The Super Refreshing Toner: Review of Clinique Clarifying Lotion

The Super Refreshing Toner: Review of Clinique Clarifying Lotion

You would have thought at the grand old age of twenty eight that I had my skincare routine down to a fine art right? Well it pains me to say this but I feel as though it’s actually the complete opposite.

I hope I’m not the only one who feels like this, but the older I get, and the more times I’m faced with way too many cheap mlb jerseys skincare options every time I walk into a Boots or Superdrug, the less I feel like I really ‘know’ my skin and what I should be doing to look after it. It’s overwhelming. Olbrzym And it’s frustrating! Does anyone else feel like there is actually too much choice out there or is it just me? It probably wouldn’t be New so bad wholesale mlb jerseys if I stuck to products within one brand, but I’m such a sucker for trying new things that I find I just can’t commit to the same range.

Maybe that’s why my skin isn’t looking so great…

I know that it would probably be considered on the oilier side, as my t-zone and tops of cheeks can get a little shiny throughout the day, but in terms of what kind of condition my skin is actually in, I haven’t got a clue. All I know is that I’m on the very wrong side of twenty five now (or right side depending on which way you look at it!), and I really need to up my game with a skincare routine, because I can Shine already see the dreaded wrinkles appearing in the corners of my eyes and around my mouth. (OK so they’re probably more laughter lines than ageing but even so, it’s never too early to nip these things in the bud).

I’ve been using Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion for well over a month now, and so thought it was time to provide a little round-up with my thoughts on what it’s like, and how I’ve got on with it.

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I think I’m right in saying that this is apparently a bit of a cult classic product, although it seems to be one of those items which divides people and their opinions..

I’ve read quite a few reviews on this for a start; some people say it cleared up their skin like nothing else had ever been able to before, and then others have said it actually made their skin worse!

For me personally, I feel like I’m quite happy to sit on the fence with this one, as I can’t say it’s performed miracles with my skin (to be fair, Clinique don’t proclaim to actually be miracle workers with skin), but saying that, it does pretty much exactly what it set out to do, and that is to clarify the skin.

It’s actually sold as an “exfoliating toner”, which I always find slightly odd as the exfoliators of a few years back were insanely abrasive, but this is nothing like that at all. It’s a clear liquid which smells fairly strong once the cap has been unscrewed, but happily it doesn’t bother me at all when I’m sweeping the stuff around my face.

I tend to cleanse first with a hot cloth-style cleanser, go in with this Clarifying Lotion, and then add my moisturiser of choice afterwards, and I’ve been doing that for the best part of a month now. The clarifying ‘lotion’ (very confusing as it’s actually Texas a toner), is nice to use, and one soaked cotton wool pad is more than enough for the face I find.

My skin is relatively blemish-free following on from a few de stubborn little spots I had a while ago, and although I don’t think I have Clinique to thank solely for that, I do think that the toner has helped to keep my skin clearer and cleaner. And that in turn ultimately leaves it looking healthier.

I would definitely recommend trying this toner out if you’re looking for a new one to give a go, but I don’t know whether I would go so far as to say I would buy it again ( I actually won this bottle as part LulzBot of a set that Glamour magazine were giving away a while ago).

All the same though, Clinique do know their stuff when it comes to skincare, which is well worth bearing in mind. It costs £16.50 for 200 ml and is available to buy from Boots.

In the meantime however,  the quest for my ideal skincare routine and perfect products continues…

If you have a favourite skincare item from the high street which you think is worth shouting about then please let me know in the comments below. I love cheap jerseys hearing other CON people’s recommendations!

Thank you for reading, and I will be back soon.




  1. Emma
    February 14, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Clinique is a brand i really need to try more from. I have only tried the anti blemish moisturiser which i love!
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    • February 14, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      Oh I haven’t tried that moisturiser yet! Have heard good things about it though, along with their Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm which is supposed to be amazing! Can recommend the Clarifying Lotion if you’re after that super clean and fresh feeling to your skin, it gives it a real boost!

  2. October 4, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Interesting read – I have literally just bought a matte lipstick – nudey – and it is BEAUTIFUL! And the girl showed me how to use the toner in their 1, 2, 3 step and I’m tempted to buy the clinique lotion, cleanser & toner in the mini version! The set of 3 are £20 so I don’t know whether to try the mini’s?!

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