Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
Clinique's Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam is a simple, but very good formula that suits most skin types. Lacking fragrance, the mild cleansing agents work well to remove most makeup and skincare products, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin (or the acne prone).
The pump dispenser produces a lightweight foam that rinses easily from skin, yet doesn't leave oily to combination skin feeling dry or tight. We found this removed "everyday" makeup well, but it fell short when confronted with waterproof or longwearing formulas (so keep your makeup removed handy for such occasions). Those with dry skin may prefer a more moisturizing formula, as Clinique didn't include much in the way of emollients, but they and other brands offer some great alternatives in that regard.
Clinique included a few antioxidant and anti-irritant ingredients, which won't have much impact on skin in a rinse-off cleanser. (Ditto for the tiny amount of salicylic acid included.) There aren't an abundance of fragrance-free foaming cleansers on the market, and Clinique's Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam earned high marks for being a very good option to consider for those in the market for such a formula.
- Mild cleansing formula that rinses cleanly from skin.
- Well suited for oily to combination skin.
- Fragrance free.
- Those with dry skin may prefer a more moisturizing cleanser.
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 arent regulated by the FDA and can mean anythingthus, 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 foundationsmany of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin colorthough 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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