Anti-Age Moisturizer is a richer version of Clinique For Men's Moisturizing Lotion because they added more emollients like shea butter and squalane, along with more antioxidants and a peptide. In all, this is a much better alternative to Clinique's relatively bland Moisturizing Lotion and is a good choice for those with normal to dry or sensitive skin.
Despite our enthusiasm, this fragrance-free facial moisturizer still falls short for a formula that's designed for anti-aging—the amount of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients is just barely above average. What's surprising is that you can find far more advanced options in other formulas within Clinique's "for-women" products (or even down the aisles of the drugstore); absent are ingredients such as vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, and those that help treat discolorations and other signs of aging.
And let's not forget sunscreen! Note that despite the fact this is marketed as an "all-day hydrator," it doesn't contain sunscreen ingredients. So, if you're really concerned with anti-aging and keeping your skin healthy, you'll still need to rely on a broad-spectrum SPF 20 or greater formula to keep your skin protected from damaging UV rays during the day—which is the major cause of skin aging.
An all-day hydrator that improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness for a younger, revitalized look.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Squalane, Glycerin, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, PEG-100, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Glyceryl Stearate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientals (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Whey Protein, Caffeine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sucrose, Petrolatum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Glyceryl Polymethylacrylate, Palmityoyl Oligopepetide, Tocophereyl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Hexylene Glycol, PTFE, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
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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