Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been so focused on testing products and sharing promotions over on Instagram, I haven’t had a chance to take pics for the blog. I’ve previously spoken to you about the Clinique #HydrationBar campaign in this post. If you missed it, I received three moisturisers from the brand to test out. Last month I embarked on a journey in which I used each of the moisturisers for 10 days to find my perfect match. It might sound like a short while but I’ve tested so many products, I can usually gauge if it makes a difference within a week. Also, if it has negative effects, it shows up within days. If you want to know about my experience or more about the products, then please keep reading.
Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser – R415 (50ml)
I started with this moisturiser as it is most suited to oily skin out of the three. I previously purchased the Pep-Start Hydrorush SPF20 because I wanted something for on the go. It absorbed well and didn’t leave a white cast on my skin. I don’t remember why I switched away from it but I was super excited to try the Hydroblur moisturiser instead. The consistency is thicker to the touch, almost hair-gel-like but it applies to the skin really well. You definitely notice it more during wear, like a lightweight primer. It actually works really well as a makeup base to hide fine lines and minimise pores but it doesn’t conceal them completely. I still go in with my regular primer after applying sunscreen.
The best thing about this is that it does assist with oils during the day and I find myself blotting less. I am the type of person that sweats so much that I can feel the oils coming to the surface during the course of the day. Using this moisturiser actually makes me feel a lot better. Come to think about it, I might mix this and the dramatically different gel together and test it out to see if it’s my perfect combo. I would recommend this to anyone that suffers from oily skin or is looking for a mattifier during the warmer months.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel – R545 (125ml)
I know you’re supposed to save the best for last but I’m too excited for that. My mum first bought me the Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion (more suited to dry skin) when I was in high school. I used it for more than two years straight before switching to something else more affordable. I then started repurchasing it when I was working and enjoyed it for a good couple of months before it started breaking me out. When Clinique sent this to me for review, I must admit I had mixed emotions. I was excited to try the gel since it’s more suited for oilier skin but having breakouts scares the (fill in the most inappropriate words you know) out of me. Regardless, you know me, I’m willing to test anything out in the name of beauty. Well, most things anyway.
The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is described as an oil-free moisture ‘drink’ for the skin. Whilst I am an oily mess, I do suffer from dehydration on most of my face. The formula of the gel is lightweight and cooling on the skin. It absorbs within seconds and leaves the skin feeling soft, plump and hydrated. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy whatsoever and is completely fragrance-free. The pump bottle is great because it dispenses the exact amount of product and it’s completely hygienic. It’s also the most affordable in the range since you get more than double the amount of product for just a few bucks more. I don’t find it helps as much as the Pep-Start with oil control but I’m not a greasy mess at the end of the day either. If I had to choose on moisturiser to use all year long and is able to withstand any season, this one would be it.
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – R425 (50ml)
This was the one I was most excited to try out. I saw some of my favourite beauty and fashion bloggers rave about this one over and over again. As I said, I suffer from dehydrated skin so the ‘moisture’ part really got me giddy. From the first use, I fell in love with it. It’s so thin and literally melts into the skin almost instantly. It’s cooling and gets rid of any puffiness when waking up. However, it’s not suited to my skin at all. After a few days of using it, I started noticing little bumps appearing on my forehead.
I continued to use it knowing that it was the cause of the uneven texture but for the sake of this blog post, I wanted to test it properly. It was so bad I even had a director at L’Oreal message me to say what I was using was too rich for my skin. After I stopped using the moisture surge for a week and switched back to the dramatically different, I started noticing the texture slowly disappearing. Even though I know it’s not something that works for me, I did enjoy using it and would recommend it for those with drier skin. Depending on how winter fares this year, I might just reach for it as a 10-minute mask every now and again.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed using all three of the moisturisers. Like I said, I was hesitant to use the dramatically different gel and it turned out to be my favourite one. The pep-start hydroblur I expected to be too mattifying and drying but it served up moisture along with it. I also think the texture of the hydroblur is my favourite one ever. The moisture surge feels the best on the skin but the only problem I have with that and the hydroblur is the jar. The hygiene part doesn’t bother me cos I always go in with clean fingers but the lack of pump means I always pick up too much product for my face and decolletage and end up wasting more than I should. Other than that, these Clinique moisturisers blew me away and I would definitely recommend them to others.
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