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Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
A cleanser designed to be the first step of Clinique's 3-step skincare routine:
This product comes in three different varieties depending on your skin type:
By either visiting a Clinique counter in one of the department stores or by completing the skincare questionaire online it should be fairly simple to find out your skin type and choose which one to go for. I went for mild, my skin is combination.
The cleanser comes in a clear bottle with a pump dispenser which works well. The experts at Clinique claim that one pump is enough product to cleanse with, I found I used more...maybe I'm a little heavy handed, I don't know I just felt I needed a bit more to ensure all my make-up and grime was removed.
One thing that struck me about this product was the smell, I was expecting a light, fresh scent, however it was more medicinal/chemically if that makes sense. I've definately smelt nicer products!
HOW TO USE:
The instructions say to lather the product in your hands with water, massage over face and neck and rinse. They recommend you use this twice daily and follow with steps 2 and 3 of the Clinique skincare routine,
After using the product my skin did feel nice and clean, my only complaint was that it felt slightly dry and tight (a similar feeling to washing your face with actual soap). I wasn't overly keen on this to be honest. I suffer with breakouts and I'm always searching for the perfect skincare regime to improve this, and although this is a good cleanser I wouldn't rush out and buy it again. It's £15.00 for a 200ml bottle, therefore not cheap and thats probably the main reason I wouldn't repurchase. I just think there's better products out there for the same if not a better price!
I have heard of this brand before, but never got the opportunity to use it. I was recently given this product by a friend as she knows I like skincare, and like to try different products from different brands. I couldn't ask how much this item was, but after doing alittle research you can get the 50ml tube ( which is the one I received ) for around the £5.00 and the 200ml around the £15.00 mark. Available online and in department stores so readily available.
Heard of them as a company but no very little about them so had to do a search. Clinique are a company that specialises in skincare, make up and fragrance. This also includes a range specifically for men in regards to skincare and fragrance.
Their skin care and make up products is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free. Its skincare products try to accommodate to the vast different skin types out there e.g dry, extra dry, sensitive, combination, oily etc, so that in theory there should be a product out there for everyone.
How is this product packaged?
This cleanser comes in a 50ml plastic tube. The tube itself is a light green colour, but still see through so you can see the liquid clearly. On the front if is the Clinique logo, and underneath the product name which is ' liquid facial soap mild '.
On the back of the tube, in two different languages, it talks about this product being a part of a 3 step system in their range, for cleaning the skin, and who it is best for, which is someone who has dry combination skin.
It also mentions you have 24 months once opened to use.
Wasn't on the tube nor could I find it on the website ( may be hidden! ).
How do you apply?
In this instance, there were no clear instructions on this tube. Maybe there is on the 200ml size, but not on mine which was disappointing. It just says use twice daily. For me, I found this a pain and didn't have the time or energy to find instructions online so used my head. If it's a product to help cleanse the skin and its liquid, you will either put on wet skin as it is and work it in and rinse off, or mix it with alittle water in the hands then apply to skin and rinse off. Going directly on their website, here is the exact way to use:
* With tepid water, lather Liquid Facial Soap between palms.
* Massage over face and throat; rinse. Pat skin dry.
* Use twice daily.
* Follow with Steps 2 and 3: the appropriate Clarifying Lotion for your skin type, and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or Gel.
So what did I think?
I wasnt bowled over by the smell.I thought it would be a clean yet floral fragrance but it wasn't it. I cant even describe the scent as I found it very unusual. Has a clean smell to it, but something else that I cant quite put my finger on....in regards to this product lathering up, that didn't really happen. Despite using the product in 2 different ways ( applying to wet face and mixing with alittle water in my hands then applying ) I saw very little lather which was disappointing when I found out it was supposed to.
It did clean my face very well and was easy to use. My skin didn't feel dried out after use and I actually felt that my skin felt and looked alittle smoother, especially where I currently have afew annoying spots.
Would I buy this product or use again? The verdict is still out on this one as I haven't been using it long, but the fact its made my face feel and look alittle more smoother is a huge plus point, its such a shame the fragrance was so odd and there was no lather.If those two factors were amended this is something I probably would purchase.
Clinique claim "good skin can be created" and their famous 3 step skincare system is very popular among many women of all ages. Clinique have a number of different versions of the 3 step system to suit different skin types and these are as follows:
1. Very dry skin
2. Dry skin
3. Oily skin
4. Very oily skin
Liquid facial soap is step one of the three step system and they recommend following it with Clarifying Lotion for the relevant skin type and Dramatically Different moisturiser.
This liquid facial soap mild is intended for skin types 1 and 2. I usually use products for skin type 3, and I often use the liquid facial soap in oily skin formula, however I have started to also use the mild formula as my skin is not as oily these days and I don't want to dry my skin out by constantly using the oily one. So as not to dry my skin out I now like to alternate use of both of them.
