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I have only recently began using Clinique for some of my skincare routine. I received a small tub of Moisture Surge as a sample along with other things when I purchased from Clinique. It was a little size of 15ml which was still generous of them considering it was a sample and it lasted long enough.
I have strange skin and I do have to be careful with what product I use as if it's too rich I get a break out of spots. I also have very sensitive skin so many products do not suit me well and I get a slight rash. I tend to get dry patches but then again oily skin in other parts, I guess this is typical combination skin. My dry areas are my forehead and my nose and my cheeks and chin can get oily so I have to be careful.
Clinique Moisture Surge is advertised as a cream but it has a gel sort of consistency. In fact it is very similar to Clique All About Eyes (please see my other review) in terms of appearance and the fact that this product is also very gentle and refreshing on the skin.
I found it easy to apply and I would massage it into my dry areas of my face such as my nose and forehead. I found it instantly refreshes and provides intense moisture in terms of how my skin felt. It give a cooling, calm effect. I thought the gel does not actually give a overly shiny oily look unlike other highly moisturizing products out there. It was gentle and my skin did not react in any way.
I would not say that this product is an actual moisturizing cream or lotion as it seems like when your skin needs a drink it provides instant relief. I would not apply it on my whole face but only where I felt it was dry. It seems like a quick fix product but long term I am not sure if it will help in any way.
For the full size of 50ml it costs £32 from Clinique website. I find this is too expensive for me. However if I had spare cash I would keep some as I enjoyed the refreshing cool relief feeling of the product. I do not use the product everyday but occasionally when I feel like it. If used daily I am sure it would be finished quite soon.
Clinique Moisture Surge is allergy tested and 100 % fragrance free. It states it can be used whenever, wherever needed, under or over makeup. Or as a 5 minute moisture mask.
I like the gentle and soothing effect it has on my skin. I would recommend to those that are looking for something like this and are willing to pay over £30 for it. I am pleased with Clinique products recently, I just wish it was cheaper. I also feel it is more a luxury product rather then me needing/ requiring it as part of my skincare routine.
Unfortunately I have no idea how much this product costs, which I know is quite an important factor, because when I first tried it it was via a sample given away with a magazine and I am now using a standard sized tub which I was given as a present. However, I imagine it is not cheap, but I also think that you do get what you pay for with moisturisers so I would willingly pay the full cost when this tub runs out! I would expect as a rough guess to be paying around £20-25?
This is a gel-like cream, really lovely and silky feeling and really quite light. If a thick creamy moisturiser is more to your liking then this is probably not your thing. Having said that, the lightness does not mean that it doesn't moisturise well, it does so incredibly well and leaves my skin feeling moisturised and comfortable all day.
I took this on holiday with me and it felt lovely on my skin at the end of each day in the sun, really refreshing and really kind to my skin - no stinging at all despite me having a slightly red and burnt face on some days! It helped to keep my face moisturised enough so that I didn't even end up with a peeling nose! My skin has felt really supple and soft since using this moisturiser and (whether this is just coincidental or not) I have had fewer blemishes.
I only ever apply moisturiser during the day but this feels light enough on your skin to be able to use it on your skin at night without that horrid sticky feeling that some thick night moisturisers have.
It has a lovely light fragrance and one of the important things I have found is that a little goes a very long way. You really do only need a small amount of this at a time, meaning that actually it will be quite cost effective.
In my quest to find a new moisturiser, I was "sold" Clinique Moisture Surge by the nice lady on the Clinique counter. I took a few samples of it first before buying because at £30 per 50ml, you can't afford to take a chance and hope you like it. Rather than being like a typical moisturiser, this appears to be like a peach gel but without being quite as sticky as a gel. It's almost like a gel in moisturiser fancy dress! It comes in a fairly heavy pot but not as heavy as some of the Lancome moisturisers so slightly better for travelling.
Well the Clinique website states this is "Light, comfortable cream/gel plumps skin with hydration for a full 24 hours. Fine lines, flakiness and tightness are washed away. In their place-a sense of supple, firm, vibrant well-being, even through shifts in humidity. One 'drink' and skin looks and feels happier, healthier".
First of all, I would not describe my skin as happy or sad so that is a load of rubbish! However, the claims about the cream being light and comfortable is true. When you put it onto your skin you do instantly feel like you've watered your skin and given it the "drink" they talk about. The cream rubs in really nicely and sinks in very quickly. I was told you can put it on over the top of your makeup for a top up later in the day. I did try that once purely to see what happened to my foundation but unfortunately it smudged my makeup (as expected) so I find that a bit of a strange claim. Equally the claim that this has a full 24 hour hydration is a claim I can't really uphold. Whilst the inital feeling of the cream was wonderful and light (and very much a 'day' cream), over the long term my skin didn't really feel any softer, any smoother or properly hydrated. It certainly wasn't good enough to apply just once in a day. I equally wouldn't say that fine lines, flakiness or tightness were washed away! I did feel as though I still suffered with dry and tight skin even when I used this over the course of the day.
