Rated 4.47 out of 5 stars
This product has been a great addition to my routine! I've suffered from cystic acne in the past and this didn't cure it (going to a Romanian esthetician did that) but it's been keeping my skin super fresh and flowing along with the tea tree oil face wash I use and once a month glycolic peel/facial that I get. It's an inexpensive way to keep your skin looking amazing in-between peels/facials. There seems to be some misunderstanding with some of these reviewers on here- this isn't a full on 'peel' like the thicker glycolic peel I get from my esthetician- I don't know why some people think that's what it is- it's definitively not marketed that way. If that's what you're looking for, I suggest you consult a professional. Like any OTC product, this will not cure your acne, cystic acne, dark spots, or clogged pores, but it is an amazing alternative that keeps your skin looking great in-between treatments. Or if you don't need serious help and you just need a boost to your usual face wash/serum/moisturizer this product is definitely worth the money. I'd suggest trying it out and using it 3X a week. This in conjunction with my facials has worked wonders. I'm 38 with no dark spots, no breaks outs and no wrinkles!
It is indeed very impressive on the outside with the 32% of the 7-acid blend of AHAs/BHA/PHA.
However, after trying it, I can safely say that Clinique did stay on the safe side, rather than taking chance on their costumer's complaints of irritation after using such a high (salon and Derm.) strength acid product.
Due to the very high amount of alcohol, the product will barely have time to stay. let alone penetrate into the epidermis. It will be actually undetected without having any (major) effect. A product with 1% AHA would be able to deliver the same result as this one.
Since regulations demand that the weight of raw-materials that go into the product at production that creates the ingredients listing (rather than what is actually left in the product), makes it possible to have this impressive array of acids but in reality having a very mild and safe product.
Where I think it is disappointing for us consumers, is that one has purchased the product on false premises.
The Lancome Clarifique Face Essence with its 3% Glycolic Acid does deliver more after application than this product from Clinique.
Price "seems" to be attractive, however, it is only 30 ml (1 o.z.) for 34 USD. Lancome Clarifique Face Essence is 150 ml (5 o.z.) for 95 USD. As we can clearly see, the product from Clinique is a much higher priced one.
I find this product an excellent example of "clever marketing" and that's about it. It did not deliver on its promise (it did not irritate my sensitive skin either). It did basically nothing even when applied in higher quantities directly on the skin.
I am actually very disappointed with the ELC for creating this product and marketing it as something entirely different to what it really is: An extra step of alcohol in the skin care routine.
Needless to say that I will not repurchase, and will continue with Lancome Clarifique Face Essence.
Kelly D. from Denver, CO
Ziggy from Chicago
Ignore any negative reviews! I just purchased my second bottle so that is a testament it works! I use this peel every third evening in my skincare routine. It works exactly as promised! Peels away dead skin! I had bumps on my chin and after using this product a few times, I discovered underneath the layers of skin were long, ingrown hairs! So yes, this stuff works!
Cheryl from PA
I got this as a sample and I had never used a strong chemical peel before so I'll admit I was a little scared because I have sensitive skin. So I finally got up the nerve and gave it a go. I used a decent application and wow!! My tired skin actually glowed. It also cleaned up the blackheads I have on my nose. I use it once a week and find that enough. I love it soooo much that I recently purchased a full size at a retail outlet
Amy Lea from Louisville KY
No smell. Dries quickly. I noticed a difference after first use in my pores looked smaller and my completion brighter. I am 50 and have good skin but I have noticed lately my pores look not as tight. I use other expensive lines of products and nothing works this good and this cheaper. I have wore Clinique before but never tried the treatments. I seen this and read the reviews and thought I would try. I was very impressed and will continue to buy. This is way better results than the strivectin products I been using and cheaper. It works you all. It
Amy Lea from Louisville Ky
No smell. Dries quickly. I noticed a difference after first use in my pores looked smaller and my completion brighter. I am 50 and have good skin but I have noticed lately my pores look not as tight. I use other expensive lines of products and nothing works this good and this cheaper. I have wore Clinique before but never tried the treatments. I seen this and read the reviews and thought I would try. I was very impressed and will continue to buy. This is way better results than the strivectin products I been using and cheaper. It works you all.
MJ from Texas
I should've read the reviews before I bought this. It burns so much. I couldn't stand to keep it on for longer than a minute I would return it but unfortunately, my dog chewed up the box.
Maybe it wouldn't feel that way on oily skin but on dry skin it feels like pouring alcohol straight on your face!
Winny from New York
1. It is so strong alcohol and it stings my eyes.
2. It is water, and hard to control, easily get into my eyes.
3. Feeling like using bleach.
So that is sad,I hate this texture and alcohol formula.
