Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer

Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer Obsessed as I now am with overnight peels and resurfacers, I have been testing out the lot. Obviously I have to give them a fairly thorough test  (it would be unfair to try and review one after a single use!) and so it will take a while to get through them. The latest from the pile, though, is the new launch from good ol’ Clinique: the Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer, £34.

The sales-speak: “Radiance-making moisture cream reveals brighter, smoother, younger-looking skin overnight. Gently clears away the dulling effects of time and sun damage. Supplies nourishing moisture. Skin feels velvety smooth, looks radiant – in the morning and over time. Oil-free.”

My speak: A moisturising cream that also promises to exfoliate. It feels comfortable to apply (no burny sensation or discomfort) which makes me think that it’s not that effective an exfoliant (I’ve come to be quite the expert on tingle-to-effectiveness ratios!) but nevertheless my skin does feel smoother and look brighter in the morning. Not in a “WHOA! Who is that in the mirror?” kind of way, but a pleasing, “ooh, skin doesn’t look too rough today!” way. The cream absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any greasy residue, so it’s a good choice for most skin types. I do like this one, but – as I mentioned – I’m not absolutely positive that it’s the most powerful exfoliant on the block. It contains acids that would exfoliate at the right pH, butI have no idea what the pH is and my home laboratory is shut…ever. In fact, it has never been open, because if I did have a science lab at home, I would have no doubt blown up my house by now.

So: overall, it’s a lovely night cream and it will hopefully go some way to polishing up the skin overnight. It’s seems to only be a little baby-step towards the full-on skin resurfacing that is the Alpha-H Liquid Gold, but exfoliating properties (or lack of?) aside, it’s a jolly good moisturiser! It’s also gentle enough, I’d say, to use every night – which is a huge bonus for those who like their skincare routine simple and habitual!

(On a little side-note: not everyone is as obsessed with overnight exfoliation as me, so please feel free to ignore my harping on about it!)

Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer, £34 from House of Fraser and Clinique counters nationwide!


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  1. Ally
    October 19, 2011 / 11:31 am

    Hi Ruth, thankyou for another honest and great review, am really getting into these types of product!
    Do u think Alpha H liquid gold is the best so far?
    Ally x

    • admin
      October 19, 2011 / 3:08 pm

      @Ally yes! It’s just a no-frills, value-for-money, effective exfoliant. I love it! It’s not for everyone, obviously, and I do like a touch of luxury, which is why I’m testing out so many! xx

  2. Katharine
    October 19, 2011 / 1:34 pm

    Sounds like you need a pH meter for Christmas. I might give this a go I find normal peels a bit too strong, I’m a sensitive soul.

  3. Mel
    October 20, 2011 / 11:39 am

    Well, it may seem your obsessed with exfoliating, but as the top surface of the skin.. the bit we mainly see.. is made of dead skin cells.. its kind of a waste slapping on some expensive moisture cream that will add to clogging pores, with dead skin cells.. So exfoliating in a gentle way.. NO scrubbing on faces please (your get broken capilliaries, which no cream or potion will get rid of – only laser!). I’ve used the old version of this cream, years ago, its OK.. probably good for someone in twenties.. add moisture, & a wee bit of brightness. But if your older, or have some repair work for skin. The this obviously won’t do much.

  4. cou
    October 20, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    hi Ruth, I was wondering if you have ever used Zelens skincare before? I just used up a sample of it and it was amaazzzing! a bit pricey though..

  5. Sarah
    October 2, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    Hi Ruth
    Did you ever try the concentrate from this line? I am intrigued to trying it.

    • Sarah
      October 2, 2013 / 8:59 pm

      just found your review on the concentrate.

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