Review: Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 (Combination Oily Toner)


I’ll admit, I am a self-proclaimed skin care junkie. I religiously use the Clinique 3 step system and have done so for the past couple years. Before I review the whole 3-step system, I wanted to review the toner because this can be incorporated into any skin care routine. Clinique’s clarifying lotion in #3 is a toner for combination oily skin. Clinique has 4 different versions of this toner (1-4, depending on your skin type). This particular toner is gentle, oil free “exfoliating lotion” for combination and oily skin. What it’s supposed to do is make your skin smoother and clean out your pores. Literally, the first time I used it…there was so much gunk that came out of my skin (gross I know). According to Clinique, this formula whisks away pore-clogging oil and flakes to reveal a clearer complexion by controlling excess oil to minimize breakouts and keep skin feeling clean. I also found that it kind of helps with making dark spots appear lighter as well. I absolutely love this toner. I’ve used a few toners here and there, but nothing that I stuck to. This one was a game changer for me. My skin dramatically improved after 4 days of use and I have not looked back once. It didn’t dry out my skin, which is what most toners tend to do (but this also probably has a little bit to do with the cleanser I use, more about that soon!). The one thing that was evident was that my breakouts cleared quickly, initially. At $16/$27(CDN, depending on the size), this is inexpensive and totally worth all the money. This works like magic. It has changed my skin so much that I can’t even imagine my life without this. I use it twice a day after I was my face with cleanser. I take a cotton round and apply all over my face and neck. I find that it creates a perfect canvas to apply my moisturizer and it actually absorbs a lot better onto my skin! The only downside is that it smells a bit toner-like but it’s seriously a minor glitch compared to the amazing things it does for your skin! You can purchase this at any Clinique counter, Sephora, or online!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x


  • Oil Free
  • Improves skin’s texture
  • Helps clear breakouts
  • For combination/oily skin
  • Helps control oil
  • Cleans out clogged pores
  • Doesn’t dry out your skin
  • Helps create a clearer complexion


  • The smell (but again not a huge issue for me)

Rating: 10/10 (This has dramatically changed my skin’s texture and I can’t imagine my life without it. This is a must have for any skin care junkie, who’s looking for a toner!)



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