Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20

by Clinique  
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$39.50 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
9/16/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Clinique hit a home run with this triple-threat eye cream that provides broad-spectrum sun protection, brightens the eye area (so dark circles are less apparent), and treats skin to skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients that fight signs of aging.

Of course, the big draw (at least to us) is the gentle, mineral-based sun protection of this fragrance-free eye cream. There's basically zero risk of this stinging when applied around the eyes, and it provides light hydration that won't interfere with concealer's wear time.

This formula is best for normal to sensitive or slightly dry skin; if you have dry skin, you'll want to apply your regular moisturizer and then follow with this eye cream.

We generally maintain you don't need an eye cream, especially during the day because most of them do not contain sunscreen. This one does, and its formula is well-suited for sensitive eye-area skin.

One more comment: Unlike many of Clinique's other eye creams, this one isn't packaged in a jar! Instead, it's packaged in an opaque tube that works to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.

Pros:
  • Provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Practically zero risk of stinging around the eyes.
  • Provides light hydration without causing concealer to crease or fade.
  • Fragrance-free, and packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
  • Contains a very good mix of anti-aging ingredients (beyond the mineral-based sun protection).
  • Has an attractive, non-sparkling brightening effect so dark circles look less apparent.
Cons:
  • None.

We believe the best eye defense is the one you'll wear every day. You can look forward to instant brightening and comfortable protection from UVA/UVB, stress, pollution, dehydration.

Titanium Dioxide 5.6%, Zinc Oxide 3.8%. Water/Aqua/Eau, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum, Parkii (Shea Butter, Dimethicone, Laureth-4, Cetyl Esters, PEG-100, Stearate, Polyethylene, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Algae Extract, Lecithin, Micrococcus Lysate, Caffeine, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Isohexadecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trehalose, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Phytosphingosine, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium RNA, Lauric Acid, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloydimethyltaurate Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Nordihydrogualaretic Acid, Tromethamine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) [ILN38727]

Clinique was Estee Lauder's first attempt to expand its market with a completely separate line and image. Shortly after its 1968 debut at U.S. cosmetics counters, Clinique became known as the indispensable line for the woman under 30 concerned with breakouts, oily skin, and fragrance-free products (meaning less likely to cause allergic or sensitizing skin reactions). That's likely just what Lauder execs had in mind, because their namesake line's image and positioning was geared more toward the mature woman.

Clinique's tremendous success (the company's products are sold in over 13,000 department stores and in 110 countries) reshaped the way cosmetics lines identified themselves, sending the concept of line loyalty out to pasture. Today, cosmetics companies expand their market either by buying already established companies or by creating new ones, and Lauder has been adept at doing both. Of course, cosmetics companies keep this multiple-personality identity hidden from the consumer. If the general buying public realized that these apparently different companies were so intertwined with each other, how could they flaunt their independence and claim that their unparalleled formulations are secret or the best? It's hard to think Lauder (or any company) would, even if they could, keep secrets from one branch separate from the others. And as evidneced by the formulary similarities between brands, they don't!

The niche Clinique built 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 have some fragrant extracts in a few products). Regarding allergy testing, unless you can see the results, what difference does it make if a product makes that claim? What if the test showed 20% of the women who used it had a sensitizing reaction, dryness, or irritation? Would Clinique highlight this, or is it just easier to default to the generic allergy-tested claim and leave such details out? The answer as to which option is easier is clear. Moreover, "hypoallergenic" is a term not regulated by the FDA, so any product can use the word without having to substantiate the claim. "Dermatologist tested" is also bogus, because without published test results the term can easily mean nothing more than that a dermatologist picked up the product, looked at the container, and said "This looks good." And what about the dermatologists on Clinique's payroll? How do we know they're not the ones involved in testing, rather than sending the products out for independent, impartial evaluation (though how impartial can any study be that's paid for by the company making the product)?

Clinique declined any participation in my book or for this site, which included refusing to send us copies of the allergy studies they maintain have been performed for every product they sell. I find their unwillingness to help odd because, for the most part, I genuinely like most of their products. In fact, more than any other department-store line except Estee Lauder, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums. They have their act together for sunscreens and have expanded their decades-old three-step skin-care routine to include water-soluble cleansers instead of bar soap. They also now have a second "Dramatically Different" moisturizer that's well-suited for those with normal to oily skin.

