CX R+ De-Aging Cream
2.5 fl. oz. for $225
Last Updated:12.24.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This shockingly expensive moisturizer from Clinique is, like all Clinique CX products, exclusive to high-end U.S. department stores such as 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, other than where they’re sold. What a shame that shopping locations can’t improve signs of aging.

This is merely an overpriced moisturizer that contains some very good ingredients that will suffer due to the jar packaging. It’s an insult to your skin and budget that this is packaged in a jar. Please see More Info to learn why jar packaging is a problem and how it makes products like this a huge waste of money.

Perhaps most telling is that this supposedly “special” and “potent” moisturizer’s formula is remarkably similar to others from Clinique, except that those others cost less than $50 and some of them come in packaging that will keep the most beneficial ingredients stable during use. Talk about a bad investment!

Interestingly, the claims for this moisturizer state that it contains retinol, but this anti-aging ingredient is nowhere to be found on the ingredient list. Even if it was there, the jar packaging will ensure it degrades quickly—and without question, you don’t need to spend nearly this much for an effective retinol product!

If you decide to try this anyway, it is most suitable for dry skin not prone to breakouts.

  • Contains Clinique’s typical assortment of moisturizing ingredients along with beneficial anti-aging ingredients like antioxidants.
  • Needlessly overpriced, especially considering you can get similar moisturizers from Clinique that cost less than $50 and come in better packaging.
  • Jar packaging means that all of the ingredients you’re paying dearly for won’t remain potent during use.
  • Does not contain retinol as claimed.

More Info:

The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable once it is opened. 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.


A potent moisturizer that builds elasticity, targets lines, dullness, and uneven skin tone. Intensifies skin’s natural repair and deflects visible aging with a micro-encapsulated Retinol. All skin types can expect to see radically diminished lines and wrinkles, visible lift, an emerging radiance and clarity.


Water, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Whey Protein, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Yellow Tea) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Isohexadecane, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Adenosine Phosphate, Acetyl Carnitine Hcl, Sea Whip Extract, Sodium RNA, Acetyl Glucosamine, Yeast Extract, Cholesterol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Creatine, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Myristyl Laurate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Linolenic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Polysorbate 80, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, PEG-8, Myristyl Alcohol, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Potassium Sulfate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Xanthan Gum, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, 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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