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Skincare: Quick Reviews - A Few Good Moisturizers

Posted by Anonymous Bosch - March 19, 2010

If you caught it, pun unfortunately intended! ;)

Just a while ago, Sara (Icyabstract) mentioned that she was breaking out from her current moisturizer, the Kawaii Tokyo Brighten-Up Gel. Since reading her post, I've been wanting to do a post on excellent moisturizers that I've tried and love.

Most of you already have an ideal moisturizer and if it works for you, stick with it! However, the following products work so well for me that I just had to share them with you. :)

 

 

Firstly, for pretty much most people, I'd recommend the Hydrating Light Moisturizer by Simple. I've been using this for ages and it's performed marvellously! Having normal skin myself, my skin can really go both ways - Either dry, flaky and dehydrated, or greasy and an absolute oil-slick. With this product, it's light enough to keep my skin oil-free in Singapore's humidity and soaring temperatures, yet adequate for all but the frostiest months when I'm back in Japan. Best of all, I like that it hydrates and moisturizes (yes they do mean different things).

I also like that the consistency is neither thick nor runny and the moisturizer absorbs very quickly. I definitely won't say immediately, but the product shouldn't leave any traces of stickiness nor greasiness after you rub it in and wait a few seconds. It's also great that this moisturizer leaves the skin perfectly smooth and ready for makeup. For sensitive skins, this will probably work well for you as it is hypoallergenic and completely fragrance-free, like the rest of the Simple line. :)

On the other hand, it moisturizes just so, which is perfect for my normal skin but I can definitely see individuals with either very dry or very oily skin disliking this. Overall though, with a price of just around S$14.00, this product is definitely something I'd repurchase over and over (as I already have)! :D

 

 

Now, if you suspect that your sebaceous glands are producing more oil than even a regular oily-skinned person, I suggest you try out Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. This stuff's pretty expensive, at S$59.00 to S$89.00 a pop (depending on which size you get) but still well worth the price. It's a very solid (not literally) daily moisturizer that works very well and can be used in the day and/or the night. I used this product as a teenager and loved it to bits! I still have a bottle of this atop my counter that I use on the hottest of afternoons or for days my skin swings towards oily.

True to the Clinique brand, this product's advertised to suit even those with sensitive skin. Watch out though! They've another product called the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion that is packaged and looks exactly the same! However, the latter is far too oily for me and even some slightly dry-skinned ladies I know.

 

 

For a cheaper fix however, you might want to try Mentholatum Acne's Medicated Oil Control Moisturizer. This works similar to Clinique's offering and is good for its price, but definitely mediocre compare to Clinique. Think of it like a budget Clinique, but at least what you pay is slightly less than what you get! The thing about this is that it has a slightly powdery finish due to the oil-control powder suspended in the formula, though foundation goes on quite well nonetheless. There's nothing much to complain nor rave about here; this is just a solid drugstore moisturizer that'll do good on oily skins, but just doesn't cut it for me in terms of moisturizing and hydrating my normal skin. It retails for S$8.90, I think.

 

 

Any oiler however, and you might have to use the Hazeline Snow Moisturizing Cream. I've tried this after reading rave reviews on it here on Onsugar, but I find that, unless you have pretty oily skin, this probably won't work well for you. However, if you've combination skin and a really oily T-zone, apply this product there might be just the trick to mattify the area! The other complaint I have about this product is how you'll almost definitely need a primer if you're going to layer makeup over it. If not, you might end up with seriously unflattering flakes. :( On the bright side, at less than S$3.00, this stuff is cheaper than day old chips!

 

   

 

On the dry end of the spectrum, I'd say that layering the Garnier Aqua Defence Essence and Moisturizing Cream (in that order) would be a great idea. Otherwise, using one or the other with a normal moisturizer like the one from Simple mentioned above also works very well. I've already done a review of the Essence here, so I shan't go into that again. The Moisturizing Cream works splendidly too, leaving no trace of stickiness nor greasiness and does well to hydrate the skin while moisturizing commensurately. I love how both products leave my skin plump, fresh and velvety smooth!

