CliniqueTurnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer
1.69 fl. oz. for $38
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What makes Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer unique? According to Clinique, the formula lightly hydrates and boosts radiance so skin "feels refreshed, looks alive"—all without adding oily shine. True to claim, the silky, gel-cream moisturizer glides over skin like a dream, adding hydration sans the greasy shine. Granted, some may find the radiance factor a bit lackluster, and more importantly, the fact that this is marketed as a "daytime" moisturizer (but doesn't include sun protection) is a major disappointment. Still, there's a lot to love about the beneficial mix of ingredients if used as a nighttime moisturizer.

Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer's fragrance-free formula treats skin to a bevy of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and soothing anti-inflammatories, and it comes in opaque, tube packaging to keep its superstar ingredients stable. All skin types can benefit from this anti-aging blend, but its lightweight emolliency is ideal for those with normal to oily or combination skin as a nighttime moisturizer. (We're not recommending this for daytime use since the formula doesn't include sun protection—unless you wear it under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater).

Of the two color options, the Rosy Glow shade has a pearlescent, light pink tint that sheers out imperceptibly as it's blended into skin. The luminous finish is nearly nonexistent, so if radiance is what you're after, you may want to consider the Golden Glow shade instead. It sheers out to an understated golden shimmer that subtly highlights skin without looking oily.

While Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer earns our praise for its weightless, silky feel and beneficial blend of ingredients, it ultimately it lost points due to the lack of sun protection given it is marketed as a "daytime" moisturizer. The radiance factor is also hit or miss depending on the shade you choose (and the amount of luminosity you're hoping for.) However, if you are in search of a sheer nighttime moisturizer loaded with beneficial ingredients, this is a great option to consider!

  • Silky, lightweight moisturizer ideal for normal to oily/combination skin.
  • Adds hydration without greasy shine.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Doesn't provide sun protection even though it's marketed for daytime use.
  • Rosy Glow shade lacks luminosity.
Last Updated:06.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Lightweight, oil-free hydrator instantly delivers a fresh, luminous, wide-awake glow. Carefully selected optics immediately boost the radiance of any skin tone without the oily shine. Skin feels refreshed, looks alive—like it got a great night's sleep. In two shades: Rosy Glow and Golden Glow.


Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Sucrose, Trehalose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Betula Alba (Birch Bark) Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Caffeine, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Sorbitol, Oleth-10, Carbomer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tromethamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Capryl Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-8, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5, Red 4, Yellow 6

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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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