Rated 4.66 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Great Exfoliation
I LOVE the fact that Clinique finally brought back the Exfolation ingredient " Salicylic Acid" in the #2. Clairfying - Taking the product back to what it is meant to do "Exfolation" - So many people forget or don't use the Clairfying thinking it is just a Toner - Get Ready to Turn Back the Clock - After I use the soap - then the Clairfying #2, follow with the Dramatically Different lotion - AM & PM & (2x a week the regular scrub) My skin is translucent as it just was given a drink of water - Everyday People always ask "what I use" I say "Clinique of course" Stay Young - Laugh alot & you too will Always use Clinque - It Works!!!
Most Helpful Critical Review The Clarifying lotions need a complete rehaul....
I used this for a long time before I realized that using alcohol and witch hazel on the skin is not exactly the best way to go about cleaning or prepping skin. Even though people behind the Clinique counter will always say that this is "cosmetic grade" alcohol, it is still alcohol (and not the fatty alcohols which are moisturizing). For the time I used them, I felt the only way to clear my skin was to be agressive....that really didn't help my problems at all and the proof is in using other products from Clinique like their oil cleanser, which is making my skin thrive. I really think the alcohol and witch hazel needs to go and for the Step 2s to be more of an exfoliating essence type of "lotion". That way it can still exfoliate with the BHA but provide moisture and really prep skin for serums or the moisturizer. I LOVE Clinique's Even Better Essence and I really believe that a formulation more similar to those would take Clinique's 3 step to the next level. Out with alcohol, in with more of a hydrating but exfoliating essence "lotion" please :)
Reviewed by 1400 customers This makes my skin hydrated and glowy
obsidiangoddess from Nevada, Reno
I love how this adds hydration to my face. I use the facewash but it dries me out, as soon as I apply the toner, I'm hydrated again and it makes my skin soft for the moisturizer
Made my face breakout
Anon231 from California
I have sensitive skin that is combination/oily. I remember putting this all over my face and neck as a kid going through my mom's makeup and loving the clean filling it gave me. Now as a grown adult I decided to buy this cleanser to improve my skincare routine but sadly wish I hadn't. Gave me a horrible breakout. Huge and small pimples all over my skin, some of them lasted for only a day which makes me think that it may have been an allergic reaction(?). But It has been about a month now and I still have some of the big ones (now dried) on my face. As soon as I stopped using it, the pimples stopped emerging. Very disappointed.
Good Exfoliator without Drying my Skin
Courtney from Philadelphia, PA
I use this twice a day after I wash my face. I feel like it really preps my face well for the serum or moisturizer that I'm about to apply so it doesn't just sit on top of dead skin76`8uuuuuu
ashyjo1 from Iowa
I have used this product for multiple years and I love it. Works great.
Even have my husband using it
Cardmaker58 from Stockton, CA
I have used this for over 40 years. Just love it!
Completely dried out skin!!!
Notahappycustomer from Arizona
If I could give negative stars I would! I bought this product to help my skin but it made it worst! Ive been using it for about a week. It made my entire face dry and flaky! I emailed customer service but that was no help! I needed some advice and all I got was an automated email which seemed like they only cared about joining the Smart Rewards program!! Don't waste your money! Better off buying products from the department store!
Fav exfoliator from Clinique
Ann from New York
This lotion is gentle yet powerful in getting my skin ready for moisturizer. I usually use it when I feel that some makeup are not gone completely after cleansing, and I use it as a second cleanser. It works perfectly with a cotton pad. With its gentle formula, my skin doesn't feel tight nor dry after the exfoliation.
Long Time User
Cabby57 from Spring Branch, TX
I've been using the Clinique #2 Clarifying Lotion for approximately 30+ years. I love how it makes my skin feel even cleaner, smoother and ready for my moisturizer.
Love the Clarifying lotion!
Nursecam from VA
I use level two of the Clarifying lotion. It makes my face feel so clean and ready for the dramatic moisturizing lotion. Use it twice a day.
