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A Closer Look at Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Reviewed by Marta December 18, 2014 137 Comments

The cat litter facial mask is probably an urban myth, but (unkindly) it was the first thing that came to mind when I heard about Christie Brinkley’s new product line, aptly named Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare.

The 60 year-old supermodel makes much of Authentic Skincare being vegan. While I care about products not being tested on animals, I am personally less concerned about animal by-products in my cosmetics. And so when I honed in Ms. Brinkley’s line, it was to see if it passed muster as being anti-aging. I decided to take a closer look at Recapture 360 + IR Defense ($89.95).

Now, when someone goes all-out vegan, I kind of expect them to be particular to the point of squeaky clean about chemicals and synthetics and opt entirely for ingredients that are pure and natural. To be sure, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare has plenty of botanical extracts, but Recapture 360 + IR Defense has some unexpected additions that, to a skin care purist, would be like waving a chicken at a vegan.

Firstly, Recapture 360 + IR Defense is a day cream that offers sun protection with three SPF actives. They are all chemical sunscreens with some controversy behind them. Avobenzone may behave like an estrogen and should be avoided by pregnant women, as should octinoxate. This actually degrades in sunlight — especially when coupled with avobenzone — so perhaps that’s why the formula also has the ominous sounding Diethylhexyl Syringylidene Malonate, which is a light stabilizer. The third sunscreen ingredient is octocrylene, a skin penetrator that increases the production of free radicals.

Synthetic fragrance makes an appearance, along with silicone, a preservative (Sodium Dehydroacetate) that is classified in Europe as harmful or toxic if used near the mouth, and the pH adjuster (aminomethyl propanol) than can be an irritant, as can pentylene glycol. There are few other nasties, as well, but let’s focus on the good stuff now.

With more than a nod at anti-aging, Recapture 360 + IR Defense has copper lysinate/prolinate. As far as I can understand, this is copper salt from two amino acids. I believe that the bigger copper guns have three to five amino acids, but what’s here is better than nothing.

Christie Brinkley’s cream does have some good botanicals. I particularly like bakuchiol, which I had to look up and found that it is a natural compound that functions like a retinol. There’s also a good antioxidant, ergothioneine, and plenty of plant extracts — apple, apricot, rose, coffee and Arabidopsis Thaliana (a member of the mustard family) to name a few.

My take is that overall, Recapture 360 + IR Defense isn’t too bad. But being vegan doesn’t make up for some badly chosen synthetics.

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Please note we are in no way affiliated with, nor do we sell, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare.


  • December 21, 2016

    by Lee

    I clicked on the trial Bella Gold Serum for shipping only $4.95. Immediately up popped a cream "customers who ordered Bella Gold also order this." I looked for a place to decline, as I wanted to really give the serum a fair trial to see if it performed like the online info, but no where was that option, so I clicked the box continue to complete. The next screen had an eye cream that said the same thing "customers who ordered...." This product was $24.99, and no place to decline. So, I clicked off the page and immediately called Discover, told them what had happened and that I needed contact number for the company, which Discover (love that company) immediately supplied and told me that if I didn't get resolution to call back and initiate a claim for a fraudulent charge. I called the first number supplied for the Bella Gold Serum, and was told it was not a working number. The second number was for Best Anti-Aging ?, I spoke with a customer service rep, who got an earful about the unsavory sales tactics of her company, she said that there was a box click if I hadn't wanted the add ons. I assured her that it was either so tiny as to not be seen with my 70 year old eyes or was not on the screen...which I believe to be the case. I told her that if I received the product, I was not paying for it and would consider it a gift. And if there was also a teeny tiny notice about any auto ship, I would not accept them either, would notify Discover that I would not accept any further charges by this company UNLESS I called Discover and let them know that I would. She went off the line for a few minutes and came back and notified me that the charges would be removed and no shipment made. I thanked her and hung up. If that product had been what they were claiming they would have sent the trial, knowing full well that any woman who had responded to the add wants to look younger and would reorder. A good product doesn't need this type of flimflam. If Christy Brinkley is actually involved with this company in any way...she is as dishonest as they are and if she is not, she needs to sue the hell out of them for dragging her good name into the swill with them.

  • December 4, 2016

    by Jeanne

    I am surprised by the recent negative comments. I ordered the neck uplift and the full skincare line from a television offer. I was charged $39.95 for 2 jars of the uplift serum, and 1.99 for the full line of skincare trial. The products came in 2 weeks. There was no bill in the box. I have used the products for a month and love the results, as well as the feel of each product on my skin. These have taken away dry skin and produce smooth, even skin. I have always used Mary Kay skincare and it costs $200.00, half of it only lasting a month. The Christie Brinkley Skincare products are far superior after one month of use. My credit card was charged yesterday for the $39.95/month originally agreed to by acm* and $69.95/month for the daily full line skincare. The uplift serum amount is for 2 jars. After one month of using it liberally daily, I haven't used 1 jar yet so I feel it is a great value! The reviewers reflected here did not even give the products a chance. They returned them right away so I do not consider the feedback as accurate assessments of Christie Brinkley Skincare, rather as inexperienced in how expensive skincare products are from other mainstream companies.

  • November 29, 2016

    by Narelle

    I paid $1.99 for a trial. Cancelled before 30days were up
    then got a bill for $289. In the mean time emails
    to the address failed to send. Phone numbers not
    answered. They kept sending creams, and billing.
    My husband threatened to go to the Police if they
    did not return money to my bank account.

  • November 29, 2016

    by Janine

    I also was very unhappy with the way they went about promoting a trial and then all of a sudden I opened my box ( free just pay for postage ) and there is a huge bill for payment. I ring and cancel and was offered a cheaper price and the discounts kept being offered . I don't like that type of marketing scam so I said no...I was expecting a free sample !! I was asked to send the product back to an address given to me . I have been harassed weekly ever since. Apparently they never received the box back ( too bad!) I get calls regularly demanding the return of their product. I have now been informed that there is nothing they can legally do to me and so just hang up when they ring to harass.

  • November 17, 2016

    by Roma

    I thought I signed up for a trial sample costing postage only $1.99. I expected a small dial of the cream. I received all these creams I don't know what to do with. I am 73 year old pensioner. It looks like there was some small print somewhere. I don't have the type of money they now expect. I am at my wits end. Finally, the creams don't suit my skin, I woke up this morning with red blemishes all over my face.

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