Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

I’m sure most of you ladies have worn a push-up bra, or should I say more colloquially, the ‘chicken fillets’. Well, after all, it’s the best way to give yourself an instant boost with minimal effort. And I’m going to share with all of you my little skincare ‘chicken fillet’ today – Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Moisturiser, 50ml RRP $60. I’ve had the luxury of trialling this splendid moisturiser for the past 6 weeks and I haven’t been so impressed! I have sensitive, combination skin with areas of flakiness and eczema, and as a result, my T-zone doesn’t require this product on a daily basis. However, it is an absolute life-saver for the dreaded, parched areas on the skin and acts as an amazing skin hydrator when the going gets tough.

The product comes in a frosted pale pink plastic tub and sleek brushed silver cap. It’s heavy-weight and durable, perfect to throw into your handbag without wondering if the product will end up all over your keys and wallet.

Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense product is marketed as a gel-creme, hence the consistency is quite viscous and slippery. It’s fragrance-free, however the cream has a distinct ‘chemical’ smell – I can’t put my finger on it but it isn’t offensive in any manner. I actually prefer ‘chemical’ smells as I’ve used a number of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ products with essential oils which did nothing but wreck havoc on my skin. Once applied, the cream does take some time to absorb, however my skin instantly feels comfortable, hydrated and nourished. I also have replaced my night cream with this moisturizer, as I’ve found the texture rich enough to deeply penetrate the skin, leaving me looking radiant and healthy. Over the past month, I have noticed a significant reduction in redness, itching, sensitivity and dryness, particularly on my cheeks.

A pea sized amount is all you need to cover the face and neck. I also use this around the eye area as it’s non-irritating and great to hydrate the fine lines. Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense is also multi-purpose – I use it on my eczema patches on my arms and legs as well, which effectively reduces the flakes and irritation.

A great investment product for sensitive, dry skin that won’t break the bank. Yes, the cost of the product exceeds $60, but you’ll need a minimal amount and it’s relatively economical for a department store brand. Shop around and you’ll see that most luxury face creams with similar claims reach three figures in price. And forget waiting in line for the iPhone 5, happy, healthy skin is way more important ;). Get to your closest Clinique counter for this skincare essential or shop it online here.

10/10 – because it’s amaze-balls!


  • Reply Maureen Thursday 29th May, 2014 at 8:23 am

    What’s the best foundation

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 23rd November, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I think I have a sample of this somewhere from one of those gift bags. Must hunt it out!

  • cotyss
    Reply cotyss Thursday 15th November, 2012 at 12:22 am

    heard it is good, love to have a try!

  • Reply Whatthe Sunday 21st October, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Great review.

  • Zoe93
    Reply Zoe93 Sunday 14th October, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    add to beauty list.

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Thursday 11th October, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I definitely want to try this out! It’s a bit steep though.

  • Reply Sparkles17 Wednesday 3rd October, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Love the frosted pink tub. so cute.

  • Reply KNY Sunday 30th September, 2012 at 8:19 am

    This sounds good

  • Reply aalana Thursday 27th September, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Sounds good

  • Reply ragdollbaby Wednesday 26th September, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Sounds promising

  • Reply T1NA Wednesday 26th September, 2012 at 9:50 am

    i’ve used this and it’s fantastic! part from the fact that the smell is not pleasant initially but you get used to it

  • Reply Anastasija Wednesday 26th September, 2012 at 3:13 am


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  • smurfette
    Reply smurfette Tuesday 25th September, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Sounds good.

  • Reply maggielyly Tuesday 25th September, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Sounds great but I have oily skin =(

  • DearMonet
    Reply DearMonet Tuesday 25th September, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Wow!!!! I’ll give it a try 🙂

  • Reply foxoduck Tuesday 25th September, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    ooh I’ve always wanted to try this. I’m using their moisture surge face spray and it is so good!!

    • Reply Jenny Tuesday 25th September, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      i’d love to try this one too!

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 25th September, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Seems like a great product.

  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 25th September, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Sounds pretty good.

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