I still don't get CC creams. I got a generous sample of Light shade from a helpful Clinique SA. I have been using La Roche Posay Uvidea BB cream and quite like it. Since CC creams offer more coverage, I decided to try it. The Clinique CC cream is thicker and harder to apply than the LRP BB cream and Dior Nude foundation. I applied it over the moisture surge extended relief gel moisturiser. It takes ages to blend using my fingers and there were still splotches. I had to use a sponge to blend it out. If I have to go to the trouble of using tools other than my fingers, I might as well use my foundation which gives a better finish and the shade fits me way better than this CC cream. It made my face shiny (too much dewiness) and I needed to use powder to tone it down. When I sweat, it can slide off my face as well. The colour is too pink for my yellow Asian skin tone. Again, why bother? I gave 3 stars because it does even the skin tone IF the shade matches and it did last quite a while on the face.
I got a sample from Sephora when I put in an order online and I was so impressed that I got a full size. My skin loves this CC cream, especially with this winter weather. I think it would be too heavy to use in the summer when my skin is oilier so it will be a seasonal product. Fwiw, my skin type is normal/combo, slightly dry in the winter and normal/combo, slightly oily in the summer.
Initially I scoffed at the idea of CC creams because they're another marketing ploy to cash in on the BB cream craze. This is the only CC cream I've tried so I can't compare it to the others on the market and in all honesty, I don't want to try others.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the consistency is a bit heavy so a little goes a long way. If you're looking for good coverage, this product isn't for you. To me, this CC cream is a bit heavier than a tinted moisturizer but lighter than foundation. If you have red acne marks, definitely use concealer to cover those before applying the CC cream.
I use just a dollop of the CC cream and with a flat foundation brush, I swipe it on my cheeks mainly with just a bit on my chin and forehead. (they've got concealer already)
I take my Sephora #45 brush to buff in the cream and then finish off with my MAC SF powder foundation. The result is a smooth, dewy and polished look.
I do have to touch up a couple of times during the day but I'm willing to deal with that in the cold months. The staying power is decent and I think it's because I finish off with a powder foundation.
I'd recommend this CC cream for normal to dry skin types who want a light, dewy finish.
I do not recommend it if your skin is on the oilier side or if you want medium to full coverage.
The colour selection is limited, especially for darker skin tones.
Well done Clinique and a definite repurchase.
I picked up a sample size of this as a 100 point product from sephora. It's too thick and greasy for me. I gave it time to set on my skin before applying my foundation and I did not like the texture and result. I have combo/oily skin so this didn't work with my skin type. Thank god I didn't purchase the full size.
Clinique - Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 review December 2013
I love the texture, It feels light yet creamy on my skin, and it almost feels like my skin is 'drinking' it in leaving my skin looking glowy healthy and beautiful. If you like a natural, glowy, dewy look -this might be the product for you. I use the light and it lets my skin tone come through and definitely stays dewy throughout the day. While it is not full coverage it covers flaws and is very flattering. If you are trying to hide brown pigmentation spots like me this doesn’t quiet cover them, but will just sort of even things out a little. On a good skin day I wore it alone and with Cliniques even better foundation on other days
There is no fragrance that I could pick up, and I really like the sleek packaging. It's convenient and hygienic and I had no worries about it breaking when I travelled with it in November this year.
It corrects, protects and perfects! SPF 30 is awesome, part of the moisture surge range so is hydrating, and has optic technology where it bounces the light giving a very natural and radiant look to the skin.
Id buy this again.
I really wanted to like this product as I normally do well with Clinique, but it was impossible. This product was absolutely horrid for me. I have forced myself to use half the bottle as it was expensive and I wanted to give it a fair shake, but it's intolerable and has to go. The formula is SO thick - I had to mix it with my regular moisturizer in order to even spread it evenly. Otherwise it just kind of got stuck on my skin and left streaks. The coverage, even cut w/a light moisturizer, is extremely heavy and cakey. It's the only product I've used that actually rubs off and leaves makeup marks on any piece of clothing it comes in contact with, not even my long wearing foundation does that. Worst of all, it gave me terrible cystic acne. I'm 33 years old and have never had breakouts but I'm guaranteed at least one huge and painful pimple every 2 weeks on this. Sadly, an all over fail.
This is my favorite makeup of all time! It has excellent coverage but looks completely natural. Keep in mind that while this product can replace foundation, it is NOT a foundation, so it will not feel like foundation. It does feel heavy when you first put it on your skin because it is a "cream", but give it a chance to soak in and I think you will find that it is very lightweight. This product is perfect for my combination skin. I would not recommend this for oily skin, unless you used a mattifier and a setting powder. I don't need to use anything with this on my skin. It gives me a natural, dewy finish that is just gorgeous. The first day I wore this CC cream, I was at work and a lady came up to the desk and looked at me and said "wow, you're beautiful!" First time a random stranger has said that to me! If you like creams over foundations but still want the excellent coverage, give this a try. I also think that at $35 it is a very good value. You only need a pea-sized amount to cover your face, so the tube lasts for a really long time.
Something about myself:
Chinese ethnic lives in humid super hot tropical city
skin type: combination oily with acne prone, the yucky oily mostly appears on my T zone (a lot!), my chin and my monolid's eyelid
skin color: NC30 or C3 on MAC, with yellow undertone
- I bought this on natural colour, matches perfectly on my skin
- paraben free
- decent amount of SPF (30) with natural sunscreen ingredient
- blend nicely with finger (my favorite method, I don't really like using brush to blend my foundation/bb cream, am planning to try beauty blender though)
- great packaging, easy to travel with, very light, and you can cut it when it is finishing
- it doesn't smell at all, I couldn't smell any perfume in it. It doesn't state any perfume on the ingredient also.
- too greasy on my oily skin. I already use MAC blot powder on top of the cc cream, but it only holds 4-5 hours until it becomes so greasy.
- I think it breaks my skin out, I'm still suspecting, need more time to actually sure about this since I have only been using this on and off for 2 month.
- very low coverage, even for daily use, it could wiped easily from skin when it becomes too greasy.
- quite expensive
I really really really really want to love this product, but each time I use it, the more I hated it. But I will try to finish the whole bottle and see if I change my mind.
I normally like Clinique products. They have launched it exactly at the moment I needed a buy a new foundation so I didnt hesitate.
Now, I want my foundation to be like the clothes I choose to wear: to look nice but also to be cozy, comfy and provide comfort all day long would it be in work, after work drinks, dinner with a special one.
So I like my foundation to look natural and nice but its also hugely important to me that it wears nice. That it wraps my skin, give it an extra moisture and feels comfy all day.
Unfortunately, the new Clinique CC cream is really sticky after its applied. Skin is really not nice to touch, it has a wrong texture. I disliked it straight away after first application.
I bought this with high expectations and was let down.
It was easy to apply on my skin and it did cover some of my dark spots around my cheeks. The packaging is nice, compact and it was easy to squeeze the cream out of the tube. The cream stayed on for a good 2 hours before my skin started to oil a little. I had to touch up a few times because the cream did not stay on for too long. It lasted for a mere 3 hours tops.
The coverage is good but the formula is very oily.
I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to make-up, but I do know that I usually have a hell of a lot of trouble trying to find products that match my skin tone. For reference, I'm Indian with serious yellow undertones and oily/combination skin. I also have fairly bad acne and a decent amount of scarring/discolouration.
I'd heard about the wonders of BB/CC creams, but was hesitant to buy online and wind up with something that made me look like a pink cake-face, so I went to Myer to test out a couple of products. After trying out a few different foundations from a variety of brands, I decided to go with this 'medium deep' Clinique CC cream.
IT'S AMAZING. A tiny pea-sized amount is enough to cover my whole face, and after applying with a foundation brush the results are pretty remarkable. My skin tone is completely even, and it doesn't even look/feel like I'm wearing anything at all! It does feel a bit dewy upon application, but that only lasts for a little while. Although you can still see a bit of discolouration, I just use a bit of Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder makeup and I find that this combination lasts for ages (seriously I can have it on for a whole day, sleep with it, and it still looks awesome the next morning - and it doesn't make me breakout!). Additionally, this combo completely prevents my face from getting oily during the day. I've also tried using some Estee foundation in between the two, but I think it feels a bit too thick and there's really no need for it.
The CC cream is sufficient on its own if you're in a rush, or just want to duck to the shops or something. My main issue is that I'm really self-conscious of my acne, so I'll consistently moisturise, then use the CC cream with some sort of powder to finish the job. You can still see a teeny-tiny bit of scarring etc., so if you wanted hardcore coverage, you'd probably be best using a MAC powder foundation on top of the CC cream, but the MAC foundation I have isn't exactly my colour so I'd rather go with a more natural look that matches my skin perfectly.
I'm just so glad that I've found something that suits my colour! I know I've said this already, but somehow this product works wonders for my skin while still looking completely natural. Love it!! xx