Oct 11, 2010

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2: Review

The Clinique 3-step program is pretty well known to most skincare/beauty addicts, but I was ignorant about its existence until recently, so for anyone like me, here's a short bit.  Clinique classifies skin types into 4 types (I think) based on some simple questions and some looking-at-skin-through-huge-glass tests.  Based on the results, Clinique recommends a 3-step program of cleansing, toningexfoliating, and moisturizing.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2 Best Toner Oily Skin Reviews Ingredients How to Use Skincare Benefits Indian Beauty Makeup Blog

The Clinique skin testing puts my skin type at a type 3 - Combination-oily.  I was given a sample kit of the type 3 products which included the Clarifying Lotion 3.   Clinique consultants will inform you a million times that this is not a "toner."  These are "clarifying lotions" which are "exfoliators," and they remove the dead skin and dirt that lie on the skin surface and give you cleaner healthier skin.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2 Best Toner Oily Skin Reviews Ingredients How to Use Skincare Benefits Indian Beauty Makeup Blog

I found the strong strong strong nail polish remover smell of the Clinique type 3 clarifying lotion quite unbearable.  It works amazingly well, though, at clearing up any oilies, so I would recommend it to anyone who has really oily skin.  I found it a bit drying for my skin, and I never went back to Clinique for a long time.  Recently, I decided to pick up the Clinique Clarifying Lotion type 2, and I am much happier with this one.
  • This one too has a strong smell - maybe a bit less than the type 3.
  • Has a minty refreshing feel to it - which I am actually errr beginning to like.  It leaves a cooling effect on the face for a bit of time and it feels good.
  • This has a HUGE alcohol content to it.  In my opinion, this is precisely the reason why it removed oiliness from the face - just strips off the oil

Clinique Clarifying Lotion - Type 2 - Ingredients

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2 Best Toner Oily Skin Reviews Ingredients How to Use Skincare Benefits Indian Beauty Makeup Blog
Ingredients:  Water, alcohol denat., witch hazel, glycerin, menthol, sodium bicarbonate, ext. violet 2.  And right after I spend a good hour searching for ingredients list online, I find this label stuck at the bottom of the bottle!

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2 - How to use 

Take some product on a cotton round and wipe face with this.  Avoid the area around your eyes.

Now, I just cannot bring myself to say its good to use alcohol-based products....but errr...I am using it, it works great at keeping the oilies away, and errr..what is worse I will still continue to use this, I think.  I am finding this quite useful.  A few months back I was totally against alcohol-based toners, but I am beginning to realize that for me at least, my skin care is going to be a lot about compromising and adjusting and using a combination of products depending on what my fickle-minded skin decides it wants to be.  For now, I am using this on most days of the week and use the Shiseido softener on other days or in the night.  This combination is working good for me right now, so that's how I will be continuing.

If you are a little or a lot fed up with oily skin and the occasional acne turning up uninvited, give this a try.  You just might like it too :)

Normal-skin people and the lucky humans with no acne, I would not really recommend an alcohol-based toner, but you could use this maybe maybe maybe once a week to give you squeaky clean skin.


Anybody with sensitive skins - try it at the store before buying or ask for a sample bottle if available.  I did not have any problem with it, but skin reactions vary from person to person.

Cost:  200 mL - Rs. 1200 and 400 mL - Rs. 2025

Clinique 3-step program - here

55 comments:

  1. hmmmm....nice review!! ..Donno if I'll try it or not. My Neutrogena strong alcohol based cleansing water is still lying new on the shelf. I used it a couple of times and the strong alcohol based smell and effect really turned me down. I guess I'll start using it again now, since I've got 3 pimples on my face since last week!! buhuhuhu!! :'( :'(..I hate them!!!! They shine so brightly on my skin...Not liking them at allllllll!!!! :(

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  2. I knowww...I was being such a snob about using alcohol-based toners..but the pimples came out and I went running to Clinique :-( I hope my skin clears up soon and I can go back to being a skincare snob and use rose water from Lush :D

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  3. Great review Rads and good clicks as usual..

    Ingredients mentioned in the product are easily available in many inexpensive brands as well so I wont prefer this for sure :D

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  4. Thank goodness someone found my listing ingredients useful! I do that many times too, look at the ingredients and go searching for a less expensive alternative. The toner will last me ages though, so I didn't mind paying a bit more :D

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  5. I think I remember seeing this in one of the product's pic you posted in your meet with Gaea!! ...Is it the same product?

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  6. Yaaaaa...Gaea bought it and me copycatted :D

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  7. rads i love ur pics :) they have so much personal touch dear and attention given love them dear :)

    i have hate love hate and now love relation with this
    hated this but then rati told me it has alcohol so it should not be applied near eyes .. then SA also told me how to use it and now i am so much in love with this :)

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  8. Ehhh? You use it near your eyes? I would never ever do that..anyway why do you need toner for your eye area Rashmi??? Me verrrrrrrrrry confused nowww!

