[ REVIEW ] Clinique – Pore Refining Solutions and Even Better

No, I’m not ditching the Asian skincare world, I just wanted to give Western skincare another shot and see how it copes with my skin condition that changes almost daily. I strolled around Myer (a store that seems to be exclusive to Australia) and got a facial done with Clinique. I found it very interesting and though they provided me with the information that I already knew, it was nice to have someone else tend to my skin for me. From the brand, I picked up two serums, a mask, an exfoliator and a lotion, which were recommended to me by the person who analyzed my skin through the facial treatment. I’ll try and keep this as short as I possibly can, since I’m doing 5 products in this review.


I’ll start off with the Even Better range. It works to target the melanin found in the skin and breaks down old acne scars, uneven skin tones and hyper pigmentation marks around the face, breaks them down into smaller pieces and lightens them over time. From the Even better range, I got the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector and the Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask.

Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

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This serum is supposed to improve the shade of your hyper pigmentation marks by 1 or 2 shades lighter in 4 weeks, and decrease the appearance of darkened skin by 58% over a period of 12 weeks. I applied this serum to my skin for roughly 3 months to measure the effectiveness of this serum.

Used upon my dark spots, I noticed a few of my spots disappeared over a few days, but my spots caused by over exposure to sunlight didn’t budge at all. Monitoring for a month, though, they faded over time, and within that month period, my dark marks are almost completely gone.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Turmeric Root Extract, Rice Bran Extract, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Barley Extract, Wheat Germ Extract, Birch Bark Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Mulberry Root Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract, PEG-6, Tromethamine, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Cholesterol, Isohexadecane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sunflower Seedcake, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Simethicone, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium RNA, Squalane, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate VP/Copolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5

All the bolded ingredients are those that have raised alarms for acne triggers (there are quite a few) so please keep this in mind before you make any purchases for this product. I’d say that 30% of the ingredients here are also yellow category for safety, meaning that there MAY be a detrimental side effect using this product over a long period of time but YMMV. The red ingredients are red category safety ingredients, meaning they’re more dangerous for you in the long run. Though salicylic acid is listed as one, it is a really great BHA ingredient used for acne treatments and skin tone evening, and an ingredient I’m constantly telling you guys to try and find in skincare products as it truly works wonders. Sodium Metabisulfite is a preservative to keep the serum from decomposing too early. I also wanted to point out that this serum is also tested on animals, so if you’re the type of person that wants products that are cruelty free, then this isn’t for you.

PROS:

  • Nice scent, almost sweet like candy or pastries
  • Worked for me and faded my scars in the recommended time issued by Clinique
  • Hydrating for the skin
  • A little can g a long way with the serum

CONS:

  • Not the cheapest as I got the small sized for $60; I believe the largest size is $90 or something around there
  • Quite thick and feels uncomfortable on the skin if you apply too much
  • Animal tested
  • Lots of acne triggers
  • Two red category ingredients and 30% yellow category ingredients
  • Though it’s not listed in the ingredients list, many bloggers have raised alarms that this serum DOES contain a percentage of hydroquinone, a whitening agent that has been claimed to bleach the skin

RATING

QUALITY ★★★☆☆
PRICE ★★★☆☆
REPURCHASE RATE ★★★☆☆
OVERALL ★★★☆☆

VERDICT:

I don’t know if I’ll repurchase or not, since it does work, but there are alarms that it may trigger my acne. I haven’t broken out using the serum, but it’s to early to tell, and now that it is now Summer here in Perth, my skin has become incredibly acne prone, and it’s a risk I don’t want to take. Though it’s not officially stated, it does contain hydroquinone and I’m not too happy with that ingredient itself, since there are reports saying how harmful hydroquinone can be for the skin, and if not used correctly, can damage your skin further and possibly worsen the effects of scarring.

Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask

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This is a wash off moisture mask that helps to brighten the overall complexion of the skin, whilst holding in moisture in the dermal layers. I’ve used this twice a week for the past month and honestly, I haven’t seen any changes to the skin whatsoever. I’m questioning whether this actually works or not.

You’re supposed to only leave this mask on for 5 minutes each time and tissue off, but using this method doesn’t do anything. I’ve left it on longer for 15 or so minutes and sponged off, and nothing. Repeated and washed off with lukewarm water, still nothing. I think it was a waste of time in the end and there is no way I’m recommending this to anybody at all.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, PEG-40 Stearate, PEG-8, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Porphyra Yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Sucrose, Yeast Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isohexadecane, Caffeine, Nylon-12, Sodium PCA, Oryzanol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium RNA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfite, Calcium Chloride, Carbomer, Sodium Metabisulfate, Trisodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide.

There are a few yellow category ingredients, but I’m not going to go into detail with them at all. The bolded ingredients (excluding titanium dioxide) are all acne triggering ingredients, ranging from acne-1 (minor) to acne-5 (major) which I’m definitely not happy with. Titanium dioxide is highlighted since it is a UV protection ingredient, so it isn’t wise to use this product during the night.

