Clinique for Men Super Energizer Anti-Fatigue Exfoliating Powder Cleanser
Clinique for Men Super Energizer Anti-Fatigue Exfoliating Powder Cleanser appears to be identical to the brand’s City Block Purifying Enzyme Cleanser + Exfoliator. Interestingly, the men’s version drops the enzyme part of the name (which is fine because neither formula contains enzymes).
Packaged in an opaque bottle topped with a removeable cap, you’re instructed to mix this finely-milled cleanser with water before use. Clinique recommends adding enough water to create a soft cream texture to cleanse and adding only a few drops of water if you want to use this as a scrub. Both options do their respective jobs well, although neither is more “energizing” than other cleansers or scrubs.
Guys, a word of caution: when you initially add the dry powder into your hand, before you add water, know that it’s so finely milled it becomes airborne, making it easy for you to inhale the cleansing ingredients (if this happens you might feel a burning or tingling sensation in your nose). To avoid this, simply extend your hand arm’s length from your face as you mix water with this powder cleanser, then apply the mix to your face and neck.
When used to cleanse, you get a fresh, foaming cream lather that rinses without a residue, taking the day’s grime and oil with it. Note that overdoing it by cleansing too long (more than 20-30 seconds) can leave normal to dry areas feeling a bit tight, which isn’t the goal as it means too much of the good stuff your skin needs has been taken away.
If used as a scrub, this smooths skin without feeling gritty or pumice-like, and we’re glad Clinique left irritants such as menthol out of the formula, but we wish this left skin feeling softer. The scrub agent is maltodextrin, a plant sugar. Salicylic acid is also included but the pH of this cleanser/scrub when mixed with water is 5.5, which doesn’t let this ingredient work as a chemical exfoliant.
Ultimately, this doesn’t do anything a great cleanser or cleansing scrub cannot do, so while it works, it’s only worth a go if you’re curious about the novelty of it and the ability to customize per use depending on whether you want a cleanser or a scrub experience.
- Works well as a cleanser or a scrub (depending on how much water you add).
- Easily removes the day’s grime and excess oil.
- Fragrance-free, gentle formula.
- Fine powder can “rise” in to the air and be inhaled prior to adding water.
Purify, invigorate, retexturize. Energizing powder cleanser instantly purifies and invigorates dull, tired skin. Water-activated formula lifts away pollution and impurities. Natural exfoliants gently buff skin smooth.
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.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.