12.19.2014
50
Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer, for Combination Oily to Oily Skin
1.7 fl. oz. for $45
Expert Rating
Community Rating (4)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

This creamy, fragrance-free daytime moisturizer has an in-part avobenzone sunscreen, so the UVA portion is covered, which Clinique rarely neglects. The product is loaded with standard emollients, many antioxidants, water-binding agents, and cell-communicating ingredients, too, so this has the makings of a great anti-aging moisturizer for normal to dry skin.

The problem? Once again, Clinique relies on jar packaging, which compromises the effectiveness and stability of all the ingredients you're paying extra for. Antioxidants need to be protected from light and air before being applied to skin. The choice of jar packaging takes this daytime moisturizer from "super" to "average," and that's not something we can enthusiastically recommend. See More Info for further details on jar packaging.

Pros:

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Lush, emollient texture is ideal for dry skin.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of the many antioxidants this contains.
More Info:

More Info:

The fact that this product is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you're introducing bacteria that causes further breakdown of key ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Note: Formerly called Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer

Community Reviews
Claims

Start your day with our most complete daily protection. All-day hydration creates a healthy moisture barrier to better resist irritants. There's antioxidants and UVA/UVB protection. All in a light, silky formula that helps prevent the first signs of aging. Glides on skin, absorbs quickly. A pleasure to wear every day.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octisolate 5.0% Inactive: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylooctyl Salicylate, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Polyester-8, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trehalose, Sigesbekia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract/Extrait D’Orge, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Arabodopsis Thaliana Extract, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Micrococcus Lysate, Ergothionene, Caffeine, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isohexadecane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Squalene, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyehtylene, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascrobate, Dimethiconol, Polysorbate 80, Zeolite, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyehtanol

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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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