The other week I was invited to the Clinique counter at Boots in Cardiff for a preview of the new Fresh Pressed Cleanser that Clinique have brought out. I was really interested to see what this cleanser would be like.
Clinique describe this product as a simple, two step system that contains powerful Vitamin C. Before I had the cleanser used on me I was told all about the product, how to use it and what it does. After getting my makeup removed, it was time to put the cleanser on my face.
The cleanser comes in sachets in powder format. It's an ultra fine powder that activates with water. The first step is to mix it with water to create the cleanser. Clinique say that it instantly purifies, brightens and retexturizes. It can be used every morning as it is nice and gentle. You can apply this to your face with hands and cleanse that way, but you can also use the Clinique Cleansing Brush. This is one of those deep clean brushes similar to Clarisonic. I've never used one of these before, but really enjoyed the feel of it on my skin.
After cleansing, the second step is to use the booster. To use you just press the button on the booster to activate the Vitamin C. You mix two drops of this with your moisturizer in the morning and evening. The sachets and booster work together but are separate products.
The woman on counter who showed me the product was really nice and friendly and took me through it all step by step. At first the product did seem a bit complicated to use but after being shown how to use it, it looked fairly simple. This is definitely a different sort of cleanser to what I normally use. The only thing similar to it that I have used is the Lush cleansers where you have to mix with water to create a paste.
The cleanser can be bought in a few different ways. For people buying it for the first time, Clinique has a 7 day system with Pure Vitamin C for £25.00. You get 7 single use sachets and a 7 day vial of the booster. You can also buy the sachets separately. A month's supply of sachets is £24.00 while a set of four boosters is £58.00.
I didn't really think much of the cleanser. I think it can get expensive having to constantly buy sachets and the booster. I've tried cleansers from other premium brands and found that they work out a lot cheaper as you don't have to keep buying it every month. A cleanser will last me over a month. I just don't like having the fuss of having to keep getting a month's supply and then bother with a booster.
I just didn't like having to mix the powder with water either. I've tried other cleansers where you have to mix them with water, so having to mix it isn't really new.
I was talking to my friend yesterday who has also tried this product. She wasn't that fussed on it either, even said that the powder looked like cocaine.
While some people may like this cleanser and find it works for them, I personally didn't like it. I'd like to thank the staff at Clinique for letting my try this product.