Rave Review: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

CCC5The Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream (1,950.00 Php) is a product that I knew I wanted from the very fist time I heard of it. CC creams in general were always of interest to me because of what they aim to do — colour correct. What does that mean exactly? Read on to find out!

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Screenshot grabbed from the Clinique website

Often compared to BB Creams, CC creams were developed to contain all of the benefits of BB creams plus skincare benefits and other nourishing ingredients that reduce redness, brighten the complexion, and also protect against the sun. CC creams from different brands may highlight different benefits, but what’s common to them all is that they boast corrective properties. Some say that they are pretty much just an improved formula of all BB creams, but I do think both creams address different concerns and that CC creams can’t simply replace BB creams. BB creams tend to provide heavier coverage (to cover those blemishes) and loads of moisture, while the oil-free CC creams provide a lighter coverage, compensated for by the corrective benefits. BB creams usually come in a limited selection of shades, while CC creams from almost all brands that offer them tend to have a wider range of shades.

To oversimplify, you could say that BB creams are for those with blemished, dry, and light (as in colour) skin. CC creams are for those with relatively clear skin but with discolorations. Discoloration might sound bad, but we all have some redness and some dark patches on our faces to begin with, so we all stand to benefit from a good CC cream in a way. CC creams are more for you if you don’t want to blanket your flaws with a mask of product but correct the tones in your skin instead, thereby allowing your natural skin to show through.

I obviously favour the idea of CC creams. I do have to mention that I’ve tried my fair share of BB creams in the past when my skin was full of blemishes–and none of them ever really worked for me, with the exception of the Chanel BB cream that behaves more like a tinted moisturizer in my opinion. I wanted BB cream to work for me, but it never did. Mostly because of the limited shade selection, but also in large part because of the very nature of BB creams. They’re too thick and too moisturizing for my skin. CC creams are more up my alley, and I’m glad I dove into the world of CC by trying this one from Clinique first.

So now, allow me to tell you a little bit about this particular CC cream, which is the only one I have tried so far, but which has already convinced me that CC creams are the shiznit.

CCC3You’ll have noticed in the screenshot of the comparison table that the Clinique CC cream is supposedly available in 9 shades. Technically, it is and the range looks impressive, but as usual Clinique decided that the Asian market only needs Asian shades (aka mostly yellow-based). There are only 5 of those 9 shades available locally. Natural Fair, Natural, and Natural Beige are the available skin toned shades and then there’s Fresh Pink and Fresh Peach which are more like universal bases/primers that you can use before foundation.

Natural Beige is probably a tiny bit light for me but since the formula is sheer, it works well enough. It’s also becoming a better match as we move further away from summer and deeper into the -ber months.

The CC cream is suitable for all skin types even if it is a part of the moisture surge range of formulas. It just depends how you prep your skin. Those with combination skin will not have a problem just applying this straight on to clean skin, while those with oily skin will probably just have to powder the T-zone after application. If you have dry skin, you may want to use a light moisturizer beforehand.

CCC4What’s inside? Well, inside the (adorable) box there’s the tube. But inside the tube there’s oil-free hydration in a “lightweight formula that instantly colour corrects a range of complexion concerns – redness, dullness, sallowness.” Quoted from the description provided online. And it is true: this CC cream is incredibly lightweight and it does all that it promises to do without adding any oil to your face. It’s one of those things that used to sound too good to be true when only foundations were big on the market. Which is not to say that these creams are anything new– they’ve been around in various forms for a while. It was all actually just about putting the best of skincare and cosmetics in one tube and rebranding it in a clever way.

Interestingly enough, you won’t find this under the “makeup” dropdown menu on the Clinique website. Instead, the CC cream is filed under “skincare.”
CCC6No frills and no-fuss tube packaging. Clinique as a brand is always so simple and straightforward and I love how that translates into their practical, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products as well as their packaging aesthetic. I know a lot of people have a love-hate relationship with Clinique. They think it’s a snore-fest because everything is so basic, but they also know that Clinique’s stuff works. I personally quite like the clinical vibe.

The CC cream is fragrance-free like all of Clinique’s products but there’s definitely a natural smell that comes from the ingredients. To me it smells fresh and clean. It’s not going to assault your nose or anything, but if you like heavily fragranced products, this will be lacking in that department.

cccI use a large pea sized amount  for my face and then I squeeze a little more out to use on my neck. Texture-wise, I’ve already mentioned that it is very lightweight. It can be difficult to spread on the drier areas of the face, but on normal and oilier patches it smooths over and sets easily. If you use this under a foundation, it is easy to spread the foundation over top. It is also really easy to mix with foundation (as opposed to layering it) on the back of your hand before application. I sometimes do that when I need more coverage in my base. If you plan on mixing this, make sure to use a foundation that is NOT oil-based. This CC cream is water-based and we all know that oil and water do like to keep their personal space.
CCC7I love that the shade name isn’t just stuck on with a sticker–it’s actually printed on there! Cool. You also get a short description on the back of the tube, so you’ll never forget what it is. Lol. But really, look: it says “for a more flawless look today and tomorrow.” That really drives it home–this is skincare and makeup in one (I think the proper term may be “cosmeceutical” but I’ve never seen it advertised as such). The CC cream isn’t just going to do good for you as you wear it. When I mentioned it in my July favourites post, I did say that I got the feeling it was doing something for my skin. Because it’s an all-in-one product, you’ll never miss on SPF  and moisturizing, which is probably the main reason why it’s so good for your skin.