Jessica from Florida
I used the entire bottle as directed and don't see any difference but i will say as soon as you put it on ur face feels refreshed so it was worth it for that reason. If you want that chemical peel look then no this isn't it and you wont get the results you get from chemical peel.
samantha from shreveport, louisiana
I had high hopes for this product!
I have combination skin with dryness around my mouth and nose which cause make up to look cakey. So I got this to help with that problem (also I hardly ever wear make up). It definitely helped with the dryness, but in turn, it has made my face SO oily. That has made it to where I break out. I feel like over all my skin looks better but I just can't shake the greasyness of the product.
KT from USA
A sample proved my skin care program wanted this in my weekly routine. I promptly purchased a full size. It's quite safe on my very dry, extremely sensitive skin. The results are a brighter, softer complexion. I am happily surprised with this safe product where other brands caused me redness and pain.
nav from USA
cleanses the skin very well
Shay from Canfield, Ohio
After trying this product via a sample from Clinique Online, I noticed immediate results! It left my complexion brighter, clearer and more clarified upon the very first application. Not only is the formulation highly-efficacious, but it is so easy and convenient to incorporate its usage into any skin care regimen. Given the simplicity and perfect peeling capabilities of this one-step solution, I have found a new Clinique favorite!!!
LDR from Michigan
I use a lot of Clinique products. I can't say whether they actually work or not but I use them in good faith fearful of not using them. BUT I CAN DEFINITIVELY SAY THIS PRODUCT IS AMAZING! After trying a sample, I woke up the next day in awe of how good my skin looked. I immediately ordered a full size. I've used about 3 times since and continue to love the results.
K from Michigan
This formulation is absolutely wonderful, and what's "even better" (pun intended), IT WORKS! I recently acquired this as a sample size with an order. This one piqued my curiosity to try. I must say, it is truly a five star product in skincare. I am almost 30, and I already have a few noticeable changes on my skin that have occurred due to poor habits. After ONE night of use, I woke up with an even better completion than I had the night before. I am impressed and therefore this little gem is a keeper. I look forward to experiencing the long term results!
Cando from Fair hope, Al
This stuff works!! My skin is so smooth!!!!
Kat from Utah
Thank you Clinique for making this wonderful product, works instantly, my skin is noticeably brighter and glowing more than ever & fine lines and pores gone! Bought a second bottle immediately so I never run out..
Farrah from PH
More than six months I have been using this at night time and it really did a great job in clearing and brightening up my face. This is effective in eradicating pimple blemishes. It stings if applied too much...This is one of my favorites! I make sure I never ran out....
Sheila from Tucson, AZ
Living in the desert during the winter is tough on my skin. My face is not only dry, but it's a combination of hard/cracked skin and flakiness. An Ulta gal gave me a sample of this peel and it worked so well, that I bought a bottle shortly after!
cmc8290 from Pittsburgh, PA
I bought this on a whim because I love trying new things in my skincare routine. I started using it 2-3 nights per week and quickly worked my way up to nightly applications. My skin looks noticeably different, tone is more even, and I feel more confident without makeup.
My only complaint is the size, as I'm probably going to have to purchase this monthly based on how often I use it. I also wish it came in one of the regular clarifying lotion bottles instead of the serum/dropper bottle simply because the dropper is hard to use as the product level gets lower and lower.
Mmoore from Houston TX
I am 53 and post menopause so really seeing some signs of aging. I also am still breaking out with acne and have very oily skin so normal age fighters just break me out and moisturizers won't absorb and just sit on my skin. That is why I love this product so much, it's easy, it doesn't weigh my skin down, actually helps with my break outs and if you use it religiously you will see results
I recently told an employee about how my troubles with my skin texture. I tend to get dry flakes. It's worse in the winter. She gave me a sample of this peel and it was a Christmas miracle! No more scrubbing my face like crazy with an exfoliate! I'm going to buy a bottle of this when I get off work today....
I'm looking at the questions for answers and they are very vague. Is it yes or no? That simple.
Stran818 from Saint Paul
This makes my face so soft. I use about 2x per week after cleansing and hours later I am amazed by how soft my skin is. Weird smell but does not sting
DK from Pittsburgh, PA
I've always hated my complexion. My pores are huge and my skin always looks dull. I can't believe the improvement in one week. My pores are almost not noticeable. My skin looks more youthful and radiant. I have been using it nightly with clarifying lotion in the morning.
Harriet from Philadelphia
I am not sure how effective it is an exfoliant. However, it is excellent as a last step to really clean. After "take the day off" and a "soap" wash, this product finds a bit more to remove.