I can't say I didn't like this cream as I really did and thought it good enough to purchase on more than one occasion, even with the price tag of £30. The pot lasted me about 9-10 months so not too bad in the grand scheme of things. However, I do feel as though this was only good for a quick fix of moisture and would be fine as a day cream as it is light in texture and sinks in quickly but for longer term moisture and soft skin, I would recommend investing in another cream to use along side this one. At the moment I've stopped buying it as I've been looking for a cheaper, better performing solution for my skin but that isn't to say I wouldn't use it again if it was on offer or I got a tester version of it.
I consider myself to have annoying skin; it's dry in places, prone to spots in others, and can be oily in other places. I also have an uneven skin tone. So, finding face creams is usually a difficult task for me, as I want to moisturise the dry parts, but don't want to over-moisturise the oily parts, and don't want to use a cream that causes spots.
I bought this cream after seeing it advertised in a magazine; I have previously used two other 'expensive' Clinique creams, and have been impressed with them. So when I heard about this new cream, I just had to try it.
I bought the cream from Boots for a price of £30 which I do think is very expensive and I hate spending that kind of money on creams, however I was aware that the product would work and I considered it to be a product I 'needed' rather than just 'wanted'.
The aim of the product is to provide moisture to dry skin - not just like any 'dry skin' product though - this cream provides loads of moisture!
The cream is easy to use. Make sure you have a clean finger and face and apply a 5p sized amount of cream to your face and massage. You can put it on before or after (on top of your make-up) and it doesn't ruin your make-up. Although I always put it on after a bath or before bed. You can also use it as a 5 minute mask - put a little bit more on than normal and leave for 5 minutes - then dab away excess cream with a tissue.
I have quite sensitive skin - the kind which goes red and burns if it disagrees with a product or gives me spots. Yet this cream doesn't irritate my skin at all. In fact it leaves my skin lovely and soft, smooth and fresh looking and feeling.
I like how 'light' and 'comfortable' this cream is to 'wear'. I also love how quick it moisturises my skin - instantly and my skin looks great as soon as I put it on. The cream is absorbed very quickly meaning that you aren't left with a 'greasy face'. I sometimes get 'flaky skin' especially around my nose, and as soon as I put this on, it seems to 'melt into the flakes' and they are no longer visible and my skin is left feeling really smooth. That's another thing I love about this cream; it leaves your skin feeling really soft and smooth. My skin doesn't feel greasy or sticky afterwards.
I always feel confident after putting on this cream - so much that I feel I could leave the house without make-up - something I hardly ever do.
As for value for money I think that this product is great. Before, I would never have imagined spending such a ridiculous amount of money on a cream and would have considered it to be a waste of money. Although, having experienced first hand how great this product is and how well it works, I am very pleased with my purchase. The last Clinique pot ( a different product) I bought, was the same size as this pot, and I apply the same amount with this one as the last one; the last pot lasted me six months and so this pot should also last me six months. So when you think about it, £32 for six months (which works out at about £5 per month) is actually quite good value for money!
I like the packaging. The cream comes in an expensive looking little pot and is a pinky-brown colour with a 'silver metal lid'. I like the top of the lid as it has a 'kind of mirror' on the top. I don't know if it suppose to be a mirror, but I can see myself in the lid and so I use it to watch where I am putting the cream.
If you have a dry skin, then I would definitely recommend this cream.
Thanks for reading!
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I am a big fan of Clinique skincare and this is probably my favourite product from the brand.
I first tried this when a 30 ml tube was included in my Bonus Time gift at House of Fraser last winter and have since repurchased. I use the 3 step skin care regime and top up with the Moisture Surge afterwards every morning and night. I also sometimes use a little bit throughout the day as and when needed. In the winter I liked to use a little bit around my lips to soothe them when they were getting a bit chapped from the wind. I also found this product a lifesaver to keep me hydrated on a long flight.
The constistency is very light and slightly gel-like, quite similar to the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel for skin types 3 and 4 (oily). I was worried a product called "Moisture Surge" might be aimed at dry skin, which could mean it might be too rich and creamy for me. However, it sinks in really quickly without any greasy feeling. The moisture gets straight under the skin rather than resting on the surface. It is water based so it It feels very refreshing and makes my skin look visibly plumped and healthier. The girl at the Clinique counter told me it was a "drink for the skin" and it really does feel like that!
