12.24.2012
0
4
CX R+ De-Aging Cream
Rating
2.5 fl. oz. for $225
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
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.

Pros:
  • Contains Clinique’s typical assortment of moisturizing ingredients along with beneficial anti-aging ingredients like antioxidants.
Cons:
  • 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.

Claims

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.

Ingredients

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: One of the best selections of state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums loaded with ingredients that research has shown are of great benefit to skin; excellent sunscreens; several Redness Solutions products excel; an outstanding benzoyl peroxide product; good selection of self-tanning products; some very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; some unique mattifying products; a large and wholly impressive selection of foundations, many with reliable sun protection (and shades for darker skin tones); good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows; loose powder; blush products; some brilliant lipsticks and lip gloss; gel eyeliner; priced lower than most competing department-store lines.

Weaknesses: The three-step skincare routine, because of the bar soaps and irritant-laden clarifying lotions; jar packaging downgrades several otherwise top-notch moisturizers; incomplete routines for those prone to acne; skin-lightening products with either unproven or insufficient levels of lightening agents.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique's tremendous success (the company's products are sold in over 13,000 department stores and in 110 countries) reshaped the way cosmetics lines identified themselves, sending the concept of line loyalty out to pasture. Today, cosmetics companies expand their market either by buying already established companies or by creating new ones, and Lauder has been adept at doing both. Of course, cosmetics companies keep this multiple-personality identity hidden from the consumer. If the general buying public realized that these apparently different companies were so intertwined with each other, how could they flaunt their independence and claim that their unparalleled formulations are secret or the best? It's hard to think Lauder (or any company) would, even if they could, keep secrets from one branch separate from the others. And as evidenced by the formulary similarities between brands, they don't!

The niche Clinique built 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). Regarding allergy testing, unless you can see the results, what difference does it make if a product makes that claim? What if the test showed 20% of the women who used it had a sensitizing reaction, dryness, or irritation? Would Clinique highlight this, or is it just easier to default to the generic allergy-tested claim and leave such details out, figuring consumers won't ask for more? 

Moreover, "hypoallergenic" is a term not regulated by the FDA, so any product can use the word without having to substantiate the claim. "Dermatologist tested" is also bogus, because without published test results the term can easily mean nothing more than that a dermatologist picked up the product, looked at the container, and said "This looks good." And what about the dermatologists on Clinique's payroll? How do we know they're not the ones involved in testing, rather than sending the products out for independent, impartial evaluation (though how impartial can any study be that's paid for by the company making the product)?

Clinique declined any participation for this site, which included refusing to send us copies of the allergy studies they maintain have been performed for every product they sell. We find their unwillingness to help odd because, for the most part, we genuinely like most of their products. In fact, more than any other department-store line except Estee Lauder, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup. They also have their act together for sunscreens and have expanded their decades-old three-step skin-care routine to include water-soluble cleansers instead of bar soap. They also now have a second "Dramatically Different" moisturizer that's well-suited for those with normal to oily skin and FINALLY reformulated their longstanding water-and-wax yellow lotion.

The Clinique consultants, dressed in medical-looking white lab coats (Clinique's image in that sense was ahead of the times given today's plethora of doctor-designed skin-care lines), do their best to speak intelligently about skin-care routines, but for the most part they're trained to sell the products rather than to provide information about what substantiated research has shown about the skin's needs to look and feel its best.

The good news for you is that the chemists behind Clinique's arsenal of products have been keeping up on this exciting information, and formulating superior products in response. We wouldn't blindly and solely bank on Clinique as your skin-care solution, but more than ever what they offer is, despite some far-out claims and problematic products, what epitomizes advanced skin care for all ages. Shop carefully and you'll leave confident that you are purchasing products with solid science, not just marketing hype, behind them.

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially in their huge and imposing selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. In fact, this category has become the most compelling reason to shop Clinique's makeup collection. Without a doubt the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color. The shade selection has improved considerably, with more neutrals and a broader range than ever before. You still need to use caution and watch out for peach-toned duds, but for the most part finding a natural-looking match shouldn't be a frustrating experience, and the counter personnel are happy to provide samples.

Although the foundation and powder shades take darker skin tones into account, the blush, eye pencil, and most of the lipstick shades do not. Perhaps that will change in the future, as Clinique beautifully updated their eyeshadow collection with ultra-smooth textures and deeper colors that show up on darker skin.

Compliments are also due for Clinique's updated makeup tester units. They are well-organized, labeled with product name and price, and easily accessible without a salesperson's help. And speaking of salespeople, most of the Clinique consultants we encounter go above and beyond to provide assistance and to answer any questions we had (even if we didn't always agree with their responses). Those white lab coats don't mean medical expertise, but we'll take outstanding customer service over pseudoscience any day!

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

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

Member Comments

No members have written a review yet. Be the first!

WRITE A COMMENT
Enter a title for your review
 
First Name, Last Initial
Optional
Email Address
 
How would you rate this product on the following:
Results
Value
Recommend
     
     
     
Review
500 characters left
 
SUBMIT
CANCEL

Terms of Use

585632-IIS4 v1.0.0.394 5/29/2015 7:41:47 PM