The Clinique website has a virtual consultant who will help you find out which skin type you have by asking a few simple questions and work out which range from 1 to 4 would suit your skin best. If you go to a Clinique counter the assistant will also be able to do this for you in person.
The liquid facial soap comes in a large clear green pump bottle with typical Clinique branding. I wet my face, then use one pump of soap to lather up in my hands and massage over my face. It usually lathers up very well, but occasionally I have found it doesn't produce enough lather and this is because my face was not wet enough. I find I have to completely soak my face and hands, with water sinking into the skin well, before the soap produces a lather.
It is worth pointing out that this cleanser is supposed to cleanse your actual skin, and so it is not really intended as a product to remove your makeup. Clinique have separate makeup removers to do this so that the cleanser can do its work on your bare skin and really do a proper clean. I always take my makeup off first. However, if you don't have a separate cleanser this does do a good job of lifting away most makeup unless you use really longwearing stuff.
Some people worry that it is not good to use soap and I often seen it recommended not to use soap as it is too harsh and strips away the natural oils. When I first started to use this I did wonder whether I would like it, but I found that I do. The oily skin formula one can leave my face feeling slightly tight, but not excessively so and I don't really experience any tightness at all from this mild one. The mild one feels more moisturising but still seems to be effective at stripping my skin of oil, as I don't suffer any shininess of face when I am using it. Some people warn that soap only makes your skin produce more oil but I don't find that to be the case for me. The whole three step system helps to keep my skin free of oil and shine, and the clarifying lotion is very effective at that, so I don't necessarily always need the oily formula soap and I find the mild one does the job just as well while feeling gentler.
The facial soap is dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, like all Clinique products, and has never irritated me. It is fragrance free.
I am happy to use other cleansers now and again and sometimes try other brands for a change, but I do find other brands a bit hit and miss and occasionally I have had bad reactions to other products or found my skin looking worse with different cleansers, so I always come back to Clinique. I regularly buy it and I would say it is my preferred cleanser.
It costs £14 for 200 ml.
Clinique is a brand that I think of as quite high end, with some prices to match, but who provide great skin care products that so what they say on the tin. They use very understated packaging and keep things simple.
Appearance and Smell
This liquid facial soap comes in the usual style of packaging, a green bottle with a pump lid. The branding is simple and direct on the bottle and explains how to use the soap. The sop itself is clear when it is pumped out, and is quite a thick soap. It does not have any profound smell to it, which I think helps some more sensitive skin types.
The soap lathers up very well and you only need one pump to do your face and neck. It spreads well onto your face and rinses off easily aswell. I have used this product every day for at least the past 3/4 years and I find it clears my skin and has significantly improved the condition of my skin, especially as I have quite an oily T-zone. Once thing I do notice with it though it that is can be a bit harsh on my cheeks which are drier than the other areas of my face, sometimes when I get out of the shower I feel like the skin on my cheeks can be quite tight. This does not happen every day so I think other factors may contribute to this but it is something to be aware of, especially if you have dry skin or sensitive skin. If my cheeks do end up feeling like this applying moisturiser after the shower cures the problem.
I really like this product and use it daily, it is particularly good on the oily parts of my face and has really helped clear up my skin to make it look clearer and more refreshed. It is quite an expensive soap to use on your skin every day at £15 for a 200ml bottle, but you do not have to use it every day, but you can use the bar of soap which gives exactly the same results as I have used this aswell and it can be bought for 3 100g bars for £14. The bars also last a long time so is a good substitute to the liquid soap. Or, if like me you can speak nicely to someone, receive it as a birthday or Christmas present which is what I do!
Everyone seems to have a different opinion on how to keep skin healthy, quite frankly I don't think there is one miracle product out there to sort your skin out, but this comes pretty close!
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap in Mild first came into my life around 4 years ago after being surrounded by the buzz of their famous 3 step system. Although I've never been troubled with terribly bad skin, I always wanted to keep those pesky few pimples away and find something that would remove all of my makeup without having so scrub away with a makeup wipe beforehand. After a quick skin consultation with the girl at the Clinique counter (this can also be done online at www.clinique.co.uk if you prefer), she informed me that I was skin type 2 - dry combination and would be best off with the mild facial wash. She also advised that I follow up with steps 2 and 3 of the skin system mentioned earlier so that I would get the full benefits.
The soap comes in a tall, slender sea foam green bottle with silver detailing. The Clinique brand is printed across the front with the product name directly below. The front of the bottle also tells me that it is for dry combination skin so there will be no confusion. The back of the bottle lists the directions and ingredients in multiple different languages. The handy pump at the top ensures easy release when you have wet hands and will make sure that you don't go dropping or losing any lids. This also has a twist lock to stop any leakage when travelling - something that I really appreciate on a skincare product.
