CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE REVIEW

Today, I’m here with a Clinique Moisture Surge Review or more specifically a review of the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief.

I’ve been using both of these products in my AM and PM routine for the last 3-4 months so I would say that I’m ready to review them for you! 

I began using the moisturiser first and then when I ran out of the face mist I was using I bought the matching Moisture Surge Face Spray and oh my… what a combination they make together! 

The Moisture Surge Range also includes an overnight mask, lip products, a hydrating lotion, a supercharged concentrate, an eye concentrate and some tinted creams which you can find HERE.

Let’s review…


What?

BRAND: Clinique

PRODUCT: Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief.

INGREDIENTS: See bottom of page.


Features?

  • Both products contain lots of antioxidants, skin-soothing and skin-replenishing ingredients! See the ingredients lists at the bottom of the page for more info.
  • The facial spray contains centella asiatica – one of my most favourite ingredients for soothing the skin (I’ll do a blog post on it soon!)
  • Both products contain glycerin (moisturising) and aloe water (soothing)
  • The moisturiser contains sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid which binds with water to protect the skin from water loss!)

I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use Them?

Both products are said to be suitable for all skin types by Clinique. However, I would say if you have very dry skin, this version of moisturiser may not be enough for you! 

If you do find that this version of the Moisture Surge Moisturiser is not hydrating enough for your skin, there is an intense version called Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator which can be found HERE.


My Experience With This Moisturiser & Mist

I used to use Clinique years and years ago (their 3 step system was my skincare jam for a long time) and of course, as things go, you move on to other products. However, one product I should never have left behind was the Moisture Surge Moisturiser!!!

I got a 15ml sample size pot of the moisturiser in an ASOS beauty box back in November (2020) and used it straight away. As soon as I used it, I was sitting there wondering why I ever stopped! So, I decided to buy a 30ml pot and the rest is history! Three months later I’m now at the end of my 3rd pot and using the moisturiser both in my morning and evening routine.

From the very first use I woke up to skin feeling so smooth and hydrated and my acne looked calmer and less red. Then once I bought the Moisture Surge Face Spray and started using them together, it was like the effects from the moisturiser were heightened! If you look at the ingredients lists at the bottom of the page, you will notice that both products contain similar ingredients so it makes sense that I felt like the effects of the moisturiser were heightened, once I’d added the mist in! It’s like having a double dose of the moisturiser every time you use them together.

Of course, you don’t have to use the mist and moisturiser together but I’ve personally found that my skin has become more hydrated and calm over time with using them both, compared to just using the moisturiser alone! I even have a natural glow which I haven’t had in a while!! You could of course use any other floral mist to pair with the Moisture Surge Moisturiser, however.

*If you’ve never used a mist before moisturising, you’re missing a trick!! Applying your moisturiser on damp skin helps to lock in even more moisture. So, if you have dry skin this might be something you want to try – all skin types can benefit from doing this though!*


FYI…

The 2nd ingredient in the moisturiser is dimethicone which, according to Paula’s Choice, is a silicone that forms a permeable barrier that works to prevent moisture loss and impart a wonderfully silky feel. It is also considered safe for use in cosmetic products!

Now normally I don’t like the feeling of silicone in products as it makes them feel overly silky on the skin but with the Moisture Surge moisturiser, it does not feel silicone-y on application at all! It truly feels like a water gel moisturiser. I was actually totally surprised when I looked at the ingredients list and learnt that this product has silicones in! 

Another thing to mention is that Clinique states that this moisturiser can provide 72 hours of ‘non-stop hydration’. I really don’t know how you would test that because surely nobody leaves their face for 72 hours without cleansing it, right?!

And lastly, the pots of moisturiser don’t come with a spatula. Of course, not the end of the world because you can just buy some yourself but I think it would be nice if a cute pink Clinique spatula came with the pots! I use a spatula to scoop out the moisturiser from the pot as it is more hygienic than continuously digging your fingers in there!!


What Do They Look/Feel/Smell Like?

Moisturiser: a pink cool, lightweight gel texture with a very subtle, pleasant scent

Mist: a light colourless mist that doesn’t drench your face but lightly dampens it instead. Again a very subtle and pleasant scent.

Image from clinique.co.uk

How Do I Use Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser & Face Spray?