The Clinique consultants, dressed in medical-looking white lab coats (Clinique's image in that sense was ahead of the times given today's plethora of doctor-designed skin-care lines), do their best to speak intelligently about skin-care routines, but for the most part they're trained to sell the products rather than to provide information about what substantiated research has shown about the skin's needs to look and feel its best. The good news for you is that the chemists behind Clinique's arsenal of products have been keeping up on this exciting information, and formulating superior products in response. I wouldn't blindly and solely bank on Clinique as your skin-care solution, but more than ever what they offer is, despite some far-out claims and problematic products, what epitomizes advanced skin care for all ages. Shop carefully and you'll leave confident that you are purchasing products with solid science, not just marketing hype, behind them.

In late 2008 Clinique joined forces with pharmaceutical company Allergan to launch a subset of products labeled as Clinique Medical. These products are sold only at doctor's offices, and are positioned as being scientically-designed to complement those looking for the best skin care after undergoing cosmetic corrective procedures. As expected, despite the link with Allergan and the exclusive-to-doctors retail channel, there isn't anything vastly different about Clinique Medical compared to the regular Clinique line. And the whole marketing angle is just bizarre when you consider that since Clinique's inception they've tied their claims and formulas to the expertise of their "guiding dermatologists". They're selling Clinique Medical as "best in class" skin care diminshes the regard which the company should be holding for several of their other state-of-the-art products (those rated Paula's Pick qualify as such). Needless to say, most of the Clinique Medical products are recommended, but don't think for a second that they're superior to or more professional than the best of Clinique's main line. All Clinique products are fragrance-free unless noted otherwise.

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 Paula’s Choice Research Team.

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

Clinique Makeup

Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially in their huge and imposing selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. That single category has become the most compelling reason to shop Clinique's makeup collection. Without a doubt the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color. The shade selection has improved considerably, with more neutrals and a broader range than ever before. You still need to use caution and watch out for peach-toned duds, but for the most part finding a natural-looking match shouldn't be a frustrating experience, and the counter personnel are happy to provide samples. Although the foundation and powder shades take darker skin tones into account, the blush, eye pencil, and most of the lipstick shades do not. Perhaps that will change in the future, as Clinique beautifully updated their eyeshadow collection with ultra-smooth textures and deeper colors that show up on darker skin.

Compliments are also due for Clinique's updated makeup tester units. They are well-organized, labeled with product name and price, and easily accessible without a salesperson's help. And speaking of salespeople, most of the Clinique consultants I encountered went above and beyond to provide assistance and to answer any questions I had. Those white lab coats don't mean medical expertise, but I'll take outstanding customer service over pseudoscience any day!

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.

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  1. Elle
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 18, 2014
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream Broad Spectrum
    • This is the ONLY product TO DATE (as in MY ENTIRE LIFETIME) that gave me an (awful) allergic reaction (red, swollen, itchy dry patches all over my area (under eye and eye-lids), where this horrific cream was applied). And to boot, I paid out of the wazoo for this tube of horrors--6 months later and I am STILL suffering it's ill effects. It's afe to say this product has damaged the delicate skin area around my eyes. BEWARE!! :(

  2. JL
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 03, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Best SPF for eye area EVER!!
    • Feel compelled to explain why this eye cream isn't ultra moisturizing. That's not the purpose. Stuff that's too creamy will eventually glide right into your eyes & cause irritation. I am SUPER sensitive to SPF - my eyes turn red and sting so badly that I avoid getting sunscreen or makeup w/ SPF within 2 inch radius from my eyes. This product is PERFECT! No slippage and my eyes have NEVER burned. After 10 yrs searching, finally found the sun protection I need 4 my eyes. Bye bye future wrinkles!

  3. Sar S
    Reviewed on Friday, May 16, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Not moisturising enough for me
    • I agree with Paula that if you have dry skin around your eyes you need to moisturise first before using this product. That sort of defeats the purpose of an eye cream in my opinion, I wish the formula was a bit more creamy as it made my concealer look cakey otherwise. However the light reflecting properties gives a nice optical illusion, even on my fairly dark skin. When I finish this tube, I will just stick to Paula's advice that you don't need a separate eye cream!

  4. MEREDITH A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 09, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Doesn't seem to play well with my makeup
    • I like the feel of this product, but it seems to cause makeup smudging for me. All creams do seem to cause this, but this one more than others. I refuse to go without sun protection around my eyes, but I want my makeup to look good, too! Does anybody have a solution to this dilemma ?

  5. Aneta D.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    A major winner!!
    • I agree with Paula that you don't need a separate eye cream and I have never owned one until I discovered this product. It is just awesome. It is moisturizing enough for me, but it absorbs nicely, so you can put concealer on top of it (often times I don't need to, because it looks great on its own). It softens wrinkles and never stings my eyes. It is expensive for the amount you get, but it's worth it and I hope Clinique keeps making it for years to come, as it has become my must-have product!!

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