Rated 4.74 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Truly Perfect
I get razor bumps/folliculitis when I shave and blemishes all over. When I follow the 3-step properly I have zero blemishes on my forehead or nose. Blemishes in my beard area are aggravated by aggressive shaving, improperly shaving, dull blades, lack of lubricationÉ or pretty much anything that is not a perfect shave.
I donÕt even know where to start with this wash. IT IS AMAZING. IÕve always been happy with Clinique products, but I feel that other products were on par with some of the things Clinique offered. Let me tell you this Charcoal Face Wash isnÕt just superior to other washes, it almost creates a new category of washes. It comes out of the tube pitch black, which is definitely jarring at first. Wait, you want me to put tar on my face?!? But unlike other clay/charcoal washes there are no visible or tangible particles in here. They are so finely ground this gel feels as smooth and silky as anything youÕve ever tried. It lathers well and turns into a white foam. ItÕs kind of cool to watch Ð how DOES it go from black to white?? When it washes off it feels as though you skin is perfect Ð like silicone rubber. Because Clinique products are unscented this doesnÕt have a Ôsmell.Õ But what it does have is so fresh and clean. I use a Clarisonic brush with this and because this isnÕt an exfoliator, it can be used twice daily if you want. My pores have disappeared as the charcoal draws out all the gunk from everywhere on your face. A previous reviewer claimed it didnÕt control oil. But itÕs the follow up products that aid in oil control. I use the oil-control exfoliating tonic and the oil-control mattifying moisturizer. At about lunch time IÕll have a little shine around my nose, but nothing IÕm ever concerned about.
Although IÕm always open to trying new products, I have doubts than any product will rival this for a long time. ItÕs difficult for me to explain how much I truly love this product. You owe it yourself to try this product.
Most Helpful Critical Review Did not resolve oily skin
Of course a product cannot completely vanish oily skin, but this product is used to assist in fighting oily skin seeing that it is a water based product as per the sales person. I've been using this product for about 3 weeks now and I haven't witnessed any changes in my skin. I still find myself having to use oil blotting paper throughout the entire day until I'm home. I'll continue to use this bottle until it's finished, hoping that the current results will take a positive turn.
Reviewed by 74 customers Great daily face wash.
Joe in the 505 from New Mexico
Great daily face wash. This is a very gentle and effective face wash. My skin never feels dried out or irritated after I use this product. I have tried several face washes in the past from different companies, this is by far my favorite. It's hard to describe what makes it so good, but my skin seems to do very well when I use this.
Favorite face wash
Andy from California
Really love this face wash and a little goes a long way. Doesn't feel harsh and doesn't dry up my face like some cheaper options do. A must have for my everyday routine
I wanted to love it
Lauren from New York
I really wanted to love this cleanser. It lathers so well and feels AMAZING when you're rubbing it on your skin. But that's where the good things end :(
My skin is so itchy, tight, and dry now, when it's normally oily. I think I'd rather my skin produce enough oil to run a restaurant where everything is deep fried than feel this tightness.
Best In Class.
Brando from Tempe, AZ
I've tried multiple charcoal cleansers and this is the absolute best one. I use this religiously and it deep cleans my skin without irritation. Clinique does it again with this one!
Fresh and glow
Kc from Florida
Super nice product, after used you can feel your skin so soft and smooth
Not just for men!--Same as the discontinued women's version
DiscoXena from Iowa City, IA
Thankfully another woman had written a review, as I was not happy when the women's version of this cleanser was discontinued (as Clinique does with everything). I was concerned it would be a little more harsh, but it is the same product. Clinique really should bring back the general version or at least put this one out there as good for both sexes, it's not just for men! And it's my favorite of all the Clinique cleansers ever...and I've tried them ALL as a very long term customer.
Clinique men's charcoal
DachsieMom from Minnesota
My husband specifically asked me to order this product for him, after he tried a sample size and felt it was a good cleanser. He has never asked me to buy anything similar like that before so he really felt it provided a good through pore cleansing.
Does it's job
TheLadySpeaksforTheDude from Utah
I could see the difference after 1 wash. Very nice product-there is a reason it has a 5 star rating from so many. My husband definitely will be getting more when it runs out- he really likes it. He has oily skin, and it was returned to a healthy radiance. Helped reduce the appearance of blackheads and redness.
Noticeable difference in just one use!
ani from NY
I purchased this product for my husband because i noticed his skin was looking more dull and tired lately. I know, maybe this review seems irrelevant because i'm not the one using the product. But as an outsider, I can honestly say this product produced a noticeable difference the first time he used it! And, over the last few days, his skin has looked healthier, brighter, and his skin tone is more even too! I would definitely recommend this product--If an outsider can see the difference, then it must be working!
