All About Clean All-in-One Cleansing Micellar Milk + Makeup Remover for Very Dry to Dry/Combination Skin
Clinique’s All About Clean All-in-One Cleansing Micellar Milk + Makeup Remover seems like a great solution for gentle makeup removal, but its performance simply cannot live up to its claims.
Packaged in an opaque bottle, the first thing you’ll note about this cleanser is its texture. Though described as a “milk,” it’s actually a thick cream. It spreads fairly easily across skin and feels moisturizing and soothing, making it workable for normal, dry, or combination skin (with patches of dryness). It’s fragrance free and contains moisturizing glycerin and sunflower seedcake, plus soothing barley and cucumber.
Clinique advises spreading this across skin, then tissuing or rinsing it off. The issue with both is the product’s thickness makes it a bit difficult to remove without using a wet washcloth instead. If you only tissue or rinse, you’ll be left with residue that sits on top of skin. Once you do get rid of the residue, though, skin feels softer and smoother.
Another issue is that while this removes dirt and oil, it struggles to tackle makeup – even non-waterproof makeup – or water-resistant sunscreen. Instead of removing them, they wind up smeared over your face, requiring the use of a secondary cleanser or makeup remover. So much for “all-in-one”!
While this product skips harsh ingredients or overpowering fragrance, its disappointing performance means you’re far better off with a selection from our list of best cleansers.
- Includes moisturizing and skin-soothing ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Must be wiped off with a wet washcloth to avoid leaving a filmy residue.
- Not adept at removing makeup or water-resistant sunscreen.
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.
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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