When I was little I used to collect stamps. Getting my hands on the final stamp that would finish off a series and placing it in the album gave me intense satisfaction. As did completing Disney’s sticker albums, which I also collected. Or one of my more recent, grown up pursuits: displaying a smart set of hotel toiletries in my bathroom (as discussed in Hotel Style Bathroom Décor Ideas). I’m a collector and resting my eyes on a neat row of toiletry bottles, ordered stamps or complete sticker albums satisfies my sense of orderliness. I get the same rush when looking at my growing collection of Clinique Moisture Surge skincare. That millennial pink packaging looks so pleasing, I just want to keep adding to the range. Luckily Clinique have done just that with some new glow-giving launches, bringing the Moisture Surge family to a total of 9 products. As with most of the products reviewed on Fresh Beauty Fix, I received these free from the brand, not because they reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in reviewing them, but because I’m currently doing a maternity cover there. This is the first Clinique post I’ve written and have only done so because I genuinely want to share my thoughts about these products, not because of my current affiliation with the brand. Here I review four of them, but watch this space as my collection continues to grow.
First up is the Hydrating Concentrate, a light multi-use gel-to-water formula that can be used as a primer, a moisture sealer, or even a targeted eye treatment. I use it in the evening instead of my traditional moisturiser. It is so hydrating that I don’t feel like adding anything else and prefer not to overload my skin with heavy products pre-bedtime. Containing aloe leaf water and Hyaluronic Acid, both ingredients known to help maintain moisture levels, the concentrate keeps skin hydrated for up to 24 hours. Applying a 5p coin amount to my face and neck certainly keeps my skin happy until the next morning. There are little floaty bits in the formula which isn’t unusual in skincare, but these feel quite strange on my skin – like squashing tiny bits of foam. Whatever it is, my skin isn’t complaining – I’d even go as far to say that some mornings my skin looked balanced and glowy enough to skip the morning skincare routine. 48ml RRP £36.00 Product photographed is a sample.
The thing with Clinique is that its skincare delivers great results discreetly. These are not shouty products, with bold scents (all formulas are fragrance-free), celebrity endorsements or gimmicky packaging. The star of the range is this light baby pink hydrating gel, and as with the Concentrate it’s enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and aloe water, encouraging skin to create its own internal water source. I was initially dubious that such a light gel would keep my combination skin hydrated throughout the day, but there’s a reason this is Clinique’s bestselling moisturiser. Applying a 20p coin amount to my face and neck, the moisturiser was easily absorbed and left my skin looking dewy without the dreaded shine and my fine lines plumped. This product beats the Supercharged Concentrate in terms of claims with 72 hours of continued hydration benefits. I would be challenged to measure this accurately at home, but all I know is that my skin is smooth, hydrated and more glowing than it has been in a long time. 50ml RRP £36.00
If there’s a beauty brand who knows how to come up with long winded product names it’s Clinique – so snappy and memorable. New to the Moisture Surge family is this aesthetically pleasing eye gel: little bubbles as well as tiny pink and green spheres are suspended in the formula. The packaging I find frustrating as it tricks you into believing the content is much more generous than it actually is. Generally speaking eye creams come in anything between 10ml and 30ml sizes, so at 15ml Clinique’s offering is on the small side. This wouldn’t be an issue if the packaging wasn’t so much bigger than needed: tall pump, thick plastic container and a system pushing the formula upwards with every pump, adding extra height to the product. Not really what I’d consider to be packaging reflective of our times. This being my only criticism of the Moisture Surge eye gel however, every other aspect performs brilliantly. One small pump will give you what looks like a very small amount of formula on the tip of your finger, but the water-gel texture easily covers both under eye areas. Enriched with aloe butter to help minimise moisture loss to this delicate area, your skin apparently keeps replenishing on moisture for a staggering 96 hours. Yep, that’s 4 days. The newer the product the higher the number. Regardless of this massive claim the plumping and smoothing effect is immediately visible, with my fine lines looking instantly erased and filled. Light, refreshing and quickly absorbed, I apply it every morning and can follow up immediately with under-eye concealer on a smooth, hydrated and non-tacky base. 15ml RRP £27.50
Having previously revealed the lipbalm as my desert island beauty product, I’m unsurprisingly a massive lipbalm fan and always carry at least one in my handbag. As a result I was truly hoping that Clinique’s Moisture Surge lip treatment would deliver on all fronts, and it didn’t disappoint. No 24, 72 or 96-hour hydration claim, just a clear unscented balm in a compact light pink tube, I forgot it was on my lips as soon as I applied it. I mean this in the best possible way: it does the job it’s supposed to do without getting in the way of the rest of your skincare or makeup. My lips were nourished and smoothed and ready for lipstick, providing hydration throughout the day without a desperate need to reapply until late afternoon. 10ml RRP £16.00
Clinique’s Moisture Surge range surprised me in its ability to deliver just the right amount of hydration and in how long lasting the dewy results are. What is your skincare secret to glowing skin? Leave a comment below to let me know.
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