clinique black head solutions review

Fragrance free skincare…

Well hello there lovely people I hope you all had a nice weekend. I have been testing out a few new products that arrived from Clinique. There’s two mosturisers and a black head remover! 

Moisture Surge Hydrator is a lovely lightweight moisturiser for dehydrated skin. It’s kind of like a serum/moisturiser in one and perfect for very dehydrated skin. I’m currently using this at night as my last step and my skin looks all dewy and plumped up the next morning. Clinique say is works for 72 hours even after you have washed your face. I have no idea if this is true or not but my cynical side says ‘no’. Regardless of that it’s a lovely product and if you are in need of a new hyaluronic acid then you should consider this.

You know those days when you want to stay indoors all day because it’s raining and factor 50 seems a bit much?! So I needed an everyday moisturiser with a bit of protection. The superdefense SPF 20 is a lovely simple moisturiser with antioxidants to keep me covered when I’m at home. It’s actually really nice and I have been using it everyday. I go over it with a bit of La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 and then I’m good to go. It comes in two varieties depending on if your skin is dry or oily. I went for the dry one which contains shea butter to give it that richness.

clinique moisture surge superdefense SPF 20

But does it work…

Do you remember those pore strips that promised to pull out your blackheads but never did? So when Clinique launched a blackhead extractor I had to try it. It’s been a long time since I gave up on the useless pore strips and I wanted to know if science has now solved the problem. The self heating blackhead extractor is an interesting product. When I think of an extractor I imagine everything being squeezed out so how is a product going to do this? It’s a silicone based cream that you rub on the specific areas before adding some water which is supposed to heat it up. I guess this is supposed to replicate a steam? Then you need to rub the knobbly tip (sounds awful, I know) over the blackheads for 15-30 seconds.

First of all I don’t think it warms up. I tried using a little product and then a lot but it didn’t seem to make a difference. It does help unclog the pores on my nose but it doesn’t extract the congestion. It’s still good though and I like that you can target specific areas. The knobbly tip (still awful) is good at loosening the pores so the salicylic acid can get to work. It’s not groundbreaking but worth checking out.



  1. April 9, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    I always put a big emphasis on fragrance free skincare! I still try out skincare which contain fragrances but I’ve always found the fragrance free ones to work best on my skin. I feel that the fragrances to tend to irritate my skin a tad. It’s unfortunate that the Blackhead extractor didn’t really work though!


  2. April 10, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    The last one sounds horrible. I don’t think I’ll try it. The first two sound amazing. I love Clinque products, especially their foundation. Thanks for the product review!

    • April 11, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      I probably didn’t sell it very well. Definitely check out the creams, they are lovvvely

  3. April 10, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    I’m really picky with my skincare products, as Didier said, I try to go for fragrance free products. Unfortunately, even hypoallergenic products cause me to breakout. I definitely want to try the Superdefense moisturizer though. Thanks for sharing!

    Felicity | http://oliverandmoose.com

    • April 12, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      I’m with you on that Felicity. Fragrance isn’t serves no purpose to the health of our skin, it can even harm the skin so it’s best avoided in my opinion.

  4. April 11, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    These sound like great products! Clinique is definitely a solid brand! I would definitely love to try the moisturizer!


    • April 12, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Try it Valerie and let me know how you get on. x

  5. April 15, 2018 / 10:01 am

    I’ve been using a little sample of the moisture surge and I gotta say I really like it. I’ve been layering it in top of my Serum in the mornings and under my tinted moisturiser – not sure about the 72hr claim however my skin is really hydrated all day and bouncy! xx

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