Fresh Pressed Overnight Booster with Pure Vitamin A (Retinol)
Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Overnight Booster with Pure Vitamin A joins (and only is sold with) the brand’s Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C reviewed here. Clinique positions the vitamin C formula for daytime use, and the retinol formula for night.
Both products are designed to be added to your favorite moisturizer to boost its results, and both are meant to be used daily for up to 14 days. According to Clinique, this usage schedule allows for maximum potency (it seems that after this time the formulas begin to weaken, although this isn’t true for many other products with retinol and vitamin C).
The small-ish squatty vial of retinol serum is “activated” when you remove the foil backing from the bottom and then press the retinol into the “soothing emulsion” housed inside a double-walled chamber. This type of packaging is excellent for keeping retinol and the other delicate ingredients stable before and during use; if anything, it negates the need to keep the retinol separate from the emulsion before the first application, but no harm, no foul here.
We love how silky this built-in dropper-dispensed serum feels, partly from its mix of silicones and antioxidant-rich soybean oil. It’s fragrance free, suitable for all skin types, and quickly sets to a smooth finish if used alone.
Mixed with a moisturizer (which Clinique recommends) we found a wide range of texture compatibility; you’re unlikely to experience rolling or balling up when combining this with your nighttime moisturizer of choice.
And yes, along with numerous natural antioxidants, replenishing ingredients, and peptides you’re also getting retinol and all of the anti-aging benefits it delivers. Clinique maintains their clinical study showed that using both Fresh Pressed products provides “prescription-level” results but without knowing the full details of the study (which prescription and what strength was tested?) it’s a mostly meaningless claim; you’re left to take their word for it, although without question both Fresh Pressed formulas can help skin look and act younger.
Last, we were excited to see a potentially helpful amount of salicylic acid in this retinol-spiked formula. Sadly, the pH of 5.6 will keep it from working as an exfoliant. Still, Clinique isn’t making claims around this ingredient so we’re not reducing the rating as a result--it’s just something we wanted to point out given where salicylic acid falls on the ingredient list.
- Silky, hydrating texture works for all skin types.
- Layers well with other products.
- Contains a well-balanced blend of anti-aging ingredients (including retinol).
- Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Fragrance free.
Turns your moisturizer into a de-aging powerhouse. Our breakthrough day and night Boosters with Pure Vitamins C 10% and A (Retinol) are freshly activated to deliver prescription-level results against visible wrinkles. Simply mix a few pumps with your favorite Clinique moisturizer—Vitamin C in the morning, Vitamin A at night. Enjoy a potent de-aging boost without changing the moisturizer you love. Every night, Vitamin A (Retinol) penetrates deeply into skin's surface. Over time, skin appears revitalized, lines and wrinkles 're-filled,' youthful tone recaptured.
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 brands state that they dont 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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