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Etude House Moistfull Collagen Enriched Cream

I'm extremely picky when it comes to moisturizers. I try something new once in a blue moon, but then I always end up coming back to Clinique Moisture Surge. That's one moisturizer that I know I can depend my life on. Others would break me out or cause my skin to look dull after a few weeks, but never my Clinique.

That's why I had absolutely no expectations from the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Enriched Cream (P898), even though it was touted to be the brand's best-selling product with 9 jars sold every minute. But surprise, surprise - it's actually pretty good! I use it interchangeably with my Clinique Moisture Surge Intense as they're very similar. Both are rich moisturizers that make my skin smooth and positively glowing.

They're similar in texture but the Moistfull has this strong jasmine scent. I love the smell, don't get me wrong, but if you don't like that in your skincare then I thought I'd let you know. I use only a tiny bit during the day (as in one small swipe on my index finger) as it can make me oily, but I'm more generous when I slather it on at night. I wake up with an oily film on my face the next morning. Scary I know, but once that's washed off my skin looks  pretty good - well-rested and bright.

It can be intimidating to use a heavy moisturizer like Moistfull in the beginning. If you're oily, I wouldn't recommend it for you. But if you have combination to dry skin, the trick is to simply use what your skin needs. For example, combi skin has an oily t-zone and dry cheek area. Just apply a smidgen on your cheeks/sides of the face and that's it! If you're dry, apply it all over to maintain your moisture level. 

As for pimples, I never had any with Moistfull. My pores aren't blocked up either contrary to what one might expect. ;) It has no parabens, mineral oil, talc, and benzophenone, ingredients that are popularly held to irritate the skin. I'm not sensitive to these ingredients per se, but if you are then this is a good moisturizer to look into.

Overall, great stuff! I would consider buying it when I'm out. Clinique is so expensive! But IMHO, it's more intensive and makes a dramatic difference to the texture of the skin. Moistfull is more appropriate as a maintenance product - it doesn't do much more than to keep your skin smooth, supple, and bright which is fine if you use a serum or don't need much beyond those basic things. 

Does this look like something you'd try?

Reader Comments (26)

Looks promising! I'm into anything with hyaluronic/glycolic/lactic acid. "Moistfull," what fanciful name will Koreans come up with next...

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEula

I'm a sucker for anything that has collagen in it! I should check this one out.:)

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

Does the collagen content also means that it's somewhat anti-aging? This post came just in time! I'm almost out of my Kanebo Freshel moisturizer and I'm looking to try out a new one! Was going to buy Clinique because you've raved about it a few times but I was a bit hesitant because of the price! Good thing there's a cheaper alternative such as this one! Thanks Ms. Liz!

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana

I have the Moistfull BB Compact and I love it! I have to try this next. Thanks for sharing, Liz!

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

I used a teensy bit of this and I woke up with a ton of whiteheads. It was horrible. :( So sad that I had to give it away. I really liked the scent pa naman.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

Tempted since my face looks dull. But I have the oilt type so I'm a bit hesistant. Maybe I'll yse it during the night like you do! How many months does this one last? I'm using the Pond's Age Miracle. It works for me. I noticed that I have less breakout too. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the cream I'm using.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

anyone with oily skin but flaky skin?
i have extremely oily skin but my lower cheeks are dry. right now my chin's flaking but that's also one of the oiliest areas of my face.
any recommendations? yung mura please.hehehehehe. parang hindi ko pa kaya mag clinique.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPong

I'm using Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion and loving it. Kaso paubos na siya so I'll try this one. Price-quantity considered, it beats Clinique I think. I hope it's compatible with my skin. I'm not a fan of scented facial moisturizers though, but I think this deserves a test run.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I was planning to buy this moisturizer when you compared it to Clinique's Moisture Surge Intense before. It looked big in the photos, so I was surprised to see it's teeny tiny, like it'd comfortably fit in the palm of your hand. But I see that's irrelevant now as you said you only need a small amount to cover the face. Anyway, am sort of sad it isn't for oily-skinned people. I really hate the greasy look that some moisturizers give me. This will work wonders for dry-skinned people though. :)

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJas

I'd be happy to try this. Never been adventurous with my moisturizing regimen. Just Olay and I'm fine. It's nice to know that Etude House has skin care products that work. :)

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

I was planning to get this the last time I went to Etude but it was sold out! I really want to try it because a lot of bloggers-including you- wrote good news about this. I wish the next time I stop by, it will be there.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

