So, in the month of April, I used up a lot of products, so I decided that I would review some of them! Given that I used this product for the last two months or so, I consider myself rather well-versed in it. This is the Clinique toner from the 3 step system, level 3 for combination skin.
I consider myself to have combination, acne-prone skin, but I found this entire line, cleanser, toner, and moisturizer very drying. First of all, the entire line, and a lot of Clinique products smell like alcohol. Alcohol is known for being drying, so it isn't entirely unprecedented. You may think that oily or combination skin would benefit from drying products, but I strongly believe that you need to moisturize your skin regularly, whether you have oily skin or dry skin. Okay, I'm going to end this rant before I really go on a tangent, but bottom line, this is very drying.
People think that toner helps with getting smaller pores, acne scars, and things of that nature, but really, all that I've noticed any toners doing is acting as another cleanser. I kinda think that it's even better though, because toners get off all of my makeup. When you put it on a cotton ball, it removes everything, and you can see it doing so. That's what I love most; that it gets everything off. But I've noticed that other toners do the exact same thing.
It's a good product, and it is less drying when you don't pair it with other Clinique products, and and I love using when I don't have time to do the other parts of removing my makeup, but I don't think that this product is any better than any other toners. It's fine buying it in a mini set, like I did, but I would not splurge on it, because it doesn't do anything miraculous. I'm not giving it a thumbs down, but I would not repurchase it.
Toners are holy grail products for some people, are they for you?