Contains a terrible allergen!
Skinny from Washington, DC
Clinique claims this item is "allergy tested." If so, they are not telling you that it failed the test. The product is full of Methylisothiazolinone (and a second related compound.) These substances were declared the 2013 Contact Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. Clinique -- shame on you for putting one of the worst known allergens in a product you claim is 'allergy tested!"
Helps with oil control
Zach from ND
Was curious to try this cleanser after reading the reviews and fell in love with it. I exfoliate with the men's scrub twice a week and use the charcoal wash the day after I exfoliate to balance-- my skin has never felt or looked better. I would love a refillable mini size of this cleaner!
Gentle but thorough clean
Kris from NJ
Bought this cleanser for my husband. He initially complained that it wasn't doing the job because it didn't leave his skin "squeaky clean", i.e. stripped, like his previous cleanser - but in a couple weeks, his breakouts stopped almost completely. The blackheads on his nose still remain, hence the 4/5 rating, but we're rather likely to re-purchase.
Powerful face cleanser
Franko from Bakersfiled, CA
This removes all face oil, sun block, and any other face product with ease. Leaves my face filling super clean, refreshed and comfortable.
Would not want to be without it!
Flyer from Iowa
use it every morning in the shower
Lucy from Delaware
The War Against Whiteheads Is Won
Elizabeth from Florida
Yes, I know this was meant for men, but I received it as a sample and fell in love with the product. I am light-fair skin that easily gets blotchy and breakouts. After a full day of wearing wakeup, this product cleans and my face feels refreshed. I have combination skin, so it doesn't dry my skin out or leave an abundance of oil. I obtain whiteheads easily, but with this product, it helps make them go away and stay away. All it takes is this product and a face cloth, so it's extremely easy to use and keep up with maintaining a clean face. Additionally, I liked that this is a charcoal product that doesn't leave a leftover charcoal residue.
I love this product and use it every day
T from Clarkville, TN
I use this product in the am and pm to remove makeup and oil. It's wonderful. It's gentle on my face and doesn't dry it out. I'm in my 50's and have trouble finding skin care that cleans my oily skin without drying it out. I imagine it would work well for all skin types.
Pores are clear and skin not too dry
Nir88 from Cambridge, MA
Very effective at getting pores completely clean, blackheads are gone without leaving the skin too dry.
Simple Cleanser that Does the Job
Ella from Maryland
I'm an active 28-year-old female. This does the job. No fragrance. Cleans well. No hassle. This is my second purchase. I use it for my face and body. This does not dry you out.
Listen: Female-targeted products with flowery, organic coconut/avocado/almond oil infused cleansers marketed to women were actually breaking me out. And I was paying so much money. Switched to this. Does it remove make up? Yes, if you wash your face 3 times.
Ed from Michigan
I have tried so many various face washes. They either didn't clean enough or left my face and hands dry. This is the first face wash I can actually feel working! You don't need much at all of it either which is awsome!! I've had it for 3 days and I can feel a difference, even hours upon hours after use. I highly recommend this!!
Face wash with oil absorbing stuff
MikeC from USA
Definitely can try if you want to unclog your pores during summer time. It is gel like face wash not cream like, so make sure you like the way it is.
I would buy this again
Dan from Darien Il
After using this to wash my face, it felt great
made my brother care about skincare
flyleilah from philadelphia, pa
this past summer, i bought this on a whim for my 21-year-old brother, who's only skincare routine was salicylic acid on the occasional pimple. after a little bit of arm twisting, i showed him how to use it and dropped the subject. today he tells me that his bottle is almost empty, and he's been using the face wash almost every day! he says it gives a really refreshing feeling and makes his skin feel smoother. his skin type is normal, slightly oily in the summer.
Not for Sensitive Skin
Nadddssss from Denver, CO
I bought this face wash for my boyfriend. I was so excited for him to use it since I have used clique for a very long time now. His previous face wash was a charcoal wash as well. After a few days my boyfriend developed red circles around his eyes, pretty much a rash and his top eye lids began to dry out and start peeling. He stopped using the face wash and now his face is back to normal. I would suggest that people with sensitive skin do not use this, and or try the wash on a small part of the face before use. Other than the allergic reaction the smell is great and you get a lot for what your pay for.
Cleared my pores!!
Josh from Orange County
I have been using Clinique for 6 years. I switched over from the regular face wash about six months ago. This charcoal face wash is 100x better. Deep cleans those pores and makes my skin feel so smooth. I had clogged pores before using this. Saw great results after the first use!! I would definitely recommend to any guy.