All About Clean All-in-One Cleansing Micellar Milk + Makeup Remover Combination to Oily Skin
Clinique’s All About Clean All-in-One Cleansing Micellar Milk + Makeup Remover for Combination to Oily Skin has a beautifully smooth lotion texture that glides over skin, but the fragrance-free formula does a poor job removing makeup and mineral-based sunscreens.
Packaged in a translucent plastic bottle topped with a flip cap dispenser, you’re directed to apply this to dry skin, then rinse or tissue off, the former option preferred since using tissues just generates more waste and can cause pulling and tugging at skin, setting the stage for future sagging.
Although skin isn’t left feeling greasy because this rinses well, it tends to just glide over makeup and sunscreen rather than intermix with these products, emulsify them, and allow them to be rinsed down the drain. After patting skin dry, we noticed a slight waxy feeling which we suspect could be problematic for those prone to clogged pores and acne.
We do appreciate the gentle nature of this cleansing milk; harsh surfactants are absent and Clinique added soothing ingredients like barley, cucumber, algae, and panthenol, the latter two also kicking in some hydration. The problem is they went too gentle, and created a cleanser that isn’t adept at its primary job, removing makeup. It struggled with foundation, concealer, mascara, lip color, you name it, there was noticeable makeup left on after using this as directed.
- Gentle, fragrance free formula.
- Smoothing, milky lotion texture is easy to use and rinse.
- Contains skin-soothing and hydrating ingredients.
- Doesn’t work well to remove most types of makeup.
- Struggles to completely remove mineral-based facial sunscreens.
- Leaves a waxen film on skin that poses a risk of clogging pores.
This creamy formula cleanses skin of pollution and impurities while removing face, lip, and eye makeup in one comforting yet refreshing step—without disrupting your skin‘s natural moisture balance. Appropriate for sensitive eyes and contact-lens wearers, this product is non-acnegenic and fragrance-free.
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 brands state that they dont 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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