Daily Luxe: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream & Chanel CC Cream

CC Creams have been around for a good while and quite honestly, until I got my hands on the Chanel CC Cream, it hasn’t quite impressed me. I first heard of the Chanel CC Cream from Divine Lee and for the queen on contouring to rave about it, I just had to get my hands on it. :) In my opinion, it’s a dead ringer of Chanel Vitalumière Aqua. It’s tad runnier and has less coverage but definitely evens out the skin tone in one application without the caking nor building up. The finish never mattefies on me no matter what loose powder I use. In other words, it’s definitely your skin — perfected to the brim. The caveat? It’s an Asian exclusive product and it’s always out of stock. I got mine from Singapore for around S$82 and it retails around Php 2850 locally if available.

If you don’t have access to the Chanel CC Cream, I bring you great news! Two weekends ago, over never ending nomz at Brigitte’s place, I got to try the new Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30/PA+++. True to its promise, it’s an instant complexion perfector that moisturized my skin without making it greasy. Sophie brought hers that’s in Natural Fair and it flexed on my skin tone, Brigitte’s and even Jamie’s. It’s very comfortable to wear and because it’s from Clinique, breakouts are out of the equation.


Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in Natural Fair
Chanel CC Cream in 020 Beige

To compare, here are the CC creams swatched on my face, half and half:


Unset: Chanel CC Cream - Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream
Yes, my eye bags are really unevenly lined and puffy :-/

If you look closely, the Chanel CC Cream sits on me tad warmer compared to the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream.


Set: Chanel CC Cream - Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

To set, I applied Benefit Fakeup in Medium on my eye bags then topped everything off with some Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in Translucent/30 Naturel. If you were to ask me which is better between the 2 CC Creams, my vote will easily go to Clinique because of the following reasons:

  • It’s available in most countries including the Philippines beginning this July 2013
  • It comes in 5 shades — three skin tone shades (Natural Fair, Natural and Natural Beige) and two illuminating shades (Fresh Pink to counter dullness and yellowness while Fresh Peach to neutralize lackluster and sallow skintones)

  • Each tube contains 40ml worth of product vs. Chanel with only 30ml
  • It’s allergy tested, 100% fragrance-free, oil-free, nonacnegenic, Dermatologist tested and Ophthalmologist tested (whew!)
  • It’s only Php 1850 per tube (Php 1000 less than Chanel!)

Have you tried CC Creams yourself? What are your fave brands/formulas? Share them below!

2 thoughts on “Daily Luxe: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream & Chanel CC Cream

  1. I can’t wait to try the clinique hahaha. I like my garnier BB cream (the darker shade) but it’s not available here and konti na lang siya :( I got mine in Canada.

  2. This is one of the best cc creams I’ve tried. It is expensive, but it IS Chanel. I disagree with another reviewer that said the scent was too strong. It only comes in one color. It has slightly yellow undertones, but it worked for me. I am blonde, fair-skinned, dry skin, and have pinkish undertones. If you have dry skin, I recommend using it over your regular moisturizer. For oily/normal skin, you could skip the moisturizer. It blends well, but it is thicker than a bb cream, not as thick as a foundation. It provides MEDIUM coverage. You do NOT need to use very much. I recommend applying a pea size amount & that should provide coverage for your entire face. It will not cover every single acne scar or blemish. Though it does provide a nice, even, natural look as well as benefiting the skin with a high spf. Another thing, this cc cream is designed for Asian women who value pale skin. It does contain “brighteners” which is also another name for “whiteners”. So this would not be an ideal choice for a woman that values a tan. The seller got the product to me way before the scheduled date of delivery.

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