After hearing such great things about the 3 Step System, I had high hopes for this toner. I'm not sure why they would market it to dry/combination skin types, as this left my skin feeling drier than any other toner has. Perhaps those who have more experience with alcohol-based toners wouldn't be surprised by this product, but it's not for me. It reeks of pure alcohol, and I think I'm going to have to give up on using it despite paying so much, which will be hard!
You've Got to Be Kidding Me
Being in the industry and seeing the long-term effects of using this product would turn you away instantly. This is basically like putting pure rubbing alcohol on your skin daily. Treat your skin better! If you want something cheaper AND more effective, I would recommend purchasing pure witch hazel (less than 5 bucks) and diluting it with a little water on a cotton pad.
Fun Fact: We clean spilled nail polish off the floor with this stuff. Also really good for cleaning up scuff marks on tile floors.
I first used this when I was 20, and liked that it insured that my face was clean of all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup morning and night. I did use this as part of the 3-step skin care treatment Clinique offers. However, I'm not sure if it's because I was using 2/Dry-Combo instead of 3/Oily-Combo—I highly doubt it—but I found that this product leaves a slightly burning sensation on my skin probably due to the amount of alcohol this contains. In fact this happens to contain a couple of known irritants in their ingredients, including menthol and witch hazel. I am a Clinique fan girl; I love nearly everything I've tried from Clinique. But this is the one product I could never recommend even to those with resilient skin like I thought I had.
Leaves a tingly feeling
I love this toner! It makes my face feel tight, clean, and leaves a nice airy feeling to my face! I have sensitive skin and it doesn't affect it at all! It has this alcohol smell to it though and leaves my skin dry, but as long as you have the Clinique lotion, you're good. They're a very good combo together and I suggest if you buy this product, you buy the lotion as well! I use this product everyday and I just love it! :)
I got a sample of this from Sephora. I loved loved loved it. I went out and bought the whole three step set. I have sensitive skin too. What the Clinique woman didn't tell me was that this would be too harsh for my skin. Since this is an exfoliating toner, and the moisturizer is exfoliating too, it exfoliated too much. It ended up burning the top layer of my skin on my face, as if I had a harsh face peel. My face is still recovering and it was over a month ago that I stopped using this.
There are better Toners
Last summer I bought the Clinique 3 Step System and this is step 2. I found that both the face wash and this toner were very harsh on my quite sensitive skin and I also found it made my skin more dry. It smells a lot like alcohol and I sometimes feel almost a burning sensation when I apply it! I don't use the 3 step system anymore as i feel it made my skin drier and tight.
Helps to exfoliate
I like this toner because it helps to exfoliate your skin. It also helps to ensure that all of your makeup has been removed. I use this in #2 because I have combination skin, but they have different ones available. It makes your skin feel really clean.
Ok but not the best
I have sensitive skin, and although it doesn't irritate my skin it still leaves it a bit dry. I've used it a few times. Like I said ok but not the best. It might not work for me perhaps it might work for others!
It smells alcohol and you can tell this toner has it in it. I have used it and does do a good job of removing stuff. It does sometimes dries your skin even though I have combination skin. I want to find a better toner and I have heard the Dior one is much better and alcohol free!
Way too much alcohol
I'm a Clinique consultant and I would never use this on my skin. It completely strips your skin of oils so it just overproduces it. I know other people like it but it has way too much alcohol in it to be healthy for your skin