As with everything I put onto my skin or inside my mouth, I untwisted the cap first so that I could give it a bit of a whiff. I have a thing for sniffing things before they get any closer to me (yep, even the boyfriend!) so I was pleased to find out that this has quite a nice, fresh scent. The bottle does claim that this is 100% fragrance free which can be slightly misleading, however this just means that there are no additional fragrances. I also noticed that the soap is quite a runny, clear gel. Although it is runny, it isn't too liquidy so it won't be running down the sink before you can lather it into your face. Gel is my preferred consistency to wash with as I feel they cleanse better than creamy soaps, but that is just personal preference.
To use, I simply splashed my face with some water and then pumped some of the soap onto my damp hands before massaging into my face. The scent was totally unnoticeable during use and it lathered up extremely well. As I was wearing makeup at the time I spent a little longer massaging around my eye area to ensure the makeup was dislodged before rinsing. The best kind of cleanser in my opinion is one that will remove every trace of makeup without a need to use a makeup wipe or makeup remover beforehand - this is both laziness and because I don't like using too many cleansing products on my face for fear of drying my skin out. Luckily for me, this cleanser removed every little bit of makeup and I was left very fresh faced. I wear quite a bit of makeup - most of which is waterproof - so for a cleanser to remove it all first time is very good for me! I do always do a shorter second cleanse so that I'm not just simply washing the makeup off, but actually cleansing my skin.
After patting my skin dry I noticed that my face was left feeling quite soft and supple and I couldn't feel any of the tightness that occasionally comes with soap. I followed up the steps 2 and 3, as advised and have carried on doing this twice a day ever since.
Within around a week of using this system I'd noticed that any of the few pimples I'd had were now totally gone and I've been spot free ever since! Every so often I will get a hormonal spot (these are always around the chin area, so if you have spots on your chin that won't budge, that's why!) and they don't tend to go away easily, but those are the only kind of spots I get now, and even then it's once in a blue moon.
Obviously the other 2 steps have played a part in keeping my skin clear, but that doesn't take anything away from the cleanser whatsoever. The best start to a good skincare routine is a cleanser that works with your skin and luckily, I've found mine!
This facial soap is available from all Clinique counters and can be purchased online at www.clinique.co.uk. it comes in a 200ml bottle which will cost £14 and although that sounds a little bit pricey, it's the only thing to ever fully remove all of my makeup and keep my skin clear without drying it out. Miracle in a bottle! Even with using it twice a day, a bottle of this usually lasts me around 2 months which I think is a great deal for such a good cleanser.
- easy to use bottle
- smooth, workable consistency
- lathers well
- removes makeup
- leaves skin feeling fresh and clean
- can't be bought by the gallon
- doesn't taste the greatest when you accidentally pick it up and chug it instead of your water bottle. Suppose that's what I get for being too engrossed in my review writing!
I without a doubt would 100% recommend this soap to anyone with dry combination skin, but if you have another skin type then I'd recommend you try the other soaps too as Clinique can do wonders for your skin. This soap is also recommended for the very dry skin type (skin type 1), so maybe you should give it a go too!
Thanks for reading!
This is the ONLY product I have found that it both gentle on my skin and actually delivers on its promise.
I use this once a day before bed. I remove my makeup with a cleansing face wipe and use the clinique liquid face soap for a more thorough clean. Afterwards, my skin is always left feeling super soft, and that feeling remain right through the night. Unlike some other cleansers, overnight it doesn't increase in moisture on your skin and you don't awaken with a slightly greasey texture. Clinique often have this as one of the samples or as a smaller 'tester' size in many of there treats and offers so if you are unsure, try and smaller bottle to start rather than paying out on a full size. As already mentioned, this really is a fab product and I will continue to use as long as Clinique continue to supply!
I am a bit of a super fan of Clinique so here I am writing yet another review on one of their products. This time I have chosen to focus on their liquid facial wash. This comes in a variety of strengths to suit different skin types. I personally use the mild version as this is what suits my dry combination skin.
===Price and availability===
I think that the price of this is very reasonable compared to some other brands, although I'm sure many may not wish to pay quite so much for a face wash. This is priced at £14.00 for a decent sized 200 ml of product. This can be found in all of the usual places - House of Fraser, Debenhams, Independent department stores and larger boots. I have also found that this seems to be one of the more readily available samples at Clinique counters so it is worth asking to get a sample first if you are interested. This soap is also available in a bar form if you prefer.
