to once daily because I don't think it is necessary to use it twice daily. These days I keep a bottle in my bathroom cabinet and I only need to use it if my skin is looking a little dull, every few weeks, in which instance I just take it out and use it for a couple of days running to brighen things up again.
I really love the Clinique Turnaround Concentrate I think it is a fantastic product and I would rate it as a 10/10 because it really does work as an exfoliator, it leaves your skin silky soft and glowing, its perfect on my sensitive skin and a little goes a long way which makes the price rather resonable!
This product is quite similar to the boots no7 protect and perfect beauty serum. I bought this product before I discovered the no7 one.
In comparison, I wouldn't say there is that much difference with what this product does for my skin and the boots no7 protect and perfect beauty serum. The main noticeable difference between these two products is the price. The Clinique serum costs about twice the price of the boots serum. Also, the boots serum has a patent pending technology that Clinique wasn't able to get.
I personally don't mind using either of these serums, however, these days I do opt for the boots one, simply because I can buy that one for £16.50 for 30ml and the Clinique one is being sold at £30 for 30ml. I suppose it just depends on what brand you prefer or feel more comfortable with. To me, paying the extra £13.50 wasn't really worth it.
I was having a dilema few months ago, my skin was in such a terrible state - my face was covered in spots that i could not seem to get rid of. I tried everything i could think of to get fid of them, eating more fruit and veg, drinking more water, making sure i removed my make up properly every night, i even tried going on the pill - as that has helped my skin before. But nothing was working. And at 24yrs old, spots are supposed to be a thing of the past.
So after two months of being on the pill and even that not working, i decided to take a trip to my local boots store. There i went to the Clinique counter and asked the assistant what would be the best thing to use to get rid of my spots. She was very helpful and recommended a few of their Anti Blemish products. She also recommended the Clinique Turnaround Concentrate, she said that it was brilliant at helping to promote new skin. I was a little unsure at first, as it was £30 for a small 30ml bottle. I also had a handful of other Clinique products!!! So it was an expensive shopping trip without adding the Turnaround Concentrate onto the bill too. But i trusted what the assistant was telling me and from past experience i know that Clinique products are good and i was desperate to get rid of my spots, so was willing to try anything. So that day i ended up spending £70 on 4 products. So i was hoping that they were going to work.
When i got home that night, the first thing i did was use all of my Clinique products. And what can i say, it was brilliant!! I have never looked back since. All the products worked brilliantly. I could tell the difference after the first use. But the Turnaround Concentrate was the best.
You really do have to use it to see the brilliant effects it has on your skin. You notice a difference after the first use. My spots were less noticeable after one use. It leaves you skin feeling so smooth, soft and silky. It moisturises too. My face always feels at its best after i have used this product. It acts as an anti wrinkle cream too. I had a few faint frown lines on my forehead and after a week they were already less noticeable. And now, after using this product for six months, the wrinkles have disappeared completely.
It is an expensive product considering the bottle is so small. But a little goes a long way. As i have found with all Clinique products. In the past six months i have only had to buy two bottles. Which is great, concidering it is a skin renewer and anti wrinkle cream all in one.
To sum this product up, all i can say is once you have used it once, you will never look back. It really is an excellent product and really great value for money. I would rate tis product 20/10.
The idea of this product is simple and great: if you want to have new skin, you have to get rid of your old one. Hence, exfoliate. Not in an obvious scrub-it-away way, but using some hi-tech ingredients which work in deeper layers of skin and speed up skin's natural ability to regenerate and renew.
The thing is that you have to use it for quite a while to see any results. But once you include it in your daily skincare routine you will surely notice some improvements. For me, it evens the skintone and makes skin more smooth. The complexion becomes brighter and more healthy-looking. And it also minimises break-outs as the dead skin cells don't clog the pores. So it just does what it promises!
As this product is more like a serum, not a cream, you can't use it as a standalone. One of its main ingredients is salicycic acid. It's a powerful exfoliator, but it can dehydrate skin. So you should use a moisturizer afterwards, otherwise skin feels tight.
The Concentrate doesn't work any better than the classic Turnaround. I don't really understand why they discontinued the classic version becuase many people say they loved it more. Is it just marketing? But still for me it's a great product and I continue using it in the new formula.
Last Saturday, The Boyfriend and I went to Best Friends Christmas tree party in Hackney. (A Christmas tree party, for those of you not in the know, is a party where you bring a decoration for the tree.) We went via Topshop in Oxford Circus and the Turkish off-licence first and due to a longish afternoon and the fact we go to bed a bit earlier these days, we were starting to get a little sleepy on arrival. Luckily for us, Best Friend was at the back of her kitchen (in an up-to-the minute polkadot cocktail dress) hovering over a large cauldron of mulled wine*.
In any case, we had a an excellent time chatting to Best Friend and her new boyfriend, found time to admire the collection of pixie boots and Lily Allen style side ponytails among the young city professionals and left at 10pm (just as everyone else was getting there and we were starting to embarrass ourselves). From there, we endured a journey home that took until 2am. It normally takes just under an hour door to door. At the time I blamed the closure of the Central line and the freezing wait at Bethnal Green tube for the outbreak which subsequently occurred. About two minutes from Paddington, The Boyfriend leaned in as though he might kiss me and murmured quietly youve got a massive spot. He was right. I spent the rest of the journey home using his head (he was asleep) to shield my fellow passengers from this atrocity.
