I hate to admit it, but I am easily influenced. It takes very little to convince me that I do in fact NEED this or that particular product. In this case, I read a review of the Clinique Moisture Surge CC cream on For The Beauty Of It and decided I needed some straight away. I am very happy with my Stila BB cream, but if someone who was using Dior BB cream now can’t live without the Clinique CC cream, well, I reckoned it must be worth a try.
Shall I get my gripes out of the way first, before I get to the good stuff? Firstly, this is the second time now that I have bought something from Clinique which is the wrong shade. They either need better lighting in store or they need to be less keen to conclude a sale. I got the CC cream in the shade ‘very light’ which actually makes me look like a ghost. Or a sick/dead person. It is great that the CC cream comes in many shades from extra light to deep, but you need to be sure you’ve got the right one for you. My skin would be suited to the ‘light’ shade. Secondly, the CC cream is much more difficult to blend than a BB cream, as it is thicker and less creamy. It is really more on the makeup end of the scale than the moisturiser end. It takes more work to get it blended in properly, but once it is on is where the good stuff begins.
The coverage of this CC cream is really nice, better than a BB cream. It is more matte than BB cream and my skin doesn’t get shinier as the day goes on. It stays put. I think this would be awesome for combination or slightly oily skin. It contains micro lavender-coloured particles to counteract redness and dullness. It actually covers my under-eye shadows completely without needing a concealer, but I don’t have really dark rings under my eyes. The Clarins consultant told me that everything under the sun breaks her out, but this CC cream doesn’t. That’s a good sign. My skin is also sensitive and I have used it for a couple of days in a row now without any breakouts. The other thing I like about it is that it has SPF30, but apparently as some of the sun filters are chemical they might not work as well if you use a moisturiser underneath the CC cream. Don’t know if anyone can verify this for me?
Lastly, although it has a more matte look than a BB cream my skin doesn’t look ‘flat’ at all and it feels moist when I touch it. It also hasn’t shown up any dry patches during the day so I find it quite hydrating. I have to mix it with a darker product (I am currently mixing it with my too-dark Eborian BB cream) and the mixing hasn’t affected its performance at all. In summary, I give it a big thumbs up and I would recommend it.