First off, let me say that the Clinique 3-Step (~$50) is a waste of money. For those who don’t know what it is, basically it breaks down your facial routine into 3 easy steps. Step 1: Use the liquid facial soap to wash your face (there are two available options for the facial soap, one for oily skin and another for dry skin). Step 2: Apply clarifying lotion on a cotton pad and gently wipe your face and neck. Step 3: Squeeze 1-2 pumps of the moisturizing gel (there are also two available options for the moisturizer, gel and lotion).
I bought the Clinique 3-Step Set for combination oily to oily skin types. Typically when using the product, I would use a separate make-up remover since the facial soap alone didn’t do the job for me. I used the facial soap (step 1) twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. I limited the clarifying lotion (step 2) to only once a night after washing my face. As for the moisturizing gel (step 3), I applied it only once in the morning after washing my face.
Here are the levels of each of my products after consistently using each everyday for 3 months.
Let me share with you my thoughts about each step individually…
Before using the product, I had very clear skin with no acne. But for some reason, right when I started using the Clinique 3-Step, I began breaking out. What was causing me to break out was the liquid facial soap. Right when I finished the entire bottle of liquid facial soap, and had switched back to the face wash I was using before, all of my acne disappeared! I’m pretty sure the Clinique facial soap was the cause of it. However, I do also know that this product works for others. But as for me, it was quite the opposite.
I’m pretty sure that the clarifying lotion doesn’t do anything. Sure it looks like you are cleaning your skin because a little color/dirt rubs off onto the cotton pad, but B.S. It’s all a lie and utterly useless! In fact, this is very similar to rubbing alcohol all over your face. It is very drying and probably does more damage than good.
This is the only product out of the Clinique 3-Step that is worth the money. But keep in mind, this is a review of the moisturizing gel. It’s friggin’ awesome! Doesn’t make you oily, and it also does the job in giving your skin the moisture it needs. Also doesn’t cause breakouts. So A+ for the moisturizer in GEL formula.
Clinique 3-Step for Oily Combination to Oily Skin Rating: ★★☆☆☆
– as a whole, this 3-step system fails.. but I would rate the moisturizing gel alone 5/5 stars
– step 1 & 2 were both very, very drying
– liquid facial soap causes breakouts for me and didn’t remove makeup
– I felt like I was putting too many harmful products on my face
– will buy the moisturizing gel again, but not the other steps..