Clinique is an extremely popular brand of cosmetics that makes everything from BB cream to mascara and beyond. Their products are used by millions of women across the world and can be found in many retail stores including Sephora, Macy's, Ulta, Belk, and countless others. The brand is well known for quality but is also commonly associated with mid to high level prices. Clinique's skin lightener is called the Even Better Dark Spot Corrector.
Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector is primarily meant to be used to spot treat patches of hyperpigmentation (sort of similar to Proactiv or Garnier) on the skin (dark spots) but is also capable of reducing the appearance of age spots and old acne scars as well. The official website states that after 12 weeks of regular use most users will notice a 58% improvement. It also notes that the product can be used on all skin tones and that the first visible results will being after 4 weeks of use.
Even Better is formulated with a mix of various acids, extracts, and other chemicals known for their anti-aging or skin lightening properties. Here is the complete list of ingredients for the product:
Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Turmeric Root Extract, Rice Bran Extract, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Barley Extract, Wheat Germ Extract, Birch Bark Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Mulberry Root Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract, PEG-6, Tromethamine, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Cholesterol, Isohexadecane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sunflower Seedcake, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Simethicone, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium RNA, Squalane, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate VP/Copolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5
Because of how insanely popular the brand is it was quite easy to find numerous real testimonials from people that have actually purchased and used this particular product. Here are some of the reviews we found for it (click the images to enlarge them):
I used this product everyday for three months, 90 days, applying at least twice. I am a blonde, green eyed woman with fair/medium complexion. ABSOLUTELY NO RESULTS, NOTHING. I spent over a hundred dollars buying the larger size and it seems like a big scam. Sorry. I love Clinique and have used the moisturizer most of my life, but this is a JOKE. Don't waste your money. (Candace Campbell - Amazon Reviews)
It doesn't reduce the dark spots that much. I have used it for over approx. a month. (Roger Lacock - Amazon Reviews)
It seems that the Even Better Dark Spot Corrector works well for some but not at all for others. Another "results may vary" case. This applies to many cosmetics but the reviews for this product are especially odd. Some users claim they saw great results rather quickly while others stated they used the product for several weeks to 2 months or longer with absolutely no change in their skin.
Overall, Clinique is known to produce high quality products. The Even Better Dark Spot Corrector won't work for every individual but it should at least show noticeable results for most. It is, however, a bit pricey. There are other spot lighteners that are priced about the same that have a higher success rate for people but Clinique's gets the job done in most cases.
This product works best for spot treatments. If you're looking to even out skin tones on larger areas of the skin you may want to try something different. Also, it's not guaranteed that Even Better will work for you. It's not the cheapest so you may want to consider giving a cheaper dark spot corrector a shot before sinking that money into this one.