Clarins • HydraQuench Cooling Cream-Gel • Moisturizers

rated 4.1(41 reviews)

Average Rating.4.1
Would buy this product again.73%

rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* sterlingK on 10/26/2014 12:07:00 AM more reviews by sterlingK

Age: 30-35   Skin: Very Oily, Fair   Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse   Eyes: Other    

Okay so my review is for the hydraquench gel-cream normal to combination skin, it does not say "cooling" on it. Hope this is still the right spot. Anyway I picked this up at sephora after asking the sales associate about a foundation I was interested in and telling her that I was finding my previously nice BB cream was not looking too great lately. Skin was flakey and uneven but still I had a very oily t zone. She recommended using a moisturizer morning and night instead to try and balance out my skin and make any foundation look better. I wasn't sure I believed her but what did I have to lose? Sephora has a great return policy and my skin was looking...well not great.
I have tried basic moisturizers before (complex 15, olay, nivea) and even some serums thinking a moisturizer might be too thick and break me out (olay serum and mac skin brightening which I still love btw).
So it's been a month and a half and it seems to be making a difference. My skin and BB cream do look better, no flakes and although at first I thought I was getting oilier it really seems to have calmed down. I don't need to blot as much at work and I stopped using a primer under my BB cream to keep it in place (I just don't need it anymore as it's not sliding off my face). I apply it every morning, not always at night. Nights I alternate between this and mac skin brightening serum which is amazing but isn't moisturizing enough to use on it's own all the time (it does make my skin look so even and glowly though). I do use an AHA every other day or so but that wasn't helping with the flaking in my case.

Issues- the jar sucks, it's huge and annoying, I hate the lip on it. Price, it's too expensive. Scent, it smells lovely but I'd prefer less fragrance.

Pros - my skin looks better overall, foundations/BB's applying better and I have found that using this on makeup free days (these are new btw thanks to this moisturizer) gives my face a nice fresh look that I'm not ashamed to leave the house with lol. No real breakouts so far, I have had a few random pimples but that's not too unusual for me so I can't blame this product (not yet anyway, I'll edit if I find it's an issue)
Would repurchase.

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rated 5 of 5 Justteaformethanks on 9/25/2014 8:03:00 AM more reviews by Justteaformethanks

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

Holy grail when it comes to moisturizer. I have acne prone skin and most moisturizers are to heavy (spots! acne!) and others that do not break me out do not moisturize enough. This one is fantastic, the redness in my skin is gone and my skin looks great. The only downside is the packaging: there is a bit of a rim just underneath the cap, and because of that it is impossible to get all the product out of the pot. Otherwise: great product: will repurchase!

EDIT: My opinion of the Clarins moisturizer itself hasn't changed. However, I have switched to another moisturizer that gives more moisture and doesn't break me out either: Ducray Ictiane HD. Reason for the change was the prize. The Ducray cream is much cheaper (about 12,- compared to the Clarins one which is about 45,-).

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rated 5 of 5 bitterchoc0787 on 6/22/2014 11:31:00 AM more reviews by bitterchoc0787

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Black    

This is a great moisturiser. I live in a humid country and battle with oily skin. However, at the same time, my skin gets dry at times. Clarins gel-creme has worked really well for me. It moisturises without overdoing it. It's light and absorbs quickly, doesn't cause breakouts or sensitivity. The fragrance is nice too. I use this in combination with Clarins Iris Toner and the duo has been amazing at keeping my face bright and clear.

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rated 4 of 5 simzbaby on 5/2/2014 11:03:00 PM more reviews by simzbaby

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

One of my favorite moisturizers! Light weight yet moisturizing. Doesn't break my skin out. Keeps my skin supple and matte. I also like the fresh scent. Tried other products but always come back to HydraQuench cream gel.

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rated 1 of 5 daisydaisys on 4/6/2014 5:27:00 PM more reviews by daisydaisys

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

Over scented and therefore irritating to the skin.

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rated 2 of 5 pianoBUTTER on 4/2/2014 12:39:00 PM more reviews by pianoBUTTER

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm   Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse   Eyes: Black    

My skin absorbs this really fast but after a few hours it starts getting greasy and shiny. I've tested all of the moisturizers from the HydraQuench range but none could ever work. They don't hydrate or moisturize my skin as much as I need them to. I got a few samples of Clarins Bright Plus HP range recently and thank god both day and night creams suit my skin and the weather here (I live in the tropics). They're more hydrating compared to HydraQuench and my face looks fresh everyday even after long hours on campus.

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rated 5 of 5 glamfish on 3/15/2014 4:24:00 AM more reviews by glamfish

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

What I love about this product is that it absorbs quickly and still leaves my skin matte. I have huge issues with moisturizers giving me that greasy look and this one has given me a lovely glow. My skin never felt tight and you don't need much so it lasts quite a few months!

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* tigerlily217 on 12/10/2013 12:37:00 AM more reviews by tigerlily217

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Black, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

This moisturizer does a great job at keeping your skin hydrated while keeping it matte. It seems to absorb instantly and doesn't leave an extra layer on your skin. Which is definitely great if you have oily or combination skin. I do like the scent but I find it overpowering because it just stays on your skin and doesn't seem to disappear. I am not fond of the packaging because it doesn't seem hygienic to keep putting my fingers into the tub for more product. This is a good moisturizer overall but I ended up giving this to my boyfriend since I am switching over to Dr. Hauschka products.

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rated 4 of 5 ooohdiamonds on 8/12/2013 3:37:00 AM more reviews by ooohdiamonds

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

I really like this moisturiser for normal skin. It helps out by quenching my skin and improving its texture. My skin looks noticeably softer and 'glowing' because HydraQuench has helped nurse my skin back to health. The texture is great because it is not greasy and easily absorbed. It has a light, fresh scent that is not overpowering which I like. It is on the expensive side, but I feel like it is worth the money. The lady at Clarins counter told me to put a pearl-sized amount on my hands, and rub together to 'warm' the lotion. Then pat it on your face, rather than rubbing it in. With the small amount being used, I feel like the entire jar should last a little while. The only downside is the fact it is in a jar- I would've preferred a pump so I don't have to dip my fingers into the jar. I find that a little unhygienic. In winter when my skin gets a little drier, I don't think this moisturiser will be enough on its own to maintain hydration though,

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* kwill89 on 6/2/2013 9:46:00 AM more reviews by kwill89

Age: 19-24   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Straight   Eyes: Brown    

This product was disastrous. My original review stated that it was great, well fast-forwarding a month after purchase, I honestly have to say that the amount of perfume in this product managed to irritate my not-too-sensitive skin to a point where I am still recovering from the breakout!! I returned it ASAP and got the Origins Ginzing Moisturizer instead which is a million X better!!! This Clarins moisturizer dulled the skin and I had to put more and more on because it seemed to absorb quickly but yet made my skin feel tight, and my skin is not even dry!! I have regular normal-combination skin, and the SA at Shoppers Drugmart told me that my skin was dehydrated and that I needed to buy this...Well, I'm glad I was able to return it. What a terrible product. I really insist that everyone who is contemplating buying this product should go instead of their local Sephora or Origins counter and buy the Origins Ginzing Moisturizer instead...It does everything that this Clarins one is supposed to do, and brightens too. It will not breakout the skin. This Clarins moisturizer is a pass!

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