I’ve come to the end of another skincare product, so of course what does that mean? Review time! Now, for me, Clinique is one of those brands that when I was younger wanted to own the whole collection, but as I’ve grown, have found the cracks in the brand.
Let me firstly begin with my current views on the brand on the whole. All I can really say, is that they still test on animals, which is a big no-no for me. I would like to mention as well that this face wash was a gift for my birthday, so it isn’t something I went out of my way to buy, but instead am using it so as not to waste it.
Now let’s talk about the ingredients;
Water\Aqua\Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Di-Ppg-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sucrose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Triethylmonium Dimethicone Peg-8 Succinate, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Laureth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Edta, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol
So the positives is that this face wash is Alcohol, Fragrance & Essential Oil Free. If you have read any of my previous reviews, you will know this is a must for me due to my sensitive skin. It does also contain Aloe Vera, which is meant to have skin-healing properties, whilst also being moisturising. It does also have Sodium Hyaluronate which is the salt-form of Hyaluronic Acid which is a humectant. So ingredient-wise it is good. I only say good because the good ingredients aren’t too high up on the ingredient list, so I personally would not want to spend £17.50 (200ml) on it.
You can use it twice a day, but I used it only in the AM as I enjoyed using it when there wasn’t anything on my face. It is also a very light-weight face wash, foams up nicely, and doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry & tight after which is a god-send.
I also found that once it had become a part of my routine, my skin was very happy with it. I didn’t break out, and it really does leave my skin looking much fresher after using it.
So whilst I do have mostly positives about this product, it really is the fact that this isn’t cruelty-free that puts me off the product (and brand to be quite honest). I do think as well that the ingredients are quite average for the price-point, and if you’re wanting to spend a little more on a cleanser/face wash, maybe try the Paula’s Choice Perfectly Balanced Cleanser (£22 / 190ml) which has a lot of moisturising factors within it and gives your face a great clean again without feeling dry after, AND they don’t test on animals so… can’t complain really!
All-in-all, if Clinique stopped testing their products on animals, I may be inclined to repurchase, but until then, I will just be using up what I have and then being done with the brand!
If you have tried this product, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Alexandra Grace XxXx