Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum 25 Review and Swatches.

Photo: For those times you want to get out the door FAST. Moisture Surge CC Cream in Liquid and NEW Compact.

Well welcome back my lovely readers. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. How many steps is too many in the morning? Wouldn't you love to combine as many products together as  you could to save time? I know I would. Call me lazy but I just don't want to fuss around to much in the morning. I like to get my skincare routine done and over with asap! Well I think Clinique has been listening to all our morning grumbles as we sit over the bathroom sink because they released a gem of a product. Their new Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum 25 is a definite multi-tasker (MSCCC is how we will refere to it from here on out due to the incredibly long name and my tired fingers). You get hydration in an oil free built in formula, SPF 25 with UVA and UVB protection, and you get the benefits of color correcting.

All these concepts really appeal to me and my minimalist morning ways. I am also always a huge fan of any product that gives some sun protection. I have been using their liquid CC Cream for a while now and I am pretty fond of that so I couldn't wait to try this. Let's see whether or not it lived up to my expectations.


As far as packaging goes I think it's pretty good. I like the mirror like casing, it looks very sleek. It is well made and a good sturdy palette for traveling or throwing in your purse. I also love that it has a nice full mirror on the inside so you don't need a separate mirror plus in a pinch the outside of the packaging is also a mirror. :) My only nit picks are minor and probably just due to my slight OCD about pristine looking makeup. Though the mirrored case looks beautiful it is a fingerprint magnet and gets dirty very easily and though it is a good one to toss in your bag it is also easily scratched. I also don't like that there is not a barrier on the inside between the mirror and the product. The cream tends to transfer onto the mirror which means the mirror is often dirty. 

It also comes with a sponge which on the go will work for application but I chose to use a brush or my beauty blender when I use it at home. Again with my germophobe OCD thing! I like using a brush so I can clean them otherwise the product just sits in the sponge which can grow bacteria but it also builds up so your application isn't as smooth. 


The price is $35 for .35 oz which may seem a little steep for the amount of product but a little goes a long way with this. You don't need to use much so this will last me quite a while. I'd say it is equivalent to the pricing of most high end foundations. 

Texture and Application:

It has a very creamy texture which applies nice and smooth. The coverage is a little bit heavier than the liquid CC cream but it is just as comfortable. I found this to much more buildable than your typical CC cream. I was able to sheer it out quite nicely but found that I could build it well in my trouble areas like my red cheeks and around my nose. I found that it applied best with my beauty blender but it applied decently with my foundation brush as well. I also really like the versatility with this product because you can use it in so many ways. You can wear it alone for light coverage and moisture. You can use it to layer with your regular foundation for a more full coverage/flawless wear. In a pinch you could also spot conceal with it since it is very easy to blend. 

Longevity/ Finish:

It has a pretty good wear time. I wore it about 8 hours before I noticed any sort of breakdown. I made sure to wear it in a variety of ways to get a good read on it. I wore it with a moisturizer, with a moisturizer, with a primer, and with a primer and a moisturizer and it seemed to wear about the same with all of the combinations. I did notice around the 7 hour to 8 hour mark that it started to get a little shiny and a little more sheer but it wasn't anything too serious. I just used a little translucent powder when that started to happen. 

The finish is a natural finish so it is a little dewy but not an illuminating foundation by any means. It looks very natural with a skin like look. If you like a really matte finish then this probably won't be your cup of tea though you can always set it with a powder for a more matte finish. It is somewhere in between a sheer to medium coverage. You can apply it sheer or build it up. Below is how it looked on half my face over Benefit's Porefessional Primer. Now the color I picked was Light when I ordered online which I ended up switching out. Light is a little too warm of a tone for me so the color doesn't quite match in the picture. I ended up trading it for Very Light. 

As you can see it is a very nice even and natural coverage. You can also see that it helped to cover up some of the redness and discoloration in my cheeks as well as some blemishes on my chin. 

Final Verdict:

Overall it is a win for me. I think this is a great versatile product. It is a great product to have around for days when you want an easy routine or on those summer days when you want minimal product. The price is decent and it is great for on the go. Especially if you are going to be in the sun...if we ever have any that is. I think it is worth giving a try if you are in the market for a new CC or BB cream type product. You can get Clinique at a lot of major department store like BonTon, Macy's, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Sephora, Ulta, etc and can purchase it on their websites. You can also purchase it on the Clinique website by clicking here

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