Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief - Why I love a good Toner

Clinique has some really wonderful products in their range - their Cream Shaper eyeliners are great, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is one of the few skincare items that I have now used for years and the High Impact mascara never disapoints and even if I try other mascaras (psst, there are two new ones waiting for me at home) I always repurchase the High Impact. However, even though there are some true gems in their line when they don't get it right, they really  don't get it right: their cleansing soaps that "shrunk" and drided out my skin, the "wonder" that is the Anti-Blemish Solution Clarifying Lotion and most of their SAs that I had contact with were very pushy which doesn't help either. 

Luckily, I now found another Clinique product that I absolutely love. Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief is a very basic toner that contains some hydrating and antioxidant ingredients and no perfume, plant oils, essential oils or alcohol. This may sound kind of boring and nothing special but here's a challenge for you: find me another toner that doesn't contain any of these ingredients. It feels lovely on my sensitive skin and even though I never really believed that toners would be an essential part of my skincare regime I now use this spray every night and it has really helped with my skin, which is getting drier now that the days are getting so much colder. 

This toner for me works equally well in the Winter and in the warmer months - every winter I usually changed my skincare products and added a new heavier cream or lotion so that my skin would get more moisture but I find that adding the toner as the second step works much better for me as it gives me the moisture that I need but without the greasiness/oiliness of most products aimed at drier skin types and it has helped with minimizing those pesky flakies of dry skin as well. It's also lovely to use in the warmer months because it feels so refreshing and light on the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Sorbitol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

I also like the packaging of this product: it's a very basic spray bottle so you don't need to use a cotton pad to apply it but you can just spritz it all over your face (and you can scare your boyfriend by randomly spraying it in his face).

One thing that I really don't like about it is the price: 30-ish euros for a 125 ml bottle in Slovenia and 21 dollars for the same thing in the US. Not fair, Clinique, not fair!

Do you use a toner or do you think it's not a necessary item in your skincare routine?


  1. I've not really tried a great deal from Clinique, although this sounds nice as my skin is dehydrated.
    I tended to use toners more when my skin is upset but now I try to use everyday as I think they do help.

  2. Hi Meeta! This one is really nice for irritated skin, I think you'd like it. By the way, which toner are you using at the moment? x

  3. Hi Klara
    I'm using Antipodes Ananda which is a gentle one too and feels pleasant to use. I'm going to review this once I've used it a bit more. x

  4. Thanks, Meeta! Off to google that one now, haven't really heard of Antipodes before. Looking forward to reading your review :)

  5. Hi Klara, what a lovely picture--- I really love the contrast between the pink plastic and rustic wood table. I love sprays but I haven't tried clinique's yet. I think your comment on ingredients was very pointed and helpful. Currently I'm using LUSH's tea tree spray.

  6. Thank you Dovey! I love that old table, and I have to say it's pretty photogenic. I often get annoyed about irritating ingredients in skincare and then I make sure that I annoy everyone else around me :) I haven't tried the LUSH toner yet, but it's nice if it has tea tree oil in it as it's supposed to be a good ingredient against acne and bacteria, I will look up the ingredients of this toner, thank you. x



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