Upon using the mask, I can definitely say it does trigger acne like no tomorrow. If you suffer from current acne, or have acne prone skin, then stay away from this mask at all costs. It did nothing it claimed first of all, and secondly, there are too many acne triggering ingredients to deem this suitable for any of us.

PROS:

  • I don’t have any at all, how sad

CONS:

  • Animal tested
  • Doesn’t work
  • So many acne triggers
  • UV ingredient that means this can only be used in the day time ONLY
  • $58 for the mask, which is a waste of money
  • Really thick
  • Smells off-putting in my opinion
  • Doesn’t wash off well if you use water to rinse off, and sponges off poorly, leaving you feeling unclean

RATING

QUALITY ★☆☆☆☆
PRICE ★☆☆☆☆
REPURCHASE RATE ★☆☆☆☆
OVERALL ★☆☆☆☆

VERDICT:

If there was a product that I can happily recommend you guys not to get, this is it. Even if I  really hated you and wished ill omen upon your very soul, I couldn’t even bring myself to recommending this to you; it would be too cruel. Not only did it not work for me, but it broke me out and was the biggest waste of time and money. If I gave this away to someone, I really must hate that person with the deepest passion imaginable, not that I’d be comfortable doing so, or be able to bring myself to doing it for that matter.

Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum

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This is supposed to decrease the size of your pores by 58% and help to keep your pores clean from debris or waste matter that can have an impact on pore size and cleanliness. However, this did nothing to the pores whatsoever. I’ve mentioned that my pores are already as small as I can possibly get them, and they generally stay clean without me having to use pore strips or deep cleansing masks. Using this serum actually made my pores larger, and clogged my pores more often that it did with me not using any pore care whatsoever. I literally would have better pore care not tending to my pores, than I would using this serum.

This was also supposed to control my sebum levels around my incredibly oily t-zone and provide a smooth canvas to work with when applying makeup. This did smoothen my skin, for probably an hour before my skin returned to normal, and I noticed that my skin also became more oilier using the serum than without.

INGREDIENTS: Dimethicone, Water, Polysilicone-11, Alcohol Denat, Acetyl Glucosamine, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Caffeine, Pantethine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Algae Extract, Polysorbate 20, Salicylic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate , Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 80, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Coconut Acid, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Silica, Citric Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

All the ingredients above are acne triggers in the skin with a low rating, so if you’re acne prone, keep in mind this may be detrimental for you. Alcohol is a level 5 irritant ingredient, and though alcohol may or may not be essential for skincare depending on your skin type, it as been classed as level 5 since alcohol has both, good and bad traits. For pore care, alcohol is very bad since it dries up the skin significantly, but also stimulates the pores to produce an unhealthy amount of sebum in the skin once the pores are completely dried up. There also doesn’t seem to be any ingredients that counteract the alcohol content in the skin, so another think to keep in mind.

Once again, tho product contains titanium dioxide and is not recommended for night usage, since UV protecting ingredients tend to clog pores and cause breakouts in the skin during cell turnover during your sleep. The saleswoman insisted the serum was okey for night usage, but now that I have discovered titanium dioxide in the ingredients list, I am more than unhappy with the service I had back then.

PROS:

  • Didn’t break me out

CONS:

  • Animal tested
  • Made pores worse
  • Aggravated sebum levels around my t-zone
  • Alcohol listed high in ingredients list with no soothing agents to counteract
  • Pricey for what it’s worth
  • Thick and feels uncomfortable if using too much on the skin in one application
  • Contains titanium dioxide

RATING

QUALITY ★☆☆☆☆
PRICE ★☆☆☆☆
REPURCHASE RATE ★☆☆☆☆
OVERALL ★☆☆☆☆

VERDICT:

Once again, I was let down and this is a product I’m definitely not happy with at all. Not only did it do nothing for me whatsoever, it made my pore problems even worse. Not only that but I was given incorrect information about the product upon my purchase and I am extremely upset by it. The product has titanium dioxide meaning, I’m not able to use it during the night, where my pores are at their worst, and that’s where I need the most care. If I can’t use a serum during the night, then what’s the point of me getting a serum then?

Pore Refining Solutions Stay Matte Hydrator

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I was looking for a lotion for the Summer that can control my sebum levels. This controlled my sebum extremely well; maybe a bit too well for my liking. This guarantees sebum free skin for 8hrs, and I can definitely vouch for it, at the expense of feeling ultra dry whilst wearing the lotion. My skin felt incredibly dehydrated whenever I used this lotion, and no amount of cream or hydrating cushions I used that usually don’t work for my skin type, helped to rehydrate my skin. I felt the lotion sucked up all the moisture levels from not only my skin, but every other hydrating product I used on top. If you love your skin feeling dryer than the Sahara desert, then get this. Otherwise, another Clinique flop for me. It also clogged my pores and aggravated the size of them, despite the ingredients in this product making them appear smaller. My pores appeared smaller using the lotion, but only up until I washed it off. When my skin was cleaned, my pores actually became a lot larger, so it seems this lotion only plays optical illusion with you, which tricks you into thinking it works if you continually use it.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Cholesterol, Glycine Sojo (Soybean) Protein, Sucrose, Linoleic Acid, Squalane, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Polyethylene, Acetyl Glucosamine, Polyethylene, Acetyl Glucosamine, Polydodecanamideaminium Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Phospholipids, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Sodium Carbomer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

Once again, anything highlighted here are all acne triggers, but they sit only at level 1 or 2, so they aren’t too severe. If you have acne prone skin, then keep this is mind. Alcohol denat is present in this product again, and can cause severer reactions to your skin if you aren’t careful as this has no soothing agents to counteract the alcohol present. Titanium dioxide is present in another Clinique product I was told was suitable for night usage. Finding this out made me even more upset, because that makes it 3 products I’m not able to use at night AT ALL.

