Hey everyone, yep, you read that right. A moisturiser that claims to last for 72 hours. Now I reviewed the full Clinique Moisture Surge line back in February. In that post, I mentioned that the original Moisture Surge formula was being updated. The new one claims to be even more hydrating than the last, lasting 72 hours. I’m yet to pick up one of the ‘new’ jars, but after chatting to the sales assistant in my local Boots, she did give me about 5 of the sample packs.
As it’s a hydrating moisturiser results are instant and short lasting, this isn’t a formula that’s going to enhance your skin over time. So, I feel as though the sample packs are enough to judge them on. I have a tiny head so each sample pack gave me two uses. 10 in total I think is a fair amount to test.
And to give them the full test, I tested it to its claims, I didn’t wear any additional moisturiser for three days. Now let’s take a moment to appreciate how difficult this was for me.
I’m a long-time lover of the original formula, so I went into this wanting to love it. As you know, I suffer from dry skin, so not applying moisturiser for that long was a little scary for me. I was hanging on until my skin was slightly less dry to test this for the full 72 hours. Due to the weather we’ve been having, that took a while and I’ve been holding on to these samples for what feels like forever now.
As this is a three-day event, I’m going to present my review slightly more diary style, with a full overview at the end.
I don’t know how I feel about this. It feels slightly more matte than the original? Maybe I’m not using as much as normal. I’ll put more on. Hmm. My skin doesn’t feel too matte. I think this just absorbs faster than the last one. I can live with that.
First impressions were accurate, it does absorb faster than the previous version. How you feel about that is obviously personal preference. I like feeling a thicker layer on my skin before I go to bed, but I know many people don’t.
Skin this morning is feeling fine. By fine, I mean fine, it doesn’t feel that hydrated at this point but it doesn’t feel too dry either. I’m doing okay. Not sure about how I’ll feel tomorrow.
I screwed up. I’m testing this over the bank holiday weekend and, not going to lie, I’m not too sure what day it is at this moment in time. With that, I think we’re on day three and I’ve just accidentally applied more moisturiser to about a third of my face before realising my error. I stopped and the final review will just have to be one half of my face and my forehead.
This. Was. A. Mistake. The large majority of my face that didn’t get prematurely moisturised is hella dry at this stage. It’s probably going to take me a few days to regain previous moisture levels.
But let’s be real
As a 72-hour moisturiser this totally fails, but realistically you’re not going to wear it every three days and hope that’s fine. If that’s what you’re hoping for, I think you need to reassess your beauty routine. BUT, as a general moisturiser, it’s nice. In comparison to the original, I don’t think it’s any better. If I’m being honest, I think it’s ever so slightly worse. I do mean slightly though, I still have an almost full jar of the original, but when that’s done I probably will purchase this one.
In terms of texture I think it’s almost identical to the original. They look the same out of the packaging, feel the same to touch. As I mentioned earlier, the only real difference is that the new one dries down quicker.
Interestingly, the sodium hyaluronate, which is the active hydrating ingredient, is lower on the list in the new formula, which means it is probably less hydrating than the original. Overall, there aren’t too many changes to the ingredients list.
Have you tried the new formula or are you a fan of the original. What are your thoughts on these products?
Until next time,
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