On Black Friday a few weeks ago, I made use of Clinique’s considerable 25% off discount and splurged on two skincare items from the line that I have seen all over blogs and Instagrams. The Moisture Surge Range. These were my first skincare products from the brand, because up until they released their moisture-oriented line, none of their products really matched what I needed in terms of skincare.
Was I so drawn to it because its beautiful pinky colours match my blog, or was it because I happen to be sponge-dry at the moment (okay always)? Nevertheless, I ended up buying the moisturizer and facial mist from the range. In my spending range, Clinique is considered quite ‘high-end’, so keeping my lofty standards in mind, read on to hear what I thought.
Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief 50ml – R435.00
It was love at first try. Now, my skin does this weird thing where, although it’s very dry, it’s also oily in the T-zone (best of both worlds!), so what I look for in a day-time moisturizer is something that doesn’t look and feel like I applied body butter by 12 o’ clock that afternoon.
This delicious gel-like cream applies smoothly and absorbs almost instantly. It leaves my skin with that nice tight feeling like I’ve just applied a toner. It keeps my face oil-free the whole day, and provides sufficient moisture to my drier areas.
I will definitely be repurchasing this when I finish the tub. Which may be in quite a while, considering how tiny the amount is that you actually need per application. A little goes a long way, which also helps to make me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.
Providing moisture without overloading oily skin is such a tricky balance, but a balance I feel Clinique got spot on here. Impressed and satisfied with this one!
Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief 125ml – R395.00
Why Clinique, why!? I watched with skincare-envy for weeks as Lechelle Taylor bathed herself in this gorgeous looking mist, only to finally purchase it and be disappointed as … anything.
In all fairness, my feelings toward this spray can be partially blamed on the fact that I bought the Suki Suki Papaya Rose Hydrating Facial Mist at the same time. Now, because I don’t want to make this a comparison of the two, I’ll just leave this here, and carry on:
Clinique: Aqua, dipropylene glycol, butylene glycol, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf water, centella asiatica (hydrocotyl) extract, saccharomyces lysate extract, yeast extract / faex / extrait de levure, caffeine, anthemis nobilis (chamomile), trehalose, tocopheryl acetate, sucrose, sorbitol, disodium edta, potassium sorbate, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol.
Suki Suki: Aqua, rose damascena flower water, rose geranium, rose water, aloe vera leaf juice, papaya extract, vegetable glycerine, hibiscus flower extract.
Price and Quantity
Clinique: R395 for 125ml or R3.16 per millilitre.
Suki Suki: R220 for 100ml or R2.20 per millilitre.
But anyway, despite all this, the product itself, no comparisons involved, was still pretty disappointing. The scent was bland at best and borderline chemical at worst, the fineness of the spray wasn’t particularly great and I have yet to feel or see any results from this product.
I know that judging a facial mist can be tough because they don’t do much more than refresh anyway, but at very least, I should want to spritz my face after I apply my makeup, but instead, I’m reaching for other products, or opting to go spritz-free.
And the Gifts
I was showered generously with Clinique gifts upon my purchase of the above items. This was partly because of their Black Friday special (in which you received a makeup bag filled with minis for orders over a certain amount) and partly because I used a beauty blogger’s code at checkout (with allowed me to receive two full sized items for free!).
I love gifts that get included in online shopping sprees. It makes me feel appreciated (and also makes me want to place orders A LOT more often).
Travel size minis:
- Smart Custom-Repair Serum
- Smart Custom-Repair SPF 15 Moisturizer
- Smart Custom-Repair Night Moisturizer
- High Impact Mascara
- Liquid Facial Soap Mild
- Aromatics in White
- Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
- Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen
- High Lengths Mascara
Overall, I was pleased with my little Clinique haul. Although one of the two items was disappointing, the process itself was smooth, the delivery was good, customer service responded efficiently when I had a query and the gifts were an added bonus.
What are your favourite Clinique items? Should I be trying out any other products they have on offer? I would love to hear from you in the comments below, or on one of my social media accounts.
More on Skincare: If you’re interested in the facial mist I would recommend purchasing INSTEAD of the Clinique one, read my Suki Suki Naturals review here!