Guest review: Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15

Hi ladies! Earlier in the year I was very fortunate to receive a sample of the Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 in beige when I attended a sneak preview at Clinique HQ but unfortunately it was too dark for me. It was such a shame because I really enjoy the products from the Moisture Surge range and I love tinted moisturizer so I really wanted to try the combination of them both. Luckily I was able to pass it onto D's sister P who will be guest reviewing the product for me today. This is the first guest review on Cosmetic Cupcake and it hopefully won't be the last!

I have to refer to D's sister as P because her name is quite unusual. She's a super lawyer by trade and is a HUGE basketball lover and plays whenever she can. She isn't all that into makeup at all and when she does she uses mainly drugstore products. I'm trying to get her into more beauty related things!

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 in 04 Beige:

What they say:

"A super hydrating, lightweight modern gel-cream, this tinted moisturiser offers just enough coverage to create an even, flawless complexion. The smooth texture blends evenly and effortlessly, leaving skin feeling cool, refreshed and completely hydrated. Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser delivers all day colour, provides an immediate boost of moisturisation and strengthens skin's moisture barrier, bringing dry and delicate skin back into a health balance. Perfect for all foundation-phobes, it's appropriate for all skin type and provides a hint of skin-perfecting colour with just enough coverage to make the appearance of imperfections disappear providing a naturally pretty look."

The review:

Hi ladies! It seems that poor 'chelle is still trying to get her health back so I thought that I would try and help out with a few product reviews. I'm not a big cosmetics fan for 3 reasons:

One, I don't know how to apply make up properly. Sometimes I go to make up stores / sections and hesitantly pick up a product. "Can I help you Miss?" "yes, um... what is this?" "That's loose powder". "Oh... ok, thanks" I didn't buy it. Because I don't know what loose powder is. Maybe it's the opposite of tight powder.

Two, I'm lazy (see One). I can't even expand on the reason, I'm that lazy.

Three, I don't have time. I can't believe I even have time to write this. I'd normally be working. Or studying. Or playing basketball. Did I ever tell you that basketball is my passion?

So when 'chelle asked me to road test some cosmetics that she was unable to try (because I'm so much darker than her), I said I'd definitely try - as she explained to me what tinted moisturiser was and handed me my first product.

When I think of Clinique I think of old women. No offence to 'chelle cos I know how much she swears by Clinique. ('chelle: I'm slightly obsessed with Clinique, must be the pastel packaging haha.) But I'm definitely seeing a younger market appeal with this foundation.

Quick application is essential for me - less than 1 minute at most, for the entire face (mind you I have a tiny face). This moisturiser definitely met that test. Very smooth, light and fantastic coverage with fingers. It didn't feel oily and I hardly had to use much. It even smelt fresh. A good size in this cute 30ml bottle, perfect to take around in my bag already full of basketball shoes, gym gear and lunch. Another essential is fast removal, without residue. Again - tick. I only use Cetaphil to wash my face, and this moisturiser came off easily with this trusty cleanser, in no time. It covers blemishes well and doesn't rub off or flake like other tinted moisturisers. This can be worn on its own (which I do as I don't have time to apply tight or loose powder on top) or under make up.

I use this straight after I have played ball. The coverage lasts even though I haven't quite cooled down yet and end up with a sweaty nose and a sweat moustache.

My only reservation would be cost, so I'd wait to see just how long this bottle lasted and if I thought it was really worth the Clinique price tag, which I assume to be about $50. ('chelle: Good guess!) However, overall I would definitely recommend Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15.

Details: Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 is available in 6 shades from and Clinique counters nationally for $50.

It is available for purchase in the US from for $24.50US.

The product featured in this post was provided to me for consideration and I then passed it on to D's sister. As always, reviews on Cosmetic Cupcake are 100% honest. My Disclosure Policy can be viewed here.


  1. Hi, P! and 'chelle! Great review! It was very entertaining to read, and I even Lol'd a few times.

  2. @Ashylynn: Hi Ashlynn!! I'm so glad you liked P's review and got a few lols =D She'll be doing more reviews for me in the future!

  3. P is hilarious. I think she's super entertaining and that was a great read!

    I've been meaning to try the tinted moisturiser as well because I am a SUPPERRRR fan of Clinique. I probably have a borderline obsession with Clinique. AHAH.

    Although I am worried that the colour will be too dark. I remember when I was in HK, they didn't have this product. Hopefully they will soon! And fingers crossed that it'll come in lighter colours.

  4. Haha! Hey D's sister P! Loved this review huny, really enjoyed reading it! :D Not tried Clinique foundations ya know, but I've heard nothing but good things about them! Chat to ya soon sweety pie!

    Love Aysh xoxo

  5. This was so much fun to read, P has a great sense of humour. Good to read a review from a non beauty expert, was very honest.


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