I’m still vacation hung-over, but it’s now business as usual. How did you guys spend the Easter holidays? 🙂 I’m happy to report that I was able to hit the beach over the break, so my once-a-year beach quota has been filled. There may have been tanning and a little sunburn, but I’ll get into that at a later post. For today, I want to share a long-overdue review of my favorite toner, Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2.
Quick Specs: available in travel size, 6.7 fl oz (200 ml) and 13.5 fl oz (400 ml) bottles ; made in USA
Clinique is actually my mom’s favorite brand of high-end skincare. Like a lot of first beauty discoveries, she introduced this to me. Now, I don’t know why she exclusively gets Clarifying Lotion 2 as she seems more of a Type 1 (Very Dry/Dry) to me, but my Dry Combination skin is fortunately compatible with Type 2. In fact, I have a greasy T-zone coupled with Sahara-dry cheeks. Sounds like the embodiment of Dry Combination, right?
Five Things About Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2:
- I’ve been using this toner occasionally since my oily high school days, and a bottle lasts me forever. During that dark, oily period in my life, I would use the toner all over. These days, my mellowed skin only requires a small amount on the T-zone, so I can stretch the use of a single bottle even more. Only occasional application because…
- …of the potent formula that helps speed up the drying of small zits. This has done a good job on my forehead and chin, in particular. I can’t put any on my cheeks, since they’ll start peeling at the slightest dryness. I feel like Clarifying Lotion 2 is more of an occasional deep cleanse toner rather than a twice-daily kind of thing, especially since I already suffer dry patches. (IMHO, too often and it feels like I’m singeing my skin off.) By the way, my mom also uses this only on occasion as well.
- The combination of alcohol and menthol used to get me squinting as I applied on the nose and temples, but I’m used to it now. Then there’s the smell of witch hazel that shows up towards the end, and I’m not such a huge fan of witch hazel. It’s tolerable, though.
- The price is steep for a toner, but at least there’s the travel-size version (PHP 500+, I think) for a smaller, more affordable dose.
- If you’re wondering whether or not a dupe of this exists, then I’ll ask you to try out Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner and be the judge of that. It seems to be the less alcohol-strong version that’s much heavier on the witch hazel scent, but it’s also significantly cheaper.
Verdict: As far as toners go, Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 is my single most purchased and re-purchased that I’ve used for close to a decade. If you have the budget and can’t stand the stronger witch hazel smell on the budget-friendly alternative, Dickinson’s, then go for Clinique.