I let my mum try a bit and she loved it and went out to buy some too. I can't recommend this product enough.
I got this at Christmas as Clinique products are usually out of my price-range so we'll assume that it's not value for money.
The packaging of this product is in the traditional Clinique style of clinically clean and smart. I don't have this in the small glass jar which is pictured above but in a squeezy tube with a twist off cap which you can stand it up in and thus squeezing every last drop of the stuff out of it.
The texture of the product is light pink in colour, gloopy and a little goes a very long way unless you use it as a moisture mask as it suggests as an alternative use on the packaging in which case you'd be able to get through it a lot easier. But if, like me, you're using it in place of a daily moisturiser it looks like it'll last quite a while. I will update this review when I eventually get through it.
I can't seem to detect a scent on this product, that's either my bad sense of smell or there isn't one. A little irritating that it doesn't have an SPF as I usually go for a daily facial moisturiser with this in.
Yes this moisturiser is moisturising when you put it on but I can't personally feel a difference of it's long term effects on my skin.
Another clinique sample review! i recieved this product as part of the clinique bonus time promotion, in which, by buying two products from clinique, you recieve a whole host of goodies to try out. I have used plenty of clinique products in the past, and have found most of them to not be as amazing as they claim, a dissapointing outcome from such an esteemed brand. However the moisture surge extra thirsty skin relief was truly great.
The product comes in true clinique style packaging, clean and simple. A see through glass pot, with a silver lid, and white writing with the product details. It retails at £30 for 50mls, so imagine my happyness at being given a 30ml pot free of charge. They claim that this will rehydrate your skin and plump it out. One of the best things about this product is that it is oil free, fragrance free and dermatalogically tested, which make me sure that it won't irritate my easily irritated skin.
The moisture surge is a serum or gel-like in consistancy, and light pink in colour. The lady at the clinique counter said to me that you can either use it as a light layer over moisturiser, or as a thick mask before bed. To use it as a mask, you are simply meant to apply a thick layer, leave it on for 10 minutes and then massage it into your skin, removing the excess.
When i used it as an extra step to my moisturiser, it felt lovely and cool on the skin. It soaked in really well in the thin layer and my skin felt very soft. It also kept it's moisture by the time i went to bed. I found that by using this product regularly, the texture of my skin improved, and that even without it, i still had lovely, baby soft skin.
As a mask, i found dramatic results. It is quite slippery, and i found i simply had to lie down to keep it on my face, but after massaging it in and tissuing off the excess my skin felt amazing. It looked clean and fresh, and felt beautifully soft.
I think for £30 the product really goes a long way, unless you insist on using it as a mask every other day, you only need a tiny amount on your face. My only issue is that it doesn't contain spf, but as i tend to double this up with another moisturiser that does contain spf, its not too big a deal.
Would i recommend - hell yess
With the baby due any day now I am frantically trying to clear space in the house. As a result I have vowed not to buy more bathroom products until I have used up my existing ones hence when my usual moisturiser died instead of replacing it I checked my cupboard and found I had a travel size of Clinique Moisture Surge.
I have used Clinique in the past however I was not overly impressed by their Dramatically Different Moisturiser. Clinique is a very well known brand and claim to be a good brand for those people who suffer from allergies. Unfortunately there are some souls who are allergic to it as I discovered to my cost when treating my aunt to some. Always test where possible just in case you are allergic.
Clinique Moisture Surge is fragrance free. Given the name I was expecting quite a heavy rich cream however I was pleasantly surprised by light almost gel like texture. It soaks in well and doesn't feel too heavy on my skin. My skin is combination and sometimes t-zone can become bit shinny but this worked well on my greasier areas as well as the dry ones.
Clinique often giveaway travel sizes as part of their promotional campaigns so quite a good idea to look pout for these at your local department store. My pot was a reasonably sized 30ml. The full size is 50ml and costs around £30. Top tip: Clinique as a brand is a lot cheaper in America so if you are fortunate enough to be going there or know someone who is ask them to stock up for you.
It is easy to buy as it is readily available from department stores and online. Packaging reflects the brand image and in my case consists of plastic jar with sliver lid. This makes it light to carry and also easy to spot when you are running low. It is easy to apply just by dipping your finger in the jar then spreading the cream over your face. I personally dislike the little spatulas some brands provide as I tend to lose them quite quickly.
Would I buy a full size? I have found that it works well so would be tempted to buy for a change from my usual moisturiser as I find skin reacts better when has the occasional change of product. Definitely worth a try.
Clinique isn't a brand that I am overly familiar with - mainly because it is out of my price range. However, this year for my birthday, I received some Clinique miniatures and a 30ml pot of Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief was just one of the goodies I got to try out.
