About Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare is claimed to be a “breakthrough” line of anti-aging products that revitalize your skin and help it look younger, while also improving problem skin, protecting from sun damage, and reversing the signs of aging.

According to the Authentic Skincare website, Christie created the product line to “share her secret,” which was gained “after a career with access to leading scientists.” Christie claims to have also enlisted the help of a cosmetic dermatologist and medical journalist Dr. Doris Day, who “provided key formulation feedback throughout development.”

Overall, Christie Brinkley’s Authentic Skincare line is claimed to embody her passion for anti-aging and being ecologically conscious, and she claims to have been “personally involved in every step in the process.”

There’s no doubt that Christie Brinkley’s name immediately conjures images of timeless beauty and supermodel status. But does this necessarily mean that her Authentic Skincare line will provide any benefits, or that it’s worth the money?

We’ll talk more about this in a moment, but let’s first look at the products within her Authentic line.

Christie Brinkley’s Authentic Skincare Collection

Overall, there are 9 products that make up the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare line:

  • Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment – Claims to help support your skin’s natural defenses against aging, and to support collagen production.
  • Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment – As you sleep, this product is claimed to contain a “unique peptide, ” and a Bio-Copper Complex that smoothes and rejuvenates your skin.
  • Uplift Firming Neck & Décolleté Treatment – Targets the neck, décolleté, and chest area to improve firmness and elasticity, tighten and brighten skin, and smooth the neckline.
  • Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment – An eye, mouth, and forehead treatment that’s claimed to provide instantly tighter and smoother-looking skin; to smooth under eye bags and puffiness, and soften the appearance of crow's feet, fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Close Up + IR Defense Skin Blurring Primer Serum – Instantly reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and pores while protecting against environmental damage.
  • Recapture 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream – A “breakthrough anti-aging solution” containing “scientifically formulated” ingredients that smooth and firm skin, reduce the appearance of dark spots, and decrease the signs of wrinkles.
  • Refocus Under Eye Treatment – Another product containing Bio-Copper Complex, this is claimed to firm and smooth the eye area, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten the eye area.
  • Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash – A foaming gel cleanser claimed to remove makeup, balance moisture, and leave your skin refreshed.
  • Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish – A creamy exfoliator claimed to stimulate skin turnover, provide you with a more radiant complexion, and smooth and refresh skin.

What Ingredients Are Contained in Christie Brinkley Skincare?

Like most skincare and anti-aging products, Christie Brinkley’s line of products contain a lot of ingredients, so we’d strongly recommend reviewing the full list for the particular product you’re interested in, as well as to identify any possible allergic reactions.

With this said, the vast majority of Christy Brinkley Skincare’s active ingredients are proprietary formulations, including Neodermyl, Elix-IR, Sytenol A, K Vita C, Mitostime, Vederine, Phormistim G, Aquaxyl, and several others. And while you may experience some benefits from these, there is insufficient third-party clinical evidence available showing that they work as advertised.

See Also: What Causes Crepey Skin (and How It’s Different From Wrinkles)

On the other hand, some products within the Authentic Skincare line do include “natural” ingredients, such as niacinamide, horse chestnut seed extract, coleus barbatus (forskolin), magnolia super extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, caffeine, salicylic acid, aloe powder, and glycerin.

Of these ingredients, the primary benefits (when applied topically) are moisturization, anti-irritant, and anti-inflammatory, although these alone may not necessarily provide the level of anti-aging you’re looking for.

Authentic Skincare Side Effects

Overall, most of Christie Brinkley’s Skincare products should be well tolerated by most individuals. And although we encountered very few online customer reviews (more about this in a moment) that cited allergic reactions, keep in mind that niacinamide can cause flushing and redness, while salicylic acid can lead to dry, peeling skin.

Finally, according to WebMD, you should “look for products which have had the toxic substance esculin removed. Horse chestnut products can sometimes cause side effects such as dizziness, headache, stomach upset, and itching.”

See Also: Taking Great Care of Your Skin: 10 Steps You Must Master

Christie Brinkley Skincare’s Customer Feedback

Outside of press releases from the company back February and March (when the anti-aging line was first released), there weren’t a lot of websites offering customer reviews at the time of our research.

However, 5 products in the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare line were featured on HSN.com, with more than 310 customer reviews (as of 4/15/15). With an average rating of 3.6 stars, the most frequent compliments cited that these products worked well and that they began providing results immediately.

On the other hand, some of the most common complaints cited failure to work, high price (and that you don’t get a lot of product for the money), and that some of the ingredients are questionable.

Truth In Aging also wrote an in-depth review about Recapture Day + IR Defense, where they concluded that, although it does include “some good botanicals,” this “doesn’t make up for some badly chosen synthetics” that “to a skin care purist, would be like waving a chicken at a vegan.”

From a company perspective, this line of anti-aging products appears to be manufactured by Christie Brinkley Skincare, LLC based out of Hoboken, NJ, which is not listed with the Better Business Bureau. However, we did find an entry for Christie Brinkley Beauty, although, for all intents and purposes, this appears to be an unrelated company.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Pricing & Refund Policy

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare products are priced as follows:

  • Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Treatment: $79.95
  • Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment: $79.95
  • Uplift Firming Neck & Décolleté Treatment: $79.95
  • Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment: $79.95
  • Close Up + IR Defense Skin Blurring Primer Serum: $69.95
  • Recapture 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream: $89.95
  • Refocus Under Eye Treatment: $79.95
  • Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash: $32.95
  • Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish: $34.95

There is also a 30-day trial available for Recapture-360. Here, you’ll initially pay $3.95 for a month’s worth of product, after which you’ll be billed the full price of $69.95. Then, you’ll be enrolled in Authentic Skincare’s autoship program, which means you’ll continue receiving a fresh jar of Recapture-360 once per month, and your credit card will be charged $69.95 each time.

Note: In many instances, we’ve found free trials to be a sneaky method of charging you full price, and autoship programs to continue billing you for a product you might not be interested in receiving. As such, we recommend avoiding these selling tools.

Granted, you may not experience any of these concerns with Christie Brinkley Skincare, but it’s certainly worth keeping in mind.

With this said, all Authentic Skincare products come with a 30-day refund policy less S&H charges, even if the containers are empty.

To request a refund, cancel your trial, or stop your autoship enrollment, you’ll need to contact customer service at 800-548-1736.

Is Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Your Anti-Aging Answer?

Overall, Christie Brinkley’s Authentic Skincare line appears to come with a moderate-to-high customer rating, so it may be the case that you’ll experience the same.

However, choosing an anti-aging product is a very personal decision, so what works well for others may not be your cup of tea, whether due to preference, skin type, and more.

If you do decide to give Authentic Skincare a try, the company appears to stand behind their products with a 30-day return policy, although you’ll be out a small amount for S&H charges.

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47 Customer Reviews for Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Average Customer Rating: 1.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 1 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 3 1 stars: 42
Bottom Line: 4% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Scam

    • Nashville, TN,
    • Dec 1, 2016

    It is a total scam. I never got the trial and was still charged. When I called the rep was so disrespectful. Told me it was my responsibility to track the shipment and they couldn't help if someone stole it out of my mailbox. Finally got 50% refunded. But had to raise a lot of Cain to a supervisor. The supervisor told me they would resend the two products plus an extra bottle. I got 1. This is sad. I would not even give one star if it didn't make me.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Biggest scam out there

    • Minnesota,
    • Nov 29, 2016

    I ordered a free sample of this product and claimed I only needed to pay for shipping. It did sign me up for an ongoing membership which I knew I needed to cancel within 30 days, which I did. When I noticed charges on my card I called to cancel, the person on the phone then stated that I needed to call within 14 days of ordering this product or I needed to pay for that sample.

    The end result was that I paid $200 for a skin cream that is mediocre and was stated in an advertisement that it was only a free sample. Now I am really good about reading fine-print and nowhere in there did it say that I needed to call within 14 days. Not only was I scammed but my mother was scammed as well and neither of us knew that each other had ordered this product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    I was very Disappointed

    I have tried this for 3 months and my skin is still the same at it was before I tried it. I was looking for something for my wrinkles and dark spots on my face and this does not work for me. I canceled my subscription and they sent me Hydroxatone Beauty Dollars coupon and I have tried that previously and that didn't work for me either. So I am still searching for the right one.