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  9. err...SA just told her how to use it!! Not how to use it on eyes!! I guess!! :-/ :-/

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  10. lol.. alcohol is being wasted here! you can put it to better use!:D:D and entertain people! hey Rads, tried drinking this?:P:P hehehe

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  11. Okkayy..Cali..thanks for the translation :D :D :D I seriously was wondering got very confused..but really you shouldn't use toners on your eyes anyway naaa :D

    Ikkyyy...you are a NUTCASE..this is not drinkable alcohol..unless you want to get poisoned!!!

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  12. no no dear :) what happened is when i bought this i didnt knew how to use it .. so i use to apply it with my hands and not cotton and 1 - 2 drops went inside eyes and they started burning badly so i stopped using it ...
    and then i was told it has alcohol ..
    i am talking abt 1 yr back story hahaha :)
    sooo :( ... but now i use it and i am happy how clean i feel :)
    yeah cali said right SA didnt told me how to use it

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  13. Rashmi - :D :D D :D We finished major discussion on your comment by now! Ohhh you really shouldn't use that way..and thank goodness nothing happened to your eyes. It would have hurt so bad!

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  14. :-| what a waste!:P my intention was not to harm you Rads.. *looks away and whistles* like i so dint want you to drink it and go mad!:P :D

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  15. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh...mixes some in the chutney and gives it to Ikky

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  16. :P gives it back to Rads and ensure she eats it!:D:*

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  17. I post the poisoned chutney heheheeee

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  18. Posting in another hour..me very slow..:-((

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  19. Good review Rads...me going with only rose water now..and The forest essentials facial mist..

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  20. Forest Essentials...I have never tried annnnnnything from there - mostly cos the store is so far away and nowhere near the places I go to usually :-(

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  21. i have this one and use twice a day :D think i should go for CL #3 :D :P

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  22. This not enough for you??? What moisturizer do you use?

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  23. DDMG cause me skin oley :D me no likey it though...too expensive :D

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  24. Don't use it then..me likeyy my Shiseido one wayy better now..but that also same price kinds :D :D You try Tea tree from TBS..tea tree moisturizer? Me no try..but ppl say its good :)

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  25. Deb they sometimes have a tiny starter kit in the shop..comes in a cute green bag..you could buy that to try too :D The TBS tea tree starter kit :)

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  26. cool cool, but nowadays i am so broke that i will wait till i finish mah LP stuff :D :P

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  27. Heheheheee..:P :P get a money plant..when we meet I give you one :D :D

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  28. lol....sure sure thank you *pranam*

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  29. gosh, u gals say too much that i am cute i am starting to doubt the non sarcasm in it :P feel like a monkey dressed as donkey :D

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  30. me loouuu the toner...I have dry skin but bad bad balck heads.. ewww!! This is the only magical potion that keeps my black heads away!! *dannccinggg jummpiinngg*

    I like Clinique.. But the dremas scare me...white white coatttss. errrr...

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  31. Heheheee :P You should see this SA - Gaea and I had gone that time we saw her - she is SOOOOOOOO cute Rati...super super cute :D

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  32. Me wants to come to bangalore and eatt your headd. :((((

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  33. Come come..I make sandwich for you :D :D

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  34. was the SA Johana? or the chota one>>?? i likey both :D

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  35. I don't know their names..but not the chota one. :D :D The fairer of the two..the chota ones skin was looking so good last weekend when I saw her, though.

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  36. Ohkazyyyaaazzzz!!! "hhuunngrryy:

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  37. Oh me dont believe you. :(( What if you put stale veggieess?? errrrrr

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  38. the tall one with a pony tail is johana, we know her cause she was telling her mom is portuguese married to a tamilian, and also she knows little words :D we thought it was cool...cause its our mother tongue...

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  39. Is not veggies Rati..did you not seeeeeee my supergross but superyummmy mint sandwich...grrrrrrrrrrrrr...go see it nowwwwww.

    And Deb..ya tall one. Johana her name is..me didn't know :D

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  40. again my point of my friend making childhood fraandship with SAs :P


    @RAti i just made roti/bhendi/dal/chawal aur gajar ka halwa...i send ya chota bite

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  41. HUH??????????? You scaring me Deb...I should delete your comment..will get lecture from hubby if he reads about your DINNNNNNNER menu. I make nothing :-((

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  42. oh i only cooked cause i am at home now...if you ask me which have been my biggest achiviment on cooking since i got married...i am proud to say my rotis are perfectly marwaris chota tiki, i mean small and round :D

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  43. I love those kinds...and its a HUGE thing if you get it round like that. There are loads of Indians I know..they just take a tiffin dabba and cut rounds out of the misshapen roti to make puris :D :D :D

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  44. oh mah gosh :D i am so proud of myself now more, my mom in law taught me :D

    Lob ya Rads sweedums :D :*

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  45. also i cook cause here at home we have an agreement, i cook he washes :D religiously so its good...

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  46. :D :D :D You mother-in-law is so sweet..she taught you Indian cooking :D But its not easy to learn to make those perfect rotis..I have been making since ages and my mom won't let me do it if there are guests for lunch/dinner....says it has to be perfect round :D :D :D

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  47. Ohhh..hehehe I like your arrangement..we used to have those kinds..but errr..I skip :D :D :D

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  48. me hubby no worry abt food, i give him bread and pickle or anythign and he is set :D hubby very easy to raise :D

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  49. :D :D :D :D "hubby very easy to raise" :D :D :D

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