Clinique claims that this product can be applied both under and over make up - not that I would ever use it over my makeup - as I don't like the sound of driving foundation further into my pores. Also, by putting it on a clean face I think you really feel the benefit of the serum, as it feels like it is absorbed deep into your skin.
This product is a peach colour and it looks and feels more like a gel than a cream. You only need to put a little bit on your finger and it seems to glide into the skin - disappearing almost instantly. It is also 100 per cent fragrance free, which I like, because sometimes fragranced products irritate my skin.
I usually apply this after I have washed my face or showered - in the way that I would apply my usual moisturiser - and it definitely eases the tight feeling you get when you exit the shower.
Clinique suggests using this serum after going through their three step skin-care regime - but this is something I have neither the money or inclination to do - so I just use it in the typical way I apply moisturiser.
I like the texture of the gel, its cold, refreshing soothing and it does feel as though my skin is getting a drink when I am applying it. It is absorbed almost instantly and leaves my face feeling clean and fresh.
The glass jar is transparent, so you can see the product in there and the lid is plastic and light green in colour. I'd say that it definitely looks like a premium brand and you certainly wouldn't feel ashamed to have a pot sat on your dressing table.
As I mentioned earlier, I got a sample sized pot of this to try, but if you buy a 50ml jar from Boots or Debenhams then you can expect to pay £30. This seems expensive, especially considering I have seen this product as part of magazine giveaways and freebie offers in the past.
Although I enjoyed using Clinique's Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, in all honestly it isn't that different to other moisturisers I have used and I don't think the price tag is justified. I would use it again if I saw this product was on offer as a free gift, or if my disposable income rose significantly, but for now, its back to cheaper brands...
This is the second product that I tried out from the various freebies from Glamour magazine a couple of months back. For a mere £2 I really wanted to try this out and I found it quite hard to find with the magazine but after much trying I succeeded. The freebie sample was of a generous size at 30ml which I was pleasantly surprised about as the full sized product is 50ml which retails for £30. The smaller 30ml tubes can be brought via eBay and are also given out during the Clinique Bonus Time as one of the samples.
Essentially this is a moisturiser but it feels more like a gel when you apply rather than a cream. I was really looking forward to using this because having quite a strong sense of smell it puts me off using a lot of products due to them being scented but this is marketed as being 100% fragrance free which I loved. I wouldn't class myself as having particularly dry skin but sometimes I do feel like it needs a little moisturising boost and I feel this does just that. I have quite sensitive skin so sometimes I am a little wary about using new products on my skin but this didn't break me out in anyway. It feels soothing and almost cooling when being applied and I have found it really does make a difference, although I'm not sure how well this would work on very dry skin. It absorbs quickly into the skin and it doesn't feel greasy afterwards. This product doesn't contain any SPF so I just use this as an extra moisturising treat for my skin. Clinique says that you can use under or above makeup and also as a quick 5 minute mask with the excess being removed with a cotton pad or tissue. I haven't ever used over the top of my makeup so I can't comment, but using underneath sometimes my makeup doesn't go on as well over the top of a product but with this underneath I felt like it glided on alot smoother. I have also used as a face mask and my skin felt super soft and hydrated afterwards.
I'm not entirely sure if I would re-purchase this as I think for something which I would use just as a treat is rather pricey. Although saying this I think if I did have a bigger budget for beauty products I think I would re-buy this just because I love the way it feels on my skin and because it is unscented and not greasy these are huge pluses in my books. I'm hoping Glamour magazine decide to run another similar promotion with this product as I would definitely stock up on a few! If this is in your price range then I would recommend it without a doubt.
How I came across this product
I am quite a follower of Clinique (especially of their skincare) and recently stumbled upon this little beauty. I was browsing the Clinique counter in my local department store when this moisturiser caught my eye and after receiving some information about it from the helpful consultant, and trying some out, I purchased it at the price of £30 for a 50ml jar. This is suitable for all skin types.
packaging and appearance of product
This product is an oil free gel of a pale peachy/pinky colour in a hard plastic jar with a silver twist off lid. On the front of the product is written - CLINIQUE moisture surge extended thirst relief - with the claims of this product written on the back. The back of this product states that this product is
===Allergy tested, 100 % fragrance free. Rapid, long - lasting hydration in a refreshing oil-free gel. Delivers a burst of moisture. Smooths, softens. Locks in moisture all day. Use under or over make up ===
I think that is quite a lot to ask of a moisturiser! I would like to start off by saying that I have only ever used this product underneath my make up and so while I can't comment on how it would be over make up, I would expect (based on my use of the product and its texture) that it would possibly make your make up run.
feel of the product on my skin
The feel of this product is amazing! This is what sold it to me in an instant. I hate the feel of really heavy creams on my face so this is perfect for me. It is a very light weight feeling gel that spreads very generously over the skin with a wonderful refreshing feel. As it is oil free it doesn't leave that horrible oily feeling that some moisturising products can have on your skin.
not your typical day to day moisturiser!