This comes in a bottle dispenser that almost resembles hand wash a little bit. I like it though. I think it is an interesting and practical design. The bottle is nice and sturdy which is great for in the shower. I love that it has a pump dispenser - no awkward moments with slippery hands trying to unscrew or un flip lids - and it dispenses a great amount of product. The bottle is mainly green with some stylish silver writing and a gorgeous silver rim around the top dispensing part. It looks rather fetching in my shower if I say so myself. The usual information is provided - the product, amount, and instructions.
===What is it supposed to do?===
No huge claims here - just that it should leave skin feeling fresh, clean and comfortable. Quite reasonable I think compared to some products that make a great deal of unrealistic claims.
This facial soap is designed to be the first step of Clinique's 3 step system and is intended to be used prior to the appropriate clarifying lotion and dramatically different moisturiser, although of course you can just use it on its own. To use I wet my face and hands before lathering up a pump full in my hands, and then apply and rub onto my face. This lathers up beautifully but in a nice gentle, light kind of way. Although Clinique is 100% fragrance free, there is a slight smell to this soap, but I like it. It is not unpleasant, it is merely a clean fresh kind of smell. It rinses off easily and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Sometimes I enjoy it so much, I apply it again even though I don't particularly need to. I think that this liquid facial soap definitely lives up to its claims. Sometimes after cleansing the skin it can feel a little tight but I have never experience that with this soap. But being the super fan that I am, I do of course complete the rest of the system which leaves my skin even more lovely and smooth.
===Value for money and would I recommend?===
I think that this offers fantastic value for money. You need barely any product for a good use and my bottle is lasting extremely well. I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't have to repurchase for a good few months yet. I would most definitely recommend this product although I would suggest that you pop to your local Clinique counter and ask the consultant to recommend the correct strength for you; otherwise the product may not give the best results. Overall just a fantastic product of which I can think of no negatives.
Although on the whole I tend to prefer make-up and bath products to skincare, one thing I do absolutely love is cleansers, and even though I've found a couple which really suit my skin, it never seems to stop me from buying more. Saying that, as much as I am a fan of cleansers, I do prefer cream cleansers to face washes. I have dry skin, and in the past have found facial washes have made my skin feel tight and uncomfortable. It's for that reason I would probably not have purchased a full size tube of Clinique's liquid facial soap mild, as it's a lot of money to take a risk on in my opinion. As it happens I got my hands on a 30ml sample tube, so decided to give it a try.
The product is described as being for 'dry combination' skin. This confused me to start with, as in my humble opinion your skin is either dry or it's combination, if it was both, then surely that would make it just combination?! My skin very much fits into the dry category, although now and then I do get a slight greasiness to the sides of my nose. The back of the tube tells me this is non-drying, 100% fragrance free, and should be used twice daily. If you use Clinique's 3 step system, this is step 1 - cleanse - and is suitable for skin types 1 and 2 - see a Clinique beauty consultant to find out which skin type you have.
As mine was a travel size it came in a pale green tube, however the full sized version comes in a rather sleek looking bottle with a silver band around the neck which looks to me like a posh hand wash!
The facial soap is clear and has a nice consistency to it. It's not so thick that it's difficult to work into a lather, but nor is it runny, so fingers crossed it won't drip off your hands, as given the price tag, it's not a product you'd want to lose down the drain! There is a very mild smell to the soap which is almost medicinal, but it's so subtle I barely notice it at all.
I found that it lathered quite well, and the lather is rather gentle, rather than thick suds. Only a small amount is needed to create sufficient lather to cover my whole face, which again makes the product cost effective. The product feels nice against the skin, although I've never used this and felt I am using something really special. What I'm trying to say, is that the feel against the skin is not particularly luxurious and this could be any £2.99 face wash from Superdrug!
The wash is easy to rinse off with warm water and after use I pat my skin dry. The first time I used this, the immediate result was that my skin felt tight and sore in places. It was a sort of 'red raw' feeling as though my skin had been scratched in places. That should have been enough to put me off, but I am not one to give up...
For reasons unknown, I decided to try the wash again. The second use of this wash, the results were somewhat different and there was no sore feeling to my skin, but it did feel quite tight. Bizarrely though, when running my hands over my skin, it felt silky smooth, as though it had just had a good exfoliation. In terms of appearance I noticed a shininess to my cheeks and nose which had not been there before, although this only seemed to last for around 30 minutes after use.
I found that the product removed make up such as foundation and eye shadow quite well, but it couldn't get rid of mascara. If I'm being fair though, it doesn't actually promise to do this, it would have just been a nice bonus.
After around a week of continued use, morning and night, I found that my skin was both looking and feeling incredibly dry. I have dry skin anyway, but it was noticeably worse than normal, and much to my embarrassment someone even commented on it. I had flaky patches of skin on my forehead and my skin was beginning to feel rather tight and uncomfortable. It was at this point I decided that I'd have to stop using it as it obviously didn't suit my skin type, and the claims that it was mild and non-drying were obviously not applicable to me!
