Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 All Skin Types
2.5 fl. oz. for $29.50
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

No question this hand cream with sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection that includes avobenzone for reliable screening of UVA rays. We wish Clinique had included at least one mineral active (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) as many dermatologists (presumably not the “guiding dermatologists” Clinique consults) report that these sunscreen ingredients are most effective at preventing brown spots from sun exposure. On a personal note, the Paula’s Choice Research Team has also found that so-called mineral sunscreens work beautifully to prevent any amount of color change on skin when its exposed to sunlight. Despite our experience and the advice of many dermatologists, what counts is that this hand cream does provide reliable sun protection.

As a hand cream, this has an emollient texture that moisturizes and softens without feeling too slick or greasy. It contains some very good ingredients to protect and help repair dry skin. The “calming botanicals” this contains have limited research on their ability to help prevent future discolorations or lighten existing discolorations. But without question, protecting your hands from further sun damage (which this product will do) is the most essential step to fading existing brown spots and preventing new ones.

Although this contains salicylic acid, the pH is out of the range it needs to function as an exfoliant. Even if the pH was within the required range, the amount of salicylic acid present is likely below 0.5%, which isn’t enough to exfoliate skin. Still, this fragrance-free hand cream has a lot going for it, though you don’t need to spend this much for an effective, broad-spectrum had cream with sunscreen.


The damage eraser for hands. Helps reverse the appearance of dark spots, age spots, discolourations to create a more even skin tone. Gentle UVA/UVB sunscreen and calming botanicals help prevent future darkening. Moisturizes all day.


Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 3%, Octisalate 5% Other: Water, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Yeast Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin, Sucrose, Polyester 8, Saccharamyces Cerevisiae Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Caffeine, Polyglutamic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium RNA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Phospholipids, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isohexadecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

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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Works on dark spots!

One of the best hand creams I have ever used. True, it's not grocery store cheap, but it really faded the dark spots in my hands and arms, moisturized enough without feeling greasy and even worked on the tiny lines on my hands. Maybe it's not meant for 20-something's but for a 50 year old lady it worked wonderfully!

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Anni K

way too expensive for me!

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Not worth it

I really don't like this product. The only thing going for it is that it has SPF in it but apart from that I found it quite drying; it didn't leave my hands feeling soft or moisturised. Plus it is so expensive - for AUD$45 I was expecting something really quite amazing.

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Helen L
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