Reviewers say Clinique Liquid Facial Soap is a gentle but effective cleanser that is both soap- and fragrance-free. It's not reviewed as often as the highest-rated department store brand, Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser (*Est. $20 for 8 oz.), but experts say it cleans just as well. The Clinique cleanser is available in three formulations (mild, extra mild and oily), but experts prefer the mild and extra mild versions because the oily version contains menthol, which can dry and irritate the skin. Consumers at MakeupAlley.com agree that the oily formula is a bit drying, but say a good facial moisturizer combats that problem. Some consumers say the extra-mild formula does not remove makeup as well.
Paula Begoun provides the best review of Clinique Liquid Facial Soap in her book "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," where all of her ratings are based on extensive research and testing of products and ingredients. Allure magazine also tests hundreds of products and consults industry professionals to rate products for its annual beauty awards. We found hundreds of consumer reviews for the various formulations of Clinique Liquid Facial Soap at MakeupAlley.com.
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Paula Begoun gives her highest rating to extra-mild version of Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, but gives her lowest rating to the oily version. She does not recommend this formulation because it contains menthol, which she says is overly drying. She states that it's "a smart choice for someone with sensitive or easily irritated skin (and infinitely better for skin than any of Clinique's bar soaps)."
Review: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, Paula Begoun, Sept. 13, 2011
Consumers at MakeupAlley.com give high ratings to all of the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap formulations, but the majority of reviews are posted for the mild version. Reviewers say Clinique cleanses well without drying out the skin.
Review: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
In response to a user questioning whether spending more money on Clinique Liquid Facial Soap is worth it to clean her acne-prone skin, one of the cosmetic scientists -- who writes for this site under the alias Right Brain -- answers. By looking at the ingredients, Right Brain says that the ingredients in the Extra Mild version are not known to clean very well. The Mild version will clean slightly better and the Oily version has no acne medication. The writer's bottom line is that it would be an okay cleanser if the detergent ingredients don't bother you.
Review: Does Clinique Liquid Soap Cause Breakouts?, "Right Brain", April 24, 2010