11.26.2014
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Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20
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0.5 fl. oz. for $39.50
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Clinique hit a home run with this triple-threat eye cream that provides broad-spectrum sun protection, brightens the eye area (so dark circles are less apparent), and treats skin to skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients that fight signs of aging.

Of course, the big draw (at least to us) is the gentle, mineral-based sun protection of this fragrance-free eye cream. There's basically zero risk of this stinging when applied around the eyes, and it provides light hydration that won't interfere with concealer's wear time.

This formula is best for normal to sensitive or slightly dry skin; if you have dry skin, you'll want to apply your regular moisturizer and then follow with this eye cream.

We generally maintain you don't need an eye cream, especially during the day because most of them do not contain sunscreen. This one does, and its formula is well-suited for sensitive eye-area skin.

One more comment: Unlike many of Clinique's other eye creams, this one isn't packaged in a jar! Instead, it's packaged in an opaque tube that works to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.

Pros:
  • Provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Practically zero risk of stinging around the eyes.
  • Provides light hydration without causing concealer to crease or fade.
  • Fragrance-free, and packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
  • Contains a very good mix of anti-aging ingredients (beyond the mineral-based sun protection).
  • Has an attractive, non-sparkling brightening effect so dark circles look less apparent.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims

We believe the best eye defense is the one you'll wear every day. You can look forward to instant brightening and comfortable protection from UVA/UVB, stress, pollution, dehydration.

Ingredients

Titanium Dioxide 5.6%, Zinc Oxide 3.8%. Water/Aqua/Eau, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum, Parkii (Shea Butter, Dimethicone, Laureth-4, Cetyl Esters, PEG-100, Stearate, Polyethylene, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Algae Extract, Lecithin, Micrococcus Lysate, Caffeine, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Isohexadecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trehalose, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Phytosphingosine, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium RNA, Lauric Acid, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloydimethyltaurate Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Nordihydrogualaretic Acid, Tromethamine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) [ILN38727]

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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07.29.2015
Not enough sunscreen!

I've always used sunscreen around my eyes. Problem is my eyes are very sensitive and get irritated easily with most creams and sunscreens. I used to use Clarins eye SPF 32. Pricey, but it was great. That product was discontinued. So I'm trying new things. This Clinique product does not offer enough sun protection. My eyes got burned twice on it within the hour of sun exposure. I live in a very hot/sunny place (Arizona), but still.5% titanium dioxide/4% zinc oxide is too low.

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MB
07.27.2015
This cream separates

This cream separates before it is even half empty and turns into a liquidy, gloppy mess. It has been stored out of the light. I have tried shaking it, storing it in various positions, but just ended up throwing it out. A waste.

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Sandy R
07.23.2015
Will be discontinued?

Great eye moisturizer, even for sensitive skin. Unfortunately it will be discontinued in 8/2015. I hope Clinique will update it or will bring something similar!

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Tina Mueller
05.15.2015
Great for dark circles!

This eye cream is great, especially for dark circles. It looks very natural if you don't use too much (if you do your skin will look slightly white). Doesn't sting or irritate the eyes at all. It's a bit expensive though, but worth it if you have dark circles and want sun protection!

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Philip S
05.04.2015
No more searching

This stuff is the best! I find that I even put it on at night because it instantly brightens the eye area. I have oily skin, but this provides moisture without being too greasy. Make-up goes on well over it. It's never irritated my eyes the way most sunscreens do. Yes, it appears to be expensive at first, but it will last you a long time. I've been using the same tube for 9+ months and it's not empty. How can you put a price on that!

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Susan
02.18.2015
Smooth application + bonus SPF

I didn't notice any darkness reduction, "line blurring" or wrinkle filling with this cream. Basically, I look the same before applying this cream as I do after. However, what I did notice is a super smooth application and no greasy sheen. I really appreciate the extra SPF protection. A really nice cream but not sure I'll purchase again due to the high price.

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Sally Q
02.16.2015
Nope.

I was excited to purchase this product based on the beautypedia review, but it was a big disappointment. It stung mildly after applying it, it's not really moisturizing and made my dry undereye even DRIER and flaky. There's also a slight tint to it that gets right into your wrinkles and makes them look more noticeable. NOPE.

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Kam
01.30.2015
Totally ruined my under eye area

This product stung when I put it on. And it made my under eye area super dry and flaky. Could not apply make-up because it looked terrible. Cannot believe how awful this product is.

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Anonymous
10.18.2014
Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream Broad Spectrum

This is the ONLY product TO DATE (as in MY ENTIRE LIFETIME) that gave me an (awful) allergic reaction (red, swollen, itchy dry patches all over my area (under eye and eye-lids), where this horrific cream was applied). And to boot, I paid out of the wazoo for this tube of horrors--6 months later and I am STILL suffering it's ill effects. It's afe to say this product has damaged the delicate skin area around my eyes. BEWARE!! :(

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Elle
08.03.2014
Best SPF for eye area EVER!!

Feel compelled to explain why this eye cream isn't ultra moisturizing. That's not the purpose. Stuff that's too creamy will eventually glide right into your eyes & cause irritation. I am SUPER sensitive to SPF - my eyes turn red and sting so badly that I avoid getting sunscreen or makeup w/ SPF within 2 inch radius from my eyes. This product is PERFECT! No slippage and my eyes have NEVER burned. After 10 yrs searching, finally found the sun protection I need 4 my eyes. Bye bye future wrinkles!

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JL
05.16.2014
Not moisturising enough for me

I agree with Paula that if you have dry skin around your eyes you need to moisturise first before using this product. That sort of defeats the purpose of an eye cream in my opinion, I wish the formula was a bit more creamy as it made my concealer look cakey otherwise. However the light reflecting properties gives a nice optical illusion, even on my fairly dark skin. When I finish this tube, I will just stick to Paula's advice that you don't need a separate eye cream!

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Sar S
03.09.2014
Doesn't seem to play well with my makeup

I like the feel of this product, but it seems to cause makeup smudging for me. All creams do seem to cause this, but this one more than others. I refuse to go without sun protection around my eyes, but I want my makeup to look good, too! Does anybody have a solution to this dilemma ?

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MEREDITH A.
02.18.2014
A major winner!!

I agree with Paula that you don't need a separate eye cream and I have never owned one until I discovered this product. It is just awesome. It is moisturizing enough for me, but it absorbs nicely, so you can put concealer on top of it (often times I don't need to, because it looks great on its own). It softens wrinkles and never stings my eyes. It is expensive for the amount you get, but it's worth it and I hope Clinique keeps making it for years to come, as it has become my must-have product!!

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