I know Clinique calls it the 3-Step Skincare System, but since I'm only reviewing Step 2 and 3, I'm calling it the 2-Step Skincare System. =P
As you ladies will know by now, I already have a small arsenal of cleansers, so I really don't think I should be getting another one. After all, what I have now works fine by me.
As for Clinique's clarifying lotion and moisturiser, I've read varying reviews ranging from people who swear by them, and people who can't stand 'em. After several months of use, this is my take on them both.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3 (for combination/oily skin)
Fated to have oily and pimple-prone skin (even though I'm already in my mid-20s, so unfair), it was Kahani who first recommended #3 to me. It smells strongly of alcohol and can be very harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin. In fact, that's the gripe which keeps surfacing in the many reviews I've read on MUA.
However, I find that it does help my skin by controlling the oilies (with regular use) and in controlling pimples too, especially those which are only surfacing. What I normally do is after applying the toner to my entire face with a cotton-pad, I dab a little more toner to the cotton pad and just leave it on the pimple as spot treatment. It can sting, (and I don't recommend this to those with sensitive skin) but it has worked miracles by making that pimple disappear altogether!
I don't use it all too frequently, just once a day, or even once in two days is good enough. Just make sure you have good ventilation (like a fan on or something), and don't breathe in so deeply when applying this toner (the smell really is very strong). Clinique, if you're reading this, take note!
It retails for RM78 for a 200ml bottle. Not cheap, but it lasts pretty long.
Kahani: I find I can make one 200ml bottle last almost a year by decanting it into a smaller bottle with a dropper mouth. The big mouth on the Clinique bottle just encourages evaporation and waste - something I'm sure they're keen on as it means you'll buy more. So, just one bottle for a year isn't actually that pricey. =)
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel
After trying out Clarifying Lotion #3 for a while, I decided to jump on board their skincare regime and try out their moisturising gel as well. I tried a small sample jar, and by the end of it, I was hooked. It does not disappoint. It's light and absorbs very easily into the skin and leaves no trace on the skin. No residues of greasiness whatsoever.
And (there's more), when I apply it at night, I wake up to non-greasy skin. This has never happened before for any other moisturiser I've tried. Or even if I don't use moisturiser on some nights. Amazing.
I think I've found my HG moisturiser. I've managed to get a huge 200ml bottle for RM200 (it was an offer item or something). It's pricey as hell, but better than their usual 125ml bottle for RM150.
Verdict: I'd recommend the DDM Gel anytime. But I'd suggest you try out the Clarifying Lotion before buying it first.