The moisturiser can be used AM and/or PM time (I use it AM and PM!). It can also be used as an intensive mask. Clinique says ‘Multi-tasking formula that can be used anytime skin needs a moisture boost, under or over makeup, or as a 5-minute mask.’. I personally would never use it as a mask or over makeup but each to their own!

As for the mist it can be used as a toner, so straight after cleansing/chemically exfoliating and before applying your serums and moisturiser. If you already have a toner in your routine, you can just use the mist right before applying your moisturiser (remember what we said about applying moisturiser on damp skin – this is how you would do it!).

I personally use the mist after cleansing and using my Medik8 Blemish Control Pads (reviewed HERE) and before I move onto my serums such as hyaluronic acid. Then I’ll also lightly mist again before using the Moisture Surge Moisturiser!


Gimme The Deets…

Price?

Moisturiser:
Comes in various sizes and you can often get deals if you shop around!
30ml = £25
50ml = £37 (for reference, this size lasts me about a month with twice daily use)
75ml = £46

Mist:
125ml = £25

Time/Storage?

Both products have a POA (period after opening) of 24 months and require no special storage!


Stick Or Spin Again?

Both are admittedly on the pricier side – as many Clinique products are. You certainly don’t need to pay £25 for a facial mist and nor do you need to pay the prices stated for the moisturiser. However, for me skincare is also about the experience that you get whilst using a product and I really enjoy the experience of using both of these products. They also noticeably have a calming effect on my skin and neither make me break out which I will take any day! 

One thing you may find helpful, if the price is putting you off, is to use the moisturiser (and/or the mist if you want it!), once a day. So, perhaps in the morning as the moisturiser is such a refreshing, cool gel texture which is perfect to help wake you up in the AM! Then in your evening routine you could use a thicker cream-based moisturiser like La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 (reviewed HERE) or CeraVe Moisturiser (reviewed HERE), both of which are considerably cheaper!

However, for me, I will be sticking with the mist and moisturiser for the foreseeable. I tried using just the moisturiser on it’s own after running out the Moisture Surge mist and I missed it so much!! I’ve already repurchased the moisturiser about 4 times and the mist twice! So I suppose you could say that this moisturiser and mist have achieved HOLY GRAIL status in my eyes! 


You can purchase the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator HERE and the Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief HERE.


Have any of you tried the Moisture Surge Range from Clinique? If you have, what’s your experience been with it? If you haven’t, would you consider trying it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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INGREDIENTS:
Moisturiser: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone (silicone/emollient – good), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Trisiloxane (anti-foaming/skin-conditioning – no rating), Trehalose (hydration – good), Sucrose (skin-replenishing/hydration – good), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer (texture enhancer – good), Hydroxyethyl Urea (skin-replenishing/hydration – good), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant – best), Silybum Marianum (Lady’S Thistle) Extract (antioxidant – best), Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract (antioxidant – good), Saccharomyces Lysate Extract (antioxidant – best), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water (skin-soothing – good), Thermus Thermophillus Ferment (antioxidant/hydration – best), Caffeine (antioxidant – average), Sorbitol (thickener/emulsifier/slip agent – best), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (skin-restoring – best), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing/restoring/antioxidant – best), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative – good), Oleth-10 (texture enhancer/cleansing agent – good), Sodium Polyaspartate (moisturiser/humectant – no rating), Saccharide Isomerate (emollient/skin-replenishing – good), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring/emollient – best), Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant – best), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (texture enhancer – good), Glyceryl Polymethacrylate (thickener/emulsifier – good), Peg-8 (cleansing agent/emollient – good), Hexylene Glycol (slip agent – good), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant – good), Disodium Edta (chelating agent – good), Bht (antioxidant – average), Phenoxyethanol (preservative – good), Red 4 (Ci 14700) (colouring – no rating), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140) (colouring agent – good).

Mist: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dipropylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water (skin-soothing – good), Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract (skin-soothing/antioxidant – best), Saccharomyces Lysate Extract (antioxidant – best), Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure (antioxidant – good), Caffeine (antioxidant – average), Trehalose (hydration – good), Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant – best), Sucrose (skin-replenishing/hydration – good), Sorbitol (thickener/emulsifier/slip agent – best), Disodium Edta (chelating agent – good), Potassium Sorbate (preservative – good), Chlorphenesin (preservative – good), Phenoxyethanol (preservative – good).

*ratings allocated according to Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary and Incidecoder.

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