I remember purchasing this product some time in late January, or February. It is now September, I've reached the bottom of the jar and I'm trying to scoop out whatever's left. It only goes to show how I've voraciously consumed it, especially during the summer months in the subtropical humid heat.
Make no mistake, this is not a miracle product - it has its flaws, but I love it too much, it does what it says on the box, and that's enough for me. I don't think this gel/cream? Is particularly moisturing, compare to my other well loved (winter) moisturiser, the Nivea daily express moisture for dry skin, but I don't need that much hydration in the summer anyway, so I still find it abundantly adequate for summer daily use. When applied, it feels cool and a little bit tingling, it flushes my skin with just enough moisture and then very quickly, dries to a matte finish - and also tightens all the pores on the skin around my nose. My face looks much better just with this gel alone, more even, brightened and fresh. However, the pore tightening effect doesn't last the whole day. I have oily combination skin, and if there's nothing else on my face but this, the pores will come back within hours in intense heat and sweating. I don't mind, (and I think no one should rely on a moisturiser to fix your pore problem, because it probably means the product contains loads of alcohol) this smooths out my face like a baby's bottom and my foundation, concealer and what not glide on it with no problem.
The strangest thing is, their anti-shine clai is really true, but not on the regard that it will reduce your oil production. I find that using this gel, even if my skin produces oil at the usual rate (2-4 hours after application, depend on the weather and humidity), my face just doesn't LOOK shiny. It shines, a bit, but not like an oil slick, just a glow. If I feel too oily, I just take a napkin and dab dab dab all over my face, and my make up is good as new. The effect is very interesting.
I don't think this would be good for people with dry skin, because I don't think it could give you enough moisture, especially not in the winter - I bought it in late winter and only began to use it regularly until late spring and throughout the summer. I have dry patches that flake on the top of my nose, on my cheeks/on the sides of my face, and this can't fix that, but that's not its job, it's a moisturiser, not an exfoliator, so I'm not upset. It's quite expensive where I live, but seriously, so far it has lasted me over 8 months of daily use. I can live with that, and I will gladly buy it again. But I think I will put it off for a while because winter is approaching, I will need more moisture during that time as well, and this will not serve.
Overall: great moisturiser for the summer, mattifies, tightens pores initially, good make up base, does control the shine as promised. I have never had any problem with acne outbreak or any allergic reaction from it.
P/s: My pores do seem to have been reduced, but I wouldn't attribute it to the HydraFresh alone, as I use it in tandem with many other trusted products. But it somehow kinda helps a bit, I guess.
P/p/s: I have also mixed this several of my foundations, concealer and BB creams and it also works very well that way: the mixture dries and sets faster to a very light, natural finish, has a nice subtle glow to it, and it helps glue the other product into my skin very well. So it's quite versatile as well.