Unfortunately, as mentioned in the review that I've linked to, these products are fragranced and may thus be unsuitable for sensitive skins. Otherwise though, this is another drugstore gem that I will definitely repurchase and I know that Chantana (Everbluec) already has! :D

 

 

For those who find that the Gobi is located on their faces though, try the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I've mentioned this in an above paragraph and I must reiterate that this product should be reserved for very dry-skinned individuals. The formula does feel too oily for most ladies to take, especially in our tropical climate. Just be careful not too slather this stuff on, or you'll be greasy before noon if the formula even manages to absorb! Otherwise, the lotion has all the great qualities of its gel counterpart and is well worth looking into if you find that normal moisturizers are inadequate. This retails for the same price as the gel, as listed above.

 

 

Finally, if you practice the Japanese 5-Step skincare routine as I do, you'd know that there's a double-moisturizing step to tie with the double-cleansing one. Basically, we use a moisturizing lotion before our creams. Anyway, if you're in need of an extra boost for your moisturizer and/or hydrator, do look into Hada Labo's Super Hyaluronic Moisturizing Lotion. This product, while still relatively obscure in Singapore, practically has a cult following in Japan. Although it takes a lot of patting (not rubbing, mind you) to get it to absorb (and even then it might be a bit sticky or heavy), the results are undeniably amazing.

All my friends, family and acquaintances who have tried this in Japan swear by the product; men and women alike. It performs remarkably at both moisturizing and hydrating the skin, regardless of the season or temperature. As with the Simple moisturizer, most people should be able to use this, unless you have either very dry or very oily skin. I will always, always stock up on these when I'm back in Japan.

Hold your horses though; Hada Labo is not available in Singapore at the moment. However, I only brought it up because I've heard that the Guardian in Malaysia has been importing and distributing it since last year. Furthermore, I've recently stumbled across Ateliergal's post where she mentions that she was gifted with a bottle of the good stuff. Is it wrong to assume that we can expect to see this brand hit our shores soon? ;) 

 

 

I hope this has been a comprehensive and helpful post for anyone looking out for a moisturizer. :)

Stay beautiful! :D

posted by
3/19/10

Wow a very detailed and good breakdown of several moisturizers from different price ranges. Definitely intrigued to try out that Simple moisturizer now.


posted by
3/19/10

Icyabstract: Thanks! :D You should definitely give it a whirl; at S$14.00 I can't see how wrong it could possibly go! ;) Besides, I genuinely think that it's a great product, regardless of price.


posted by
3/19/10

WOW. Thanks for the really detailed breakdowns. Now at least i know what to get. Hmm... been using Shiseido's since i can remember, and i don't actually know the difference between a good and a bad moisturiser, so thanks for pointing me in the right direction ! Gonna start searching for the Simple one now.....


posted by
3/19/10

Hazeline Snow is my HG moisturizer! Loving it! ;)


posted by
3/19/10

Elaine: Ooh, they're aren't detailed by my standards, believe me. Hmm, I've never tried Shiseido's moisturizer. Which one is it, specifically? And how do you find it? Haha, finding the best moisturizer for your skin is like finding a shoe - You'll know it's the one and it'll be comfortable all day! ;) You won't have to search too hard for the Simple moisturizer; it's easily available at Watsons, Guardians and even most supermarkets.

On a side note, if you'd (or anyone else, for that matter) like me to do a proper, full review on any of the products above please just comment and request!


3/19/10

yea! i like the Simple moisturiser, and have re-purchased it before... it's just so easy, simple, can't go wrong. but maybe not be 'rich' enough for very dry skins?


posted by
3/19/10

Heavenlygorgeous: Hmm, yeah I read your feature on it!

I didn't really have high hopes for that product, even with the raves online but it really just doesn't work for my normal skin. I can tell that it has the potential to be a staple in an oily-skinned girl's skincare routine though!

Anyway, I'm glad you found the one moisturizer that you can stick to. :)


posted by
3/19/10

Sophia: Me too! I find myself using it the most often and am so glad that I found it. :) But I agree that it's meant for skin types that are towards the middle of the spectrum - Neither too oily nor too dry.