What's the Moistful Collagen First Essence that comes with it for? Thanks for the review!! It's always nice that you compare products, lalo na for us who are on a budget, when we're looking for dupes! :)

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

@Paulina First essence is the the product you use before the toner or face freshener. Koreans are big on having this first step serum . you apply it after cleansing your face with cleanser and water and its suppose to lock in the moisture on the skin. They said the first few seconds after washing you face with water is when your pores are more open and the skin is more easily penetrated by agent to bring in moisture and after a minute , that window of opportunity is significantly decreased. that is why first step serum are a big craze in Korea. Sulwasoo was one of the pioneer of this and eventually mass brand like etude had follow suit.
I want to try this as well since you likened it to the Clinique but probably will be using it during the night. I actually am not gross out with waking up with an oily film on my face during the morning because after washing it off I like how supple it made my skin is. I have tried heavier moisturizers like skinfood gold caviar and the Missha ChoBoYang cream. You wake up a greaseball in the morning but love the suppleness it makes my skin. I think this Etude cream will be like the two I mentioned so this is a must try for me, and I'm a sucker for anything with collagen in them as well.

@ Pong, i have combination skin as well and if I skip my routine night skincare for days I would eventually get the flakes on some areas but still would have an oily T zone. try nature republic aqua max cream, there a variant for combination skin ( green variant) if you are afraid that usual moisturizers will make you 10x oilier. You will still be oilier but more subdued as compared to after using regular moisturizer. Nature Republic is on sale hanggang tom na lang (feb 28), naka markdown all the products including the cream.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

It's reputation lived up to its promise! I wanna try this but I just bought a gel moisturizer from Mizon.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Nice review and cautions... I don't particularly like products with scents but I'm still looking for a good moisturizer though... does the scent go away a minute or two after application?

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMafe Manlapaz

Right now I'm using an Olay moisturizer but it doesn't seem to have a visible impact. I would like to try this one when I finish my Olay jar.

February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

I just recently bought one moisturizer from a korean brand to try, but I also got a sample of this cream from etude, I'll give it a try soon, I have a combination skin but I'll see if it will be good for me. Thanks for posting something like this, good dupes. :)

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Santos

If you're oily, I wouldn't recommend it for you. But if you have combination to dry skin, the trick is to simply use what your skin needs. For example, combi skin has an oily t-zone and dry cheek area. Just apply a smidgen on your cheeks/sides of the face and that's it! If you're dry, apply it all over to maintain your moisture level.

By far the best advise I've seen this week. No wonder I'm getting more oily when I use moisturizer -- I WAS DOING IT WRONG ALL THIS TIME!!! ;A; But now I won't have to~ Thank you!

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMara Mina

@couchpotato_md Ganon pala! Serum siya! 'di ko kaagad nakita. Ako pa naman, after washing my face, toner, tapos moisturizer kaagad, because of the pores nga, and as much as possible, warm water din. Thanks for the info!! :)

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

yes, i would love to try this! looks interesting....

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIssa

@maybelle - ako rin, Olay! same with you, no amazing results on my face - there are times pa nga in the morning when i felt like my skin is still a bit dry. tsaka wala yung "glow" :D I'd love to try this, and the price point is definitely attractive as well, considering that Liz deems this as a worthy alternative to the famed Clinique Moisture Surge :D

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdianecapile

Oooh i have the green version of this which i think is like the celeteque collagen anti wrinkle gel. Its lightweight and i think good for all skin types. It also doesnt break me out. I would recommend that one :)

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea mae baltazar

I think this line has another one specific for oily skin. I'll look it up but all in all I think this review is awesome and informative. For someone who's got oily and combo skin, I think I'd rather go for this than anything that has total oil control factor. My skin tends to dry up pretty fast when I use products like that so I try to just control how much I apply to my face instead. Oh, and the way you apply it to your face matters a lot too.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAya Mabalot

Wow! Would love to try this! But this is still a little expensive for a student like me. I'm still in the lookout for a cheaper heavy moisturizer like this one.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKat

I'm looking for a new facial wash-moisturizer combo and maybe this is the one to complete the set! All ready got my eyes on the Kiehl's kaolin clay cleanser and I hope Etude's Moistfull will complement it! :D Thank you soo much for the review Ms Liz. I really wanna try the Clinique Moisture Surge but it's just too dang pricey for my current student status. :P

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNerys

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