This a special kind of review. Moisturizing is a very important part of a facial routine, no matter if you are a man or a woman, although most guys don’t care about this much, which they should.
I have tried several moisturizer creams for my face and I have to say, I have noted differences in them. Some more dramatic than others. But the question is does price make any difference? And by that of course I mean, does more expensive mean better results? As you can probably imagine, the answer is no. But let’s take a look at the following products I have tried. But first, here’s a little skin profile, just so you have an idea:

I have what you call combination skin. This means it is is prone to be greasier at the T zone (forehead, nose, chin) and drier around the cheeks. About 70% of women fall under this category (combination/normal) You can find more information about your skin type here. Now, aside from that I have a mild case of rosacea and a tiny bit of seborrheic dermatitis, which makes my skin also fall in the category of sensitive. So it is super important you know what type of skin you have so you can use the right products.

The products below, formulated for my skin type, I’ve tested, and here’s what I found out

Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturizer


Retail Price: 24.90€
Should you use this product? Yes. Not only does it do what it’s supposed to do, but the price is competitive. Additional to this is a natural product and smells fantastic.

What I like most about this one is that it really provides the moisturizing your skin needs, but doesn’t leave it all greasy. Is product is available online or in select pharmacies. One thing that’s cool about this brand is you can get this free sample pack for your skin type containing the entire skin regime you should follow. So you can safely try before commiting to the actual product!

Paola’s mood after using this product?

Chanel Precision Hydramax+ Active

Retail Price: 58.80€
Should you use this product? I’m undecided about this one. I would not use this cream daily because it is quite heavy to use during the warmer months. I think it would work very nicely as a daily cream during a very cold winter.

This product is very nice, the cream is very luxurious and it smells very Chanel. If you are into light and airy, however; this cream might be too overwhelming. The perfume on this is pretty strong, and although it is after all, Chanel, maybe for everyday…. I don’t know, for me it’s too much. Another minus point about this is the price. I find it pretty pricey for a daily moisturizer, even if it is a good one (let’s face it, it does provide superb hydration). I mean, I have mentioned already a much better one above for much less!

Paola’s mood after using this product?*

Clinique Moisture Surge

Retail Price: 32€ (30 ml jar) or 54€ (50 ml jar)
Should you use this product? Yes, it’s a great product, although not a moisturizer per se, it does help lock in all the moisture in your face, keeping it fresh and hydrated!

At some I was using this one as a moisturizer and it works great. You can also use it in combination with any other cream-based moisturizer (this one has a more cream-gel texture). When it’s hot and humid, you can put a small amount on your face and feel both hydrated and refreshed. During the winter I go crazy and put a lot so I don’t start peeling like a snake. You can use this as many times as you want. The label says this is a product for “extended thirst relief”, so if your skin needs it, you can go ahead and put it on. This cream-gel doesnot have any perfume, so it is perfect for those sensitive to this.

Paola’s mood after using this product?

Kiehl’s Açaí Damage-Correcting Moisturizer

Retail Price: 56€
Should you use this product? Tough one… Yes if you can afford it! It is a pretty pricey product which happens to be particularly expensive if you use the rest of the product from the line (I tried this i conjunction with the Serum and the results were pretty impressive). This product uses 100% certified organic ingredients.

This is actually a very good product; I found a review about it in a magazine a long time ago. The woman tested the serum and she was impressed how after 14 days of using it, her rosacea had pretty much cleared. I went to the Khiel’s store in Antwerp and got the sample for both the serum and the cream. The serum smells terrible, it did not feel at all a pleasant experience. It is not disgusting, but definitely not a smell I’m used to. The cream on the other hand smell very nice, and the smell is quite subtle. I stopped using the serum after a week, I couldn’t stand the smell. I kept using the cream. I have no idea how I managed to extend that little pack for 2 weeks. What is cool about this cream is that not only does the cream moisturizes well, a couple of minutes after using it, the skin feels taut, almost like all your wrinkles are gone! And when it’s absobed, it’s reeeally soft.

Paola’s mood after using this product

The conclusion: Price does make a difference in the overall quality of the product. When you use a Chanel cream, you can feel the overall luxury that is associated with the brand; the smell and the texture of the cream is great. But as far as delivering the results you need? That is a more complex answer, one that can only be answered by the recipient. What is important to know is, if you cannot afford a brand like Kiehl’s, a brand like Korres will come pretty close in providing the results you’d like to have. In other words, you’ll find equivalents of the types of moisturizers you need across different price ranges!

*UPDATE: one morning I realized I had run out of my Korres moisturizer and all I had was an additional Chanel Hydramax Active sample. It was winter, so I had to wear something, or my cheeks would’ve cracked out of dryness. The results were AMAZING! Not only that, but whenever I would wear this moisturizer under foundation, my skin looked flawless! So I have to change my review to this: