Dan Thompson: Beauty Busted


Clinique Moisture Surge SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer

Is It Worth The Money?

One of the fastest growing trends in cosmetics in the blurring of the distinction between skin care and make up. It was true, years ago, that make up was something that could seriously impede the benefits of skin care. That has changed a lot in the last few years. More and more make up type items are much closer to being skin care than traditional beauty enhancing formulas.

Clinique, with this new product, is definitely following that trend.

Clinique Moisture Surge SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer - $30 for 30mL


1. Great oil free formula offering both hydration and slip. This will feel like a gel but moisturize like a cream.

2. Great use of minerals to create colour instead of using cal tar dyes. Truer matching of skin tones and more durability in the wear.

3. Paraben free – not really a big deal but more and more consumers want this option and it is great to see a big company responding to demand.


1. Inclusion of irritating menthol which will fell somewhat tingling to burning on the skin – not sure why this would be put in any leave on cosmetic.

2. SPF is inconsequential – you would have to put on half the jar to get the rating on the label.

3. A lot of filler ingredients to build volume in the jar (no less than 17 fillers that do not improve the quality of the performance).


This is an ok choice for a basic multi-purpose product. For the price it is a reasonable buy but by no means the best or least expensive product in this category. Sensitive skins will find it irritating and the sunscreen factor gives a false sense of security. Won’t replace a full coverage foundation but will even out the skin tone.

Less expensive option - Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vitale Teinte ($45 for 50mL).  Higher sunscreen (SPF 30), the same basic ingredients and mL for mL it is 10% less expensive.