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A beautifully light yet nourishing gel
Clinique Moisture Surge Extra Thirsty Skin Relief
Member Name: tina_teaspoon
Clinique Moisture Surge Extra Thirsty Skin Relief
Advantages: Very quickly absorbed, nourishing, doesn't leave any greasy or sticky reside, leaves my skin so soft
Disadvantages: Expensive. Also this doesn't contain SPF so may not be suited to wearing during the day.
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.
Summary: A truly indulgent moisturiser.