Cris from Chicago
I am using this exfoliator in combination with the Clinique liquid facial soap and the moisturizer. I really like this product and I can feel my skin smooth and nice even after the very first week of use!
hate to say it but I might be sold
Liv from Maryland
So first of all this product is a toner lol. I've seen similar products from different brands I respect also called "lotions." Imho they have more in common with nail polish remover than lotion. This stuff is clear and smells like alcohol and if I don't moisturize within 3 minutes of applying this, I feel like my face is gonna fall off in my sleep
THAT SAID: I have combination, sensitive, very fair, redness-prone skin with some embarrassingly noticeable eczema in the winter. I'm super Irish, my family has horrible acne, and my face gets super shiny / clogged in the summer from sweat and SPF products. I've only been using this product over the summer but for people with skin concerns like mine, believe me this: I think this is a great part of an evening routine to combat the SPF , IF you follow it with moisturizer (I usually use serum between the two but that's personal preference). I've been trying to find the trial size on this site and haven't successfully, despite getting it in an ulta skincare sampler recently. That said, I think it's worth a try. Oh and idk what the directions say but I've been slapping it on my face with bare hands and that works for me
Better before they changed formula
Andrea from Houston
Why, why, why did they take menthol out of the ingredients? I have been using the #2 toner for (20+)years and recently noticed that my skin didn't feel cool or refreshed after applying the toner. I compared my new bottle with an old one and sure enough they changed the formula. I could definitely tell a difference because before, with the menthol as an ingredient, when I used my moisturizer after applying the toner it felt as though my skin was literally "drinking" the moisturizer and absorbing it much better. I could feel the moisturizer sinking in. Now, there's nothing special about this toner at all since they took out that ingredient.
Mo! from Richland, wa
It's so good I will only buy this from now on
Terri from Cedar rapids
Wakes up my skin. Feels very refreshing. Let's moisturiziers do their job better!
Cat from San Rafael, CA
At first this stung my skin a little but then my skin got used to it & the stinging stopped after daily use. It left my skin feeling fresh & cleansed after use. I received this as a sample. My skin is more oily, so I think I will be buying & trying the 3. A Clinique representative said the 3 is stronger so hopefully it doesn't sting!
Gently Exfoliating The Skin
Kini from CA
I use clarifying lotion 2 For my skin. It's gently exfoliate the skin on daily basis. Love this product 💕
I have been using this product for many years. Love It!
Diana from Kalamazoo Michigan
I use it every time I wash my face. I always get that tingly, fresh feeling. I have gone to Lotion 3 but came back to 2 because of the fresh sensation.
Make sure it's for your skin type
Skin Care Honest REVIEWS from MI
My Skin: Oily with some small dermatitis bumps on cheek. Acne prone but not terrible. Hyperpigmentation.
My fault was accidentally grabbing a product for dry skin and still using it thinking it'll benefit me in the long run. It didn't.
This product isn't for me. If you have skin similar to what I described of myself, it's probably best you DON'T use this product. I rated this product a 3 stars because it's probably not a bad product if you have DRY COMBINATION skin. This toner exfoliates and tones so it's a lot going on. You may not want to mix this too much with anything in your regimen.
If you're going to use this product, keep the routine simple or you'll burn your skin and cause rashes.
Claire from Nm
Love using during am/pm routine
Leaves skin soft
baskets21 from Ohio
Takes away extra dirt that soap doesn't remove
yary25 from Florida
The best product I have ever used.
The best lotion ever
Ievgeniia from De
When I've received this lotion first time I was surprised it had alcohol. I have combination dry skin and always use non-alcohol lotions and toners. But I try this product and now I'm very happy about my skin condition. It's more silky and shiny. I always use lotion after taking-off makeup and before using cream.
Don't be afraid about its smelling, it wouldn't irritate your skin if you're not allergic.
It makes my skin clean and cool
Anna from LA
After using this product, I feel my skin cool. And I think it's good to use it in summer. I feel it has a little achohol. If you are sensitive, please test your skin before using it.
Love it forever!
Pilar from New York, NY
Usually use lotion #3 for my oily skin and change to #2 during winter or so. Love both of them!!!! They control excess oil like nothing else!
Clears dead skin
Spinner from Petaluma, CA
Had some burned skin due to dry weather and some moisturizers I used didn't help. I usually used toner but had stopped using for few months before I bought and used this clarifying lotion. I used the 3-steps process - wash, exfoliates, and moisturizer. I could say the exfoliation helps restore my skin especially those burned areas on my forehead and in between the eyebrows. I'm happy to bump into this clarifying lotion from Clinique. Buying more items from Clinique for Men category :-)