Anyway, it's great you've found a good and reliable moisturizer! Goodness knows many people are still on the prowl for theirs. :)


posted by
3/20/10

My mom uses some products from the Simple skincare range and it does seem like a good range to invest in and the price is rather affordable too! Strange how I've not tried it yet.


posted by
3/20/10

What and extensive report on the different type of moisturisers. From your list, I've tried Simple, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Hazeline Snow Moisturizing Cream.
Simple give me rashes, I think i might be allergic to it :/. Clinique is ♥, gives me a smooth finish and no more dead skin hanging on my nose. Hazeline Snow is also ♥ for ages. I use it only at night before hitting bed, somehow it gives me a "tightening" sensation on my face. I totally wont recommend this to be used with any other product.


posted by
3/20/10

Hada Labo if coming to singapore I be really happy! Hope singapore prices would not be too marked up! These are selling like mad in Taiwan & Hong Kong too. I am tempted to ask my M'sia fren (who travel to n fro each weekend) to help me purchase, but I just like the feel of buying stuffs myself! I dropped the company in-charge an email asking if item available in Singapore/coming to Singapore soon and got no response (it's been a month or so)!


posted by
3/20/10

Icyabstract: Hmm, unless you have extremely sensitive skin, I'd definitely tell you to go for it! :D


posted by
3/20/10

Syila Slakers: Hmm, I've never heard of anyone breaking out from the Simple moisturizer. I'm glad you like the Clinique one though; it's a personal favourite of mine too and ranks right up there with Simple's offering. :) I can't say the same for the Hazeline though, as much as I wanted to like it.

Uneekunique: Hello. I really, really think they'll come but if it's like KATE and only Malaysia gets the dibs on Hada Labo, I would be extremely annoyed and disappointed! :(

From what I read online, Malaysia's prices aren't too marked up (around $28.00) and I'm hoping that Singapore's won't be either. But I can't say for certain because products are inexplicably cheaper there, even though the distance to Singapore is only a few miles more!

Hmm, perhaps you could try contacting them again? I hate it when they simply ignore the mail, though it's quite understandable since they probably get loads of messages daily.


posted by
3/21/10

Update: The price of the Simple moisturizer is insanely low over at Chinatown. Ocean's Cosmetics, which the rest of the lovely Onsugarettes have introduced me to earlier today, is selling it for a mere S$7.50! :D


posted by
5/16/10

Update again: It's been confirmed! Hada Labo will be hitting our tropical shores next month. They'll be bringing in the famous Super Hyaluronic Acid range, the Tamagohada (literally 'egg skin') cleanser and the whitening range. Praise be! :p


posted by
6/11/10

What and extensive report on the different type of moisturisers.


posted by
6/11/10

Careurh11211: Thanks and I hope you'll find it useful if you're in the market for a moisturizer. :)


posted by celine21
6/24/10

Woh... thats quite a lot of info :)
I've found a sampling site that is giving away Hada labo lotion
www.testerbar.com.sg


posted by
6/24/10

Celine21: Umm, that link is invalid. Thanks for the offer anyway but Fr3b is giving out those too.


posted by
7/28/10

Great review!
I bought Hazeline Snow thinking that it's for normal skin =x
Didn't know it's good for oily skin!
Does it helps for acne-prone or congested skin?


posted by
8/17/10

Xoxovinna: Thanks hun! :D

Personally I think Hazeline Snow is as basic a moisturizing (well, almost mattifying at times) cream as one can get, so I really doubt it will help with clearing up congested skin. However, if you've pretty oily skin (and by extension get lots of black/white heads and acne) then I guess this product could help because I've noticed that it's quite mattifying and has quite a commendable degree of sebum control. :)


posted by Aara
12/17/10

my mom start using san paris's product only for one month...and it looks great...........!!!
there are no more black spot on her face ;D
although that's quite expensive but it really work!!!
lov it :P


posted by
12/17/10

Aara: Great to hear that it works so well for you mother! I haven't heard of the brand myself and am personally not tempted, but will bear in mind this comment. :)


posted by Nueyer
6/19/11

Great review! I'm going to try the Simple range :)


posted by Anonymous
12/21/11

the japanese moisturizer is in singapore already (:


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