OK so the much-awaited, much-asked-for, much-anticipated review of the Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is finally here! And I get it, I get the hype, I totally do. If you have spots on your skin from former acne, the name of this product is enough to catch your attention. And there are good blogger and vlogger reviews on the product for the most part. I bought it months ago, obviously to clear the spots on my face and all that. To be honest, I have not been entirely consistent with this product for many reasons, and that is why it took me so long to do this review post. I however now have enough observations to do a honest review.
How I use it: Instructions say you should use it twice daily which is what I did, except when I planned to go out in the sun and then I would skip the day-time usage. A little of this product goes a long way which is great because that bottle is small! It gets absorbed into the skin quickly and also leaves a matte finish (a plus). It has a mild fragrance too.
What it does for my skin: I used this product and in 2 days, I saw a difference. This got me so excited and I saw even more improvement in the next 7 days. My skin was brighter, smoother, and the spots were fading. Shortly after, I experienced another bout of acne, which caused me more spots. Now I am very sure it wasn't the Clinique that caused the spots, because I have used it afterwards and I did not break out. The acne just inflicted me, just because. At this point I figured I had better find a product that would keep my acne at bay, because if spots keep appearing, what's the point right? So I got the Sebamed Antibacterial face wash and used it consistently for a while. Now I use the wash once a week (will do a review on it soon-this product does what it says, only that it darkens the skin a bit!). Anyway back to the Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. When the acne cleared (read this post on how antibiotics helped me with this), I resumed using the Clinique. This time, new spots had appeared due to the acne scarring. The spots began to fade gradually though I did not get as dramatic results as the first time.
Currently I use another fade cream that is super expensive simply because I want faster results and also because I have some hyperpigmentation now. But I still love the Clinique Dark Spot Corrector and I know it's something I would want to use as a maintenance regimen.
Price: N12800 at Foschini Store at The Palms Shopping Mall. This stuff ain't cheap y'all. I had to go through many reviews to finally make up my mind about buying this.
Packaging: Comes in a whatzitcalled, clear in-between-glass-and-plastic tube with a pump and a clear cap. The pump part is a plus, as opposed to if the product came in a pot which isn't too hygienic.
Summary (My verdict): This is a great product IF:
a. You are patient
b. You do not have intense acne scarring
c. You stay away from the sun or use sunscreen (the product does say you have to use it with sunscreen)
d. You find a way to keep your spots-causing acne at bay
I think this product "plateaus" after a while. What I mean is that you may see good improvement for maybe a month, and afterwards the rate of improvement diminishes as the skin gets used to the product. I read somewhere that many products have that effect after about a year or so. One of the vlogger reviews I watched on this Clinique product mentioned this plateau issue actually. So I recommend that you give the product a 3 week break after using it for a month, before resuming using it. Just ensure you keep that acne away, use sunscreen or avoid the harsh sun as much as you can, and use an exfoliating soap.
Will I recommend?: Yes I will, as long as you follow my advice on what to do, avoid and expect in order to enjoy this product. The truth is that, it is always better to tackle the root of a problem right? And let's face it, if the acne stops coming back or at least is greatly reduced, and if we avoid the sun as much as we can, the spots will fade on their own without any help. These products and exfoliation will only help us get there faster. So bear in mind that your focus should still be on keeping the root-cause of spots at bay.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 (Points deducted due to steep price and the possible plateau-factor).
PS: I don't have before and after pictures unfortunately, due to all the back and forth explained above.
Are there any other products you recommend for clearing spots?