Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer, Very Dry to Combination Oily (Discontinued)
1.7 fl. oz. for $46.50
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Note: This product has been discontinued, and according to Clinique, replaced by their new Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer.

Clinique has offered various Turnaround products over the years, yet none of them have ever been all that great. This is mostly due to the fact that although salicylic acid is included for exfoliation, the pH is above 4, which means it cannot function as an exfoliant.

That wouldn’t necessarily be a deal-breaker because this product provides numerous other great ingredients. Unfortunately, the jar packaging won’t keep many of them stable once you begin using this, and that includes several antioxidants that would otherwise benefit your skin. See More Info for further details on why jar packaging is a problem.

Getting back to the exfoliation, you may see some skin-smoothing benefits from the form of urea and acetyl glucosamine they include in this product, but there isn’t a lot of research to fall back on, and there are only small amounts anyway.

Nothing about this formula is optimized to assist your skin’s renewal process at night. Skin is renewing and attempting to repair itself 24 hours a day; there is no research proving that this process somehow ramps up or becomes vastly more efficient during the evening hours. Besides, what would that mean for people that work all night and sleep during the day? Would their skin be less renewed because they’re awake during hours most of us sleep?

At best, this is an OK moisturizer for normal to dry skin, but don’t expect any of the benefits that you might get from a well-formulated exfoliant.

  • Moisturizes skin so it looks and feels smoother.
  • Expensive for a formula that has minimal to no exfoliating ability.
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the many antioxidants stable during use.
  • Perpetuates the myth that skin is somehow more receptive to repair and replenishment at night.

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.


While you sleep, skin readies new cells for life on the surface. This formula is designed to help support those hours. Pumping in abundant moisture to help tone, retexturize, plump skin’s appearance. You wake to brighter, softer, smoother-looking skin.


Water, Isostearyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Arginine, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Trehalose, Salicylic Acid, Creatine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Lecithin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Petrolatum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Polysilicone-11, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium RNA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Phospholipids, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium NADH, Micrococcus Lysate, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine Phosphate, Arginine Ferulate, Carbomer, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, PTFE, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Metabisulfite, Chlorphenesin, 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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