Rated 4.32 out of 5 stars
Sorry for the long review!! I've been using the moisture surge line again for the last 2.5 years. I stopped using it 20 or so years ago because they only had the original moisture surge at that time, and it wasn't enough of a booster for my very dry skin. My sister worked for Clinique then, and even she couldn't get a good routine figured out for me.
I'm now using almost all products in the line in addition to my 3 Step (Very Dry) and smart nighttime for very dry skin (all but eye gel). My skin is *very* dry and sensitive, so I have to do things differently than most (cleanse every other day, rotate products, layer multiple hydrating products, etc). Water is an irritant, so cleansing my face 2x/day is out of the question.
Now that you know my issues, here's my review. 🤣🤣 At first, I didn't think this product really did much. It's watery and not really a lotion as the name implies; it's more of an essence. As others have said, you cannot use this alone-you'll be really disappointed.
I tried layering it a few ways and found it worked pretty flexibly. My skin responded well if I used it AFTER anything that contained hyaluronic acid (I can only use in spring/summer--it dries out my skin too drastically). It seemed to provide the extra moisture that the HA tries to attach to when used this way. If not using HA, I use it after Step 2. It works well with sqalane and other serums you pair it with as it helps the others absorb into the skin better ultimately making your products work better. After talking with a Clinique rep, she suggested using it as the last step after my booster moisturizer in order to seal in the moisture. I was surprised that method worked too!!
If you've got really dry skin and you're looking for help, try adding this somewhere into your skincare routine. It might work well for you too!!
As you can see, you really can use this quite flexibly in your skincare routine if you need extra hydration or moisture. You do need to be aware that it is not intended to be a moisturizer on its own. Like any of the moisture surge products, it needs to be paired with others. I'm able to use this product year round, and I hope they never discontinue it because I'll have to stockpile it like I did the old moisture surge intense formula!! 🤣🤣
I wanted to love this. I currently use Cerave PM for my morning and nighttime moisturizer (recommended by my Derm) and absolutely love it for face and hands! Cerave PM serum fully absorbs and doesn't leave a greasy or thick residue. With this Clinique Moisture surge, I feel like it layers on my skin, sits on top with a tacky feel that doesn't go away when it dries. Maybe had I not been used to the Cerave PM I wouldn't have noticed this tacky feel, but looks like I will save some money and stick with Cerave! I'm using up the rest of my Clinique Moisture Surge on my hands, because I don't want to throw it away, but honestly, can't wait until I can be done with it,
Jess from SC
I love the Moisture Surge gel moisturizers, and wanted to give this a try, I only used this a few times, the smell is not very pleasant when first applied to my face, so I stopped using it, I prefer the Moisture Surge gel cream.
RMSM from Oklahoma, USA
I used the previous version, and this is much improved. It's thinner and absorbs better. I love this product because it's and instant moisture boost, but also makes any serums or moisturizers used after it work even better. You can also customize the amount used depending on what your skin needs, using more of it when your skin is drier or more dehydrated. It works well with every other Moisture Surge or Dramatically Different formula as well. It's also a generous amount of product that lasts quite a while. Great for all skin types, oiler skins will love how light it is and might even like it as a moisturizer, where as drier skins will find it makes their moisturizer (s) hydrate better and fully absorb into skin.
dj94 from New York, NY
I love this toner because it doesn't dry out my skin. Other (alcohol based toners) often exacerbate my dark spots, whereas this keeps my skin moisturized and even-toned.
KKC from LA
Leaves nice feeling on face
phlemma from mn
I'm upset that this is advertised as lotion, as this is nowhere near the consistency of lotion. it's a soupy, liquidy mess that gets sticky easily. very dissapointed.
lkpolo from Pennsylvania
I was feeling a little bit of stinging from an exfoliant and this lotion soothed my face pretty quickly.
I< 3RinkyDink from Madison, WI
The hydro-infused lotion doesn't feel like a lotion. It's a very light liquid that I put on before my serums and moisturizers that helps to absorb and spread my serums more easily. I feel like you have to work quickly with this "lotion" because it gets sticky on the skin (I think the stickiness is the aloe) and dries quickly, but it's not intended to be a deep moisturizer.
Molly from Alabama
I recently received a sample of this product with my order. Tried it and loved how light it is! It makes a very nice night moisturizer as I am someone who really can't stand heavy night creams when I'm trying to sleep. I like it so much, I have been using it under my regular moisturizer during the day!
BoCruz from Olympia, WA
Purchased this for my aging skin. I am 33 years old and I feel like my skin is getting drier everyday. It's first step of my daily skincare routine. It makes my skin moisturized and glow. I love this lotion and I wish it comes with a jumbo size.
Tas from San Francisco
I love this hydrator/essence from the first use! I use it after all the actives and before moisturizer. After first use my skin felt smooth, hydrated and plumped next morning. Felt like it took off years of tiredness from my face! The more I use it the more I love it! Already got a backup and thinking to buy more. Never wanna be without it. It's already in my skincare holy grail list!
Kas from Henderson, KY
I've been using this product for about 2 years now. Before I used all the creams, serums, ext that you could buy trying to get my skin to be hydrated. Now I just wash my face, hydrate with the Hydro-Infused Lotion and then apply my dramatically different moisturizer. My skin has never been so smooth.
DArizona from Phoenix, Arizona
This was not the product I was expecting. I love the moisture surge cream, but I'm not a huge fan of the squeeze tube it comes in. I thought this was the same product in a pump. This product is a liquid, and not a lotion. I have to wonder if this is a toner rebranded as lotion.
Kate from DE
I love every product in Moisture Surge.
My skin feel amazing hydration
SJ44 from WA
Although I already feel like I have way too many steps in my skin care routine, this one really makes a difference. After cleansing and using my Clarifying Lotion 1.0 (and my skin is still damp), I dab on some of this watery lotion before starting with any serums and full moisturizer. This gives a nice base layer to keep your skin hydrated all day. I need this daily, especially in the winter.
Rick from Atlanta Ga
I love using this product directly after cleansing but before any other products. It gives a fantastic, lightweight layer of hydration. I then follow with my actives and the moisture surge gel cream. This has really made a noticeable difference and I love this product especially now that winter is here.
Xiaole from New York
It helps smooth skin's texture.
Aki from NC
I love watery lotions. This one is so lightweight and more affordable than the other ones Clinique offers. Everything in the Moisture Surge line is great.
mahip from Nashville, TN
I love how it hydrates your skin and gives it a gentle glow!
Linda123 from North Dakota
Wow! I use it after toner and before serum and moisturizer. It's a game changer for adding another level of hydration to my very dry skin!
Ashley from Ohio
Adds hydration after clarifying lotion. Pat into skin and then moisturize. Easy to use and makes skin glow!
Rebecah from Austin
I first got this in a Clinique set long ago and thought I would never use it. It easily turned it to a must have product for me. I have extremely dry skin and this the perfect first step EVERY time I do my skincare. It adds the moisture back into my face to not feel stiff and helps my other products melt into my skin. I really love this and always make sure I have it :)
stephsteph from boston, ma
I received a free sample of this and immediately purchased it the next day. Makes my skin glow!
Rphx from Arizona
Love using it right after shower on my face! Feels wonderful
Deb L. from WPB, FL
This watery solution helps to hydrate my face and neck. I just recently started using it and find the moisture surge product line to be quite stellar.
EW from Wisconsin
I find the container is easy to use.