Clinique Total Turnaround Review
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Clinique Total Turnaround Review

Clinique Total Turnaround Overview

Clinique has been in a trusted name in the makeup and skincare business for a long time.  They have a loyal customer base who believe in their products and continue to buy them year after year.  One of the products in their anti-aging line was called Clinique Total Turnaround.  Its exfoliating formula is said to speed up the renewal process of skin cells, bringing fresh, new, radiant skin to the surface.  The question, of course, is does it work.  In an attempt to answer that, we’ll look at ingredients and Clinique Total Turnaround reviews, and figure out whether or not it’s worth spending your time and money giving it a try.

Clinique Total Turnaround ReviewClinique Total Turnaround Ingredients and How It Works

Finding out what active ingredients go into Clinique Total Turnaround was actually a little tricky.  Clinique doesn’t publish ingredient lists on its website (parent company Estee Lauder policy).  But they are available if you chat with an online customer service representative accessed from the site.  It turns out there are three main ingredients to note.  Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates skin more gently than alpha hydroxy acids.

Glucosamine is an amino acid that aids in the production of collagen.  (Unfortunately, it has been shown to improve skin when taken internally, it is as yet unclear whether or not it is effective when applied topically).  And cholesterol which smooths and plumps the skin.

Clinique Total Turnaround is meant to be used twice daily after cleansing and before moisturizing.  It comes in two formulas, serum and cream.  The serum is lighter and more suitable for oilier skin.  The cream is heavier and well-suited for drier skin.

Clinique Total Turnaround Pros and Cons


  • Total Turnaround cream and serum contain ingredients that are known to exfoliate skin.
  • Their products are fragrance-free and thoroughly tested to be non-allergenic.
  • Clinique skincare products come with a money back guarantee.


  • Clinique Total Turnaround has been discontinued and reformulated as Clinique Turnaround. Some customers are happy with the new product and think it’s an improvement.  Some wish they’d left it alone.
  • Clinique Total Turnaround is still available online, but because of its growing scarcity, prices are high and rising.

Where to Buy Clinique Total Turnaround

Because the product has been discontinued, it is no longer available on the Clinique website or at the Clinique counter in department stores.  The price used to be a fairly reasonable $35 per 1.7 oz jar.  If you really want to try it, you can find it at online resellers, but the prices are widely varied and going up all the time.


Clinique is a well-established brand, and has been making quality makeup and skincare since 1968.  The ingredients in Clinique Total Turnaround are proven to have an exfoliating effect.  The reviews are mixed.  There are many positive reviews and several lukewarm ones.  It seems to be more suited to people with acne prone skin.  Since the reformulation into the Turnaround line, the reviews have also been mixed.  People who really loved  Total Turnaround tend to be disappointed, but newer customers seem to like the new product.   If you’ve never tried either product,  you’d probably be better off not trying Clinique Total Turnaround.  Even if it works really well, eventually, you won’t be able to get it anymore.  And currently, the new Turnaround products are less expensive and come with Clinique’s money back guarantee.

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Q: Clinique !! Who is running it now, whybdiscontinue two GREAT products. Gyava stain almost lipstick, and turnaround night cream ? -Renée

A: Hi Renee, I'm sorry, that's so frustrating when you love a product so much and then they discontinue it. I've noticed Clinique has many new products so they must be trying to revamp their product line a bit. xo Rachel

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Q: I really miss the old total turnaround it was an incredible product. New one is terrible. I'm still using Clinique product but I'm trying to find a similar great same ingredient product. What's similar? -Julie

A: Hi Julie, Total Turnaround I believe was a product said to exfoliate the skin as well as hydrate. My favorites right now (and have been for a while) is using Beautycounter's Overnight Resurfacing Peel

2-3x a week (it's gentle but you definitely wake up glowing) and you always need a good moisturizer to seal it in. Their strongest, and the one that I use, is the Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream, it's simply amazing.

Beautycounter is a very natural line with no harsh or toxic chemicals. But the peel does contain AHA's which work very well to gently exfoliate and build collagen, and the cream smooths wrinkles and firms. It's a great anti-aging combo if you're looking for something to replace the Clinique.

Thanks! Rachel

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Rachel Vrabel

Rachel is Chief Editor of Women’s Blog Talk and writes reviews across the spectrum of anti-aging, health and beauty. She has an English degree from USF and worked in finance for 15 years before establishing this website in 2011. She loves having a place she can share her inspiration for health and beauty and continue to help others! She lives in South Florida with her husband and her hobbies include beach volleyball, HIIT training and combing the beach for sea glass and shells.


  • Julie

    I loved the discontinued Clinique total turnaround! Hate the new one! I have oily skin. Does anyone know anything familiar to the old Clinique turnaround?

  • Brandy

    I wish they wouldn’t have discon tinted the Clinique Total Turnaround. Ever since I ran out of product, I look older and have tried tons of products, with no success. I don’t have acne prone skin and I have tried the current Turnaround Serum and the Clinique Smart line. They’re not working for me and they’re too greasy. When I was 26, everyone guessed me at 30 years old. I then started to use Total Turnaround….and when I turned 30 years old, people were guessing me between 18-21. THAT was thanks to Clinique Total Turnaround. I’m now turning 40 and people are guessing me at 36. Age is catching up to me and there’s nothing i can do about it. Clinique took my fountain of youth away. I bought all I could find when it discontinued, but now I’m out.

    • Rachel Vrabel
      Rachel Vrabel

      Hi Brandy! That stinks they stopped making the product that you loved. I used to use Clinique’s cooling eye gel when I was about 19, that was the first eye treatment I ever started using! That was good for puffiness from probably eating a really bad diet at that time, but it didn’t have much in it for anti-aging. At your age, you need to look for something with good ingredients. Check out my reviews on both Skinception’s Eyelasticity and also Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty line. I actually LOVE the two eye products that come with her kit. If you aren’t interested in a full skin care line (which Meaningful Beauty is), then I would give Eyelasticity a try. I’ve used Skinception’s products for years and this is one that’s really effective for reducing wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. And I can use it on my eyelids as well for crepiness. I have very sensitive eyes so any of these that I recommend I always put to the test of using on my eyelids as well. Turning 40 is rough, that’s when I really started noticing the most changes in my skin. We lose a lot of collagen as we age so we need to find ways to put it back in our skin and the eyes tend to show our age the most. Thanks for your message. Rachel

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