Turnaround Instant Facial (Discontinued)
2.5 fl. oz. for $37.50
Last Updated:01.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Note: This product has been discontinued, and according to Clinique, replaced by their new Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial.

Knowing how pressed for time most of us are, a product whose name promises an instant facial is very appealing! What does this product have to offer? Nothing of particular interest or benefit. It’s a water- and silicone-based scrub that contains diatomaceous earth (ground-up porous rock composed of the skeletons of sea creatures) to manually scrub skin. The formula also features salicylic acid, but the pH is too high for it to function as an exfoliant. Even if it worked in this manner, you’re not going to gain much benefit from the 5 minutes this product is supposed to be left on skin before rinsing.

Clinique advises to apply this in a thick layer as a mask, then wait five minutes. At that point you can massage this scrub over skin and then rinse. We wish this was five minutes worth spending, but the results aren't much different from a scrub you massage in and rinse off right away.

Consider this an expensive face scrub that can be difficult to rinse because of the silicones (though ironically the silicones help buffer skin from the abrasiveness of the diatomaceous earth). The bells and whistles Clinique added look good on the label, but antioxidants, anti-irritants, and cell-communicating ingredients are most effective in leave-on products; rinsing them down the drain doesn’t help your skin. Turnaround Instant Facial is best for normal to dry or slightly oily skin. As you may have guessed by now, 5 minutes with this scrub isn’t the equivalent of a facial, though used too aggressively this may cause instant irritation!


In 5 minutes, this high-performance facial delivers all the radiance and smoothness of microdermabrasion-with significantly less irritation and stress to skin. Promotes surface cell turnover on multiple levels to instantly unveil skin that’s fresher, more vibrant.


Water, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Diatomaceous Earth, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Acetyl Glucosamine, C12-14 Pareth-12, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Chestnut Seed Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Clary Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Rice Bran Extract, Creatine, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caffeine, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Adenosine Phosphate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Arginine, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Alumina, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorophenesin, Ext. Violet 2, Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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amazingly surprised

have I read Paulas review on this product I wouldnt have got it but i got a sample of it and I love it. it cleared my skin overnight, it made it super soft and glowy. i had some bad skin lately and this help me. too expensive for people on a budget though

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Just Awful

I have been a Clinque faithful follower for years which probably explains why I've struggled with my complexion for years. I like scrubs in general so I tried this one. First of all, it is REALLY abrasive. Secondly, it leaves large specs of glitter all over your face after rinsing it off. When I tried to return the product, they denied me because I did not have the box it came in even thought I had the receipt. I use what's left to scrub my feet. This product just plain hurts and needs to be discontinued.

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