Clinique — Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Review

I received Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief in a GWP size a long while ago (November 2015, to be accurate) and I recently dug it up in an effort to use up all my skincare.

Skin Types: All
Lush cream-gel penetrates skin, enhancing natural hyaluronic acid—nature’s perfect moisture magnet. For 24 satisfying hours, skin is plumped, dewy, glowing—from the inside out. Oil-free.

It doesn’t mention this on the website, but the packaging says you can also try it as a 5-minute moisture mask. I find this slightly confusing: if you use this as a moisturizer, which is how it’s advertised, it would just stay on your skin all day, anyway. If you use it as a mask, you’d just apply it and rinse it off after the suggested 5-minutes? Why?!

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief GWP
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief GWP

In any case, I really like this moisturizer! I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of the Moisture Surge moisturizers, so I feel kind of dumb, now. They’ve been around forever, haven’t they?

It has a gel-like consistency and feels so nice and cool to the touch. The texture is light and while it doesn’t necessarily sink into the skin perfectly—it leaves a light, non-greasy something on the skin—it does make for a very nice base for foundation, so it kind of works like a primer, too.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief GWP
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief GWP

I have very dry, flaky skin, particularly in winter, so I didn’t think this would work that well for me. However, it definitely works better than I would have anticipated, so I think this would be a great summertime moisturizer. My skin feels smoother and less flaky after using this moisturizer for a couple of weeks, in the daytime.

Bonus: it is a fragrance-free product, like all of Clinique’s facial skincare.

Would I purchase this in the full size? I can’t be sure, since I have a lot of moisturizers to try and this probably isn’t the one. But if I get it in a GWP again, I’ll be sure to use it up.


Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief comes in two sizes: the 50 mL retails for US$39 / CA$46, and the 75 mL for US$52.50 / CA$61. It is fragrance-free.

Clinique Laboratories LLC, the world’s first dermatologist-tested brand of skincare, was founded in 1968, the brainchild of Estée Lauder’s daughter, Evelyn. Clinique remains under the Estée Lauder Companies and is based in New York, NY, USA.

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6 thoughts on “Clinique — Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Review

  1. That is silly to use this as a mask!
    I tried this moisturizer a while ago through a gwp and I really liked it. I actually think I got a full size of it… I redeemed some Optimum Points for it, I think. 😕 I’ll have to check my stash. My thought was to use it during summer months since it’s a gel cream texture.


  2. Owh yes, this has been around for quite a while! I remember having used it in I think 2008 or 9ish. I even saved the little tub to store my DIY lip scrub.


  3. I’ve heard of this in the past, but never did I think of trying them. Sometimes Clinique seemed too strong for my skin.


  4. That sounds really confusing!! Lol! Though I do have the smaller size of this, but haven’t used it. I will have to give it a try! 🙂


  5. I too like this cream and have never purchased it either. usually I find something cheaper, but it’s a really good cream. also, the mask thing: those moisture masks aren’t to be rinsed off. You slap on more than usual and either go to sleep, or you wait ten minutes and gently wipe off the excess – if there is one left.


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