This is the second step of the Clinique 3-step system, and it is supposed to exfoliate your skin. I got this in skin type 3. It came in a 13.5 oz bottle, and cost $20.
Packaging: This comes in a giant cylindrical bottle with a screw-off cap. The liquid is pink (at least for skin type 3). I like the cap, it is very sturdy, and it would be possibly to pour liquid into the cap, although I wouldn’t recommend it. The bottle was a lot bigger than I expected, but really, this stuff is mostly alcohol, so it is not such a big deal.
Application: Instructions are not so clear, but the lady at the Clinique counter told me to apply this with a cotton ball. Apparently, if it “tingles” it is working. You could also apply this with a cotton round or whatever similar applicators you have at home.
Smell: This smells really strongly of alcohol. If you look at the ingredients, this is mostly just a giant jar of rubbing alcohol. It is really an unpleasant smell, at least to me, so I would be a little wary of this. If you don’t mind it, go ahead.
Functionality: This is the main reason I dislike this product. The first time I used this, it burned so badly! I didn’t think this was supposed to be the “tingle.” So I tried it another time, this time using a little less. I didn’t really feel any tingle, but at least the burn seemed to have gone away. But the problem is, this stuff really doesn’t remove any of my dead skin cells, and I can’t tell if it does anything to the oil because the liquid facial soap already does such a great job! Really, really not worth it. It’s just a $20 bottle of alcohol. A real exfoliator should use small particles in order to abrade your skin to remove dead skin cells, but this doesn’t have any of that, which leads me to believe it doesn’t actually exfoliate at all.
If you’re really going to spend your money on a big bottle of something, I would just get lemon juice. It probably does the same thing, only smells a little better, and works a little better. Or just mix some sugar with yogurt or honey and apply to your face. But whatever you do, don’t get this! It’s not worth anything at all!