CX Neck & Chest De-Aging Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $110
Last Updated:12.24.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This moisturizer is, like all Clinique CX products, exclusive to high-end U.S. department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. Not even Clinique’s own e-commerce site sells these products. Although they may seem elite or special, in truth they’re not unique or elite in any way other than where they are sold.

This product is said to be a de-aging solution for the neck and chest, but its formula contains the same types of ingredients Clinique includes in their numerous facial moisturizers (well, at least those worth buying). Moreover, because most of the signs of aging we see on our neck and chest are from sun exposure, it’s disappointing that this product doesn’t provide sun protection. In the end, you don’t need a special product for the skin on your neck and chest; you can apply the same anti-aging products you apply to your face on these areas, too!

Because this product is similar to Clinique’s well-formulated facial moisturizers, it contains a good mix of beneficial ingredients, from antioxidants to cell-communicating and skin-repairing substances. Skin everywhere on the body needs these types of ingredients (along with sun protection) to look and act younger. The problem is one we’ve seen from Clinique quite often: jar packaging. Because this moisturizer is packaged in a jar, its key ingredients (what you’re paying a lot of money for) won’t remain stable once it is opened. See More Info for further details on the problems jar packaging presents.

  • Provides moisture that helps dry skin look and feel better.
  • Formula contains a great range of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients.
  • Expensive (Clinique sells better moisturizers for half the price).
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the most important ingredients stable during use.
  • You don’t need a “special” moisturizer for the neck and chest areas.

More Info:

All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and 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 are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.


In 4 weeks, visibly, measurably rebuilds natural collagen cushion. Densely hydrating cream delivers a potent de-aging stimulus. Visibly firms and tightens, horizontal lines on the neck and vertical lines on the chest appear to “fill in.” Skin looks smoother and brighter. Can be used by all skin types.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Yeast Extract, Whey Protein, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Myristyl Myristate, Squalane, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Isohexadecane, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Myristyl Laurate, Myristyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol

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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