[REVIEW] CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

A couple months ago, I did a post on what my summer and winter moisturizer picks were. At that time, that was when I first started trying the CLINIQUE Moisture Surge and immediately loved how great it is for the cold winter dry weather. Now that I am over halfway done with this product, and pretty much formed a solid opinion on this – I decided to write a review! When people ask me what moisturisers I use, this is one of the products that I usually mention :)

Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)! 
Links: Affiliate links will be marked with an **. But to save y’all some time – I currently do not have any affiliate accounts anywhere yet. 

Evaluation

Price

$46 CAD (50mL), $61 CAD (75mL) on Hudson’s Bay

50 mL = $0.92/mL  |  75 mL = $0.81/mL

If you’re interested in this product, I would suggest going for the 75mL size because you pay less per mL :)

Quickie
The Good
  • Can act as both a moisturizer and sleeping mask
  • Light enough to wear throughout the day
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated
  • Weak presence of fragrance
The Bad
  • Expensive
Will I buy this again

Yes. However, I won’t be buying it unless it goes on sale so I will be keeping a look out for that. It is a bit more expensive so unless I can find something that is just as good as this one I will be buying this product again.

Packaging

The moisturiser comes in a glass container and a plastic lid (covered in some silvery/metal colour). It also has a protective sheet inside the container (typical of moisturisers). I was a bit bummed that it didn’t come with a scoop, especially since I paid SOO much for this product.

I usually scoop out the product and put it on the sheet so I don’t always dip my nasty fingers into the tub and contaminate everything. Even though I wash my hands, bacteria is always everywhere ya’know!

Claims

The description and claims of the product can be found on the back of the container or on the box that the product comes in.

  1. Long-lasting hydration (helps skin better resist dehydration), oil-free gel, fast-absorbing formula with active aloe
  2. Smooths, softens and plumps fine dry lines
Ingredients

WATER/AQUA/EAU, DIMETHICONE,BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TRI-SILOXANE, GLYCERIN, BETULA ALBA (BIRCH) BARK EXTRACT, SILYBUM MARIANUM (LADY’S THISTLE) EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES LYSATE EXTRACT, SUCROSE, ALOE BAR BADENSIS LEAF WATER, TREHALOSE, THERMUS THERMOPHILLUS FERMENT, SORBITOL, OLETH-10, TROMETHAMINE, CAFFEINE, HYDROGENATED LECI-THIN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PALMITOYL OLIGO-PEPTIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, PEG-8, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER,  MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, CARBOMER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, RED 4 (Cl 14700), YELLOW 5 (CI 19140)

Taken from the box

There are a few ingredients that were flagged up by CosDNA that may irritate the skin, cause acne or pose a safety issue (I left out the ones that are at the end of the ingredients list because the amounts of that ingredient in the product is not relevant):

  • Dimethicone
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Oleth-10
  • Carbomer
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Peg-8

The main ingredient that I want to mention in this post (and is promoted by Clinique) is SODIUM HYALURONATE aka HYALURONIC ACID aka THE INGREDIENT THAT IS LOVED BY MANY (ONLY IF IT WORKS WELL FOR THEIR SKIN):

Sodium Hyaluronate or Hyaluronic Acide (HA) is an ingredient that provides the skin with moisture and helps it retain moisture. As we get older, we tend to need more and more nutrients, water (especially), in our bodies. HA once absorbed into the skin allows the skin to absorb nutrients a lot easier, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles (because when our skin is dry it tends to wrinkle up more with whatever facial expression we make (so I’ve noticed). However, the reduced wrinkle effect is only temporary (because it’s mainly due to the fact that it is hydrating and plumping up our skin) – so this is something that we need to apply on a consistent basis in order to maintain the results.

Texture

The texture of this moisturiser is gel based. If you tilt the tub it moves around (but really really slowly). Gravity will always pull it down though sooo..

Because the texture is a thick gel, it’s quite sticky upon application. I made a gif (above) that shows the stick :)

Application

There are various ways this moisturiser can be applied. Because it’s a gel it’s slides really easily when you pat and rub your face. It does take some time for the product to absorb into the skin, so I usually pat my face to help the moisturiser set faster.

The two main ways that I use this moisturise is:

  1. As a daily moisturiser (both day and night)
  2. As a sleeping mask at night (where I apply a thinner layer of moisturiser first)

This moisturiser can also be used a quick pick-me-up during the day or a wash-off mask as well. I’m lazy and cheap so I generally just use this as a moisturise and sleeping mask to get the most out of this product.

Effectiveness

It’s a little harder to show the effects of this moisturiser on dry fine lines, but I did my best to show the before and after of what the product looks like when it sets. It looks really sticky at first but once it’s absorbed it leaves a dewy finish that eventually turns matte throughout the day.

I put the product on my hand this morning (9AM) and the side with the product feels much softer and smoother than the other side (and it’s 9PM right now!). It doesn’t feel as hydrated as it was this morning, but the fact that it still feels smooth is pretty amazeballs.

I’m not sure if this close up of my hand helps, but the moisturiser makes the skin look like it has much more of a glow to it (giving it a healthier look). I like how when I put this moisturiser on my hand it, it has a cooling effect as well as it feels like the skin is just “drinking” in the moisturiser because it’s so thirsty haha. Usually when I use the moisturiser during the day, it lasts for a really long time, my skin doesn’t feel dry at all and it stays smooth and soft.

In Summary

An expensive product that works really well – $61CAD for 75mL is pretty expensive and I’m sure you can find a lot of HA and aloe extract products out there. But it works SO incredibly well for someone who has combo-dry skin like me during the winter because it is thick enough to withstand the harsh, cold, windy weather. Trust me, in Canadian weather a long-lasting moisturiser is more important than a cheaper one that doesn’t last as long ; u ;. Unless you constantly reapply throughout the day. All in all, even though it’s expensive (and I’m not sure if the price is justified or not), it works really well and is something that I can turn to for more than half of the year (because winter here is so long -_-).

Thanks for reading!
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