06.25.2015
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Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer
3.4 fl. oz. for $26
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Last Updated:06.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Clinique’s Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer is a good, lightweight moisturizer that is suitable for normal to combination skin—those with oily or very oily skin may find it potentially too moisturizing. This is free of any potentially irritating fragrance ingredients, and contains a few beneficial antioxidants and anti-irritants.

This provides broad-spectrum sun protection via a non-mineral mix of UVA/UVB ingredients, including avobenzone, oxybenzone and octisalate. As this isn’t a mineral formula, it is iffy for those with rosacea or very sensitive skin, but the degree of anti-irritants this features may offset this potential for sensitization among this group.

While there isn’t anything exciting about Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer, nonetheless it’s a solid, reliable sunscreen includes a few additional beneficial ingredients that increase your skin’s free radical defense. While this didn’t earn our top rating due to its lower SPF rating (see More Info), it is one to consider if you are a fan of the formula and aesthetics.

Note: This product used to be named M Protect SPF 21.

Pros:
  • Fragrance free.
  • Contains a fe beneficial antioxidants & anti-irritants.
  • Lightweight texture.
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 21 via non-mineral sunscreen actives.
Cons:
  • Lower degree of sunscreen protection (SPF 21).
More Info:

Sunscreens Rated SPF 20-30: A growing body of current research has demonstrated that it's better to use a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater to ensure adequate defense against the sun's aging UV rays. Certainly, some sunscreen (whether it is rated SPF 30 or not) is better than no sunscreen at all—but only if you’re willing to apply liberally and your skin will be seeing five hours of daylight or less.

While this sunscreen will provide the SPF number on the label and has UVA-protecting ingredients, no sunscreens with an SPF lower than 30 will rate higher than three stars in Beautypedia. For more information on our criteria for rating sunscreens, please visit the Best Sunscreens section of the site.

Applying your sunscreen under a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream that offers broad-spectrum SPF 25+ will take far better care of your skin. This layering approach ensures your skin gets sufficient sun protection—even if you’re not applying liberally.

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Claims

A dual-purpose moisturizer for all skin types. Essential hydration plus daily UV protection. Soothes, improves skin’s condition.

Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate (7.4%), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3%), Oxybenzone (2%), Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Algae Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Cholesterol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Tridecyl Trimellitate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Stearyl Alcohol, Zeolite, Tridecyl Stearate, Isododecane, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, PVP, Oleth-10, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Polyethylene, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 33

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

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