    I'm very disappointed!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    I have had the most frustration in my experience while trying to cancel this order. I canceled the order but they continued to ship the following month and billed my credit card.

    When I called again the representative told me that I had agreed on my previous call to receive the product at a reduced price. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN. I specifically requested a return confirmation and was told not necessary, everything would be canceled and they did not want the product back.

    Now I am told that I must call back one more time to cancel my order only on the l5th of the month! I requested to speak to a supervisor and was told that a supervisor could not cancel my order before the 15th.

    I asked to speak to someone in the US. That did not happen. Would advise everyone to AVOID this product and the sneaky practices they have. VERY, VERY DISPLEASED.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Just Be Careful

    • New South Wales,
    • Nov 6, 2016

    I have tried the "365" product and heeded the caution in the directions to not get it in my eyes. I did apply a thin film across my forehead. Within about 15 minutes it must have traveled down my skin close to my eyes. My eyes were running and burning for two days and nights despite washing my face and flushing my eyes with first cool water and when no help, Visine. I couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to see so I went to bed. The product gave me a nasty metallic taste in my mouth that didn't go away for several hours even with sucking peppermints.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 22 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    Scam. Save your money. Product says see results in 14 days. When I called to cancel my membership on day 16, I was told it can take up to 90 days to see results. Really? 3 months at $90 a pop? No thanks - I'll take my chances with my wrinkles - at least I know they're honest.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Magic cream

    Another scam. After receiving the product if you do not cancel your membership within 2 weeks you will be charged the full amount and receive another shipment.

    If you cancel you are still charged for the product you received even though it was supposed to be a trial.

    I only used the product once around the eye area. It caused my eye to swell up. I also have a very bad rash on my top lid. It has been a week. Still, the swelling and the rash are there. Might have to see a doctor

    If they are marketing this product so aggressively, something is not right. Don't do it. I returned it. I was still charged over $30.00.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Missouri,
    • Nov 1, 2016

    Total scam! I was charged for two items when I wanted to try one. Tried to cancel immediately and was told it had already shipped. Then I get the bill for these trial products and they are over 90.00 each. The number they provide on their site doesn't work either.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 33 out 34 people found this review helpful

    Stealing From Hard Working People

    • Michigan,
    • Oct 18, 2016

    I had the same experience as everyone else on here. I threatened to call the Better Business Bureau and hung up. One minute later they called me back offering 100% refund. I got my money back, now I'm working on reporting them to the BBB.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 48 out 49 people found this review helpful

    This is a super scam.

    I don't even care whether the product works or not, the company behind it is so unprofessional, I'm shocked. Like everyone else said, the fact that you are signing up for a subscription is artfully hidden as you go through the trial ordering process. You will get charged about $90 a month after that if you don't cancel within 14 days of signing up for the trial product. I didn't know this. I was out of town when the product came in the mail. I didn't call them until 2 days after the end of this mysterious trial period, and they would not refund my money. It is embarrassing how little the customer service person cared about the issue.

    I, too, offered to return the product and was told no. $90 is a lot for a trial of a product that isn't that amazing to begin with.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 44 out 46 people found this review helpful

    Ripoff scam

    I am a senior citizen on Social Security. I bought two product samples from this company for $5.95 each. I did not see any fine print (it must have been so fine it couldn't be seen) stating that once you ordered you had 14 days to call them or you would automatically be subscribed in a membership and would be charged $99.00 per product every month.

    The amount of product sent is VERY small and I don't know anyone in their right mind who would (or could afford to) pay that. To add insult to injury the Luminis caused a chemical burn on my face. I am on a campaign to expose these crooks. My question is this: If they can send you a thirty day supply for $5.95 why is the full price so ridiculously high? I'm sure the Christie Brinkley's of the world can be so self-indulgent and can afford those prices. I had to raise hell to get a 65% refund on one product and a 70% refund on the other. The first customer rep was very disrespectful and rude. I would give these people a minus 1000% rating or a minus 1000 stars.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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