CX Antioxidant Rescue Serum (Discontinued)
1 fl. oz. for $135
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

CX Antioxidant Rescue Serum is a water-based and aloe-based lightweight serum that contains some formidable antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, skin-identical substances, and soothing agents. It is ideal for all skin types and can definitely minimize visible signs of irritation and help skin repair a compromised barrier. Despite this praise, you should know that the Lauder companies have several other serums with similar formulas and benefits, none of which cost this much money. In fact, Clinique's own Repairwear Deep Wrinkle Concentrate for Face and Eye ($55 for 1.4 ounces) is just as good in terms of state of the art ingredients.

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


"Shock absorber" helps rescue skin from the stress-irritation-damage cycle before damage surfaces as a lackluster, blotchy tone, increased reactivity, wrinkles. Patent-pending solution of bio-concentrated antioxidants and multivitamins immediately helps restore skin's natural clarity and even tone. Over time, helps skin seem less reactive, more comfortable.


Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Peg-75, Yeast Extract, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Lycopene, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Algae Extract, Folic Acid, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, 7-Dehydrocholesterol, Disodium Nadh, Pyridoxine Hcl, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Centaureum Erythraea (Centaury) Extract, Santalum Album Seed Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Sea Whip Extract, Caffeine, Linoleic Acid, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Adenosine Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Sucrose, Silica, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Squalane, Oleth-5, Oleth-10 Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Ethoxydiglycol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carbomer, Bht, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ext. Violet 2

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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Worth the money

This is great for my sensitive skin. No niacinamide that burns, no dimethicone that breaks me out, just good stuff that cleared up my eczema but didn't break out my acne prone skin. The only problem - I have trouble getting it. It's been on back order for months.

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