This is NOT your average moisturiser, this is not a daily moisturiser (although you could use it this way), it is a treatment moisturiser! When purchasing this I was informed by the knowledgeable Clinique consultant that because this is a treatment moisturiser, you do not need to use it everyday in order to receive the full benefits. Instead she recommended that you only need to use moisture surge twice a week in order to get wonderful hydrated skin. Sounds good to me as this would mean that your moisturiser would last for a very long time. To use this way just use as any other moisturiser, don't overload your skin with product and ensure you avoid the eye area (you should use specific eye products for this area as it is far more sensitive than the rest of your face).
multifunctional moisture surge
Not only is this product a treatment moisturiser to be used twice a week, you can also use it as a mask! Amazing! Personally i haven't come across a moisturiser before that has also been designed for use as an intensive hydrating facial mask. This is my favourite way to use this product. Slather on some of this wonderful gel all over your face in a thicker than usual way. Leave on for five minutes to allow your skin to drink up as much of this as is needed. After five minutes simply rub in the excess gel and voila! Amazing plumped up smooth skin. I try to use moisture surge this way once a week or so and I always feel like I am spoiling myself when I do, it feels like a real treat!
how quickly it absorbs into your skin
To be totally honest, I do find this does take a little time to absorb into my skin but I don't tend to mind as I put make up over it and I usually have the time to wait for it to sink in. I would expect it to absorb more quickly if your skin was more dehydrated.
value for money
Because of how little you need to use in each application, and because you don't need to use it every day I personally think that moisture surge is brilliant value for £30 although I think it is a shame that it is not available in a slightly smaller size which would be a bit easier on your purse!
other products in the moisture surge range
There are not many products in this range, the only ones that I am aware of are:
Moisture surge face spray - £18.50 for 125 ml
Moisture surge tinted moisturiser SPF 15 - £21 for 30ml
All of these products can be found online, or at clinique counters in departments stores, independent stores, and larger boots stores.
would i recommend this product?
Definitely! This product leaves my skin feeling absolutely amazing and unbelievably soft to touch. I'd recommend going to your local Clinique counter to find out if you could get a sample then you could try for yourself. It is possibly a little on the expensive side but in my opinion it is more than worth it!
Thanks for reading.
I don't regularly buy Cinique products. They are usually very expensive, and being on a budget I tend to stick with cheaper brands such as Nivea, or Boots own products. However, a few months back Glamour magazine did a promotion of Clinique freebies. There were ten different ones to collect, and at only £2 per magazine, it was an affordable way for me to try out some of the Clinique range. I was particularly drawn to the Moisture Surge, partly because I had just finished my old Nivea face cream, and partly because this was the most expensive product out of all of the freebies- a full size 50ml pot of this retails at £30, and the freebie sample was a very generous 30ml, making it worth around £18! Not bad for the price of a £2 magazine!
I had very high expectations from this product, partly because of the usual price tag, and partly because of the brand. Clinique is very well-respected and just generally quite a posh high-end brand for me, so I was very excited to treat myself. The full size version of this product comes in a tub, whereas my 30ml sample is a squeezy tube. I think the tub is probably better suited to this product, as I have a habit of squuezing too much out, however careful I am, which seems wasteful.
The tube informs me this product is designed for "extended thirst relief", which to be honest I find a tiny bit pompous! It sounds better suited to the packaging on a sports drink than a simple face cream! I guess this suggests it is aimed at dry skin and acts as an instant moisture boost for those times when you skin needs a little bit of help to look its best.
The product is closer in texture to a gel rather than the cream that I was expecting, and is pale pink in colour. It doesn't have a strong scent, which I like as I don't need to worry about it clashing with my perfume! A little goes a very long way, so much so that I estimate this 30ml tube will easily last me three months of daily use, which helps to justify the hefty price tag as a 50ml jar would probably last me around six months (given there would be less wasteage than with the squeezy tube)- £5 per month seems much more reasonable and helps to justify the initial £30 outlay!
I have very sensitive, combination skin. I get very dry cheeks, particularly in the colder weather, yet my t-zone can get quite oily. I find it very difficult to find a miracle face cream that will be effective all over my face. Usually creams will either be great on my cheeks but too rich for my t-zone and give me break outs, or fine on the t-zone but not nourishing enough for my dry cheeks. This gel seems to suit my whole face well, which I'm delighted with. It is very light so it does not make my t-zone greasy or oily, and I've had no spots since using this product (hurray!). However it is also great on my cheeks, and my whole face feels incredibly soft after using this. I don't wear foundation, but the moisture surge gel sinks in completely within a few minutes, so it would make a good base for makeup.
