Back For Seconds! Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel Review

Clarins hydra quench cream gel review

Back For Seconds is a series of posts dedicated to my most loved, most used and most repurchased skincare and makeup items. I am going to tell you what I love about them, what they have done for my skin and try to give you an honest (yet raving!) review of it and whether you need it in your life or not. All products are purchased by me and this is not a sponsored post. 

Another week another favorite which has been repurchased. I have not spoken about my skin care routine on the blog very extensively, except briefly here where I mentioned that I had decided to cut it down to just 5 or 6 products to be used for both morning and evening. I had mentioned the HydraQuench cream-gel in the post as my moisturiser pick. After having used it both day and night for nearly 3 months, I can declare that this is AMAZING! period.

I had tried a few samples of this way back in 2012, and had “bookmarked” it in my head to purchase later when I was ready to splurge, because this one does not come cheap! a 50 ml heavy blue glass tub is going to set you back by $50 or Rs 3450 in India! Its expensive as hell and took me 2 long years to actually have the heart to spend so much, speaking of which I bought the first jar from the US during a Clarins sale and got it at 30% off and the second repurchase has been practically free as I had a gift voucher worth Rs 5000 to be spent at a department store! advice: Get married people! You get a lot of shopping vouchers trust me! 😛

What is it? This particular cream comes in three variations, HydraQuench Cream spf 15 for normal to dry skin, HydraQuench Cream for normal to dry skin, and HydraQuench Cream-Gel for normal to combination oily skin.

This a gel based, super hydrating yet non-greasy mosituriser which is appropriate for normal and combination skin types. As Clarins describes it, it Delivers cool, all-day moisture while eliminating shine brought on by blazing heat and humidity and it does! Its non-oily, delicately scented (which is an understatement!) and suitable for people living in tropical climates. It is supposed to shield the skin from hot weather, pollution and weather extremes.

Clarins hydra quench cream gel review

What it has?

  • Hyaluronic acid: ensures long-lasting moisture.
  • Katafray extract: helps reinforce the skin’s surface and helps prevent dehydration.
  • Pomegranate extract: tightens pores.
  • Alpine willow herb extract: helps reduce excess shine.
  • Clarins exclusive Anti-Pollution complex: helps protect skin from the harmful effects of the environment.

How I use it? I have been using it as both my day and night moisturiser after cleansing, and during the dau, top it up with a good dose of sunblock, as this does not have any spf. At night I sometimes add it on top of serums, if I need an extra hydration and it never feels heavy.

Who is it for? This is great at “quenching” dehydrated combination skin without adding any greasy discomfort. I’d like to highlight that it is heavily fragranced. If you are familiar with Clarins’ products you’d know that nearly all their products have fragrance, which may put off a lot of people, specially someone with a sensitive skin. I on one hand, love all their products which I’ve tried and have never had an adverse reaction to any of it. If fragrance is something that you are wary of, you might want to skip this, or atleast first try a sample.

Clarins hydra quench cream gel review

Last Word This is really an outstanding product when it comes to hydrating and calming the skin in hot weather, but the price makes it a bit out of reach for the best of us! In the US it is similarly priced as the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst relief (for a 50ml tub), and although both are gel based, I can tell from my experience that the Hydra Quench is a far better product! I am yet to try the version for dry skin (which I just might in the colder months, given how good the gel version is) but I am sure it would not disappoint!

My problem with this is that it comes in tub which is something I don’t understand why brands do? Perfectly good product and the packaging ruins it!

I would not make a tall claim saying its worth the price but to me a basic moisturiser is an absolute necessity and something which in my opinion is the backbone of a solid skin care routine. I can save on cleansers, but never skimp on moisturisers, if you are the same then this one from Clarins is worth a try!

The HydraQuench range has a number of other products, which I realized are quite popular. This line has a bi-phase serum which I have purchased, but haven’t used yet, will let you know once I do! There is also a moisture mask, which some of my lovely readers mentioned that works on the same line as the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, which I reviewed here.

The Clarins Hydra Quench range is available at Clarins counters across the country, Clarins website and also at Escentual, Sephora and Nordstrom to name a few.

Have you tried the HydraQuench Range? Whats your take on the products, specially the cream? Let me know in the comments! :-)

Update: I have officially lost my voice, thanks to the cold-cum-viral-cum-fatigue and now on anti-biotics to get out of this mess asap! Fingers crossed things will be sunnier in a few days!

TGIF!! Weekend is here, I am in no mood to work and some last minute repairs in the house are to be sorted! I am going to finally put up some more pictures and posts on the Spain-Prep on my Instagram and TCF! stay tuned and stay happy! :-)


  1. Hoda

    Oh well…this post is too old but am planning to buy it but an very afraid that the outcome isn’t high as the price !!
    It is 50 Canadian dollars which is too expensive and I’m not sure if it worth it or not?!
    Any advice?!

    • Divya

      Hi Hoda! I haven’t used this one for over a year after I finished my tub but it was a great day time moirturiser. What put me off buying it again was the fact that its highly fragranced (very gorgeous scent though) which I now avoid as much as I can. If you don’t mind fragrance then go ahead you won’t be disappointed. They have several versions of this cream for different skin types and there is one which is slightly richer for dry skin. Hope it helps!