I am actually mad at myself that I continued to use this product, and didn't see the results of the initial use as a warning sign that my skin didn't like it. For around two weeks after using this my skin seemed to be quite sensitive and hot, and it took some intensive moisturising, from another (thankfully better) Clinique product, the Superdefense moisturiser, to get my skin back on track.
A 200ml bottle of this product costs £13 from Boots. I feel that this is quite pricey, but of course considering it doesn't work, I am very pleased that I got mine in the form of a sample. I would have been gutted to have forked out £13 on something that made my skin so awful.
Needless to say I will not be recommending this product based on my personal experience. This is a product that obviously works well for some as it has lots of positive reviews and the Clinique website claim that 96% of people said they'd recommend this to a friend. I fall into the other 4%, who say stay the hell clear, especially if you have dry skin!
Clinique is a premium beauty brand which is part of the Estee Lauder brand. They offer various skincare, makeup, fragrance and bodycare products.
*~*3 Step Skincare*~*
The most popular range of products from Clinique, is likely to be the 3 step Skincare System which includes a soap, a toning lotion and a moisturiser. The soap is available in either a bar or liquid form. Clinique seperate different skincare products into different skin types known as 1, 2, 3 and 4. The liquid facial soap is available in mild for 1 and 2, extra mild for 1 and oily for 3 and 4.
The mild liquid facial soap is for dry/combination skin. It promotes itself as being dermatologically tested, clinically formulated, allergy tested and fragrance free. It is the 1st step of 3 and prepares the skin for the toning lotion.The soap claims to cleanse the skin without stripping protective lipids from the skin.
The full size version of the liquid soap comes in a sturdy, transparent bottle with black writing. The soap is dispensed by way of a pump dispenser. The smaller, Gift with purchase liquid soaps come in a green tube with various bits of information on the back. Either way, the soap should be used up within 24months of first opening.
The liquid soap is designed to be used twice per day. You should dampen your hands with tepid water and dispense a small blob of soap and working into a lather within your palms. Apply the lather to the face and neck area then rinse before patting the face dry. Proceed with the rest of the 3 step system or your normal toning lotion and moisturiser.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
Clinique is available from department stores and stores such as Boots. The fullsize is 200ml and retails around the £13.00 mark. The tubes can be purchased from ebay and are marked not for resale as they come from the special sets produced by Clinique. 30ml, 50ml and 75ml sizes are priced from 99p.
I have used various Clinique products over the past few years. When I was working and had no house or family to look after, I bought the whole 3 step skincare set. I didn't get on with it to be honest and I believe it was mainly down to the Dramatically Different. Anyway, I sold my set to a friend as I had paid quite a bit for the full set and she really liked it and still uses the 3 step system even now. Some of you may know that I buy and sell premium brands on ebay and Clinique is one of my best sellers. For some reason, the liquid soaps don't sell all that well so in a lot I received a few months ago, I decided to keep the 75ml tubes I had for personal use.
I don't use this soap everyday. I use it perhaps 3 timesa week as I have other facial cleansers to use up. I no longer follow the 3 step and I don't believe it is neccessary. When I use this, I tend to follow up with a Biotherm Toner and my usual day cream. My tubes are quite plain. Previous experience with the full size bottle was favourable in terms of how much was dispensed from the pump and being able to see how much is left in the bottle.
*~*Washing Up With Clinique*~*
When I use this soap, I do so in the mornings as I am quite lazy with skincare routines at night time. My preferrence is to use this in the shower as I can wash it off easier. The soap is quite gloopy and clear with little bubbles present. Despite claiming to be fragrance free, there is a faint, unusual aroma present which intensifies as the soap lathers. I found the best way to get the most from my soap is to actually wet my face as opposed to my hands and then use my fingertips to apply the soap directly onto my wet face.
My face is dry with some noticeable oily parts but the dryness is the most prominent. The soap feels extra cooling and refreshing as I apply it to my face. I use my fingertips to dab it around my face and massage it lightly to lather it up. The lather develops rather quickly and although there isn't a mass of foam on my face, there is enough to provide a light layer to cleanse. Starting off quite oily, the soap becomes light and soft with a little creaminess with more lathering.
The lather feels pleasant on my face though I cannot say I'm really keen on the strength of the scent..it is rather artificial and plastic like hence the reason I don't feel like using this every day. It doesn't sting my eyes or anything but I feel it could have been better appointed. Once a reasonable lather is present on my cheeks, chin, around my nose and my extra dry forehead, I pop myself under the shower head and use my fingertips again to ease the lather from my face. As recommended, I dry my face gently.
My face feels freshly washed and deeply cleansed after using this facial soap. The soap gives my skin a slightly tight feeling which disappears after I use my toner and moisturiser. My face feels cleansed the rest of the day and the dry spots don't react to the soap.