It also makes for a wonderfully indulgent face mask. I apply a slightly thicker layer of the gel to my face, and after 5 minutes I wipe the gel off with a tissue. This is more of a softening and smoothing mask, and it certainly leaves my skin extremely soft. As face masks go, my skin type is better suited to an exfoliating type of mask, and so I will probably stick to just using the gel as a daily moisturiser. However, anyone with less oily skin than me may well really get the benefit from using this as a mask.
My one criticism of this product is that it doesn't contain SPF. I've had to deduct one star for that, purely because I insist on only wearing moisturisers that contain SPF during the day time, all year round. I burn so easily and have heard so many stories about damage the sun can cause the skin that I don't want to take any chances! Most moisturiers aimed at day time use these days do contain SPF, even the cheapy ones I usually get, so I'm quite disappointed that Clinique didn't feel the need to add one to Moisture Surge- it would be my dream product if it did!
I reviewed Clinique's Dramatically Different moisturiser recently, and was also disappointed that it didn't contain SPF. Consequently I have been using the Moisture Surge at nightime. I definitely prefer it to the Dramatically Different cream. It absorbs much more quickly, has no greasy or sticky feel to it, and leaves my skin much softer than the Dramatically Different cream. I've had a little browse on the Clinique website, and notice that they have now brought out a tinted moisturiser version of Moisture Surge, which contains SPF 15. I am very eager to try this, as I'm getting on so well with the regular Moisture Surge that the tinted moisturiser day time version may also suit my skin time very well.
This gel is available from the Clinique website, as well as from department stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser, and also from Boots. They seem to have special offers fairly regularly which are well worth waiting for- usually you have to purchase two products to qualify for a bag containing quite a lot of trial sized products, and Boots often have points promotions on this range as well.
In summary, I really recommend Moisture Surge. It feels like such a luxurious product to use, my skin laps it up and is left feeling silky soft. There is no greasy or sticky residue, and it really is a wonderful product for sensitive skin. This will definitely be going on my Christmas list until I can afford to treat myself to it!
Thank you for reading.
I've never been a very girlie girl. I'm rarely caught in a skirt and I can't be bothered with make up and fussing about with my hair. However one thing I've always been very good about is looking after my skin. I can't claim any inherited wisdom, any grandmotherly advice or any shared experiences of dabbing Oil of Ulay on my face whilst sitting on my mother's knee since I come from a family of women who never really bothered. I think the time and cost has paid off because at a time when everything else is heading south, my face is doing pretty well. I have the benefit of a sister two years younger than me who never took care of her skin and it's gratifying to do an "I've got less wrinkles than you" check each time we meet up.
I'm not generally very brand loyal and I have tried many different brands and manufacturers over the years. I'm rarely disciplined enough to follow any kind of regime so I tend not to notice whether something is working (or not) unless it's a real stand-out product. I actually think that when it comes to moisturisers the most important thing is to use 'something' rather than nothing. Even a cheap supermarket moisturiser will be better than ignoring your skin and hoping for the best. However, I spend a lot of time in airports and when I'm bored or tired, I am susceptible to loitering in the duty free shops. Consequently I have a perfume collection to be proud (or ashamed - depending on attitude) and a lot of Clinique products.
When faced with lots of fluff and fancy, there's something very reassuring about the clean, minimalist lines of the Clinique range. I'm attracted more to functionality than fluff so Clinique looks right to me. Did you know - maybe this has been written a zillion times before - that Clinique used to be known as 'Linique' in Germany because local legislation meant it was illegal to give a product a name that implied clinical efficacy? There you go, that's my irrelevant fact for the day. On to the product.
I have quite dry skin - not to the degree that it's flaky or scaly or anything yukky, but it can get a bit dull and tight if it's not well moisturised. One of my favourite Clinique products for when my skin needs a treat is Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. It's a light, gentle gel product that really does feel as if it lives up to its claims by quenching the needs of thirsty skin. Too many cosmetic companies seem to think that dry skin needs heavy greasy creams so it's nice to get something that's both light and effectiveIt's presented in a transparent jar with a silver lid and the lines are clean and fuss-free. I believe it's also available in a tube format (either in gift packs or magazine promotion products) but I find all the Clinique tubes frustrating because I can never get the last few drops out so given the option, I'd go jar every time. With the jar I can usually get several more applications out of what looks to the untrained eye like an empty jar. If you are determined, there's always a tiny bit in the corner.
