Skincare Review: Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF20

by PJ on Saturday, December 5, 2009

in -Clinique, skincare, skincare - moisturizing/others

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Clinique‘s Even Better range is one of the brand’s latest ranges of skincare and foundation products. It aims to help create a clearer, brighter and more even skin tone. Today I am reviewing Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20.

The moisturizer has a creamy consistency that is not overly thick, and it feels quite emollient on the skin. (It is more emollient than Clinique’s Youth Surge SPF 15 that I reviewed earlier.) Some of its moisturizing ingredients include octyldodecyl neopentanoate, myristyl myristate, and butylene glycol.

It contains butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone) as the anti-UVA ingredient. This makes it a suitable moisturizer to be used for daytime.

It features a nice array skin-benefiting ingredients, which are mostly antioxidants. They include (in the order which they are listed on the ingredient list) ascorbyl glucoside (vitamin C), betula alba (birch) bark extract, scutellaria baicalensis (skullcap) root extract, curcuma longa (turmeric) root extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), linoleic acid, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C). Skullcap root extract and linoleic acid also have anti-inflammatory properties.

It also contains cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract (listed right after betula alba (birch) root extract). According to Paula Begoun, the lutein component in cucumber “can have an effect on suppressing melanogenesis, or the process that leads to skin discolorations”. (Please refer to this link on Paula Begoun’s website for more information.)

There is very little silicone in this product, which might please those who are looking for moisturizers that don’t contain silicones as major ingredients.

It doesn’t contain alcohol, parabens, or fragrance. One ingredient that may be a skin-irritant is sodium sulfite. (But It is further down on the ingredient list.)

Overall, this is a competent daytime moisturizer. It would be too emollient for most people with oily skin, and it should suit those with normal-to-dry or dry skin.

(The product featured in this review is provided by Clinique.)

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Sheila P Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hey PJ! Thanks so much for the review. One question I have for you is if it lived up to what it claims? It says to create clearer skin, did it do that for you? Thanks =)


Tiptoe21 Sunday, December 6, 2009

Thank you so much for the review! That was really helpful. I'm searching for a good daytime moisturizer after I finish the one I'm using now. Now I know what to get!


PJ Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hi Sheila,

You are very welcome! :)

I am afraid that I am not able to say, from my personal perspective, whether it does help create clearer skin. It is because this moisturizer is too emollient for my oily skin and I wasn't able to test it out continuously to judge whether there is a visible result.

However, I personally think that, very generally, a daytime moisturizer which provides both UVA and UVB protection (and which is alcohol-free and does not contain skin-irritants (particularly as major ingredients)) is potentially able to help maintain an even skin tone (if applied continuously in conjunction with a well-formulated might-time moisturizer). In this case, I do think that this moisturizer may have the potential.

Thank you very much for your question! :)


PJ Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hi Tiptoe21,

You are very welcome!

I hope you will like it if you decide to try it. Do keep me posted on your thoughts! :)

Thank you for stopping by again! :)


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