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It's bonus time at Clinique and that is always a good time to get a bargain. I saw an advertisement in a magazine recently for a, "first class travel bag," including items like eye serum, hand cream, lip gloss and a moisture surge face spray that I will concentrate on for this review. All the items come in a travel size or small sample size but I find this is a great way of testing new products cheaply without paying a fortune to try them and not even knowing if you like them first. I have discovered a number of Clinique products in this way such as the eye makeup remover which I didn't like and the toner which I love. You have to purchase two or more Clinique products, one to be skin care in order to get this bag free but as I needed a few new things this was a perfect treat that I was able to take advantage of.
To me a moisture face spray is a nice luxury but not a necessity when it comes to my beauty routine. It is something I can or can not use but still be happy either way with the way my skin looks. Clinique describe their Moisture Surge Facial Spray as thus, "Water your skin. Take along a refreshing face spray for showers of thirsty skin relief. Bursting with moisture and active aloe. But not a drop of oil. Rapidly replenishes skin's moisture level, restoring balance. Softens and soothes in a flash."
This face spray has been really nice in the hot weather in the past couple of weeks. It comes in a small spray bottle which you just basically spray over your face when you feel like you need some hydration. THe spray works well and evenly spreads the water over my face and not just a squirt in one little place. I have to say it's really more like a mist that once sprays falls really nicely over my face. I generally tend to use it once I have my make up on after I've been outside in the sun to soothe my face. It feels just like you are spraying water on your face, it is that light and does not hang around on your skin afterwards, there is no need to pat dry or anything like that, it just soaks into your skin and leaves it feeling quite refreshed. It does not affect my make up in any way, ie it does not make it run or rub off.
I would have to say that even though its been nice to have this spray to try I don't think I would buy a big bottle. It costs £18.50 for a 125ml bottle and like I've said above it is not essential to my daily routine and something I could probably live without!
Clinique is a premium beauty brand which is part of the Estee Lauder company. They specialise in providing skin care products for different skin types and also offer make-up, perfume and a mens skin care/aftershave range.
Clinique offer 2 products in the Moisture Surge range - a gel/cream and a facial spray. The Moisture Surge range promises to give your face a "drink" allowing it to stay hydrated. The Moisture Surge Face Spray (Thirsty Skin Relief) is suitable for all skin types. It is a fine mist which when sprayed onto the face, in conjuction with your normal moisturiser, it will soak into the skin and provide instant hydration and relief. It is oil free, fragrance free and allergy tested as are all Clinique products.It contains a dose of aloe for freshness.
This mist is conveniently packaged in a tall, opaque plastic bottle. The bottle is a baby pink colour with silver writing confirming all the relevant information. A silver top and pump dispenser takes prime position at the top of the bottle.
The mist can be used either onto a clear face or over the top of make-up. Close your eyes and hold the bottle around 25-30cm from the face and spray evenly. No rubbing is required.
*~*~*Availability and Price*~*~*
Clinique products can be purchased online or from department stores such as Debenhams, Boots and House of Fraser. A full size, 125ml bottle of Moisture Surge Face Spray will set you back around £18.00 at full retail price.
I purchase large lots of beauty products on ebay for resale and personal use and Clinique is very popular. Whilst I like Clinique, I find some of their products a hit and a miss to be honest. It is lucky that I don't pay full price for any beauty product isn't it as I would be out a fortune by now! In a lot from January, I received several Clinique products and one of them was this Moisture Surge Face Spray.
Now £18.50 is a high price for what is essential, a facial spray and a water based one at that! If you consider Clinique for anything, look out for their Bonus Time deals in department stores. Here you have the opportunity to receive a bag of trial sized goodies in return for purchasing 2 full size products. In addition, if this deal is on in Boots, you can also nab your advantage card points so well worth looking into!
The bottle containing the mist is ideal. Its pink colour is pretty and sets it aside from other Clinique products but looks the part in the Moisture Surge range. A bottle with a pump dispenser is the best option for this type of product and the pump does work well to realease a sufficient spritz of mist but not enough to cover everything around you in liquid! The mist itself appears clear a watery with a fresh and gently clean aroma about it.
My face is sensitive and I experience dryness on my forehead on a regular basis. My cheeks are often inflammed and a bit sore. Whilst I now use a cleanser, toner and a day cream to keep it hydrated, there are times when I am out and about, that I feel my skin getting tight and uncomfortable. This mainly happens when its really cold and windy outside. Because my bottle is a 30ml size (from gift sets), I can carry it around with me for emergency top ups!
