Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 39.00
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Clinique's Moisture Surge line continues to grow with this addition, an amped-up version of the brand's popular gel moisturizer. While Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator isn't quite the technological wonder it claims to be, it is still a good—though flawed—moisturizer.

Like its predecessor, this fragrance-free pink gel-cream feels instantly soothing and hydrating on dry skin. Though initially thick, this moisturizer sinks into skin quickly, which results in softer, though not greasy, skin.

Turning to the ingredients, there are several emollients and hydrators included, along with some skin-replenishing and skin-soothing ingredients. Though the formula includes hyaluronic acid, an excellent ingredient for a surge of moisture, it's not exactly "bursting" with it as Clinique claims (hyaluronic acid is about halfway down the ingredient list).

As far as the claim that this can work non-stop for 72-hours, while hyaluronic acid is a powerhouse, this is largely marketing lingo (there's no independent research showing this product can work this way), so don't count on this to keep hydrating skin for a solid three days straight! At some point, you need to wash your face and go through the rest of your skincare routine, at which point the hydration will be interrupted; these ingredients can't hold up to facial cleansing, especially if you have dry skin.

The biggest issue with Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is that it's packaged in a jar. That's OK for the hyaluronic acid and emollient ingredients here, but the antioxidants this contains will begin to break down as soon as the jar is opened due to light and air exposure, which is a shame. We keep hoping Clinique will move away from jar packaging, but they don't seem to see any issues with it, despite research to the contrary. Note: Clinique sometimes packages their travel-sized moisturizers in tubes and if they eventually do that with this product, the version in the tube would definitely earn a higher rating from our team.

  • Gel-cream texture feels soothing and hydrating.
  • Sinks into skin quickly with no greasy feel.
  • Contains emollients and hydrating ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
  • 72-hour hydration claim is overstated.
  • Jar packaging doesn't protect beneficial (but delicate) ingredients.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
New auto-replenishing technology with activated aloe water actually helps skin create its own internal water source to continually rehydrate itself. Then locks in all that moisture for an endlessly plump, dewy, healthy-looking glow. Bursting with hyaluronic acid, nature's perfect moisture magnet, testing proves that it works non-stop for 72 hourseven after washing your face.
Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trisiloxane, Trehalose, Sucrose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum (Ladys Thistle) Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Caffeine, Sorbitol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleth-10, Sodium Polyasparate, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Tromethamine, PEG-8, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.

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