Beauty: Clinique – Is It Worth Paying Premium Prices for Skin Care?


I first fell in love with Clinique products when I treated myself to a gift set for my birthday to a load of new beauty and skincare products online at Debenhams (I’d definitely recommend joining the Debenhams Beauty Club, because the more you spend with them the more points you earn to redeem against future purchases!). I bought the Clinique ‘3-Step Introduction’ Skincare Gift Set for £20, which included the:

  • Liquid Facial Soap 50ml – the first step in the Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System. It cleanses the skin without stripping the protective layer of lipids on your skin. It prepares the skin for the exfoliating step of the Clarifying Lotion.
  • Clarifying Lotion 3 100ml – this is the second step and is the lotion used for combination oily skin (there are different clarifying lotions for different skin types), which helps to remove dull skin flakes and excess oil on the skin. This leaves the skin feeling cleaner and looks more refined. It helps to prepare the skin for the final stage of the Skin Care System and helps the Moisturising Gel to absorb better.
  • Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel 30ml – the last step of the skin care routine is using this moisturiser, which is oil-free and great for those with combination skin.


My next two favourite products that I bought were the two products recommended by a Clinique Consultant. The first product was the Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, which is a gentle cleanser with exfoliating beads, which I use as my morning face scrub to prepare my skin to get rid of any dirt, excess oil, dead skin, etc. so it makes my skin smooth enough for makeup to be applied.

The second product is the City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel, which I really love this product because charcoal seems like a very popular ingredient in skincare at the moment, because of its properties to detoxify the face. It’s a gel with no exfoliating beads, but the charcoal helps to gently draw out the dirt, excess oil and makeup, which makes it the perfect face wash to use in the evening once I’ve taken off my makeup.


I think the best thing about visiting Clinique counters is that you get free samples thrown in, I got three lovely samples from the lovely consultant who gave me a little fragrance sample of the Aromatics in White, which has serene woods, transparent petals and warm grey amber notes. Another sample was a lipstick sample, which is a light red colour. I haven’t actually used or tried these two samples so I can’t really comment on them, as the fragrance isn’t really the scent I’d personally use and the lipstick isn’t my colour. However, the final sample I have used and will definitely be purchasing the next time I visit a Clinique counter is the Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser, which is an oil-free formula that feels so airy and light when you apply it and it helps to instantly blur imperfections. I normally use it under my primer and foundation and it really helps to rehydrate my skin, so I will definitely be purchasing a full-sized product next time!


I have personally had a very pleasant experience using the Clinique products on my skin and I’d highly rate the extra cost you pay, as you can buy products specific to your skin type and it has worked wonders on my skin, as I hardly ever have breakouts anymore on my skin. I do believe with Clinique that the high price you pay is what you get and it is definitely of a high quality as well as the pretty packaging.

Check out my other beauty post on high-end makeup:

Beauty: High-End Makeup – YSL Beauty? Is It Worth The Price You Pay?

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(DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not sponsored by Clinique, Debenhams or Selfridges and the products were bought with my own money. All views on the products are my own honest views!)


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