It’s skincare Friday here over up on the blog and that means we are taking a closer look at another skincare item that is currently in my routine. Today we are reviewing the Clinqiue Moisture Surge Concentrate. This is a product I had forgotten about I even owned! I bought this a while ago, back when I though Clinique was the holy grail of all things skincare for sensitive skin. I have tried a few products from the brand, but nothing ever truly wowed me and this was no different. Let me tell you why this won’t get a repurchase.
Skincare review: Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate
The first reason why I won’t repurchase this is because I find it far too expensive for what it does. At €40 for a bottle, this is just a bit outrageous as I felt it just didn’t do much for my dry skin. I think if you have more normal skin this may be nice, but for the most part this product was a little bit underwhelming. Luckily for me I bought this with a gift voucher and so I didn’t pay full price for it, but I just know I don’t find it worth the price point.
What does this product have to offer?
The claims on this are mainly that it should boost your skin’s moisture levels. There are no true claims on active ingredients with this one, just that it is supposed to be super hydrating and boots hydrating levels by 179%. Whatever that is supposed to mean. The reason why I bought this was because my dry/ dehydrated skin can always use a boots when it comes to hydrating. I like locking in a layer of moisture with a more eclusive (is that the right word?) layer and sometimes even sandwich it in between a facial spray too. This product is supposed to be gel like in texture and therefore lightweight, which had me peg it for a perfect product for my morning skincare routine.
What are the ingredients like?
I can’t find an ingredient list online, but luckily I managed to snap a picture of what it says on the box before throwing this out. Essentially it is just a bunch of water, glycerin and silicones at the top. At about a third of the ingredients there are some extracts on the list: rice extract and aloe vera for instance. None of the ingredients really make me go like: oh no, but there are also a bunch of ingredients here that I do not understand. And I know I can go onto Paula’s Choice and probably look up every single ingredient here, but there are a lot and I don’t think there is all that much in it. So what I think you are paying for here is the name, the branding, the marketing, but not so much the actual ingredients.
What is the product like?
Is this a pleasant product to use? Yes. Did this product set off my skin’s sensitivities? No. Did it cause any allergic reactions? no. This is a product that is very inoffensive: yes it is hydrating but to get the effect my skin needs, I need three pumps of this stuff. The result is that I am flying through this product like there is no tomorrow. And at this price point it is just not worth it for me to be repurchasing this over and over. I have tried cheaper products that achieve a similar result. If I shell out for skincare, I expect to be wowed by the product and this product just isn’t that.
My final thoughts
As part of my morning skincare routine the Clinique Moisture Surge Concentrate is nice enough. But nice enough doesn’t mean: warranting a repurchase. On the contrary, this is pretty much a layer of water that I feel doesn’t really add much to my skincare routine. Yes it makes my skin feel hydrated, but I’d rather use something that has some more active ingredients in. For me a good niacinamine (provided it is suspended in the right formula) or a hyaluronic acid that works well for me are much better ways to up my skin’s moisture levels.
Would I recommend the Clinique Moisture Surge Concentrate?
Not really. It’s just too expensive for what this does. I think if you go to brands such as The Inkey List, Good Molecules or The Ordinary you can find hydrating serums that are much more effective and do a bit more than just adding moisture. I personally think this is way overpriced and would like to steer you in a different direction.