CX 24-Hour Eye System
Last Updated:12.24.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This eye-care duo is said to provide relief from almost every major eye-area concern. Where have we heard that before? Yes, you’re right, from practically every other eye cream, gel, or serum sold today. Phase 1 of this duo is the Day & Night Eye De-Ager. It’s a brilliantly formulated emollient eye cream that contains key ingredients skin needs to look and feel its best (but that doesn’t mean they’ll chase away wrinkles). The problem is that Clinique packaged this in a jar, so the effectiveness of several of the light- and air-sensitive ingredients will be diminished after opening. This eye cream contains titanium dioxide and mica to brighten and add soft shine to the eye area, but that’s a cosmetic effect, not a skin-care benefit. Maybe that’s what Clinique means by the “evens skin tone” claim, but a concealer does a much better job if discoloration is a concern.

Phase 2 is the CX Daily Eye Protector SPF 15. With titanium dioxide as the sole active, this is a wonderful sunscreen to use around the sensitive eye area, but there are plenty of face products that are better formulated and that also contain mineral sunscreen ingredients that can be used around the eye. The base formula is enhanced with silicones, and has a texture that temporarily fills in superficial lines, and I mean really temporarily. A small amount of antioxidants and a skin-identical ingredient are also included, along with mineral pigments to visually brighten and add soft shine to the eye area. Once again, jar packaging will render the antioxidants less and less effective with repeated use.

For the money, this fragrance-free system squanders several important ingredients thanks to the jar packaging, and, despite some outstanding attributes, isn’t worth the investment.

Please note: Clinique CX products can only be found exclusively at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.


Two-phase system helps provide every eye de-aging advantage. Phase 1: Day and night, peptide-powered cream helps erase the look of deep lines and wrinkles. Brightens dullness, builds visible lift, evens out skin tone. Phase 2: Daily protector helps prevent future damage and discoloration with a physical protector against UVA/UVB rays and other skin-aging environmental assaults.


Phase 1, CX Day & Night Eye De-Ager: Water, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Polybutene, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Coleus Barbatus Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cholesterol, Creatine, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Caffeine, Polyethylene, Sorbitol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Isomerized Linoleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Yeast Extract, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trehalose, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Cholesterol/Potassium Sulfate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Adenosine Phosphate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Alcohol Denatured, Arginine Ferulate, Sodium Carbomer, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

Phase 2, CX Daily Eye Protector SPF 15: Active: Titanium Dioxide (7.80%), Other: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Silica, Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polysilicone-11, Aluminum Stearate, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, 7-Dehydrocholesterol, Tricaprylin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Butylene Glycol, Water, Tocotrienols, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

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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