This post is kindly sponsored by Clinique Malaysia
A new hydration product always sets my beauty senses tingling. When I first got wind of the brand new Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate, I zeroed it straight on it, like a bloodhound on a trail.
One of the early products that worked for me from Clinique, was its older sibling, the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief gel cream, which I found worked so well for me to give me bouncy, hydrated skin. Perfect for when my skin was oilier, to add hydration without being heavy. I haven’t used it for a while now, as it’s too light for my skin type now.
But I’ve found something else that fits the bill in the Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate! 😀
First off, packaging. I love the airless pump bottle, and the way that the base of the bottle will move up as you use it, ensuring that you get every last drop out of the bottle – because you will want to! The transparent bottle and the peach gel within also serves to tell you how much product is left.
The texture is a very lightweight gel that almost feels like water going on the skin. Yet, it does more than just water, for it seems to almost infuse skin with a burst of hydration, and keep skin hydrated all day long. I use it in the day, as my hydration serum, after my toner and before moisturiser.
But you know what surprised me? When I did a little more digging, I found out that this is not technically a serum, but a moisturiser. If you have oily skin that needs hydration (you usually do) or if you have oily skin but dislike the feel of most moisturisers, even gel ones, then you may like this one for a hydrating moisturiser. It is very light and sinks easily into the skin. There is no greasy or sticky feeling at all, and it just feels very comfortable. It will help you feel more comfortable about putting moisturiser on your skin, to keep it hydrated, because a common problem that plagues people with oily skin is dehydration. And you don’t want that because that’s where your first signs of aging happens – fine lines is often caused by dehydration first.
However, if you have normal-dry skin as I do, then the Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate will be too light for a moisturiser, but settles in quite nicely as a hydration serum. Because it is so light, it sandwiches well between my daytime products and helps keep my skin feeling hydrated for most of the day. It is hot and humid here, and especially in summer when you don’t want to slather a lot of products on your skin, then I’d use this, to lock moisture in the skin and leave it feeling plumped and bouncy.
I find it therefore a very versatile moisturiser that serves its purpose, as it promises, to hydrate skin and keep it hydrated for hours. I use just one pump, smoothed over my skin. For me, that’s sufficient. I should think that it’ll be sufficient for most people.
I should point out however, that this is a fairly basic hydrating moisturiser formula. It does exactly what it promises on the bottle i.e. to supercharge your skin with hydration and keep it hydrated for hours. So, if hydration is your concern, then this fits the bill exactly. However, if you’d prefer a product that has a little more e.g anti-aging ingredients, then this should not be the sole product you rely on. While the gel contains Vitamin C and E, and some antioxidants to fight free radicals, its primary function is to hydrate skin and replenish lost moisture in skin. For this reason therefore, I say I use it primarily as a daytime hydration serum, sometimes layered over a Vitamin C serum. In the evenings, I go for something more robust and more emollient or oilier.
Another thing I was told was that I could even use this around the eye area, which I then proceeded to do. Yes, you can. It isn’t heavy and it’s great for someone like me, who is really quite lax about using eye creams. At least now I know I’m doing something to help the delicate skin around my eyes 😛
However, no review of mine would be complete without finding that irritating fly in the ointment, would it? And for the Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate, I should make mention of the fact that I detect a metallic scent whenever I use it. It has no fragrance, which is a plus. But there is a hint of a metallic scent that dissipates, but which I noticed and I felt I should mention.
Otherwise though, I have to say that I am pretty impressed by this new offering from Clinique!
IN A NUTSHELL
The Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate is a versatile moisturiser that does double duty as a hydrating moisturiser for those with normal-oily skins or as a hydrating serum for someone who has normal-dry skin. I use it as a serum, under a moisturiser, in the day. The gel formula is very lightweight and sinks nicely into skin without leaving it feeling tacky. Importantly, it keeps my skin hydrated and plumped all day. The packaging is easy to use and portable, and hygienic. Generally, a well thought out product.
PROS: Fairly affordable, Lightweight gel formula absorbs quickly into skin without leaving a greasy or oily residue, Hydrates skin and keeps skin feeling hydrated for hours, Can be used as moisturiser or as a hydration serum depending on skin type, Airless pump bottle packaging is hygienic and practical to get out most of the product, Easy to see how much product is left, Portable
CONS: Slight metallic scent that dissipates
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants an effective hydration product whether as moisturiser or as a serum
PRICE: RM150 | US$39 for 48ml
WHERE TO BUY: Clinique counters, Clinique stores (and online) and Sephora stores
For anyone interested, here is the ingredient list for the Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate.
Have you tried this new Clinique product? Are you a fan of the original Moisture Surge gel cream?
The original Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief was one of the first Clinique products that worked for me. I’d use it as a moisturiser and even as a sleeping mask. But it’s been years since I went there. It’s a classic though, so I’m sure you’d have tried it at some point or another! 🙂