I finally got over my hatred of the name (defense is bad spelling in the UK) enough to try this. dunno why I bothered. I put it on my nicely-cleared-up skin in the morning, it felt sticky and greasy all day, and I came home to find THREE cystic zits! I never get those any more.
I should have learnt, DDML and that pore-refining mask broke me out too. No more Crapique for me.
i'm reviewing the normal/oily version.. this is an average moisturizer... i wouldn't repurchase ... it left a residue on my face, which i hated, it smelled strange, and i got little bumps all over my forehead while i was using it...
I don't like Clinique products as a rule. Seriously, having tried a number of them over the years I've never found anything that was worth writing home about. However, this one is.
I bought the one for combination skin. It goes on very smoothly (because of the silicones - which are supposedly there to lessen the chances of the chemical sunscreen causing irritation to skin). It's a great base for makeup and completely non-greasy. I haven't had any irritation or clogged pores from this so far, though I do take particular care with cleansing. I was worried because of the chemical sunscreen in it, that I might become irritated but so far so good (knock on wood). I've used this daily for about 2 weeks now. Will update if anything changes. If the protection is as good as it claims, this is really a stellar product. I would still wear something more heavy-duty if I go in the sun, but this is great for a day-to-day moisturiser. I'm itching to try the new Clarins with pure physical sunscreen, but if not I'll buy this again. I only wish they woke up to the fact that antioxidants and other goodies won't survive for long in jar packaging... grrr! ***UPDATE*** I'm investigating whether this might have contributed to some clogged pores, but I'm not sure so I'm stopping it for a while to see what happens.
This is really rather good. It moisturises my skin without clogging pores and breaking me out, has a high spf without leaving a whitish cast, and doesn't have an annoying scent. I use it on my undereye area too, and it's quickly absorbed and doesn't give me milia. My undereye area and the bits around my mouth often get dehydrated, but this moisturises well. On top of just moisturising (or probably because), my face looks smoother and dewier.
Although this is so much better than Olay Total Effects or whatever, I'd probably not buy this again when I run out, because quite honestly it's very expensive for me, and the only reason I have a jar now is because my mom paid for it. continued >>
I was given this as a sample at my last trip to the Clinique counter. I put it in my cabinet, as I was still using Avon's Ultimate Night Transforming Lift Cream (and yes, I even use it during the day!) Tried Superdefense a week ago and love it! I purchased a full jar of it yesterday during GWP. I use it in the am under my foundation, and it really makes the skin so nice and smooth with a slight glow. Foundation goes on beautifully over it and lasts all day. I even had someone tell me today that my face looked different-in a good way! A bit pricey, but at 45 I'll pay for a decent moisturizer.
I've been using this product since it came out. . . . I am probably on my fifth jar. That being said - I love it! I use the formula for oily skin on my combination skin. It has never left me feeling dry or made me break out. And you have to love that it has a high spf. Will definitely keep buying!
I use this in the normal-dry version and love it! No strange fragrance and suits my sensitive skin really well! I love how it has a high sun protection as well so i dont need to apply another layer of cream.Price is a bit high and it is worth it! I have just finished a jar and will get another one soon.
I have tried the Normal - oily version during summer but I prefer the normal-dry version. the normal-oily version is more of a gel-creme texture and just leaves a film on my face. I had problem applying foundation after it.
I have the SuperDefense spf 25 in the Normal-Oily skin version. I love it! It goes on light, absorbs completely and leaves a soft, matte finish. It is light and breathable on my oily skin. Does NOT clog pores or make my skin shiny at all. Wears well all day. I wear this on days when I know I am going to be outside a lot (on indoor days I just use the Dramatically Different Moisturizing GEL), and it keeps my face protected from the sun - my arms and hands may get tan, but my face stays protected!. I also use this around my eyes, and it moisturizes well, is comfortable and does not sting my eyes. It also has a lovely light rose scent! Will definitely repurchase! ______UPDATE______(5-23-06) I have lowered my rating from 5 lippies to 4, NOT because I have had any problems with the performance of this product, but simply because it bothers me to see so many chemicals (some I cannot even pronounce) in the ingredient list. I have decided to switch to an SPF moisturizer that has more natural ingredients, and that makes me feel better about what I am putting on my skin. I switched to Rachel Perry Calendula-Cucumber Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15 and I am very happy that I did. I will probably still use the SuperDefense spf 25 on days when I have unusually long sun exposure (day at the beach, etc...). But for a day-to-day basis I am now using the Rachel Perry spf moisturizer.
I really like this mositurizer and I've tried lots of them. I live in TX and it gets hot and humid but somehow this moisturizer doesn't leave me all shiny like some do. I also love the fact that it has spf 25. They say that you should use it after the 3 step system but I find that their clarifying lotion is too harsh. What I use is Paula's Choice Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% lotion. It's a really good exfoliator and it won't dry out your skin. My skin has never looked better.
I really like this moisturizer. I use the Normal-Oily formulation for my combo, non-sensitive skin and it makes my face look fresh w/ an ever-so-slight hint of dewiness (those w/ oilier skin may find this a bit greasy, though?). No breakouts, no allergies, no scent, no added dyes. I'm just so impressed w/ Clinique's products lately--they really seem to work for me, especially the skincare products. Who knew? I'm running low on this first jar and I plan on repurchasing. I mean, yes, I wish it wasn't $40 for an 1.7 oz jar, but seeing as it's contributing to my lately well-behaved skin, why mess w/ a good thing?