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  7. blingbrigade

    This sounds like a dream. Gots-to-have-it. moisturizers have always been my pet peeve considering how dehydrated my skin gets. The clinique one was good but not hydrating enough for me.
    Another thing you can try is ZA perfecting moisturizing lotion, right now this seems to be the only product that seems to tame my parched skin. With a serum underneath it goes on like a dream. Everyone seems to be talking about the ZA whitening range but this one definitely is their unsung hero.

    • Divya

      Thanks so much for the comment and the recommendation! I have been reading a lot about Za too but haven’t checked it out at a store! Where do you think I could find it in India?

  8. Divya

    I’ve tried this and I absolutely love it! I’ve tried the cream version too and would definitely recommend you getting it in the winter or to use at night. I have a mini size of the bi phase serum with just the tiniest bit left in it. I’m so sad about it running out because I love it so much and it’s even more expensive than the moisturiser!! Great review!

    Giveaway on my blog!

    • Divya

      Hey Divya! I know I am definitely getting it for winter and never straying from this moisturiser! It only makes it easier that Clarins is available here easily atleast to me :-)

  9. Vidya

    You make this gel-cream sound so luxurious and lah-di-lah :D! Damn the price! The get-married-soon part … Hmmm now you got me thinking 😛

  10. krupa

    The only hydrating moisturiser I’ve tried is the L’Oreal hydrafresh.
    This would be waaay out of my budget. THough I do like the option of getting married to get vouchers 😀

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  12. sylirael

    Ooh, having liked the Moisture Surge, and having super dry skin, I really want to try this now! Plus we’re in winter here, and the wind is cold and drying (although Auckland is pretty humid at the best of times, damn maritime climate). I can’t imagine how much a tub of this is here (my guess is >NZ $100), but I’m definitely going to see if I can nab a sample!

    • Divya

      Hey Syl! Oh don’t tell me it’ll be that expensive!?? But I’d suggest atleast trying this out or one of its versions.. because this is really good stuff! Also if you like it you can check it out whenever you are traveling abroad the next time! :-)

  13. Izzie

    I love that Clarins gives you options, but it’s too bad that the only cream/cream-gel that has SPF is for normal to dry skin. No love for normal to combination oily skin! I guess it makes sense though – seems that most moisturizers with SPF are somewhat greasy.

    I’ll definitely be tracking down a sample. Thanks for the review Divya!

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    • Divya

      Hey Izzie! I usually prefer a moisturiser without any spf for the reason you mentioned! :-) I can always top it up with my favorite sunblock and not get greasy etc! Do try this out! I am sure you’ll love it! :-)

  14. Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

    Hi Divya! HydraQuench sounds great; even though my skin is oily it’s also dehydrated at the same time! I’m currently using Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and like it, but may give HydraQuench a shot after I’m finished. I completely agree with you on the jar packaging. It’s frustrating that companies continue to package their products like this; not only is it not as sanitary, but it’s also less effective too. :( Also, I hope you get better soon!!! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  15. Shari

    Im not surprised to see you repurchase this Div! I tried it before and loved it soo much! :-) It has a great texture and I like using it for daytime, even. Hope you get your voice back soon! I lost my voice two wks ago too and only got it back recently. The weather is driving my immune system cray. Hope you feel better soon!!

    • Divya

      Hey Gemma! Thanks so much for your comment! :) You should probably go for the dry skin version of this.. you’ll definitely love it if you don’t mind the fragrance!

  16. Smita Roy

    its like as if this post was for me;) cos I am just in the process of choosing a high-end skin care moisturizer for myself(without SPF so that I can use it during day as well as night)…I am currently testing out the Clinique moisture surge gel sample….and like the Estee lauder nutritious radiance as well…this 1 too adds in the confusion I guess now…I am loving the Clinique gel but now confused since you have used both and suggesting this 1 is better :( price wise they r almost same :( also, this is the 1st time that m looking to indulge in super expensive skin care so just want to b sure…confusions galore…

    • Divya

      Hey Smita! if you want to avoid any senstivity issues to fragrance you can go for Clinique.. I haven’t tried the Estee Lauder one.. but their serums are definitely worth their weight in gold! :-)

  17. Jaa

    I was going to ask how it compares to the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst relief! You read my mind! Ha ha. Happy to hear it is working out for your skin. I am still loyal to my Diorsnow Fresh Creme because it’s light, refreshing and non-irritating to my acne-prone skin. I agree, skimp on anything but skincare products! :)

    • Divya

      OMG Dior! faint I am sure you have one heck of an expensive taste Miss Jaa! 😀 I havn’t tried any skincare from Dior but I am sure it must be really good! Although for now this Clarins cream is uber luxury for me! :-)

  18. howdoesdeedoit

    Wow..I just posted a long comment that got lost when it asked me to login again :( Moisturizer is the most important thing in my arsenal too Divya! This moisturizer reminds me so much of the nuxe gel moisturizer. Also pricey but so good. I love the Clarins eye cream and love loooove the beauty flash balm! Recently Ive been using a pharmaceutical grade solution of hyaluronic acid before my moisturizer and loving it!

  19. howdoesdeedoit

    I used to love the Clarins eye cream and I love looove their flash balm Divya! Ive been using a medical grade solution of hyaluronic acid before my moisturizer and loving it! This particular product youve mentioned reminds of the Nuxe moisturizer which was also v pricey but v good.I totally agree..a good moiturizer is THE most important thing in my arsenal too :)

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