Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion Review

April 9, 2016
Hey there! Today I'll be reviewing Clinique's Anti-Blemish Clarifying Lotion!




I am a hoarder and I just want to keep on buying products when I know that I already have too much. I bought this trial set from a department store Clinique counter in Ipoh for RM50 a while back and only just got to using it. I know they're not full sized products, but the offer was just too good to resist! Clinique is known for having good skincare products and I wanted to try their products out for myself.



So without further ado, on with the review!



*Disclaimer: I bought these products with my own money and was not paid to make this post. This is my honest review! ^^*


WHAT IS IT

This package consists of three sample sized products: a wash, a toner and a moisturizer. Namely, they are:

1. Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Gel
2. Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion
3. Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment

It also includes a sachet of the Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup Foundation in Ivory Beige (which is obviously not my shade hahaha) and a cute mesh pouch!



This range claims to be able to instantly start clearing the appearance of blemishes.



I thought that the wash and the moisturizer came in such small sizes that I couldn't really form solid opinions about them, so I decided to only review the toner.

On the official website, the description is as follows:


Step 2 of Anti-Blemish Solutions 3-Step System. Gentle, effective formula exfoliates to clear dead surface cells and reduce excess oil that can lead to breakouts. Unclogs pores. Oil-absorbing powders eliminate shine. Soothes irritation, redness.



WHERE TO BUY?

As I mentioned, this product is available in department store counters, but its available in Sephora as well. My toner came in a 60ml trial size, but the full sized product comes in a 200ml bottle and costs RM97. A 100ml bottle is also available.


PACKAGING




The whole range comes in a nice light blue packaging that looks simple and minimalistic. 






INGREDIENTS


Active: Salicylic Acid (1.5%), Other: Water, Alcohol Denat., Nylon-12, Butylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Caffeine, Sucrose, Glycerin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sorbitol, Sea Whip Extract, Barium Sulfate, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride


TEXTURE & FRAGRANCE

This toner is quite unique because its a transparent liquid with powder like particles inside. To use it, you have to shake the bottle vigorously until it becomes milky. The toner has a heavy alcohol smell that not everyone might like.

Shaking it is definitely an extra step because I find that just shaking it softly doesn't completely mix the powder. I actually thought that the powder would hurt, but I don't feel it all!


HOW TO USE



Cleanser - Toner - Moisturizer

Immediately after cleansing and drying my face, I pour a coin shaped amount of the toner onto a cotton pad and wipe it onto my skin, moving in an upwards motion.




MY REVIEW

So far this product has been great towards my skin. I didn't get any break outs while using it, and it seems like it does a decent enough job of double cleansing the skin.

For the past few weeks, I've actually been doing a lot of masks and DIY masks. My routine would be cleanse, tone, mask then moisturize. This toner has definitely helped my masks absorb better into my skin by getting rid of dead skin cells.

To be honest, it reminds me of Master's Toner (sans powder) because of the colour and the scent. This toner almost feels like an astringent as well, so I wouldn't recommend this to people with sensitive skin or just people who are sensitive to strong smells in general. It says that it's fragrance free but that's clearly not the case.

The powder is supposed to absorb oil but I didn't notice any matteness or less oil than what I experience on a normal day.


MY VERDICT

This product has worked well with my oily skin and has removed dead skin cells effectively as well. It's claim to reduce oil to reduce break outs is definitely legit.

It does a good job in (micro) exfoliation and prepping the skin for layering other skincare products.

I would categorize this toner as somewhat strong, similar to an astringent. It doesn't sting, but smells very alcohol-y. 


WILL I REPURCHASE

To be honest, although it's an okay toner, I still like Etude House's AC Clinic Daily Toner better. If I felt like an astringent, I'd also go back to my Master Toner and wouldn't spend an extra bucks just for the brand name. Bottom line: nope. 

HOWEVER, the size of the starter kit and the price was really worth it, so if I do see it again I just might buy another one because its convenient for when I travel! I really hate bringing full sized skincare products, especially glass bottles!



And that's it for my review! If you're interested in reading more of my reviews, click here!

Also, I posted 2 skincare product reviews this weekend, so do check out the other post by clicking here!



As always, thanks for reading!

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