Product: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild. Will this cleanser leave your skin soft or stripped? What about the dupe – does it work?
Overall Rating = 2.75 Stars – Just Okay to Good
Cost: $17.00 for 6.7 oz. ($2.54 per fluid ounce) Price Category: Mid-range
Sold By: Clinique; Dillard’s; Sephora; Major Department Stores. Equate version sold by Wal-mart.
Container: Clinique Liquid Soap Mild – Plastic bottle with plastic pump; pump does twist off. Equate MILD Facial Soap – Plastic bottle with plastic pump; pump does twist off.
Description: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap comes in three formulas: (1) Extra Mild; (2) Mild; and (3) Oily Skin Formula. As with all products from the Clinique line, this cleanser is fragrance free.
The company states, “The first step in Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System. All the benefits of Clinique’s dermatologist-developed Facial Soap in a liquid formula. Cleanses without stripping protective lipids. Preps skin for the exfoliating action of Clarifying Lotion. Convenient pump dispenses just the right amount.”
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild is a cleanser designed to be used with water. This is a lathering cleanser. It is intended to be used night and day, prior to the application of any other product.
Wal-mart also makes a version of the Clinique product called Equate MILD Facial Soap. Today, not only are we going to review the Clinique product, but we are also going to compare it to the Equate version. The results may surprise you.
Morning Review: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild is clear and it has a very faint scent that is almost nonexistent. I don’t know how to describe the scent other than a light chemical scent similar to wet paint. The barely detectable scent does not bother me or make my nose run. The liquid is about the same thickness as dish detergent. One pump is more than enough to wash my face and I would say a full pump is way too much. I wet my face and applied the soap and it immediately began to lather. It felt nice and gentle on my skin. It left my face feeling very clean. It did not make my skin feel itchy or irritated at all. I only used this on one side of my face for comparison.
My morning review for the Equate MILD Facial Soap on the other side of my face is surprising. It smells, looks, and feels the same as the Clinique cleanser. It cleans very well without irritation.
Unfortunately for both products, my skin felt dry after using these cleansers which was disappointing.
Morning Rating = 4 Stars for how well they clean, 2 Stars for drying my skin = 3 Stars
Evening Review: After several hours my skin felt very dry and in need of some serious moisture. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild removes all traces of face makeup and my makeup wipes are clean after using this soap. You will need to use a separate eye makeup remover with this cleanser. This would be a good cleanser to use with a sonic cleansing brush.
My evening review for the Equate MILD Facial Soap on the other side of my face is once again exactly the same. I would have to say that the Equate cleanser performs as well as the Clinique cleanser.
Please Note: If you have Rosacea, please check with your dermatologist before using the Clinique or Equate cleansers. It should be fine if your skin is consistent to oily, but you can make your situation worse by experimenting with new products on your own.
Overall Review: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild is an excellent cleanser in terms of cleansing ability but I cannot give it a high recommendation because any product that is drying to the skin is not beneficial no matter what your skin type is.
A review of the ingredients shows that Sodium Chloride is the third ingredient in both the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild and the Equate MILD Facial Soap. Sodium Chloride is, quite simply, table salt and salt is not a good thing to put on your face. If you have dry skin this is going to dry it out even further. If you have oily skin this soap is going to clean well and your skin will feel good at first, but then your body will produce extra oil to compensate for the fact that you have removed your own natural oils. I give the Clinique company the highest of marks and ratings for their lack of fragrance and typically their products are very gentle, but for me this product just falls a little short.
This cleanser is suitable for women and men provided it does not have a drying effect on your skin. Everyone reacts differently to products and perhaps this one will work well for you. It may perform well for you if you have oily skin. It is not a product I would buy again unless I had no other fragrance-free options. If you have severe fragrance allergies, you should not have any negative reaction to this product whatsoever. My male tester who also has dry skin said this cleanser left his skin feeling very dried out and he needed to put lotion on afterwards.
Regarding comparing the two products, Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild and Equate MILD Facial Soap, they are so similar that it is difficult to differentiate between them. If you read the ingredients lists below you will see just how similar. Equate simply changed the order of some of the ingredients and added a different form of Vitamin E so that they could not be charged with completely copying a proprietary formula. If you have normal to oily skin and like the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild you can save money with the Equate MILD Facial Soap and they are so similar I doubt you will notice any difference.
I have not tried the other two versions of this cleanser from Clinique so I cannot comment on the differences. A review of the ingredients from the Mild to the Extra Mild formulas shows that they are completely different. The Extra Mild formula is an oil-based, non-lathering lotion type of cleanser so that product would not be comparable to the Mild formula at all. I would not recommend the Oily skin version of this liquid soap. The Oily version contains menthol which some people are sensitive to and other drying ingredients that should be avoided.
Equate only makes the Mild version of the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap. They do not have a copy for the Extra Mild or the Oily Skin formulas.
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild is suitable for the following skin types: (Not for dry to very dry skin)
- All ethnicities;
- All ages;
- All sexes;
- Combination (Only if Combination is Consistent plus Oily).
Please see the Help page to accurately determine your skin type.
Morning Rating = 3 Stars;
Evening Rating = 2 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 3 Stars;
Value Rating = 3 Stars;
Overall Rating = 2.75 Stars – Just Okay to Good. (Please review the About 365 Cosmetic Reviews page for the rating info.)
Ingredients (Clinique Liquid Soap Mild): Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sucrose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Triethylmonium Dimethicone PEG-8 Succinate, Tocopheryl Ethyl Succinate Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Laureth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfate, Edta, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.
Ingredients (Equate MILD Facial Soap): Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Sodium-Cocoyl Glutamate, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sucrose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Triethylmonium Dimethicone PEG-8 Succinate, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Laureth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Sulfate, Edta, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.
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