Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Clinique Moisture Surge Gel vs Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - Review & Comparison

Gel textures in skincare work wonderfully on my skin. The moisture quenches any dry patches on my skin and the light consistency doesn't disturb the oily areas of my face. They have become my 'go-to' moisturisers over oil-free or mattifying moisturisers recently.

The two I currently have in my skincare stash are the Clinique Moisturise Surge Gel and the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. One is more high end and the other is drugstore and more affordable, so what is the difference? Are they comparable?

Clinique Moisture Surge Gel vs Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - Review & Comparison

Clinique Moisture Surge is a cult classic! It's a super lightweight gel that melts into the skin, it instantly relieves any tight feeling after cleansing and soothes the skin. I notice a difference in my skin when using the Moisture Surge Gel, it looks fresher and plumped. It has a slight scent but nothing offensive and it is unlikely to upset sensitive skins.
Germaphobes might not like the pot packaging as you have to put your finger in to scoop the product out. I have seen tiny little skincare spatulas on eBay so this might be a good way to get around this issue.
The 25ml size is £25, 50ml is £37 and the largest size, 75ml is £46. It is often on offer in Duty-Free so keep an eye out!

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is £12.99 for a 50ml jar, so it's considerably cheaper than the Clinique option.
The most obvious difference is the scent, the Neutrogena Gel is more heavily fragranced which is a shame, as some people are sensitive to this. If you don't mind a scented product, it does give a very similar, plumped look to the skin as the Clinique. 

I find applying the Clinique Gel much more luxurious than I do with the Neutrogena one, I wonder if this is a placebo effect, as I know it's more expensive? Both are lovely products, with only the scent and the price being the major differences.




  1. Thanks for the comparison! I used to go through jars of Clinique moisture surge. It works for me as overnight mask as well. It's a shame that the Neutrogena one is heavily scented but good to know that it's comparable!

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