Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 Review, Swatches
I’m on the hunt I’m after you…….I think that was a Duran, Duran song. I’m actually on a hunt for lighter coverage. As the Summer and the warm weather gets closer I want to start indulging in some lighter bases. I have a slew already but I like to check out all the new goodies so I can tell you all about ’em!
Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 was on my hit list first. I was out with my best friend a few weeks ago and we literally did the rounds at Macy’s stopping everywhere and picking up base product after base product. First Clinique, followed up by Chanel, Shiseido….they all have the same packaging! Dude!
Anyway let’s have a look at Moisture Surge TM and see what the deal is.
Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 is a hydrating tinted moisturizing with a lightweight formula and a hydrating finish!
This comes in a little squeeze bottle which pretty much seems the trend at the moment for base products as I see these little guys popping up everywhere. I think it’s great. The plastic bottle is squishy so it’s not hard to get product out at all. A single squeeze will get you just the right amount out of the thin tip. I really like the way this is packaged and can totally dig it over boring tubes any day! Plus it’s a refreshing change as most tinted moisturizers come in a tube, it’s kinda nice to get an older product, revamped and presented in a new fashion. Right?
Formula is pretty runny but has a certain thickness as well that isn’t quite creamy but isn’t completely watery either, it’s somewhere in between. As per its name you’re looking at quite a nice hydrating base. It absorbs easily, feels very lightweight and comfortable, plus it leaves behind a dewy finish. Dry skin users will adore it plus I feel like it’s lightweight enough to wear comfortably on oily skin as well and an added bonus of an oil free formula.
Coverage is minimal, hey it’s a tinted moisturizer, what did you expect right? But I’ve run across pigmented tinted moisturizers here and there and I’d say Clinique Moisture Surge runs on the lower end of the color pay off rung. I picked up in the shade 3 because my skin picks up color even if I’m hiding out of the sun so I thought that would be an ideal shade for Summer wear. I didn’t particularly love 3 as I felt it was too washed up beige for me with very little lightness. Even in the Summer when my skin is a shade or two darker I still think it’ll have a duller finish which I don’t particularly love. No fault of the product but just the color seemed wrong to me. I will say that the little pigment you’re getting here is just enough to smooth out your skin and create a nice flawless finish. It’ll even out skin tone and make a perfect little base for the rest of your makeup.
It wears nicely throughout the day but you’ll notice that it starts to fade within four hours in or sometimes a little less depending how you set. I know I avoided powder and it slipped right off within three hours but with powder I’d say I was looking at a three hour period before you can take notice that your base is gone.
Coverage is very lightweight and comfortable which makes an excellent pick for Summer plus a price tag of $24.50 is somewhat budget priced compared to Laura Mercier’s hefty $42 price tag and other brands for that matter.
Wasn’t particularly keen on the SPF 15. When is someone going to creat a tinted moisturizer with higher sun protection!?
- Anyone looking for an inexpensive, lightweight tinted moisturizer for Summer.
- Anyone looking for a lightweight base that already has good skin and doesn’t need alot of coverage.
- Those with dry skin that want a good hydrating tinted moisturizer that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy.
- Those who want sun protection that ranges higher than SPF 15.
- Those who want a thicker, creamier tinted moisturizer (this has a looser texture compared to the standard tinted moisturizer formula I’ve been privy to).
- Those who have acne scarring, acne, or general skin woe that needs extra coverage (if you need heavier coverage, you might want to look elsewhere as this isn’t pigmented enough to hide skin problems).
Overall, Clinique Moisturizer Surge Tinted Moisturizer has a good solid formula. I actually liked the formula alot and felt it was a tad more comfortable compared to others of its kind. The lighter texture and feel makes for comfortable wear and doesn’t have that greasy, heavier feel many of the same style products have. I really enjoyed the squeeze bottle as well, just seems to make distribution of the base and application so much easier.
It’s worth a look at if you’re wanting something super lightweight and you have good skin that doesn’t need a ton of coverage.
Have you tried it?
Available now at Clinique counters or online at www.clinique.com
This product was purchased by the Muse for review purposes.
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