My Ultimate Favorite Moisturizer

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The key ingredient list:

Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trisiloxane, Trehalose, Sucrose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’S Thistle) Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Caffeine, Sorbitol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleth-10, Sodium Polyaspartate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Polysaccharides, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Tromethamine, Peg-8, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citric Acid, Bht, Disodium Edta, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (Ci 14700), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140) 

Price: size 30 ml for $25, size 50 ml for $41, and size 75 ml for $56.


Clear plastic jar


Lightweight gel moisturizer

The application: I use it after serum

Shelf Life: 24 months

The claim:

·       Aloe bio-ferment: Made of lactobacillus, activated aloe water, and responsibly-sourced and certified organic aloe extract powder, this exclusive nutrient-rich ingredient helps skin retain moisture. One of the benefits of the fermentation process is that it breaks large molecules into smaller sizes so they are better absorbed into skin. Helps plump skin for a smoother appearance.

·       Hyaluronic acid: This moisture-binding ingredient helps create a “moisture reservoir” for ideal hydration. Our formula is expertly blended with two different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid.

·       Activated aloe water: Pure water is infused with aloe barbadensis leaf extract, then supercharged to hold both positive and negative ionic charges which help skin absorb moisture more easily.

·       Auto-Replenishing Technology: Using activated aloe water and caffeine, helps trigger skin’s own rehydration system.

My review:

              I started using Clinique Moisture Surge around 7 years ago, way back when I just first know about what a proper skincare routine is. The first product I start with is Clinique Moisture Surge. Back then moisturizer I use was always what was given by dermatologists. I remember I was so confused about which moisturizer will suit my skin. I have tried some Korean moisturizers before actually trying Clinique Moisture Surge and none was working for my skin. Then I saw Clinique Moisture Surge, and thinking “it is an expensive moisturizer, how if it is also irritating my skin? It will be a waste of money”. After doing some review reading, I decided to get it anyway.

              7 years ago, my skin was oily, acne-prone, and dull. My face is always so greasy during the day that I need to use 2 oil blotting papers in one use. I could use up to 4 to 6 oil blotting papers. I love Clinique Moisture Surge from the first use. The moisturizer feels so light on my oily skin. The gel texture makes it enjoyable to spread on my face. It has that light pink-colored formula. Even though it is light, it gives enough moisture to my skin without feeling sticky. It helps to balance out the oiliness of my skin and calm my acne. Clinique Moisture Surge is a simple moisturizer that gets the job done. It absorbs quite fast on my skin. Clinique Moisture Surge shelf life is the longest among other moisturizers I ever see, it can last up to 2 years upon opening the product. Of course, I always finish a jar in less than 6 months.

              My least favorite thing about Clinique Moisture Surge is the packaging, over the years it has had the same clear jar packaging that showcases the lovely pink color. Despite the pricey value, unlike Korean moisturizer, it never came with a spatula. Thus, it can be unhygienic if you dip your finger directly into the jar. I usually use a cotton bud or spatula to scoop the product out.

The available size for Clinique Moisture Surge is usually 30 ml, 50 ml, and 75 ml. But ever since I discover the 200 ml size, I never look back. I always prefer to purchase the 200 ml than other sizes. Although it can be more expensive, in the long run, it is cheaper to buy the big size instead of the typical 50 ml size. However, the availability of a 200 ml size is often very difficult to find. That is why when I found it, I choose to buy two jars at once.

The New Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Clinique Moisture Surge is my ride-or-die moisturizer. No moisturizer could ever replace it for me. Well, honestly it is because I have not found other moisturizers that work as well as Clinique Moisture Surge.  I literary have bought every size available size of this product.  Over time Clinique reformulated the Clinique Moisture Surge then it became Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. The latest reformulation is Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. I am a little bit nervous every time they reformulated my ultimate moisturizer. I get it, they want to improve the quality of the product. But why fix something when it’s not broken. I am afraid that it will be just like my beloved Biore watery sunblock. I was once cannot be without it, my best sunscreen ever. Then it’s reformulated and become a total flop for me. I no longer can wear it since it causes acne on my skin. Sad story.

 I have finished off a jar of the new Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. I am so relieved that it still works well for my skin but even better! I am so happy with the improvement in this new formulation. The big difference I notice is the hydration level has been increased. Over time, my acne-prone and oily skin have been slightly shifted to oily, dehydrated skin. So, when using Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, I have to add more layers at night time to keep my skin well hydrated. With the new Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, a little amount already gives enough hydration. Now I can use less amount of Clinique Moisture Surge on my skin compared to previous uses. Before, if I use a little too much Clinique Moisture Surge, there will be no problem because it will kind of “dry down”. But now, if I use Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator a little too much, it will feel sticky. I also notice my skin looks plump and glowing. The product lifts up to its claim. I don’t know about 100 hours lasted hydration since I was on my face twice a day.  I assure you, it does give a punch of hydration better than the previous version and is still suitable for those with oily skin. I also think that people with dry skin can benefit from using Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. As for the price, it remains the same. That means Clinique gives us improve the product without increasing the price point.

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