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild is a quick and easy way to cleanse the skin prior to completing a skincare routine. I personally consider £13.00 too much for a soap despite only a tiny amount being needed. It does its job but if you want to buy this, I would recommend purchasing a few of the smaller tubes on ebay as you can make a considerable saving on the retail price. The tubes are also ideal for going on holiday or weekends away.
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Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild
When I first started spending more money on better skin care products back in my early twenties Clinique were a brand that dominated my dresser drawer. However since then and in more recent years I have stopped buying all that many items from Clinique, with the exception of a few makeup products here and there. When it was time to get a new face wash I was wandering around my local John Lewis and decided to give this Clinique liquid soap another try after remembering using it and liking it years previously.
Overall, I liked this face wash. In fact, as a liquid soap based facial cleanser I think it does its job well and leaves my face feeling fresh and clean. I use this at both nighttimes with a full face of make up to remove and in the morning where I just want to freshen up. It does work well in removing all of my makeup and I rarely ever find any remains on my skin when I give my face a second wipe over with a bit of toner. It also works well at removing a lot of the waterproof make items that I own. However, it just doesn't deliver anything else other than a liquid soap and I have become used to higher end products going above and beyond with quality and added ingredients, which offer your skin a bit more luxury.
This has the feel of a rather basic and unscented face soap. When you dispense a small amount (and you only really need to use a tiny amount) it does lather up well. After I have used this and dried off my face I do find that it doesn't leave my skin feeling dried out, but it does leave it feeling ever so slightly tight, which is a tad uncomfortable until I moisturise. Personally, I always moisturise after I have used this, but then I tend to moisturise every time after I was my face with any product.
The liquid facial soap is available in a range of different combinations to suit different skin tones. I have Clinique's mild version which is suitable for sensitive and sometimes dry skin with an ever so slightly combination T- zone. If you are thinking about trying this then it is best to ask the sales assistant for a bit of information about which product will suit your skin the best.
One thing Clinique have done brilliantly is the packaging, the liquid soap comes in a sturdy plastic pump container. Importantly the pump only gives you a small amount out, the perfect amount to wash your face but without feeling like you are wasting any. As I use this predominantly in our shower cubicle it has taken a few clumsy knocks and it still remains looking as good as new. It is also possible to twist this shut, which comes in handy to drag this along to the gym or pack in my bag for a weekend away. The packaging also looks rather attractive.
There just isn't anything particularly special about this liquid soap, personally I feel like I am paying half the price for the brand name alone rather than an all singing all dancing face wash. Please don't get me wrong I do like this and it does feel and work like a quality product, but it just seems expensive for a good liquid soap. To buy this you can expect to pay £13 for a 250 ml bottle. Although I will say that because you don't need to use much to get the desired effects it does seem to be lasting me for quite a while. I have been using mine now for just about two months and I still have a good quarter of it left.
This is just a bit basic for my personal preferences, but it still delivers a nice face wash, but for the price tag I was a tad disappointed in what I actually got and therefore my score may seem a little harsh but I really expected more from a brand such as Clinique. Three out of five stars.
As you might expect from reading the review I would hesitate to recommend this product. It is by no means a bad product, but I have come to expect more from bigger expensive brand name items and this just didn't quite tick all the boxes for me.
Product: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
What Clinique says:
Clinically formulated cleansing-that's how great skin starts. All the benefits of Clinique's famous dermatologist-developed facial soap in a liquid formula.
Clinique's dermatologists believe soap is best. Our new liquid formula removes facial dirt and oil. Work to loosen surface flakes
I've used many, many facial washes and was yet to find my holy grail wash.... that was until Clinique Liquid Facial Soap came along!!
I purchased the wash from Boots, i was a bit sceptical at first, afterall £13.00 seemed a lot of money to spend on a product which is basically a soap. I brushed the doubts aside and went ahead of course and i'm so glad i did.
The wash comes in a bottled dispenser, the bottle is frosted glass like with the Clinique logo at the front, the packaging looks expensive and you can see that it is well made. The dispenser turns to on/off mode to ensure that there aren't any spillages.
I use the wash twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. With warm water i lather the soap between my palms. I then massage the lather over my face and throat, rinse off and then pat my skin dry.
After using the wash it makes my skin feel smooth and soft and best of all extremely refreshed. I've used the wash for approximately 6 months now and i can definitely notice a difference with my complexion, clear and spot free.
The wash as lasted me 6 months as yet and i still have a generous amount left in the bottle, so even though it's quite costly it doesn't seem a lot if you divide the cost per month as a little goes a long way.
I'll continue using the Clinique wash and it's quickly became a favourite in my beauty routine.
