Pros: Great moisturizer, soaks in quickly, feels great on skin
Cons: Pricey, pump or sqeeze bottle would probably be easier
I'm always looking for a good moisturizer but hesitate to spend a lot of money on one. Earlier this month, several high-end department stores were giving away cosmetics as part of a class-action suit settlement. I definitely fit the requirements to receive an item, so I stopped by my local Dillard's and picked up Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, which they were giving out in a 1 oz size.
The lotion comes in an attractive but not overly ornate little tub with a mirrored silver lid. The container and lid appear to be glass and metal but are actually both plastic, so it's not too heavy. Unfortunately, I quickly dropped it and knocked a dent in the lid. It didn't break open, though, so I guess it's a pretty sturdy little container.
The moisturizer itself is a pretty pale pink. I think Clinique would have benefited from making it another color, since men would probably like it, too. It's silly, of course, but I think a lot of the guys I know would hesitate to put a pink lotion on their skin. If it would've been blue or green they might test their girlfriend's product when she wasn't looking and realize how good a product it is.
The moisturizer looks more like what you usually see from a serum than a lotion -- it's shinier and thinner than a lotion usually is. When I dip my finger into the tub, I have to be careful not to get way too much moisturizer and not to let it slip off my finger. I would've preferred a pump bottle for the product, but I'm sure Clinique has their reasons for putting it in a tub. Plus, I'm guessing it'd be terribly expensive to buy the amount of this moisturizer that's usually in even a small pump bottle.
My skin is oily but gets dry spots in the winter, so I use Moisture Surge sparingly -- just a bit on the dry patches. I use my fingers to apply it. It feels great on my fingers, and it glides over my skin as I apply it. It dries amazingly quick, which is great because I don't have to wait much before applying makeup.
Moisture Surge definitely increases the moisture in my skin and helps me return the dry patches to normal. It feels great on my skin; it doesn't leave it feeling greasy or anything. I think it makes my skin look more even and more moisturized.
I've been using it for a few weeks, and Moisture Surge hasn't had any adverse effect on me -- no breakouts or anything. It barely has a smell, which is a big plus for me. I also have barely made a dent in it, so I'm guessing it will last for a very long time.
I'm not sure yet if I'll buy Moisture Surge when this one runs out; it's probably the best moisturizer I've tried, but it retails for $34 for a 1.7 oz. tube, which seems awfully steep. However, if I can't find another product that's as effective (and I haven't yet), I'll probably consider it.
Price and availability: Moisture Surge is only available at high-end department stores like Dillard's and Macy's, and at stores like Sephora. It is available many places online, including Sephora.com. The 1.7 oz. costs $34, and the 2.5 oz. costs $46.50