Facial oils have become all the rage in skincare, and Clinique's entry into the market is Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil. The brand claims this facial oil can plump, smooth, and refine (read: smooth) skin, and while there are some ingredients in this oil that can do that, this isn't earning our highest rating because of a few ingredients that can potentially irritate skin. Sadly, these ingredients are present in higher concentrations than some of the better ingredients this product has to offer.
Though it's recommended for all skin types, this is best for those with normal to dry skin—those with combination or oily skin are likely to find this is either an unnecessary product or one that is too moisturizing for their needs. It's packaged in a convenient plastic container with a dropper, so you can deposit a few drops directly into your hand or mix it in with your moisturizer and then apply.
Supplementing your skincare routine is the primary benefit of such products—facial oils can be added to moisturizers and serums to give them an additional moisture boost. They can also be used on their own to moisturize skin, or act as a "buffer" to more intense treatments (such as stronger retinols that might irritate skin on their own). However, they aren't substitutes for more well-rounded products such as serums, which can also include antioxidant benefits.
The oils used here are all good options; among them are beneficial non-fragrant plant oils like olive oil and sunflower seed oil. Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil isn't a "straight-up" or pure oil as it contains other ingredients as well. That's not a bad thing, as most of these extras help create its silky feel—such as glycerin and silicones. True to its claims, it is lightweight and dries quickly without leaving a greasy residue, and will make skin feel smoother (or, in Clinique-speak, more "refined").
Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil has quite a few benefits thanks to its mix of non-fragrant plant oils, but the reason this didn't earn our highest rating is because it does contain clary extract and rosemary extract, which are fragrance ingredients. Although you can barely smell the fragrance, these ingredients could be a concern for sensitive or rosacea-prone skin. Otherwise, it's a good addition to an increasingly popular skincare category!
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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