This is a standard, but good, fragrance-free creamy foaming cleanser that’s best for normal to combination or oily skin. It produces a rich lather that rinses cleanly, leaving skin smooth and able removing most types of makeup.
Clinique positions this cleanser as being formulated for use with their sonic cleansing brush, but this brush, which isn’t as impressive as the various options from competitor Clarisonic, can be used with any cleanser, including others from Clinique. So, in that sense, there wasn’t a need for this cleanser other than for Clinique to have something named to go along with their cleansing brush. From a consumer standpoint, you need to know that there is nothing special about this cleanser that makes it more workable with Clinique’s cleansing brush—but that absolutely doesn’t mean this cleanser isn’t worth considering.
Foaming Sonic Facial Soap missed our top rating because its mix of cleansing agents contains a few that are more soap-like in composition, thus making this cleanser somewhat less gentle and potentially more drying (like soap can be) than many other water-soluble cleansers. Despites its creamy, foaming texture, this cleanser isn’t well suited to those with dry skin.
Creamy foaming facial soap created for sonic cleansing brush. Helps bristles glide across face. Gently yet thoroughly removes dirt, excess oil and impurities to reveal smoother, clearer skin. Leaves skin feeling soft and comfortable. Oil-free.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Behenic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Caffeine, Butylene Glycol, Sucrose, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, PEG-3 Distearate, Urea, Polyquaternium-51, Trisodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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