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Clinique Moisture Surge Intense

The weather has been cold and windy lately. It's a great fashion opportunity (layering and cute boots, anyone?) but it's not so kind to our skin. I'm sure some of you have been suffering from dryness and even flakiness on the face and hands! I would too, if I haven't been using the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense (P2,600) this past month.

I usually get very dry come December up to February, when the season is colder than average. It's worse on my cheeks and sides of the mouth/ nose. It's kind of ridiculous that I didn't think of using a heavier moisturizer than I normally do but then again, I don't like that many moisturizers as much as the original Clinique Moisture Surge. So yes, the Intense version is a brilliant idea for people like me.

The CMS is a great moisturizer for oily skin in tropical weather like ours, but the thing is it doesn't give the necessary moisture once the weather turns. Intense is heavier, creamier, and is almost unrecognizable from the CMS gel formula except for the trademark pink jar. It has a sharp smell, similar to the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, except that it's quite strong. It fades quickly once applied though so I don't mind.

The most important question is: what does Intense do for me? Well, pretty much everything that CMS does really, just more! It smoothens, softens, and keeps my skin dewy-looking and supple. The main difference is that the moisture is maintained for hours on end. I would wear this under my makeup, and come removal time (say eight hours later) my skin feels as if I just used moisturizer 5 minutes ago.

I was worried that it would make me oilier but I didn't notice increased oiliness. Maybe because of the weather, but I've worn this during hot days and it did well under makeup. I just make sure to use a tiny, tiny bit if I'm going out during the day. As in one dab on my finger is enough for my whole face. I usually use more before I sleep as the airconditioner eats up moisture in our place.

Additional points for these features: Intense did not break me out, doesn't clog my pores even with the rich texture, and is actually nice to use under the eyes. 

Overall, the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense is a great maintenance moisturizer if you fall into any of the following:

a. You have sensitive, dry skin year-round.

b. You have combination-oily skin that dries/flakes up in colder weather.

c. You have mature skin that needs more suppleness and elasticity.

I won't recommend this for girls with oily skin - just go for the original Clinique Moisture Surge. This also isn't for people who are averse to strong-smelling skincare. Just a heads up! ;)

As for me I really like the Intense. It's one of the few moisturizers that I would swear by. So, what do you think? Is this moisturizer for you?

Reader Comments (12)

Cool I'm looking for a new moisturizer my Hada Labo is about to run out and getting another bottle takes so long since I have to order all the way from Japan! My skin is combination leaning towards dry :c

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCam

Clinique talaga is probably the only brand that doesn't break me out across all products. I like the texture of the original moisture surge and the glow it gives me the following morning. I might not try this one though as it might be a little too much for my oily skin

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteresquire

i've been moisture surge for quite some time now and i'm just halfway through it! Super sulit.. And because of you, liz, i was able to grab the clinique door gift when they opened their newest store at MOA. So happy that one of the samples is this! I can't wait to finish my jar of moisture surge and start using this..Maybe on 2014 pa. Ang tagal maubos e. :)

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMDG

Since I have combination skin that is more on the oily side, I would definitely consider using the original CMS when my current moisturizer runs out.

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadel

Its everything I need in a moisturizer, but its too pricey for me.;) any other alternatives with a much cheaper price tag?

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I love Clinique because they're the best when it comes to skincare. Its quite pricey but it delivers and you get your money's worth. I ought to try this once I run out of my current moisturizer. I wish they had this in a pump bottle instead of a jar.

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

i havent tried any clinique skincare products just yet. for moisturizing i usually slather argan oil and thats it.

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

After reading this post, I realized that I do get extra-dry skin nowadays. I am just dying to try out Clinique Moisture Surge.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

i still have a lot of moisturizers to run through... addict lang with skincare. will add this up in my future moisturizer list.

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Ms. Liz, I use Clinique dramatically different and I've had it for more than a year now and I still have alot. I still want to continue using it but do you think it's been with me for too long now? Do you think I should dispose it? :\

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathrina

@Cathrina no it's still good! moisturizers from clinique i think can last up to 24 months. ;)

January 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

Because of you Ms Liz , from this day January 12-2014 I got my own Clinique Moisture Surge Intense.. Hahah..
I really wanted to buy lancome visionnaire for my eyes but I can't travel as of now going to Greenbelt or Rustans . So I said I need moisture for my face , and here it goes .

December 2012 , Moisture Surge Intense (30ml) cost Php2,600? Pricey!
January 2014, Moisture Surge Intense (50ml) cost Php2,500 I bought mine today, I can't believe they adjusted the price , and I'm happy I have more product than before.

Ms Liz said this have a strong smell , I have allergic rhinitis and I really want this, I think over and over, ended up buying. (Kulit ko talaga) .. Well mawawala naman din daw Ms Liz said. Hehe.. Thank you

January 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMariannafernandez

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