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Written on Monday, August 20, 2018

I have already written about the liquid soap from Clinique (I was lucky to get a kit with their three step system some time ago), so now it’s high time to talk about the moisturizer for oily and combination skin.

I own a miniature in a travel size with 0.5 fl. oz / 15 ml. It’s a regular plastic tube. The full-size bottle has a pump.

The tube has lasted surprisingly long - for two months, even though I tried to finish it as quickly as possible because I have so many other face creams waiting for their turn. I needed literally two drops to cover the whole face. The moisturizer comes through the little hole hidden under the screw top.


The formula is lightweight and nice. All in all, it’s a goodish moisturizer for oily and combo skin.

Formula and scent:


I’ve said a few good words about it so I guess it’s time to show it:

The gel is super lightweight and sinks in instantly, as though turning into water on my skin. It’s yellowish, not to thick, not too viscous.

Once spread on the skin, it leaves no oiliness or film on it, just a nice feeling of moisture.

The moisturizer is fragrance free, which I’m happy with. The less potential irritant components the better. Smile

My experience:

I’m 30 y. o, my skin is sensitive and combination, with an oily T-zone (especially the nose and cheeks area), with uneven skin tone and enlarged pores. There are a few visible blood vessels on the nose as well.

If I don’t cleanse my face properly, I get a lot of clogged pores and blind pimples, so everyday cleansing is essential for me, as well as facial peeling once a week.


The moisturizer is to be used twice a day (in the morning and in the evening) and applied not only to the face and neck, but also to any area that needs moisture (the statement amused me, it’s like the brand wants us to believe that the gel is versatile and can be used everywhere).

Well, pros and cons:

Smile The lightweight formula that feels nice on the face, soaks in instantly without leaving any unpleasant film.

Smile No pore clogging. My sensitive pores received this moisturizer quite favorably. I know it’s something to thank my face cleansers for but before this one I had moisturizers that provoked those horrendous and painful blind pimples throughout the day.

Smile Maintains the moisturizing effect provided by other treatments. For example, if I used a sheet mask or a rich night cream before going to sleep, I only needed this moisturizer from Clinique to prolong the effect for one more day, plus my skin didn’t shine.

Sad When used solo, does not give enough moisture. Some say this can be used as a night cream. Personally, I disagree because I think it’s too weak for it. Whenever I tried to apply it overnight, I constantly woke up with an extremely oily T-Zone (which is dehydrated and therefore produces a lot of skin sebum). Thus, it means that with this moisturizer oily, my skin lacks hydration and I need something more.

Also, it does not mattify my skin. A finishing powder should be used to get a matte skin.

If I were to evaluate this as a part of my skincare routine, I’d say: it’s okay, when used in combination with a truly moisturizing toner or serum. However, it’s the last step of the Clinique three step system, and there is a great yet too harsh cleansing lotion there, so maybe another milder face lotion could have balanced good and evil.

My impressions are rather controversial. I liked the moisturizer but there is nothing special about it. It simply does its job.

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Brand: Clinique
Category: Skin Care
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