I have used this several times on days where I have no make-up on and have just applied my skincare stuff in the morning. I have also used it over the top of make-up so will give both views. Either way, I close my eyes as advised and apply minimal pressure to the pump. A very fine and fresh spritz sprays directly onto my face and no where else which is brilliant as wastage is not an option at such a high price. So how does it feel in different situations?
*~*~*Applying To A Fresh Face*~*~*
When I have cleansed my face before going out, it remains clean and moisturised for most of the day. I go out long walks with my son in his buggy and the wind hits off my face causing discomfort. The mist when applied to my face, feels cool and the scent is inoffensive. I experience no stinging on my eyes (even though closed) or any weird sensation across my face. It feels gentle and airy and sometimes its difficult to determine whether I have sprayed anything at all.
The mist offers instant hydration and penetrates through my skin allowing it to go deep down. My skin is relieved and any soreness from the weather is eliminated. The mist instantly soaks up into my skin giving it a much needed and temporary moisture and freshness boost. I expected the mist to leave some sort of trace on my face but it didn't. Its effects are desirable and evident in terms of sensation but my skin is smooth, soft and not a touch of oiliness or dampness. As I said before, the relief is temporary and this just gives a boost to my cleansing routine allowing it to last til bedtime at a better level.
*~*~*Applying Over My Make-Up*~*~*
I don't wear heavy face make-up but I do like some powder, blush and eye make-up. Whilst I cleanse thoroughly before applying my make-up I find the powder I use causes a little dryness to my forehead and cheeks. It isn't a massive issue but I would prefer it to sit smoothly against my skin for the whole day and not dry out. I was concerned that the mist would mess up my make-up causing streaks and smudges but it was quite the opposite.
I apply as directed again but hold the bottle further away that if applying to my clean face. The mist again feels incredibly light but I can feel it doing its intended job. Whilst it doesn't manage to go deep down into my skin when I am wearing make-up, it does give off a gentle tingle and clean, fresh feeling. It soothes any dryness that sits on top of my skin and feels gentle and lightweight. Fortuantely, the mist manages to sink in through my powder without disturbing it. It remains put and I feel confident in leaving it on longer as the dryness is reduced and it makes my face appear healthier. My eye make-up wasn't interupted either.
*~*~*Conclusion and Recommendation*~*~*
Moisture Surge Face Spray is very lightweight and gentle on my sensitive skin. It doesn't work well spraying onto uncleansed skin as it simply sits on top and doesn't do anything at all. It does need to be used with a day cream for good results. Although I don't use a Clinique moisturiser, I find this mist still works well with cheap day creams and acts as a top up hydrator for during the day. It doesn't cause any problems to my make-up either which is a bonus.
Its cooling properties would lead me to assume that during the summer, this will be perfect for spritzing onto skin to keep it cool and fresh. To be honest, this isn't an essential skincare product as it is really just water with aloe and a spritz of water could do the job for a much cheaper price! Water may ruin your make-up though so you need to consider that aspect. For me though, I will use it up but I won't pay full price for a further bottle as its just not worth it.
Thanks for reading x
What is the best thing about this moisturiser? Is is the famous Clinique logo which promises this product is fragrance free and allergy tested? Or is it the great formula which brings instant relief for thirsty skin? For me, it's the packaging that makes this product stand out: it's the spray-on moisturiser.
It is very convenient to have a spray-on moisturiser: you can use it any time, anywhere, and you don't have to touch your face. I used to take this one with me when I travelled because my skin feels dry onboard the plane. But then they introduced the "100ml rule" which means you can't take onboard anything larger than 100ml... It's such a pity!
Apart from travelling, I have a bottle of this in my office, just beside my PC. I often feel that my skin suffers from all this air-conditioned environment (air conditioners make air drier). If I used an ordinary moisturising cream I'd have to walk to the ladies', wash my hands, then apply the cream trying not to smudge my make-up... With a spray-on moisturiser it's just much easier!
The formula is very light and the product absorbs quickly. Though I sometimes wipe my face after using it to remove excesses.
Overall, this is a great product from a great brand. But in fact it's not something you can't live without. A bottle of thermal water will do just as good, and for a sweeter price. £17 for a 125ml bottle is a bit pricey, though the bottle lasts forever.
Moisture Surge Face Spray is a moisturising facial treatment in a liquid spray form. Dispenses in a fine mist spray that is distributed evenly onto skin and absorbs quickly without leaving a filmy residue. Portability of package allows for use any time throughout the day or while travelling. Benefits: Moisturises Refreshes and cools Can be used whenever needed over or under make-up To use: Hold bottle approximately 10'/25 cm - 12'/30 cm from face. Close eyes and spray a light mist. Use in addition to daily moisturiser. Use as needed and avoid spraying into eyes.