Which Hydrating Moisturizer Provides The Best Hydration – Vichy, Clarins Or Murad?


This comparison review post was written about a year ago but I didn’t get to publish it earlier. My bad! But I guess it’s better late than never! <grinning>

Other than sunscreen, moisturizer is the final step in my regimen to help seal in the moisture into the skin.

Adequate skin hydration plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy skin texture and preventing aging. When skin is dehydrated, skin feels rough, dry or oily, sensitive and even show more lines. Even if you have been constantly applying moisturizer, your skin may still get dehydrated too. Knowing the importance of hydration, many cosmetic companies have specially formulated new moisturizers with additional hydrating benefits to help boost the hydration level and maintain a long-lasting moisture on the skin.

In the recent years, many new hydrating moisturizers have been launched in the market and in order to choose the right one for your skin can be confusing. To help you in a way, I’m going to do a quick review and comparison on 3 hydrating moisturizers I’ve received quite some time ago –

- Vichy Aqualia Thermal Soothing & Fortifying 24Hr Hydrating Care

- Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel

- Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Soothing & Fortifying 24Hr Hydrating Care – S$48 / 50ml

Product Claim

This refreshing, lightweight cream is formulated with unique “ceramide-like” polymer mimics the shape of skin’s natural ceramides, allowing for instant penetration. Skin feels soft, supple and comfortable.


My first impression on this product is its pleasant fragrance scent. Surprisingly, the fragrance scent is pretty strong even it is listed as the last ingredient. It also contains alcohol. Personally, I’m not very comfortable of using any product that contain fragrance and especially alcohol in it.

Upon application, I can actually feel a temporary mild warm sensation on my skin which disappears within seconds. Maybe is my psychology mind tricking me hee hee… The gel absorbs quickly onto my skin and my skin appears pretty matte with no trace of oil at all. This lightweight gel is pretty refreshing too. Definitely suitable for people with oily skin type and for day & night use.

All-in-all, the hydration efficacy is average.

Click here for more info on Vichy Aqualia Thermal Soothing & Fortifying 24Hr Hydrating Care.


Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel – S$94 / 30ml

Product Claim

A cream-gel with an instant “cooling” effect which transforms into water on contact with the skin. Its specific formula tightens pores and ensures long-lasting matte skin. The non-oily texture leaves an imperceptible silky film on the skin.


This newly launched Clarins HydraQuench moisturizer actually comes in 2 different textures – Cream-Gel and Cream-Melt. I’ve randomly picked Cream-Gel for this review post.

This Clarins moisturizer actually contains a superficial amount of alcohol ingredient which I reckon helps tighten pores, provide a non-oily texture and a matte skin. It also contains fragrance which is extremely soothing and I like it a lot. I’m still not comfortable of using products that contain both alcohol and fragrance though.

This rich-emulsion-alike texture easily absorbs onto the skin and it doesn’t make my skin feeling oily at all. My skin actually feels matte and tone.

I would have given this moisturizer a higher rating if not because of its alcohol and fragrance contents and jar packaging.

All-in-all, the hydration efficacy is above average.

Click here to learn more about Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel.


Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture – S$142 / 50ml

Product Claim

An intensive face and skin moisturizer from the skin care and moisturizing experts at Murad. Smooth, soft skin from rich moisture cream.


I extremely love the texture. It feels so silky smooth on my skin and its ultra smoothness actually makes my daily massage (my last regimen step at night) much easier. It doesn’t contain any fragrance ingredient in it which is good. Yes that should be the way!

This new Murad hydrating moisturizer has claimed to lock in optimal moisture for 8 hours!

When the silky cream is fully absorbed into the skin, my skin actually feels hydrated and smooth without any greasiness at all. This hydrating moisturizer contains a couple of beneficial ingredients that actually help to increase skin hydration and aging.

I would have given this product a five-star if not of its jar packaging. The potent ingredients will easily deteriorate after frequent opening.

All-in-all, the hydration efficacy is good!

Click here to find out more about Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.


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One Comment on "Which Hydrating Moisturizer Provides The Best Hydration – Vichy, Clarins Or Murad?"

  1. winter says:

    thank you! I like your posts as like you I don’t want to use (as much as possible) products with alcohol denat

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