Meet the Devil... I mean, Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion, step 2 of Clinique's infamous 3-step skincare system. Yes, it's a "system", so I guess it should work. Well, it doesn't.
I don't know why I even bought it - I mean I knew that the toners from Clinique's regular line are full of alcohol so why should this one be any different. But this SA was going on and on about it and how it helped her son and I just couldn't listen to her so I bought it without checking the ingredient list.
The Ingredient List:
Number 1 on the ingredient list is aqua, also known as water and number 2 on the ingredient list is alcohol denat also known as alcohol. Of course that's not all it contains: there's also nylon, which apparently is a good absorber, salicylic acid, a nice "acne-fighter", witch hazel which means more alcohol, caffeine which is being highly advertised in anti-celulite products, so it will definitely help if you have celulite around your blemishes (You don't? That's weird!). There are also some other ingredients in there but they don't sound nearly as interesting.
Basically, with these kind of ingredients you could either
a) make a killer potion - one sip and bye, bye internal organs, or
b) of course, an obvious choice, make a toner for your face!
- I like the colour,
- if I have a cold I just have a sniff of this stuff and it gets better in an instant.
- it burns,
- it made my skin flaky, irritated, red, dry...
- ... and it didn't help with the blemishes (however, I was only using it for a while as it really made my skin worse and it just didn't seem to be worth the effort).
This toner is in my opinion awful and the only thing from the 3-step system that I actually like is their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
I blame it on the SA!
(Update) Full Ingredients List: Water, Alcohol Denat, Nylon-12, Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Caffeine, Sucrose, Glycerin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sorbitol, Sea Whip Extract, Barium Sulfate, 10-Hydro-Xydecanoic Acid, Silica, Disodium Edta, Benzal, Konium Chloride.