I’ve tried two very similar moisturisers and compared them: Clinique Moisture Surge Vs. Neutrogena Hydro Boost.
I love moisturisers. My skin is so thirsty I’m on a constant mission to find the perfect quenching moisturiser. Heavy creams can be great, but, like, there’s a time and place, you know? (I.e. when my skin is shedding like a snake and dry as a nun’s…er…sense of humour.) Basically, I don’t want to break out the E45 every day (or ever, really, my skin hates that stuff).
It took me a while to find a moisturiser that was the perfect balance of hydrating, soothing and refreshing; one I could use every day, especially under makeup, that was neither too rich, nor too light. This is where Clinique Moisture Surge comes in.
Say what you will about Clinique’s products, but they’re super generous with their samples. I bought some of their balm cleanser a few months ago and received the cutest, dinkiest little pot of Moisture Surge. I didn’t think much of it at first – heck, I thought it was too cute to use, all small and unassuming – but after the second or third try I thought: hang on, I’m onto something here.
Now, I don’t consider myself pretentious about most things, apart from skincare. I’ve done a LOT of research on ingredients, and looking at those on the box of Clinique Moisture Surge, nothing stands out as particularly beneficial to the skin – nothing worth the hefty price tag, anyway. But the thing is, it feels sooo good on the skin when you’ve just come out of the bath on a really hot day. It’s like a tall, cool glass of water for your skin: it absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling refreshed and hydrated, and then makeup seems to sit beautifully on top of it.
Thing is, I’m not keen on spending over £20 (okay, let’s be real here, over £10) on any item of skincare that just feels nice. If I’m spending a significant amount of money on a moisturiser, I want ceramides, I want niacinamide, I want antioxidants, SPF…I could go on. Last time I checked, Moisture Surge has none of those*.
So I started looking into alternatives and lots of people suggested Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturisers. These had similar messaging (light, hydrating etc), so I thought it was worth a punt to buy one of the moisturisers on offer.
It’s important to note the Hydro Boost range has two different moisturisers: gel cream and gel. I’ve been using the gel cream one.
Clinique Moisture Surge Vs. Neutrogena Hydro Boost
Let me tell you, it’s pretty much exactly the same. The Clinique moisturiser might be a little bit thinner and of course it’s pink, but they’re so similar in consistency and performance, I’d be inclined to say Neutrogena were going for a dupe of Moisture Surge. Normally I’d say “oh, go for the cheap version if you like the feel, but get the expensive version if you like performance”, but honestly, just get the Neutrogena one, they’re that similar: a light, gel-like consistency; easy absorption; fragrance-free; non-sticky.
The only difference is the price tag. But if you’re that worried, Clinique gives samples and has testers and Neutrogena has testers in most Boots stores. Try them and see if you can spot the difference because I can’t.
I don’t have a huge amount more to say, honestly, so this post has ended quite abruptly and I’m not sure where to go with it, so here’s a picture of my dog.
*This may have changed since I last checked, soz if that’s not true.