Review: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream


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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Very Light · £28

Well, it seems summer is almost over and I'm only just getting round to reviewing this, oops! The Clinique CC Cream has been a summer saviour in my makeup bag for the last couple of months, providing effortless, natural makeup for sunny days. I was pleased to see that the CC Cream comes in lots of different shades as tinted moisturisers/BB creams tend to come in 3 shades (if that), all of which are usually too dark for me. I went for the shade Very Light and it's the perfect shade for me. It looks a bit yellowy straight out of the tube, but once applied to the face it blends in really well and helps to counteract any redness. I usually prefer to apply it with my fingers, and then go back in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush if there are any areas that need a bit of extra blending.

If you're after something with heavy coverage, then this definitely won't be the product for you. Rather than covering everything up completely, I find that it evens things out and improves the look of your skin whilst still remaining natural. I love when my freckles come out in the summer, so I really like products that allow them to shine through at the same time as covering up redness in my cheeks. I would definitely recommend using a good concealer along with the CC Cream as, although it does cover up redness to an extent, it doesn't eliminate it completely and blemishes can still remain quite obvious. But just a quick dab of concealer and a bit of blending in and problem is solved!

Considering it's a fairly light coverage and moisturising product, I was pleasantly surprised by how long the Clinique CC Cream lasted for. It's quite a thick cream which has a fairly matte finish, but it doesn't look heavy and does have a hint of dewiness to it. I always powder my T-zone and over any concealer just to make sure everything stays in place, but there's no need to go overboard with the powder as you'll get a 6 good hours or so out of it before you need to do any touching up. And by touching up, I just mean applying some more powder to stop it looking too shiny - I find that this doesn't really 'slide' off my face at all.

It is on the pricey side at £28, but you get 40ml which is 10ml more than the average foundation, plus a little goes a long way so it should last for ages. I'm really impressed with this product and have had a lot of use out of it already, I think it's definitely worth the hype. On days when I've needed a little bit of extra coverage, I often use this as a base first then buff in a small amount of foundation to the problem areas so I get the best of both worlds - decent coverage and natural finish. I think this is a technique I'll definitely be using a lot during autumn and winter!

Have you tried the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream yet?

Gillian x


  1. I purchased this about a month ago, and I'm just now falling in love. I think this is such a mighty base.

    xo Lillian from

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  3. I haven't been swayed by any BB/CC creams because of the limited shade range too, but this looks lovely. You have great skin by the way! x


  4. I've been using it for the last few months too, I decided to put my Super Balanced foundation away for the hot weather and try something lighter. It really has been a life saver during the Summer, and I'll still continue to use it in the Winter for everyday use, and use my more moderate coverage foundation for occasions when I need it. I've found that the CC cream stays on even longer and needs even less touching up when using it with the new Dramatically Different :) xx

  5. I often find things like this too dark for me too but this colour looks perfect. Really like the sound of it! x

  6. I really like this but I must admit there is something about the formula which is weird to me. Maybe it is because it is more of a matte finish whereas most of my foundation products are quite dewy . Nevertheless though, it is a lovely product :)
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  7. If I didn't have a million different products similar to this I'd definitely be tempted! Had a go on the back of my hand in John Lewis and it feels really nice! x


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