I came across Clinique's Superdefense SPF 20 Age Defense Eye Cream by chance on House of Fraser’s website and had something of a Hallelujah moment when I saw it described as an 'all physical sunscreen'. Woo wooo! I bought it earlier in the week and will test it out for a week or so before reviewing it in full.
These are my first thoughts:
- It's SO EXPENSIVE!! It’s £30 for the tube, which doesn’t seem too bad by itself, but at £30/15ml that makes it £2 per ml!
- The ingredients. No list of ingredients online (*glare*), so I looked to Beautypedia. The thing is that the UK product seems to be slightly different from its US counterpart, which is described as “broad spectrum”. Are they one and the same? I certainly hope so and I’m waiting for a response from Clinique to confirm :/
As mentioned in a later post (somewhere), I ended up returning this because I didn't think it contained Zinc Oxide and because of the broad spectrum difference. I've had a response from Clinique, who very kindly provided a full ingredients list:
Water/Aqua  Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate  Titanium Dioxide  c12-15 Alkyl Benzoate  Butylene Glycol  Cetyl Clcohol  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 Mmurumuru 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  Hhydrogenated Lecithin  Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate  Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)  Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer  Hexylene Glycol  Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid  Tromethamine  Alumina  Disodium EDTA  Phenoxyethanol  Mica  Iron Oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499)  Zinc Oxide (ci 77947 nano) [ILN 40151]
And look, there's Zinc Oxide waiting at the end of the list! I checked this list against the ingredients list on Beautypedia, and they are in fact the same. However, Clinique do not claim that this product (the one sold in the EU) is broad spectrum, unlike the product sold in the US. So they may well be the same product, but end up being classed differently because of different regulatory systems. C'est un mystere.