Tested on animals:Yes
Smart Treatment Oil gets Clinique into the facial oil game, and we're thrilled to write that this is one of the better options to come along lately! The gentle, fragrance-free formula's mix of plant oils, antioxidants, and soothing plant extracts makes this a truly "smart" choice for normal to dry skin, including the extra-sensitive.
You might be wondering if Smart Treatment Oil is smarter than other facial oils. It isn't, largely because it is an inanimate object incapable of intelligence, but also that it cannot make good on its claim of delivering "targeted repair as needed, where needed."
That's not to say this cannot repair signs of dry, dehydrated skin or that it won't make a noticeable difference in skin's texture and appearance, because it can. What we're getting at is that this mix of oils and other beneficial ingredients can't distinguish between where skin needs extra help and where it's doing fine. The ingredients cannot deliver a stronger treatment on very dry areas but somehow hold back ingredients (or treatment intensity) from more normal, undamaged areas. (Also, if you have oily skin and thus don't need any extra moisture, will Smart Treatment Oil simply evaporate from your skin? No, of course not.) The ingredients go wherever you put them and moisturize as they will—and because this is oil it has a lot of movement on skin, so it will migrate outside the original area of application.
Although this is a facial oil we recommend highly, we have to mention its clear plastic bottle packaging. Storing this product so it's exposed to daylight will, over time, reduce the effectiveness of the light-sensitive ingredients (including the oils) present. For maximum potency, store Smart Treatment Oil away from direct daylight exposure, such as a drawer or cabinet, or keep it in its opaque box.
On the upside where its packaging is concerned, the dropper tip used to dispense this oil is well designed and the cap's push button dispensing method makes it easy to control how much oil comes out.
Clinique Smart Treatment Oil doesn't earn a PhD for its thesis on having a radar-like ability to sense where skin needs the most help, but its formula nonetheless earns honors for its mix of skin-repairing, antioxidant-rich plant oils and inclusion of extra antioxidants, some of which have proven soothing properties. It's a great option for eliminating dryness and adding a healthy glow, and is even suitable for sensitive skin, including rosacea. Due to this being an oil-based formula, it's not an ideal formula for oily skin given this skin type doesn't have a need for the extra moisture. Those with breakout-prone skin that's also dehydrated may find this oil blend helpful, but pay attention to how your skin responds, because despite their benefits, the oils could make breakouts worse.
Tip: Clinique Smart Treatment Oil is an even better formula that sister brand Estee Lauder's Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil, which costs considerably more for an equal amount of product. Lauder's face oil also adds fragrance to the mix, which poses a slight risk of irritation.
- Rich yet fluid blend of several proven non-fragrant plant oils.
- Contains several antioxidants, including the plant oils.
- Dropper tip makes it easy to control how much oil is dispensed.
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula suitable for use anywhere on the face (and neck).
- Clear bottle packaging exposes the light- and air-sensitive ingredients to light.