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Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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1 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Clinique's fragrance-free CC Cream reminds us of their BB cream in that both were made to capitalize on a popular trend in cosmetics, but neither product improves on what's already available. If you're loyal to Clinique, you may want to keep reading; otherwise, there's really nothing to be too excited about here.

If you're wondering what the difference is between CC creams and BB creams, here's the answer: It's all about marketing language, nothing more. Generally, a BB cream from a U.S. brand is akin to a tinted moisturizer, while a CC cream tends to be more like a liquid foundation. In reality, there is no rhyme or reason behind the product names when companies launch their versions of these products—they can be completely different from what you expect.

BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may or may not include beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants or skin-lightening agents (but the best ones do). Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they're made out to be—it's just a new twist on tinted moisturizers and foundations.

Clinique's entry provides broad-spectrum sun protection from a mix of mineral and synthetic actives. The synthetic actives make this product potentially iffy to use right up to the eye, as you normally would a complexion-enhancing product like this, because synthetic sunscreen ingredients can be irritating if applied in the eye area.

This does contain a smattering of beneficial ingredients, but nothing that cannot be found in lots of other products, and it contains nothing that's all that corrective.

Clinique claims this product "creates a natural glow in seconds," and that's due to the satin-like finish it leaves once blended. The texture is creamy and notably thick, which isn't the best for a smooth application, but it's workable with just a bit of effort. Still, this doesn't feel as good as lots of foundations or even as good as some competing CC and BB creams, so our overall thinking is "Why bother?"

Still curious? This provides light to medium coverage, just like lots of liquid foundations, and is best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts.

As for the shades: They're quite good, and include options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin tones. The Medium shade is a bit iffy because it tends to go on slightly peach, and then look more peachy as the day goes on. The darkest shade, Deep, isn't as dark as the name suggests, but it's a good color, as are Very Light, Light, and Light-Medium.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Good shade range.
Cons:
  • Goes on and feels somewhat thick, rather than smooth and lightweight.
  • Considering the hype, the formula doesn't have as many beneficial ingredients as it could.
  • Doesn't distinguish itself as a must-have product; lots of liquid foundations are easier to blend and look better on skin.
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Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Titanium Dioxide 5.2%, and Zinc Oxide 3.2%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Trehalose, Caffeine , Glycerin, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Xanthan Gum, Silica, Alumina, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tin Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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04.13.2015
Much better than Paula's Resist Super-Light Moisturizer SPF

Love the glow and way it reflects light on my skin

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Alba, S.
02.21.2015
CC Claims are Valid

After all the BB/CC hype, I decided to give one a try. I opted for the CC cream which claimed to have more coverage. I am pleased with the product. Coverage is good and my skin does not get oily during the day. I am surprised that some find this difficult to blend because I find it easy to apply. After a serum and lotion, the CC cream goes on easily. I recommend this to all who want a light foundation with medium coverage. (dark spots are also nicely camouflaged and there's no irritation.

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mkay
09.08.2014
Not for oily skin, very cakey

I do have oily skin and realize it does say more for dry skin. I received it with the gift with purchase recently and thought I would try it. I put a light gel moisturizer on with sunscreen first, then the product. I was not able to blend at all hardly. I used a sponge, brush, and fingers, when this stuff starts drying it's almost impossible to move. For me the drying started as soon as it touched my skin. I put some great powder over it, but within a few hours it was cakey, wearing off, oily.

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Brenda M.
04.01.2014
I really like this cc cream

This foundation gives great coverage but looks natural at the same time. It feels very light on the skin. My skin has a pretty glow when I wear this. I have not had any problems with irritation in the eye area and I apply it right up to my lower lash line. This foundation wears well through out the day.

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Annette
11.04.2013
My New Favourite

I LOVE this foundation. Using other Clinique foundations before, I thought I'd try this one, and it has become my new favourite. I have mild Rosacea on my cheeks, and found this coverage to be just the ticket. I was using the 'Redness Solutions', which I liked, but it was more matte than I prefer. I swapped to this, saw an immediate difference. As it's more tacky, use a brush to blend. You can wear it without powder. Use sparingly... SO natural and slightly dewy, great coverage. I adore this!!!

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Christina S.
09.30.2013
it works

I have used Clinique products for decades. I prefer a natural look in makeup and have tried many combinations over the years. The Repairwear serum actually prevents stress breakouts on my face and neck. I now wear it all the time. I apply CC over the serum, blending CC with a brush and the result is good. CC does even out the redness and appearance of dark spots on my face. I finish with a powder to set everything and the finish lasts for most of the day. It works for me.

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Anonymous
09.05.2013
I like this

I like this. I think the reason it gets bad reviews, is more implied by the name CC. It is essentially a moisturizing foundation with SPF and a fair amount of it. It is a bit thick and thus harder to put on, but it stays and doesn't turn funny colors. I like a dewy look, as a matte looks terrible on me. This really lasts and has good coverage. It doesn't hide my red, but nothing else does. This is generally flattering.

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HW
06.06.2013
This is worth trying

I think it is worth trying. I have tried a few BB creams which to me, are nothing more than tinted moisturizer. This is, to me a nice light makeup. I use a damp sponge and it blends great and holds up on my oily/aging skin. As with all Clinique foundations it has a pink under tone. Why do they all have to have that??? But I had success with the light /med in my light yellow/pink skin. In fact it is a wlcome break from all the matte ones I have used. Plus its easy.

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JRein
05.26.2013
langdon

I was disappointed in this. Indeed as Paula's review states, it is not that different from a BB product. I had hoped it would be more moisturizing and easy to apply. It is somewhat thick and is hard to apply smoothly, looking choppy. Hard to blend to even finish.

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