If you do purchase from Boots then remember to use your advantage card as you receive 52 points when you buy the product.
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I think everyone knows that the key to nice skin is a good cleanser. Your skin can't stay healthy if it isn't clean, and makeup wipes just aren't good enough for that deep clean. That's where this soap comes in.
I've been using Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (Mild) on and off for years, but I always go back to it because I always get the best results from it. It's a clinically formulated mild soap that is recommended for dry combination skin to leave it feeling fresh, clean and comfortable.
I always buy it in the Clinique 3 Step System travel kits, so my description of the packaging will differ from the photo shown above, but the image above is correct for the full sized bottle.
In the travel kit, you get a 50ml tube of the facial soap (along with the other 2 products in that line). This tube is just like a smaller toothpaste tube, but it's a cloudy green colour. The Clinique logo is branded on the front, along with the product name and the skin type it's recommended for (dry combination). There is a small blurb on the back of the tube, along with the directions of "use twice daily".
When you flip open the cap, there is a very slight scent that hits you. It's not any scent in particular, it just smells clean. This slightly confuses me as it claims to be fragrance free, but either way, it doesn't bother me.
The product itself is a clear gel that you can use alone, with a washcloth or for a real deep clean, with a Clarisonic. I usually just use it alone. To do this, I just squeeze a small amount on my fingers, lather it up a little then lather it all over my face and rinse it off. I always do this after removing my makeup so that it cleans my skin instead of just removing my makeup, those are two completely different things.
After using this soap, my skin feels lovely and soft and I could probably get away with using this on it's own every now and again, instead of following up with the other two steps. Most soaps leave skin feeling dry and tight, but this is very refreshing and you definitely feel like you've had a good clean (perfect for those like me who wear quite a bit of makeup).
Like I said, I follow this up with the other 2 steps in the system, but I'll review those separately as the all serve different purposes.
I purchased this in the travel kit for £20 in Boots, but you can buy the 200ml bottle for £13 or the 400ml bottle for £19.58. Boots also have an offer on selected Clinique products right now, if you buy 3 Clinique products, you'll receive and extra 750 advantage card points.
A 50ml tube of this lasts me roughly 5-6 weeks, so don't be put off by the high prices for the bottles.
- leaves skin feeling clean, exactly what you want with a soap
- doesn't leave skin feeling tight or uncomfortable
- isn't irritating
- slightly expensive for soap, but you truly get what you pay for
Overall, this is always going to be my holy grail soap, even if I do cheat on it every now and then to try new things. I highly recommend it to anyone with dry or dry combination skin (Clinique have another soap for oily/oily combination skin).
Thanks for reading!
I had just finished a long term course of antibiotics from the doctor, because of problematic skin, my skin was the best it had been for a long time and I wanted to keep it that way. So, off I went to Boots to "suss out" the different types of skincare on offer. Clinique is a brand that I had heard loads about from friends and read loads about in magazines. It has always had a high profile as far as I was concerned so because of that, that was the choice I made.
I went over the Clinique counter and was greeted by a nice looking girl with lovely skin. She sat me down, asked me questions about my skin, I answered her questions and explained about the antibiotics that I had been on and eventually she suggested the liquid facial soap, mild, along with a toner and moisturiser.
That evening, I couldn't wait to try it out, so I dispensed a blob onto my hand using the pump dispenser. This is a really good feature as it gives you a measured dose so it controls the amount you use - so you don't squeeze out too much and waste it. It is a clear, fragrence free gel, which lathers up easily with a small amount of water. I applied it to my cheeks and over my eyes. It removed my make up easily and did feel quite nice to rub over my skin.
I dried my face and then my skin started to tighten up. It really felt like it was drying out. I always tone and moisturise after washing my face anyway so I did so, using my usual brands. After appyling the moisturiser my skin felt alot better. I continued to use the facial wash twice a day for 2-3 days, then the next morning I noticed my eyelids were both swollen up and red. On closer inspection I could see the skin was dry and flaky aswell. I have never suffered with excema before but my 2 year old son does so I can recogise what excema looks like - and this was excema.
I stopped using the face wash and went back to my old brand. I also used some of my sons excema cream which cleared it up after a few days. I know it was this face soap that caused it as I hadn't used anything else different on my face.
I can't see how this facial soap can be mild, if it brings excema up on my eyes like that, when I have never had excema before from any other brand I have used (and believe me, I have used a lot of brands).
I started to use Clinique products when I was 21, as they were recommended to me by a some chemists. Not Boots or Superdrug, actual research and development chemists for one of the leading international skincare companies. I was temping there, and asked for skincare advice from the experts, and their unbiased (considering it wasn't Clinique I worked for) response was unanimous - Clinique is THE best for sensitive skin.
