Hi Everyone,

Life is like a coin they say, it has its two sides, the head and the tail, the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly, the yin and the yang. The product I am about to review today unfolded its two sides to me too. Here is a review of the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask is a creamy moisturiser that hydrates the skin from deep within while you sleep. It is from Clinique’s Moisture Surge range that promises to be oil-free and one that ‘quenches the skin’s thirst’ like none other. The texture is creamy but very light at the same time, it penetrates the skin quickly rendering the skin soft to touch.

I bought this mask (or moisturiser as we shall call it) in October last year. My skin is acne prone and sensitive and to me this looked like the ideal moisturiser to be used before bed, hydrating, oil free and nourishing. However, it broke me out badly. I continued to use it till the mid of December to give it a chance and let my skin get used it to it. But it never worked for me. The moisturiser did nourish the skin as promised, the skin would feel supple to touch in the morning but with acne popping out faster than I could imagine. I finally gave it up and requested my husband to use it (cause he does not have sensitive skin like I do and plus this is an expensive product). But he started breaking out as well and we called it quits.

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

After discontinuing this product for about 20 days now, my skin is returning back to normal. Of course I have a lot of acne scarring now but have no active break outs any more. I have switched to the Simple Kind to Skin Night Cream and my face is feeling a lot better. Plus the facial cleanser from Burst of Happyness, reviewed here, is also helping a lot along with a facial oil from the same brand.

Usually, I do not do negative reviews on my blog, but throwing this word of caution felt important to me for Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask is expensive as I said. It retails for Rs 2950 for 100 ml. And since for almost a decade now, I have worked hard to keep my acne at bay, getting them back was more than a nightmare. However, a point to note is that Clinque’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief worked fine for me in the past. It never broke me out, but again it was gel based and therefore perhaps suited my skin better.

However, I have also read rave reviews about the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask and there are many women across the globe who love it. So my best guess is that it may work for you if you do not have acne prone skin or have dry mature skin that is not prone to breakouts.

Let me know in the comments below if the same has ever happened to you specially when a product claims to be oil free, allergy tested and suitable for all skin types. I will see you in my next post on Friday, until then stay tuned and do not forget to participate in the giveaway which is open till January 24th.

xoxo Makeupxpressions

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  1. Sangeeta January 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Sounds like something for dry skinned people to try out. I have oily acne prone skin. Maybe I could try a sample first.
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      makeupxpressions January 16, 2016 at 11:42 am Reply

      Sure Sangeeta but be careful if you have acne prone skin.

  2. aditi January 13, 2016 at 5:54 pm Reply

    very expensive…..sad that this did not work for you
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  3. Lauren January 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm Reply

    I have only tried it once so far but it was amazing on my skin, I do however have very very dry skin, so that could be why it worked so well for me

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      makeupxpressions January 16, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply

      Yep, maybe my skin revolted because I bought the full size, sample worked and felt so good when I tried it for the first time!

  4. Swathi January 14, 2016 at 3:55 am Reply

    Yup it has happened. Expensive raved product has failed me. I dont know is it only me, but the simple not much expensive products do wonder for me. I am keeping distance from this. Thanks :)
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      makeupxpressions January 16, 2016 at 11:48 am Reply

      Me too I guess and simpler inexpensive products are easier to toss off in case of trouble. But this one, omg, I don’t know what to do with it!! Maybe use it as a body cream!

  5. shampita@Therainbowlady January 14, 2016 at 5:42 am Reply

    So surprising that Clinique products causes break outs too. I totally agree with Swathi, for me too I have noticed that the inexpensive products works like a charm whereas the expensive ones are not up to the mark.

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  6. Perkymegs January 14, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply

    Nice review. I don’t think it will suit my oily skin :(
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  7. Kiss & Make-up January 14, 2016 at 10:25 am Reply

    Oh no! :-O I’m so sorry to hear it broke you out. My skin is also acne-prone, but it really loved this mask. So strange…
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      makeupxpressions January 16, 2016 at 11:53 am Reply

      I am glad it works for you! I wish it did for me too :(

  8. Ankita January 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm Reply

    I have not used this product but reading your review has made me cautious. I have dry skin but I am not sure if it will break me out or not. Great review!
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  9. Mariyam January 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm Reply

    It’s sad to see an expensive product turning out to be a dud. Same has happened to me in the past but different brand :(
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  10. anubhuti January 19, 2016 at 9:52 am Reply

    OMG, product causing break out is a nightmare especially when you are doing everything possible to avoid that :( and if a product this much costly does that, it breaks my heart :( I am glad your skin is getting back to normal..I am staying away from this forever.
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  11. Vishakha@Reviewwali January 21, 2016 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Great review. Sad that the product failed and couldn’t be on its claims.

  12. Ghazala Naseem January 23, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

    Thanks for the detailed review , I have not used his product and now after reading your review would not like to try it as my skin is oily and I am very careful in choosing products for my face .

  13. Lana January 24, 2016 at 2:36 pm Reply

    This product has actually gotten a bad review on Paula’s Choice. The next time the Clinique SA tells me “our products are dermatologically tested, they will not break you out” I will pull out this review & show it to her !
    On a more serious note, its terrible that it broke you out :( I have a sample of this & now I’m scared to use it.
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  14. Emmy February 13, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

    It is just so upsetting when expensive products break you out! This is a no no as my skin just breaks out at anything! Thanks for the honest review dear! xx
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  15. Komal@AbeautyPalette January 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply

    It is disappointing when such expensive and raved products can react so badly with your skin :( Anyway lovely review babe!

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