This one product does a lot which is why I’ve written quite a bit more than I normally would for a review. Let’s try to simplify:

The best bits: 

  • It’s oil-free
  • It does what it says– itcolour corrects!
  • It’s got an SPF of 30+++
  • It’s affordable (relatively) at 1,950.00 for 40mL
  • Decent shade range
  • Easy to use
  • Great packaging
  • Works well across skin types

Ways to wear it:

  • Dotted on areas where you need it
  • Spread all over your face as your base for the day
  • Underneath foundation as a primer
  • Mixed in with moisturizer (dry skin)
  • Mixed in with foundation (for more coverage)

How I use it:

  • Alone as my base and spread on with my fingers, or
  • mixed with any foundation on days when I need more coverage

You’ll like it if:

  • You don’t have very blemished skin (actually, even if you do, this will help reduce redness and then you can just go over the actual blemishes with a heavy duty concealer)
  • You are looking for an easy, everyday base that evens out your skin tone and protects you against the sun
  • You find BB creams and even foundations a little too heavy for you

CCCxAnd that’s it for my review of the Clinique CC cream! Sorry it was anything but summary! Check out Clinique’s Facebook page for regular updates on the brand.

If you’ve tried this CC cream or any other CC cream, do share your thoughts! I expected the Clinique one to be much pricier than it is so the price is something I’m extremely happy about. I don’t have to worry about not being able to afford a repurchase! At the rate I’m going, I think one tube should last me at least 6 months of near-daily use. Smashbox offers a CC cream for quite a bit more money and that really shocked me because my perception of Smashbox isn’t that uhm… high end. It also won’t be long until drugstore brands come out with their own CC offerings (some already have them! Maxfactor, L’Oreal…) so I’m sure there will be CC creams at even lower prices available soon. :)

P.S. I took most of these photos in my garden one day because it was a really lovely day out. Here’s a picture of Max, who sat beside me the entire time I was taking photos and was probably wondering why his silly mom was so preoccupied by a little tube of cream!

MaxCCHe was pretty interested in that santol in between his paws, but he did keep glancing over at the CC cream. Haha! Max also loves being photographed (he knows what the click of a camera sounds like and he will look straight at the camera when he hears it), so he might have been waiting his turn. Such a gwapo baby!

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11 responses to Rave Review: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

  1. Soleil

    I think CC creams are such a blessing because for the longest time, I’ve been looking for a decent primer with spf or a sunscreen which works well as a primer. I’ve tried so many products but none
    worked well underneath my liquid foundation. Primers would dry out my skin and provide very little spf,
    whereas facial sunscreens tend to be a bit on the greasy side and leave a white cast.

    I’ve only tried one CC cream – Nature Republic. It’s okay, doesn’t cause any breakouts, nice texture & very lightweight. I just don’t know if it really corrects any redness because the color adapts to my skintone. I will definitely try Clinique’s CC cream, I’m sure it’s a dream!

  2. Pat

    Clinique is my “someday” skin care. It’s what I plan to get when I have the resources to do so. I believe that they do skincare perfectly.

    This CC cream is very intriguing. I haven’t tried any CC creams yet, only BB creams, and I look forward to the day I can do a comparison. Thanks for this review!

  3. Sara

    I wouldn’t waste your money on this crap. I have acne and oily skin. I bought the cc cream, foundation and concealer from clinique. The concealer didn’t blend and cover at the same time. Either cover with a splotch or blend to nothing. And yes, I have tried blending around the blemish and it still was in unblendible. The cc cream had absolutely no coverage for me (and I got my make up done at the counter. I think I was blinded by the fact I was finally able to afford this shit that I didn’t really see) it felt like I just spread grease on my face with no payoff. Foundation is the same. No real coverage without a greasy finish. I am throwing all of my clinique products out. They’re crap. I can’t believe I didn’t just try out several drugstore foundations. It would have been less expensive with more payoff. I’ve heard good things about Revlon colorstay and a milk of magnesia primer. I am extremely disappointed.

    • Mariana – Author

      I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with it, although the Clinique sales lady probably should not have recommended it for you… it’s more suitable for girls without active acne problems. All products work differently for different people, so maybe do some research or work with a dermatologist first. Sales ladies who work for counters are biased towards their brand so (sadly) they aren’t always reliable. Good luck!

      • If you have blemished skin, think Cliniques Even Better range is more suited. Blendable, medium to full coverage and suited for combination skin. I wear make up from 8am-10pm daily in an office and the foundation is the only one that works well for my sensitive skin. Gone through 5 bottles and everytime I stray, my skin starts spotting. Want to try the CC but worried it wont give enough coverage. Thanks for the review Mariana. Hoping their giving out samples so I cant try it a week. thats the only way to go really

  4. annarinruri

    This product is extremely good for real~~~
    My skin is different than when not used, the skin’s surface is smooth and bright white. Moreover, cc does not make your skin uncomfortable. After spend 2 types, i totally satisfy with this product. I introduced them to my friends.I decided to spend this long :):)

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