Clinque claims to even skin tone by diminishing dark spots with its Even Better skin-bleaching products. An active ingredient in Even Better products is dimethoxytolyl propylresorcinol. This ingredient is known to inhibit tyrosinase, which is the enzyme in skin that produces melanin.
Another controversial ingredient is phenoxyethanol. The National Center for Biotechnological Information reports that repeated exposure to phenoxyethanol can result in contact dermatitis, worsening of eczema, reproductive toxicity and neurotoxicity.