Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream Dry Skin Review

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Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream now comes in a dry skin formula.

But seriously, how could they make Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream anymore hydrating than it already is?

Well, seems they have!

Winning!

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I loved it when I originally reviewed it and I love it now. Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream Dry Skin is brilliant.

I could happily end my review at that.

But here’s the thing…

This is an oil-free moisturizer in a gel-like formula. If you haven’t tried the original here’s a brief recap of the formula…the gel formula is a water base so at first application it instantly “bursts” on your skin and feels like a cool cup of water has been applied on your face.

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Without the aid of anything else it does seem to seal moisture into skin and locks it in so skin is left feeling smooth, soft, and crazy hydrated all day. The formula absorbs easily into my skin without leaving behind any oily or shiny film.

It has a pleasant fruity floral almost apple-like fragrance. I like the scent a lot but I definitely think it could be overkill for some especially if you’re sensitive to fragrance in skincare.

Funny…

It contains a hell of a lot of alcohol. Really it should strip and dry out my skin terribly but someway, somehow it doesn’t. Alcohol doesn’t do skin any favors particularly in regards to aging and yes, I really shouldn’t love this as much as I do but I can’t help it. It just works.

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The dry skin formula seems to triple the benefits of the original so skin feels even more hydrated and moisturized after use. I didn’t think they could improve on an already great formula but they have.

I wouldn’t recommend this version for oily or combo skin, if you want to try it go with the original as this might be a little TOO much.

Overall, Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream Dry Skin is a win for me. The alcohol in the mix is definitely a buzz kill but I typically use this in the Summer only so hopefully I’m not doing too much damage.

Use the original?

Love it?

Leave it?

Do share!

Tried this new version?

Tell me ’bout it!

Disclosure:

This product was purchased
by the Muse for review purposes.
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  • 7/5/12 19:47 Jess:

    I really enjoy both version, but don’t notice too much of a different between the two.

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  • 7/5/12 20:26 Mary:

    I use the dry skin one at night and the original during the day. I was totally scared to death of buying this because of the alcohol but you said it right, Muse! It just works! I don’t know why though. Hopefully this won’t take a toll on my skin later on but for the moment, it just plain works. It’s hydrating (but with so much alcohol, how could it be?) with a cool clean feeling and does not have a greasy feel to it like most other moisturizers do. It’s dirt cheap too!

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  • 7/5/12 20:34 Charlotte:

    The original is my HG, for my oily/combination acne prone skin. Literally the only moisturizer I will allow to touch my face. Hydrates beautifully, long lasting, dries quickly but feels soft, zero oil or shine, no breakouts. I’ve never used anything else like it, although I hear it is a dupe for an expensive product by I think Clinique.

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  • 7/5/12 21:22 Sam:

    I wanted to love the original, I really did. But all that alcohol irritated the heck out of my face >_<

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  • 7/5/12 21:22 cat:

    Oh, Muse, always tempting me with these dry skin products… Hope you had a fun and relaxing 4th of July. :)

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    • 7/9/12 10:01 the Muse:

      lol cat sorry :) was amazing thanks, too quick tbh! I blinked and it was over. hope yours was lovely as well!

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  • 7/5/12 23:02 Tohnia:

    I might need to get this as an “after swimming” facial lotion…I teach swimming for about 4.5 hours 3 days a week and my skin is SO DRY! Even though I usually have oily/combo skin, the chlorine/acid just dries me right out. I’m still looking for am amazing skin lotion…damn Accutane stripped my skin of being able to have any moisture! This looks so promising!

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  • 7/6/12 0:17 Melissa:

    IMO denatured alcohol isn’t really terrible. I’m not a chemist or a doctor (just play one online -kidding) but I recall reading that denatured alcohol is what makes gel stuff gel. Anyhow thank you for your review. I forgot to pick this up when I was at CVS and now I have a coupon so tomorrow it shall be mine!

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  • 7/6/12 1:14 DJ:

    I hope I can find this, I need it now! My skin turned dry which is strange for summer. I usually have oily/combo skin.

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  • 7/6/12 13:03 JoElla:

    I may give this a go. I found the first one actually drying to my combo/psycho skin.

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    • 7/6/12 23:17 Melissa:

      I’m stealing joella’s “combo/psycho” description because that suits my skin perfectly. If my face is oily my body is dry and vice verse – it’s crazy! :P

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  • 7/6/12 15:27 Hoang:

    I have the original right now but I don’t find it too too moisturizing. I might give this a go. Do you think this would work well as a winter moisturizer? I have been trying to find a good winter facial moisturizer but I haven’t had any luck :/

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    • 7/9/12 9:57 the Muse:

      i don’t really use it in the winter hoang, I need something heavier, but it really depends on your skin type.

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  • 7/6/12 17:14 Chynna:

    I was hoping this one wouldn’t have the alcohol in it. Bummer. I’m using the Neutrogena Dermatologics Total Hydration Water Gel from QVC and I love it, but it’s more costly than a drugstore version. It does work well and has no alcohol, though.

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  • 7/6/12 19:21 jen:

    i am currently using the original version and i have combo/oily skin. would this be more or too moisturizing for me?

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  • 7/7/12 4:34 Joei:

    Hi, do u know where I can buy this in London? I really want to try but doesn’t seem like my local drugstores have it or the garnier website. Please help!

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  • 7/9/12 14:34 LaLa:

    I’ve wanted to try these but am afraid of breaking out :-( are they fragranced? And usually generics dehydrate my skin at the end of the day, how did your hydration hold up with this moisturizer?

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    • 7/9/12 14:46 the Muse:

      did you read the review lala? addressed all this in the post.

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  • 7/10/12 2:58 D-tan:

    I will definitely get this for the winter time since my skin gets super dry except for my t-zone (damn Asian skin curse!!)

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  • 7/11/12 14:17 cea:

    is the scent of this one the same as the original? I LOVE the smell of the original but it’s just not cutting it for me as far as moisturization goes. haha so is it the same or a bit different?

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  • 7/19/12 5:51 Mang kanor:

    hey muse where can i bought this product? in watson?

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    • 7/19/12 9:07 the Muse:

      i dunno if watson’s carries this version mang, you can try. I’m not even sure if the dry skin one was released in Asia but you should def have the original one for combo/oily skin but I think yours comes in a yellow jar, don’t quote me though hun.

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  • 8/4/12 13:38 Olyvia:

    Great reviews! I just found out about these “Gel creams” from an advertisement on a magazine. Then I went looking for review and found your blog, which is very helpful! Now I’m torn between getting the original vs this new dry skin one. In your opinion, which one smells better? or is less fragranced?

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    • 8/6/12 9:38 the Muse:

      hi olyvia they are both the same scent

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  • 9/10/12 20:59 humu:

    I just bought it hope it works, my skin is so dry and flaky

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  • 12/20/12 21:54 Ella:

    I just saw your review of this…do you think this is a suitable nighttime mositurizer for oily skin?

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    • 12/21/12 20:36 charlotte:

      That is exactly what I use it for. The regular formula is enough for me during the summer, but in the winter I switched to this at night. I still use the regular in the am under my makeup. I adore both formulas, they are the only moisturizer I have ever used that gives me sufficient moisture without any greasiness and zero breakouts.

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