After blogging and make videos for over a year, I've never once raved or found a moisturiser that I love. I have very dry skin and I'm very fussy. I've tried everything from Garnier products to Liz Earle, but nothing has ever worked for me. Gels can often be too light and not nourishing enough, and creams can be too thick and heavy. A few months ago, I got a sample of the old version (Extended Thirst Relief) in a magazine. I loved it so much that I stocked up and bought more magazines just for the samples, as this isn't the cheapest moisturiser (well, gel-cream) and I wanted to know if I'd love it. I've been using my sample for over two months and take it everywhere with me. I was then contacted and asked if I would like to review the new and improved Clinique Moisture Surge*, so jumped at the chance.
"Rich, oil-free cream-gel instantly rehydrates. Skin stays comfortably plumped, even 24 hours after you put it on. Daily use helps fortify and repair skin's moisture barrier to keep moisture in, environmental irritants out. Better barrier, happier skin." - clinique.com
The packaging is a gorgeous frosted pink jar and the lid is silver with silver/white writing. Really sturdy and very sleek. The product has been tested against allergies and happens to be 100% fragrance free. However, it does have a slight scent? This doesn't bother me though, I actually really like the smell. It's light weight and allows my skin to breathe, something other moisturisers didn't do! However, I've read that products in jars aren't great because the ingredients that are sensitive to light and air break down in the presence of jar packaging? Also, if I have my fake nails on, this gets behind them. Yuccckkk.
Another problem is that it doesn't adsorb very quickly. You definitely don't need a lot (therefore it will last a while!) but as you can see, it took a while to rub into my hand. Maybe this is because this is creamier than the original gel formula. I apply to my face every morning and night but you just have to wait a moment for it to sink in and dry on your face. It leaves my skin feeling baby-soft, moisturised and helps reduce redness.
I do admit, I think I prefer the old version which was more of a gel however equally, this ticks all the boxes for me, especially as I have very dry skin. Although it is a high end moisturiser, if you've got really dry skin I definitely suggest trying it out. I'm left feeling a little mixed about this, I do love it but I think I just need to adjust to the more 'creamier' consistency.
You can purchase the Clinique Moisture Surge for £32. Shop Clinique at Harrods.
Have you tried this or the old moisture surge? What do you think?