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Clinique’s Moisture Surge is a well-known gel moisturiser that has existed for many years. I picked up a 125ml sized tub of this moisturiser way back in January 2017 because I had actually used this product many years ago and remembered liking it a lot. Before I begin with this review, let’s just check out its ingredients below:


Water / Aqua / Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’S Thistle) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Sucrose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Trehalose, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Sorbitol, Oleth-10, Tromethamine, Caffeine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-8, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate / VP Copolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

How does the Clinique Moisture Surge fare?

The Clinique Moisture Surge is an oil-free gel moisturiser that helps to hydrate your skin without leaving any greasy feeling behind. Many people swear by it and Caroline Hirons (the famous UK skincare guru) even placed it in her Hall of Fame. And I also remembered loving this product when I used it way back then. BUT… I hate this moisturiser now! Yes, don’t be surprised! I’m not sure if Clinique had re-formulated this product but it feels so siliconey now! As I’ve mentioned before, I really don’t mind dimethicone or other silicones in my skincare as long as I can’t feel it on my skin. However, this product seems to just sit on my skin without absorbing and I can literally feel the siliconey texture when I applied my sunscreen over it. Additionally, sometimes when I’m over zealous with my serum application and I use this moisturiser over it, “rolling” or “flaking” results and that just irritates me to no end. Clinique, what have you done to this product?!

I’ve resorted to using this product as a sleeping pack at night by gooping copious amounts of it on my face as the last step in order to quickly use it up.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Changi Airport Duty Free at S$80.30 (125ml sized).

Clinique is a pretty common brand and I think you should be able to find this product at all major departmental stores. It retails at S$75 (50ml sized).

Thank you for reading!


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