A 72 hour Moisturiser? | The New Clinique Moisture Surge

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.  

First Impressions 

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.  

24 Hours  

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.  

48 hours 

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.  

72 hours 

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.  

Bottom – new formula
Top – original


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?

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  1. 3rd April 2018 / 7:02 pm

    Hi, it’s a shame that it didn’t work out for you. I gave yo say I would be sceptical as I moisturise twice a day.

  2. 3rd April 2018 / 7:05 pm

    A bit like you, I doubt I would give this a 72 hour award BUT I do absolutely adore it and as someone with oily to combination skin I love it! Great post and such an honest review!

    R x

  3. 3rd April 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I’ve never tried any clinique products but they look and sounds lovely! Great post xx

  4. Zara Anne Borrelli
    3rd April 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I love that you did a run by of 24, 48 and 72 hours and gave details of how your experience ranged in these instances! Shame it didn’t last as long as it promised though xx


  5. 3rd April 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Really helpful review! Really well broken down. For someone like me who suffers a lot with dry skin, reviews like yours are super helpful! I’ve actually not tried Clinique. I generally use No7. Might give Clinique a try though!

  6. 3rd April 2018 / 7:19 pm

    This would be a fab moisturiser if it worked for the whole 72 hours, I always forget to moisturise. Perhaps using it every 48 hours be better suited? Pity, it didn’t work.

  7. 3rd April 2018 / 7:27 pm

    This sounds like it would be awesome. It’s too bad it didn’t work for you. But you’re right. Realistically, I don’t think anyone would use it for 72 hours!

  8. 3rd April 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Great review – Like you said, I wouldn’t need it for 72hrs as I moisturize at least twice a day but I like the way you broke it down. I have been wanting to try a Clinique moisturizer though.


  9. 3rd April 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Great post! I’ve always been a fan of the original but haven’t got round to trying the new formula yet.

  10. 3rd April 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I’n always sceptical about “48h” or “72h” products, I don’t know why I just don’t trust them lol However I love Clinic as a brand, so would still use their products, just everyday and not every 3 days 🙂


  11. Ayse
    3rd April 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Amazing post! This looks like the perfect moisturiser for me as I love this kinda stuff and already had heard such good things about it!

    Ayse Merve Demir! x

  12. 3rd April 2018 / 9:58 pm

    I haven’t either but it sounded too interesting so I had to see if it worked for you or not! I would say a ‘72 hour moisturizer’ is a big claim and wasn’t expecting it to work out haha!

  13. 3rd April 2018 / 11:11 pm

    I have a love/hate relationship with this moisturizer to begin with; sometimes it works great other times it’s ehhh. But I wouldn’t depend on it being truly ’72 hours’ like what if I sweat? Shower? Does that still count?! They need to explain these conditions!

  14. 4th April 2018 / 11:10 am

    I think you are absolutely right. 72 hour moisturisation is probably just a gimmick… most people will wash their face at least 3 times in that time span. As long as the product is good as a general moisturiser I think it would work just fine.

  15. 4th April 2018 / 12:52 pm

    I feel like anything over 24 hours just doesn’t work but it is still a cool concept!

  16. 4th April 2018 / 1:28 pm

    72 hours sounds like a big step for any beauty product, so I am not really surprised that it didn’t live up to the challenge. However, it’s nice to read that it does a good job at being a moisturizer all the same 🙂

  17. 4th April 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Sounds very interesting! 72 hrs feels like bit too much, like surely your skincare routine would affect it or if you apply make up and have to take it off. Still would be nice if with all that it would last 72 hrs. xx

  18. 4th April 2018 / 11:45 pm

    The original Moisture Surge is my absolute holy grail moisturiser but you’re so right – I highly doubt anyone would only moisturise once every three days, like what happens when you wash your face or shower, won’t it go? I think I’ll just stick to the original haha but I loved your review! Xx

  19. 5th April 2018 / 5:05 am

    I’ve never even heard of a 72 hour Moisturiser ! It sucked that it failed but makes an interesting post to read!
    But…if it’s 72 hrs…aren’t people gonna wash their face!? Ew!!


  20. 5th April 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Still haven’t tried out any clinique products haha! But this is interesting, I’m surprised they think it’ll last that long after you apply it tbh! xx

    Emily | thatcreativegenius.wordpress.com

  21. 7th April 2018 / 10:17 pm

    This post was so interesting! I’m not sure who would use a moisturiser only once in 72 hours but I am glad you did a review like this, I think I’ll be sticking to the Clinique dramatically different

  22. 8th April 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Great honest review! I do absolutely love the original moisture surge, but after my last pot ran out I haven’t bought another recently. Interesting to hear your thoughts on the new formula though! xx

  23. 18th April 2018 / 5:23 am

    Thanks for the thorough review! I’ve never actually tried this formula but I swear by the dramatically different moisturizing lotion from Clinique. It’s so good for dry skin.

  24. 19th April 2018 / 8:09 am

    Hi I really enjoy this honest review! I use this moisturiser everyday and I love the texture of it. I love it compared to other moisturisers and swear by it, but I’ve never tried other Clinique moisturisers.

    Katie xx

  25. 22nd April 2018 / 3:35 am

    I’ve used Clinique’s moisture surge product for years and LOVE how it makes my skin so soft! I typically combine this with the dramatically different cream so I don’t have a matte feeling on my skin. I feel like even though the product advertises it’s great for 72 hours, you gotta wash your face at least twice a day? Thanks for sharing your thoughts :).


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