Now, Ive always had the occasional problems with my skin. It seems to break out at the slightest trigger and I decided a while back that alcohol might have something to do with it. As a result, I now only drink on special occasions and Ive found that things have improved slightly.
The downside is, that after not drinking for a while, I didnt recognise my face in the mirror on Sunday morning. I rarely see myself in daylight since I started going to work at stupid-o-clock in winter and I was shocked. Not only did my skin look sallow and grey but it had broken out. Truth be told, this was almost certainly the result of alcohol. I would love to say that I took the dog for a walk in the fresh air and ate some fruit to detox, but I'll continue in my vein of honesty - it was raining and I had a fry up.
By Sunday evening I was feeling a little better and I thought a bit of pampering might help. I reached for my original Total Turnaround to discover the supply had been exhausted. Luckily, a recent visit to the Clinique counter had led me to swallow the usual fabrications about the latest and greatest products and I was the proud owner of Total Turnaround Concentrate. According to the Oompa Loompa Orange lady, this was the much better than Total Turnaround because well, she wasnt sure why. Just because. Allegedly it works more quickly according to the website. In order to look like a human being for work on Monday morning, I needed something that did exactly that.
Heres the hype - A high-performance cocktail of exfoliants prompts a renewal process that is multilevel, time-released. Speeds fresh, vibrant cells to the surface. Continually unveils brighter, more radiant skin. Leaves skin with a velvety feel, perfected look.**
The truth a cocktail of chemicals made by a company that couldnt care less about its customers almost lives up to the PR.
Ive come to dislike Clinique more and more these days. Their alleged three-step has so many add ons that it is now a billion-step if you follow it to the letter. Their staff are not especially well trained, their prices are too high and they discontinue any product you come to love at the drop of hat. Ive tried writing to customer services only to receive replies that not only offer no help but border on rude. I actually didnt want this to work, I wanted to slate them.
I smoothed this on after cleansing my face and went to bed. The original Total Turnaround worked best this way too. The instructions dictate that you use it morning and evening, but then they would say that. Clinique would love you to use and therefore buy twice as much. Also, Ive been told in the past that if you over exfoliate your skin you leave those new cells with even less resistance to damage from weather, cold, heating and UV rays than usual. This makes sense to me. And your chances of winning a lawsuit against Clinique are pretty minimal.
The following morning I awoke to a slight improvement. From a scientific point of view, this could have been as a consequence of my liver being too overloaded to push toxins through my skin. Or it could have been the result of the gallons of water Id drunk the previous day. So, not a fair test. Several days later, I can report continuously good results. Spots seem to go quicker, scars have faded and my skin has responded better to make up in the mornings. The biggest draw for me with the original Turnaround was the way my skin felt after using it. This doesnt seem to have the same skin softening powers, occasionally making skin feel a little hard and dry. (Possibly a good thing, I have to resist touching it that causes spots).
Is it an improvement on the original Total Turnaround? I dont think so. I secretly believe its a toned down version of the old one. Theyve either realised that had the potential to cause skin damage or theyve found cheaper ingredients***. This new concentrate doesnt have the same smell of PVA glue that clung to the old stuff, but it doesnt seem to give any better results.
The primary ingredients, Salicylic Acid, Glucosamine and Cholesterol Sulfate are the same as in the original Total Turnaround.. Salicylic acid is an exfoliator found in aspirin amongst other things****, Glucosamine is extracted from crab and lobster shells (nice) and Cholesterol Sulfate is found in bodily fluids (hence my title). I also suspect it also has those light reflecting particles that give your skin a bit of a glow, theres no way it can have real effect in minutes, yet your skin looks better straight away.
Now Ive taken the mystery out of it, youll be wondering how much these super-special ingredients cost. What will you have to pay for this miracle of modern science?
Clinique Turnaround Concentrate retails at £30 for 30ml.
I think a price like that deserves a line all of its own. Some among you will have noticed a discrepancy between my 99p store shopping^ and my skincare regime. The Boyfriend calls me rich and posh to tease me (I am in fact neither) and thinks my job pays loads. It doesnt, but I can see that he got this impression from the way my wallet drops open at the Clinique counter. I seem to scrimp and save in other areas just to buy this stuff. It doesnt last long either, 5ml is around a teaspoon, costs £5 and lasts roughly two uses.
So, is it worth it? In conclusion, I have to say that I suspect the placebo effect and the light reflecting particles do most of the hard work. Its not the best value for money and the company that peddle it are unethical and gain most of their sales through good advertising rather than worthwhile products or good customer service. I wouldnt suggest you go out of your way to spend nearly a days wage on it, but I wouldnt jump in front of a bus to stop you. In order to avoid accusations of impartial fence sitting, I will recommend sparing use for an occasional pick-me-up. It never hurts to take care of your skin and I have seen an improvement in mine.
*Made from Lidls finest and cheapest.
**~As they removed all my listings from Ebay today for containing the brand name Clinique, theyll probably sue me for using their website as a source for that comment. Enjoy this review while you can.
***I know Clinique are watching.
**** I recommend trying an aspirin face mask, there are lots of great recipes for it on the internet and the results are as good as this to be honest.
^ A shameless plug for one of my other reviews.
This advanced serum is designed to instantly produce luminous, glowing, radiant skin, which will reveal the skin's finest texture. With a next generation formula to optimize the renewal of the skin's surface. Replacing dull and coarse skin with a brighter, healthier look. Skin looks younger and softer over time. To use: Use both morning and evening, before your chosen moisturiser.