Clearly Corrective Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water

All Skin Types, including Sensitive Skin

A skin brightening treatment water that soothes, hydrates and visibly boosts skin clarity.

Clearly Corrective Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 21.
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Clearly Corrective Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water

Clearly Corrective Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water

A skin brightening treatment water that soothes, hydrates and visibly boosts skin clarity.

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What It Is

With a lightweight texture, our gentle skin brightening treatment water with Illuminating Minerals provides soothing hydration while giving skin a soft glow. This preparation helps to visibly brighten skin and diminish dullness for improved skin clarity. Infused with Licorice Root, this gentle formula visibly smoothes and refines skin texture for enhanced clarity.

What It’s Good For

  • Soothes and hydrates skin while helping to visibly even skin tone
  • Refreshes dull skin for visibly improved clarity
  • With Illuminating Minerals, this formula helps to brighten skin with a subtle glow
  • Demonstrated to strengthen the skin barrier in a clinical study
  • Dermatologist-tested for safety
  • For all skin types

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environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting charitable causes. This formula is made with:
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Product I am terrified that negative reviews will stop this product from being produced! This is my all time favorite product. I use this after cleansing and just pat it into my skin. I have very dry and sensitive skin. This product soothes and moisturizes all at once. I used to slather on heavy creams that never made me feel moisturized and caused breakouts. I let it sit for a minute before I moisturize. It is ideal for those looking to clarify and add an extra layer of moisture to their skin!
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Results Made my skin oiler and did not clarify at all (especially dark marks). I thought it was just me until I Googled that the formulation had changed ( not just the packaging) and saw so many negative reviews. I loved the original toner. Worked perfectly for oily skin, with pore issues. I've been a loyal Kiehl's customer for years. This was the second product in a year that has not met expectations due to formulation or discontinuation. Stop messing with a great brand and ruining it for loyal, satisfied users. This will erode your customer base fast. #kiehlsfail
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring back the Clearly Corrective Moisture Emulsion! Difficult to apply without losing expensive product in cotton ball. The Clearly Corrective Brightening moisture emulsion was perfect...why is it no longer available?
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kiehl's Has Destroyed the Clearly Corrective Line I have been using the Clearly Corrective line since it first came out. If I remember correctly, there was an earlier reformulation that was an improvement to the line. These latest changes are NOT. This product is far inferior to the toner. The change to the cleanser is a disappointment too. Not happy about having to find a new skincare line and the wasted money on product that will go unused.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Old formulation was better I loved the old formulation which actually felt like a toner and gave my skin a clean feeling. This new formulation feels slimy, and it leaves my skin feeling like it has a film on it. Drops of this product which collect around the cap tend to congeal into weird sticky clumps of gel. Very unappealing, and seems like a big waste of money. I can't understand why you would reformulate something that was clearly successful. Please, bring back the old formula.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The old one was better I had never ever written a review that wasn't glowing about a Kiehl's product but I have to say that the new version is not as good and even the packing is not as easy to use as the old bottle. Can you please bring back the old formula? Why did you change a great thing??
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worse Purchase I NEVER write product reviews-- but decided to do so this time in hopes that my feedback would help bring the old formulation of this product back. This new formulation is AWFUL, falling short of its claims to "soothe, hydrate, and boost clarity." I was a loyal user of the old formulation which actually hydrated my skin, and created a great smooth base for makeup application-- which made a difference that I could see and feel. I travel often-- (without a travel size I'd have to go with out) and there was always a clear difference in my skin! This new formulation feels as though I am sprinkling $45 water on my face, that I could get from my tap for free. My skin no longer feels as hydrated as it once did. I've been using the product for at least a month now and its lack of results makes this product a useless step in my skin care routine. PLEASE bring back the old formula!!!!!! My skin will thank you!!
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What are you thinking? I’m using the same Review Title for this product as I did for the reformulated Clearly Corrective skin cleanser. Also again, I’m giving this product a one star rating because a zero rating wasn’t available. I’ve used the Clarity Activating Toner, among with many other Kiehl’s products, since being converted from Clinique a number of years ago. Whatever benefits your R&D team thought would enhance this product by adding thickener and “brightener” to this product is offset by the slimy way it goes on the skin and it’s stickiness. Yuk. There are now two reformulated Kiehl’s products that have sent me back to the Clinique counter.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulously Brightnening I've never really been diligent on applying sunscreens to protect my skin when I was younger, now I am 45; I start to see brown spot and uneven skin tone issues on my face, neck and arms. I decided to give this toner a try and was pleasantly surprised ! after 4 weeks of using this toner, my skin is brighter, dark spot faded a little bit and my acne issue around my T-zone area has reduced, too! I think the Salicylic acid ingredient that totally helps with my adult acne issue! I also love the iridescent minerals in this toner, it somehow gives your skin a beautiful "Aura" effect making you look fresh and awake like you had a good 8 hours of sleep. oh, don't worry about the iridescent mineral making you looks like rainbow brite, it's so fine and tiny, you can't even see it, but it just gives you an over all "Aura" type of "Glow" , I highly recommend this product! Guys can use this too!
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What are you doing Kiehls?! Starting to lose my faith in you. PLEASE bring back the toner - what is wrong with you guys?! Why do you keep pulling your best products off the market? This water is gross - i hated it.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring Back the Original Formula I was a HUGE fan of the original Clearly Corrective Clarity Activating Toner! It was the perfect blend of oil control and moisturizing. Every time I got a sample with purchase I gave it to someone else to try! In fact, it was the first item I ever bought from Kiehl’s- I read a review and the reviewer raved so much about it that I bought it. I rarely do that! The new version is cloudy. Which means you have to shake it up. How can something named “Clearly” be cloudy??? So that means I’ve got to shake / mix it which means you don’t always get the same thing each time and where do the things that I shake up go??? My red splotchy face knows!! Also, it doesn’t do what the old version did. The old version was my Holy Grail of toners. The new cap is awful and it’s messy to try and put on a cotton ball, round or anything else. Boo!! Hiss!! Bring back my favorite! I’ve never been so upset by the reformulation of a product. And no matter how I try it- the form will not change - NO I did NOT receive a free trial of this product. I wish I had saved myself the money.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feels Amazing I bought this product after a store associate convinced me it would be good for my skin. I kind of thought the "water" was a scam, but I really love it. I have seen a major improvement in my skin, I have a lot of discoloration and acne scarring and this has definitely helped. I'm a student so this is a little pricey for me, but you only need 2 or 3 drops to cover your whole face. I've been using this for over 3 weeks and the bottle is still really full. I wish this was cheaper but I do think it will last me a long time. Also, it smells so good, it's a really subtle fragrance but very calming.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Same results as the original Happy that this reformulated product essentially has all the same ingredients with the exception of one synthetic ingredient. This ingredient actually causes the liquid to appear iridescent. I have had no flare ups this since switching over. My only issue is that it is a smaller size, more expensive and the cap is less convenient vs. the flip top cap on the previous bottle.
Date published: 2017-12-05
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