The product is a light, soft pink gel. You need a very small dab because it glides on and spreads very thinly. A little goes a long way and at 30 quid a jar, it needs to. I'd liken the feel to being a like an aloe vera gel but without the slight tightening feeling that goes with aloe vera. It has a gentle slightly cooling impact when it first hits your skin, feels ever so slightly sticky for the first minute or two and after three or four the surface of your skin is dry enough to apply other products on top. Moisture Surge smooths on, sinks in and leaves my skin feeling softer and slightly velvety all day long. If there is a scent, I can't pick up much other than a general aura of 'smells clean' if you know what I mean. Clinique claim you can use the product under or over makeup but since I don't wear make up I can't confirm that though all my instincts say it's just plain daft to put it on top. It can also be used as a moisture mask if you slap it on thick - but that's an expensive habit to develop.
I've probably been through more jars of this than any other Clinique product so it's fair to say that it's a favourite. On a trip to the US 3 years ago I found a Clinique outlet shop where this was costing well under half the UK price so I stocked up with so much that I'm still going strong. From that you can tell two things - that I bought a lot and that I am too mean to use it all the time.
I tend to keep this as a travel moisturiser, one I use to combat the drying conditions of airline travel or hotel air conditioning and to give my skin a boost if I've had too much sun. Since the standard jar is only 50 ml, there's no risk of getting it confiscated in the airport. The great benefit over more conventional moisturisers is that it's not at all greasy. I may not care much how I look on a flight but I don't particularly want to look like I've been basted and particularly in warm weather nobody wants to shine. I don't use it all the time because I don't tend to see it as a stand alone product - rather I used it as a for an occasional treat. In the summer months I prefer a product with sun protection (which this doesn't have) during the day time and a dab of this to keep up the hydration. Often I apply it under a facial sun block to prevent my skin feeling too dry. The fast absorption of the gel means I don't have to wait long between applying Moisture Surge and then popping sun block on top. Multi-stage processes don't work for me unless they are really quick - the moment I step away from the bathroom mirror, I'm unlikely to remember to go back for stage two.
Clinique Moisture Surge works for me. No product works for everyone so if you can't afford to make a mistake, try to get yourself a sampler size. There should be lots knocking around on eBay after this was a gift with purchase on a recent magazine promotion. Watch out also for Duty Free combo-offers which generally combine this with the Moisture Surge Face Spray (which I just don't get at all) and a moisturising eye cream. Typically you can get the three for the normal price of just the main product.
A couple of months ago Glamour magazine were giving away Clinique freebies on the front of their magazines. I actually couldn't find the magazine at first as it was sold out everywhere but my boyfriend managed to get me one, and the freebie on the front was a tube of Clinique Moisture Surge. I was actually thrilled that this was my free product as it was one I had wanted to try for a while.
Moisture surge is described as being 'extended thirst relief' for the skin. I have very dry skin, and although it usually improves during the summer months, even now I have really bad flaky patches on my forehead. I'm always willing to try any product which claims to improve dry skin, however I've had mixed results with Clinique moisturisers so far. I used Clinique's Dramatically Different years ago, and found it near enough useless for me. I currently use their Superdefense moisturiser though, which I find excellent, so I really didn't know what to expect from this product.
Moisture Surge is described as being 'gel-crème' and promises to 'plump the skin with hydration for 24 hours'. Other claims are that fine lines, flakiness, and tightness will be banished, and in their place supple, firm skin that 'looks happier and healthier after just one drink'.
As I received a small size of this product it came in a tube. The full sized product comes in a peachy pink coloured tub with a silver screw top lid. It follows the same design as many of the other Clinique products and looks slightly like a bigger version of their All About Eyes cream to me, which I also use.
Given the consistency of this product, I actually feel the tube is more suitable than a tub. The gel is quite a runny consistency, and I imagine it could be difficult to remove from a tub. I also find a tube more hygienic as it's not continually having fingers dipped into it.
When applying the gel the first thing I notice is how cooling it is on my skin. It's lovely to use in the hot weather, as it feels really refreshing. One of the lovely things about this product is that due to the gel-like consistency, it spreads easily across the skin with only a small amount. The fact that a little goes a long way is a huge plus point for me, as if I was splashing out on an expensive product like this, I would want it to last as long as possible.
The product sinks into the skin very quickly and despite it being a gel I don't find it to leave my skin feeling sticky, heavy or greasy. This is ideal if you're rushing around and don't want to waste time waiting between applying your moisturiser and applying your make-up, as it doesn't leave a residue.
