Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Light Medium Review



Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Light Medium


Hello all,

Today I’ll be reviewing my first ever CC cream. Yes, I haven’t used any BB cream and CC cream until my brother brought me the ever popular Clinique Moisture surge CC cream from his way back from Germany with many other beauty and skin care products. I heard so much about BB and CC creams, and really wanted to use one, but I am pink toned and the BB creams that are easily available in India are maximum yellow toned. Thus I had to skip always. Poor me 🙁
So, when my brother bought me this I was happy beyond words.


Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream


About Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream:

Benefits: Moisturizes, Multitasks, SPF

Skin Types: Works for all skin types.

One simple step for glowing skin. Lightweight formula instantly colour corrects a range of complexion concerns – redness, dullness, sallowness – so all you see is a healthy-looking glow. Oil-free hydration and sunscreen mean a more flawless look tomorrow, too.  Each versatile shade is appropriate for a range of skin tones and undertones.


Clinique CC Cream Moisture Surge


Price:- 35$ , INR 2100 at Clinique outlets in India

My experience with Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Light Medium :

Packaging: It comes in a creamy peachy pink colored squeeze tube with a silver screw cap. It had a mint colored outer cover too. I couldn’t photograph it as my brother threw it away for “optimize utilization of suitcase space.” *WEIRD*. The tube looks compact, cute and goes in your vanity with ease.

Shade cart:


Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream shadechart


Shade chart pic courtesy: Clinique

The Shade: I got “light medium” which is placed sixth amongst the nine shades Clinique has in the CC cream range. It is pretty dark yellowish beige and not exactly what I look for. The shade is not suitable for my NW25 skin tone. The shade makes me look very yellow and sick, instead of making me look fresh and radiant. Moreover, it has strong yellow tones. It doesn’t look that dark in the swatch, but in real it is very much dark compared to my skin tone. *Feel like killing my brother*

Texture: The first time I applied, I thought it is very creamy and moisturizing, which I like as I have normal to dry skin. But upon blending, it didn’t seem to be much moisturizing and felt drying, hard to blend and tacky. If you want it to work without looking tacky, you just need a moisturizer beneath. Another trick of using this is to pat and blend the edges, instead of rubbing it on skin like moisturizers.


Clinique CC Cream spf 30


Coverage: When I apply dots of it on my face and start blending, it seemed like it would give a pretty high coverage. But as soon as you start blending properly, the coverage goes down, and you are left with a light to maximum a possibly medium coverage. That means if you have scars and blemishes to hide, this won’t do it. But on a good note, its light coverage gives a natural finish, hides minor redness and flaws and evens out skin.

Staying power: Stays pretty long, almost throughout the day on me and this is mainly because I don’t sweat much. I have used it as a prep and prime under my foundation, and it definitely made the whole look better and long staying.

How it works on me: As I said, this particular shade isn’t for me. Its dark for my skin tone. As per the coverage and texture, CC means color corrector, and this cream does a decent job on me by giving a natural finish to my skin without adding much color coverage. The texture works on me too when blended fast and with a light moisturizer beneath. This corrects redness of skin too. I am left with red cheeks whenever I go out in summers and winters. This works well in correcting that too.


Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream usage


Summing up my LIKES and DISLIKES:

What I like about Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream:

  • Corrects color, does what a CC cream is meant to do. Perfects complexion by reducing redness and minor flaws.
  • Natural finish, perfect for everyday.
  • Doesn’t turn too dewy or too oily.
  • Contains SPF 30.
  • Quick absorbing formula.
  • Appears to be thick at first, but is very light on skin once blended properly.
  • The light weight formula is great for Indian hot sultry weathers.
  • Can be used alone or as a base under foundation.
  • Stays long and if worn as base, makes your makeup lasts long as well.
  • Nice packaging.

What I don’t like about Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream:

  • Light coverage. Will not hide scars, freckles and blemishes. You’ll need a concealer with this.
  • Need to be blended fast, cause once it sets, it becomes hard to blend.
  • If skin is too dry and not moisturized properly it appears patchy and tacky.
  • Availability.
  • Pricey.

Final Thoughts : Now this is one product that took me real long time to make up my mind.  I am keeping aside the “shade” problem. It is solely my brother’s fault. 😛 He didn’t even ask me before buying.

But, the rest?? Basically I am still on the fence. It is my first ever CC cream and I fell short of my expectations actually. It is true that it perfects complexion concerns including redness and dullness and protects skin with SPF too. But I wish it was a bit more hydrating. It looks weird and blotchy when one tries to rub. It cannot hide any scars or blemishes. It will just make a good skin look great.

Recommendation? So, if you want a light coverage CC cream that will act as a second skin, then you can give this a try, otherwise you have many other options in the market to choose from.

Repurchase? Definitely not this shade. But, despite of the cons, I want to try “my shade”.

Rating: 3/5

Note:- Light medium will suit around NC40 but do pop in store and get color matched before buying.

Have you tried Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream?

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