PROS:

  • Controls sebum in the skin very well
  • Didn’t break me out

CONS:

  • Animal tested
  • Completely dried my skin out
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • High alcohol content
  • Did nothing for the pores actually
  • Pricey for what it’s worth

RATING

QUALITY ★☆☆☆☆
PRICE ★☆☆☆☆
REPURCHASE RATE ★☆☆☆☆
OVERALL ★☆☆☆☆

VERDICT:

Again, as I mentioned earlier, a huge flop for me. Why would you make a product that controls sebum exceptionally well at the expense of hydration? Not only that but a temporary fix product for pores, that, in the long run, will worsen the condition of your pores? I can’t use this at night, and most certainly can’t use this during the day, so there really was no point for the purchase of this damned product. At least it didn’t break me out.

Exfoliating Scrub

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This cooled my face right down whenever I used this scrub, and really smoothened out my skin. However, doing my research, the beads in this cleanser are synthetically made with polyethylene, which I mentioned a while ago in one of my posts, are harmful to marine wildlife, and possibly to us as well. I do like the scrub itself because of the menthol feeling it gives, but at the end of the day, the bead issue really gets to me, and I’m on the lookout for a better exfoliator.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyethylene, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Oleamido Mipa-Sulfosuccinate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Salicylic Acid, Menthol, Stearamidoethyl Diethylamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide

Thank goodness that this time, there is only one acne irritant, being hexylene glycol at a level 2 rating. If you’re acne prone, then this shouldn’t be a product that triggers acne in you, unless you’re incredibly sensitive. Stearamidoethyl Diethylamine is listed as a red category ingredient because if used inappropriately, can dry out the skin and cause severe rashes or skin troubles. Once again, titanium dioxide makes it’s way into the ingredients list, and I hate repeating myself, but this is a product that stays only in your day time routine.

PROS:

  • Didn’t break me out
  • I love the menthol cooling effect this scrub offers
  • Smoothens out the skin well
  • One acne trigger only, meaning this possibly may not trigger acne at all in the majority of people

CONS:

  • Animal tested
  • Polyethylene can be toxic to marine life, and contaminate our water drinking supplies
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Will irritate a lot of skin types because the beads are very abrasive
  • One red category ingredient that seems to be very bad for the skin if used long term

RATING

QUALITY ★★☆☆☆
PRICE ★★☆☆☆
REPURCHASE RATE ★★☆☆☆
OVERALL ★★☆☆☆

★☆☆☆☆ – I want all my time wasted and all my money back for this crap. If I could turn back time and tell my past self not to use this, then I would without a single doubt. If I find this in my collection or if someone gave it to me, I’ll set it on fire and pray to the All Maker to repent for using such a terrible product.

★★☆☆☆ – It’s pretty bad and I definitely wouldn’t recommend this to anybody, but it’s nice to give it a go for myself. I’ll only use it if it was given to me for free and I’m severely desperate.

★★★☆☆ – It’s nice but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get another one for myself. Maybe if it was on special then I’d consider buying it, otherwise there are better products that I like a lot more than this.

★★★★☆ – It’s quite good and I would repurchase definitely. It’s not a staple yet, but if I can’t find anything better, then I’ll happily stick to this product.

★★★★★ – OH MY GOD GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BECAUSE IT IS A LIFE SAVER AND WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY EVEN IF YOU BECOME POOR BECAUSE OF IT OMG

Now that you know what the stars mean, you can figure out what I mean by my personal ratings.

VERDICT:
At the end of the day, this scrub does what I want a scrub to do, but but it contains synthetic beads and I shun products with synthetic beads in them. I prefer natural exfoliators like sugar or rice bran, that dissolve into the skin but aren’t harmful to the environment or wildlife. This also contains titanium dioxide and an ingredient that can damage the skin if used long term. I’ll continue using this scrub since the menthol feeling it offers really pleases me, but I’m going to be looking to purchase a scrub elsewhere now.

At the end of the day, the only product I’ll think about repurchasing, if, God Forbid, I can’t find a better one, is the dark spot corrector from the Even Better line. Otherwise, there are products I’ve used in the past that are WAY better than everything I talked about today. What are your thoughts and experiences with the Clinique ranges? Let me know down in the comments below or through my Facebook page. Have anything worth reviewing? Let me know as well. Until my next post.

Anthony signing out.

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