In my opinion this is a product that only has to be used once to see noticeable difference, rather than something that needs continued use before clear results are seen. As soon as I apply this, the dry, flaky patches I get on my forehead and around my nose are soothed and they look so much better - in fact you can't actually tell they are there any more, which is fantastic for me. I feel that this makes my skin look much healthier and brighter and even gives a bit of a dewy look to my cheeks. I do have fine lines on my forehead, in fairness they're not that bad, but although this certainly doesn't get rid of them, it does seem to lessen the appearance of them. To be honest, I think this is just because the area is more moisturised and the lines appear to be worse the drier my skin is.
I'm not too sure how much I agree with the claim that the effects of this product will last for 24 hours. If I apply this in the morning before work, by the time I've been home a few hours (so we're probably talking 11 hours later), I feel my skin needs to be moisturised again. In fairness my skin is particularly dry, perhaps those of you with more 'normal' or perhaps oilier skin types would find it to last the suggested time.
The price of this moisturiser is a little higher than I personally feel it is worth. A 50ml tub of this stuff will set you back a whopping £30 from Boots. I do find that rather steep for what it is, especially as this contains no SPF, meaning that would have to be bought separately.
If money were no object then yes, I would buy it again. There is no doubt that it is a good moisturiser, and on the whole aside from claiming to moisturise for 24 hours, I feel it does what it claims. It is a shame that there's no SPF in it, I do like it and I would recommend it, but I'm not 100% sure the £30 price tag is justified, so I would advise shopping around to see if you can get a better deal.
The winter takes it's toll on my skin making it feel chapped and sore. Going from houses with baking central heating to the freezing elements outside dry out my skin and make it look tired and worn out. After battling through the cold months, I subject my face to the heat of the sun and the harsh effects of air conditioning units. I want to look after my face so the one thing I will spend money on is a good moisturiser. I have tried a few high end moisturisers but this is by far my favourite. I first came across the product five years ago after visiting the Clinique make up counter. I was instantly taken by it's silky smooth feel and cooling effects. I always have a tub on my dressing table and I use it morning and night. I buy the 50 ml pot which usually costs about £30.00. I normally wait to find out which store has the bonus time offer on because I love all the travel sized products they throw in. I've even received a 15ml tub of the moisture surge cream before now which I was extremely impressed with.
The background. What do they have to say
Clinique is part of the Estee Lauder company and was founded in 1968. It's Charter, which means they design skin care products which are tailored to individual skin care needs.
Clinique claim that Moisture surge maintain the natural balance of the skin during environmental changes. They use ingredients such as sorbitol, trehalose and glycerin that bond well with water making the cream full of extra moisture to soak into the skin. When is fully moisturised it can repair itself which vital for healthy fresh looking skin.
The moisturiser comes in a glass heavy set tub with a shiny silver screw top lid; the packaging of the product invokes luxury and I rather like the look of this little pot on my dressing table.
The moisturiser itself is a subtle pink colour and the texture is smooth, silky and soft. It is quite gel like and exceedingly refreshing on the skin. When I wake up on a morning, feeling tired and my face is puffy and taught, this cream makes my face feel deliciously refreshed. It feels delicate on my sleepy skin but revitalising at the same time. After washing my face it usually feel quite dry. After applying just a small amount of this product and rubbing it over my face with my finger tips, my skin seems to soak it up and feels moisturised and soothed. I've used this cream after having a little bit of sun burn and it has done wonders; soothing and calming the raw, sore skin and adding plenty of moisture to prevent it peeling in the future.
The cream is perfect for any skin type. It moisturises dry skin but it is not greasy so it shouldn't lead to spots or blemishes like previous greasy moisturises have done with me. One big advantage of the cream for me is that it is fragrance free. I have quite sensitive skin and have previously developed rashes after using certain creams.
I enjoy wearing this cream in the summer as even when on warm it doesn't leave the skin feeling at all sticky and cools the skin down. It's a shame however that this product does not contain any sun screen/ uv protection. I put my expensive moisturiser on and then have to ruin the nice sensations by slathering on the factor 15! Clinique do some great products with uv protection and it's shame the moisture surge is not one of them.
Clinique advise you can use this product under or on top of make up. I do believe it is light enough to wear it on top, but it is not something I have tried.
Another point they make is that you can use it as a moisture surge face mask. After washing my face and patting dry, you apply liberally a thick layer of the cream and let it soak in for a good ten minutes. Then gently rub the remainder in. This feels devine and extremely soothing and refreshing. I have only done it once and used it to calm my sun burnt skin. I can not afford to use the moisturiser in this fashion all the time, but it is a nice treat!
I would recommend this product to anyone of any age. Everyone's skin can do with a little tlc this cream brightens up tired skin and provides a smooth base for make up. It feels wonderful on your face with just a small amount used. A tub this size will last me about four months and it is money well spent.