They are famed for their three step system (Cleanse! Tone! Moisturise!), and this Facial Soap is marketed as step one (its one of many options). For me, its ideal, as using a rinse-off cleanser means I don't need to bother with the hassle or expense of step 2, which is toner.
The packaging is lush - pastel Clinique green with the big silver C. If I ever wake up feeling ugly and dowdy, it only takes a little gaze at my expensive Clinique skincare treats lined up on the shelf to make me feel unutterably glamourous and high-end. Ow, it hurts to realise how shallow I can be, but its true!
The pump dispenser makes it really easy to get some out in the shower without spilling it, or leaving the top off only slightly so you don't realise and all your precious product oozes down the side of the bath as you sleep.
It doesn't smell of anything, and the clear gloop doesn't feel particularly luxe in your hand. It does produce a decent lather however, and is omnipotent when it comes to getting rid of waterproof mascara and stubborn eyeliners. The fact it is so effective on the obvious stuff like make-up leaves me in little doubt its got all the city-grime and environmental poison off my cheeks.
I have seen reviews of this where people have complained that their skin is left tight and dry by this product. It does not do this to me, and I would suggest these guys try the Extra Mild Variant - the beauty of Clinique is that every step in the system comes in loads of different guises, and my best advice would be to visit a counter and get some samples to try. My skin is left soft, clean and awakened rather than dry, and ready for step 3.
I am 32 - beyond the point at which I'm supposed to start messing about with greasy cleansing lotions - and yet I'm happy enough with my skin to not want to fix what isn't broken. This cleanser is excellent.
Currently £13 for 200ml at Boots, but shop around and you may find cheap travel sizes.
In my younger days when shopping in department stores I was always facinated by the beauty departments, The smells, the colours and the luxurious displays always managed to draw me in like a magnet.
The was one particular brand that I was always drawn to and that was Clinique.
I had to wait until I was in my late twenties before I actually got my hands on some of the products and this is my experience and opnions of the Clinique liquid facial soap for dry and combination skin.
Clinique the brand -
Clinique was launched as a brand in 1968 and prided itself on being allergy tested and 100% fragrence free.
The products are all designed to suit individual skin types and skin needs.
Clinique skin care products are marketed as part of a 3 step programme that consists of Cleanse, Exfoliate and Mositurise.
The product -
For the purpose of this review I am concentrating on the mild version of the liquid facial soap although it is avaliable in two other varities to suit Oily skin and there is also the extra mild version.
I should also point out that my skin type is combination and not very sensitive.
The product comes in the classic and distinctive pale green bottle with the silver writing on, it has a pump lid to dispense the liquid, this is the liquid version of the best selling block soap
It claims that the product is non drying and will remove facil oil and dirt.
How to use -
Pump out an amount about the size of a ten piece coin and with warm water lather the soap in your palms. Massage lather all over your face and neck. Rinse it off with warm water and then pat dry before using your moisturiser.
My experince -
I found that the pump was quite stiff which was good as it means you do not waste any product, the product has quite a thick feel to it and once I added the warm water I found that it lathered up well into a creamy liquid that was easy to apply to my face and neck and I found that the amount I used was more than enough to do this.
I felt very luxurious when I was massaging this in and it glided over my skin well. I remove all my makeup including my mascara and eyeliner and I did not need to rub hard I just massaged it in. I also found that it was very easy to remove with warm water.
After I patted my skin dry I did notice that I looked really fresh as though I had had a facial and I felt very clean and smooth. However my skin did feel really tight as though I had not quite removed a face mask and it did feel very tight, I used my normal moisturiser afterwards which always leaves my skin feeling smooth and not dry and tight but this time I found that I had to apply quite a bit to get the same feeling.
The clean and soft feeling of my skin did last all day and the tight and dry feeling did wear off after a while but I feel that this is more down to my moisturiser than the product itself.
Where can I purchase it -
I bought mine in boots at the clinique counter and it can also be purchased in the larger department stores and also online. The 220ml bottle costs approx £13.00
My Conclussion -
I have to say that this was easy to use and removed all my makeup including mascara and eyeliner with ease and I did feel that my skin had recived a really deep clean, however it did leave my skin dry and as this is formulated for combination/ dry skin I didn't feel that the product did what it said it would and at £13.00 I would expect that it did.
I was tempted to try the exta mild to see if that left my skin without the tight and dry feeling but I didn't want to spend another £13.00 to try it out.
All in all it does give a lovely clean and smooth feel to your skin but the tight and dry feeling spoilt it for me. I would suggest that if you have normal skin then prehaps you will get the clean and smooth feel without the tightness and dryness but if you have dry skin then its not for you.
All the benefits of Clinique's famous dermatologist-developed facial soap in a liquid formula. Preps skin for the exfoliating action of Clarifying Lotion. Convenient pump dispenses just the right amount.