Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream - A Review

I'm a huge Clinique fan and many of their products have formed the backbone of my skincare regime for as long as I've been cleansing, toning and moisturising. When an offer to try out their new CC Cream came through from the Mumsnet Bloggers Network I knew I had to apply.

The Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream features has SPF 30 and promises to act as a 'hydrating colour corrector'.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

The CC cream is presented in the traditional, elegant Clinique packaging and in a 40ml plastic tube with trademark silver lid.

It's so easy to squeeze the cream out from the tube and, when I did so I found a cream with a similar appearance and texture to foundation or tinted moisturiser. According to the Clinique website the cream offers moderate coverage and I could tell from the thick consistency that this would be the case.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Consistency and Texture

So it was time to test it out on my face. I squeezed out an amount about the size of a 50p coin and used this to apply the cream liberally over my face. This wasn't quite enough so I used about half as much again to finish off my chin and neck. It was really easy to apply and went on very smoothly. I was quite impressed at how moisturising the product felt after application. I frequently feel like foundation sits like a film over my face when I wear it and expected this to feel similar. It didn't, it blended into my skin. 

I took a before and after photo. This was a little tricky as they are self portraits but I hope it shows you the level of coverage the product achieves. Yes, I really am posting a photo of myself wearing no make up on my blog!

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Before and After

I have a few small moles on the right above my mouth and the CC cream almost hid these without any additional concealer on top. I'm only wearing the Clinique cream in the 'after' photo and I would be happy to wear this without a layer of foundation on top, although it can be used as a base for that in addition to using it as a stand alone product. I was very pleased at how well it evened out my freckles too. Generally I felt like my skin appeared smoother and more even when using the CC cream so it definitely did the job it advertises and lives up to it's claims. I don't have a lot of time to apply make up as I'm busy with my children and I achieved this level of coverage in less than a minute using the CC cream, a quick glance in the mirror to check it was all evenly blended was all I needed for a 'day look'. If I was going out at night I would probably apply foundation over for an even smoother look.

I'm wearing the 'light' shade of the CC cream, I was pleased with how well it matched my skin as I'm often anxious about choosing products like this without trying them on, there is a lighter shade ('very light') but I think that would have looked too pale. I really like that the formula contains an SPF of 30 as this means I don't have to worry about whether other products I am using on my face contain one, again a time saver in the morning.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream currently retails at £28 for 40ml and I would definitely buy it again.It is so easy to use and easily achieves a desirable level of coverage in a short amount of time for busy mums. As far as I'm concerned it is a great addition to the Clinique range.

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network , a group of parent bloggers picked by Mumsnet to review products, services, events and brands. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.