Monday, 19 October 2009

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Body Spray

RRP: £13 for 100ml

--What does the promo say?--
"Oil-free formula helps clear and prevent breakouts everywhere — back, chest, shoulders. Helps control oil, reduce the look of redness. Convenient 360-degree spray even works upside down. Perfect for hard-to-reach places. Non-staining formula."

--Packaging--
The big C clearly designates it as part of the Clinique brand, and the colour scheme of eucalyptus greens ensures that it integrates well with the rest of the Anti-Blemish range. The spray function is pretty good, working at all angles as promised, and the lid stays on securely without being too difficult to remove when you do want to use the product. The whole ensemble is made of plastic, so it's very lightweight.

--Application--
The Clinique website instructs that you should start using the product once a day initially, increasing to twice a day if required. You should spray over the affected area after cleansing (ideally with the Clinique Anti-Blemish face and body soap) and leave it to dry, and this is pretty easy to do. No problems here. Just make sure that you use this product before using any other creams or lotions as the spray can be tricky to use when your hands are on the slippery side.

--Scent--
It does unfortunately smell a little bit like bug spray, but this is not too overbearing and can easily be covered by use of a neutral-smelling body cream if it bothers you. I would still prefer a eucalyptus, aloe vera or tea tree smell though.

--Appearance--
No visible residue is left, and the spray itself is virtually invisible anyway.

--Texture/consistency--
Not sticky or greasy; just pleasant and light. I wouldn't say it's such a light mist that you could just spray it and leave it - I did feel the urge to rub it in - but it definitely doesn't take long to sink in.

--Effects on the skin--
I experienced no dryness while using this spray; indeed, skin just felt smooth and balanced. The best part is that it actually worked, too - I don't know if it's just the same toner from the range but in a spray bottle, but either way, I saw much more significant improvements on my body than on my face. The spots on my arms and shoulders have gone away and stayed away; my chest is taking longer to catch up, but I have confidence that it will follow.

--Value for money--
My spray lasted me two months, with me using it once a day some days, twice a day on others, and not at all on others. This therefore makes about £6.50 a month, which I'd say is exemplary value for money for something that is so easy to use and which works so well. I'd really like them to improve on the scent, and I'd quite like some sort of body cream to use in conjunction with it too, in order to augment the already promising results even further.

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6 comments:

Meltdown said...

Hi, thanks for the review!

Did you notice if this stained clothing? I've used spot treatments on my back before and ruined a few tops before I realised the cause. :( That was benzoyl peroxide though, which is rather strong!

Bianca said...

Good question!
Thankfully, the answer is equally good: no, I did not find that it stained clothing at all. It dries quickly, and as I said, there's no residue, so it's like there's nothing to stain clothes with, if that makes sense.

Hope this helps :)

Me said...

I was recently informed whilst in Boots that this product was being discontinued.

Any idea if this is true or not? I am a long-term user of this product and really rate it. Would be rubbish if it were stopped!

Bianca said...

Oh no! I really hope that's untrue. It's such an effective, affordable product. I'll try to get in touch with Clinique's PR and find out for you.

Faye said...

I was just going to ask the same question as Meltdown! Benzoyl Peroxide has ruined so many things of mine! Sounds really too good to be true, I have sensitive skin so most things like this sting me, did it cause you any discomfort?

Bianca said...

The good news is that it definitely does not stain clothing :)

The bad news is that I spoke to Clinique's PR department yesterday and they are definitely discontinuing the product :( No other product has been released as a replacement as yet. You're recommended to use the Face and Body Soap (which is also very good, but stilllllll...) as an equivalent product.

So yes - looks like now's the time to buy the body spray, as soon it will be gone!