Moisturisers For Oily Skin - Bliss Drench'n'Quench & Sunday Riley Tidal Review

A couple of months back i wrote a lengthy blog post that reviewed 6 moisturisers in one big post! I decided that it was just far too long and decided to condense them into separate posts - which also gives me the opportunity to review them again with fresh new eyes. When it comes to moisturisers i would say they are the skincare product i am the most fussy about using. I always make sure to do lots of research before parting with my pennies, so if i can try samples beforehand i will. I find daytime moisturisers more difficult to choose compared to a night cream, because they are on the face longer. I can't wear a moisturiser that feels like a layer over the skin, as it results in my skin getting greasy and congested. Having oily-combination skin means i often need to mix my products. I need a skincare product that will multi-task, as it has to be soothing and hydrating for my dry areas but lightweight and pore refining for my oily areas. It can be really difficult to find the right product that helps to a balance out the skin and won't clog my pores.

I have personally found that a lot of the western moisturisers are too thick in consistency and they often have a tendency to feel too heavy on the skin. However you may now have noticed that the Eastern water-based moisturiser movement has made it's sweet way over to our corner of the world, and these definitely appeal to my skin more. As we age our preference to what skincare we long for changes. Now that i am firmly planted in my thirties i find more mattifying moisturisers i used in my 20's make my skin look a little too flat and dry. Whereas water-based gel moisturisers sink in better and help to nourish and brighten the skin - giving me thet healthy and youthful look i desire. So lets begin this 'Moisturiser Series' with a couple of the 'water based' moisturisers i have been testing out.....


Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream - 50ml - £60 Link

The Sunday Riley Tidal is probably the most highly anticipated moisturiser release of the year! When you have product after product get highly raved about, any new product you release really needs to knock the ball out of the park, but has Tidal done that? As with all beauty products that get hyped up, i often find they get lots more mixed reviews. For me personally after months of testing out Tidal i am not being pulled in either direction of loving it or hating it. For the hefty price tag of £60 for a moisturiser i expected it to be something that would wow my skin and the heavens would open up with angels singing, but sadly it didn't happen - perhaps i was expecting too much? I love the chic packaging, though it would have been nice to have come with a spatula like this moisturiser. I personally prefer a pump with my products as they are more hygienic and wish more companies would start using them. I thoroughly enjoy the soft teal colour ( which is once again similar to this moisturiser i just mentioned ) and even the delightful scent. The only thing that can be a downfall for many is that  *pulls a shocked face this Sunday Riley product contains fragrance! Luckily the fragrance is very low down on the ingredients list, meaning that it contains less than 0.01% ( i believe but don't quote me on that lol ). An incy-wincy bit of fragrance is not a deal breaker for me personally, as my skin isn't extremely sensitive. Fragrance aside i do like Tidal but i wouldn't say that i love it, as it just didn't do what i wanted it to do.

Some of the wonderful ingredients within Tidal include:

- Hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid | Which is brilliant at boosting the skin’s capacity to hold onto moisture.
- Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer | Which is a moisture ingredient derived from Hyaluronic Acid.
- Alpha-Arbutin | ( a personal favourite of mine ) Is a synthetic active ingredient derived from the leaves of a small evergreen bush called the Bearberry. It is used for skin lightening, ensuring an even lighter skin tone, therefore it is used in a lot of Eastern beauty products. It is also water soluble and reduces the degree of skin tanning after UV exposure, slowing down the production of melanin. Over time this ingredient should have a brightening effect on the skin.
- Papain | Also known as 'papaya proteinase is a fruit enzyme derived from papayas. Papain is used as an 'exfoliating ingredient' because of it's ability to degrade the proteins that holds our skin cells together.
- Tamarind Seed Extract | Tamarind is a powerful anti-oxidant.

I would describe Tidal as a slightly dense gel-cream formula. The texture really is one of those moisturisers you have to touch, to understand. The soft teal-green shade reminds me of crystal clear waters on a tropical island and the subtle scent of cucumbers helps to refresh my senses. Tidal aims to 'drench the skin' to hydrate deeply giving the skin an exfoliation to help brighten up and smooth those with problematic pigmented skin. I do see that my skin looks 'brighter' whenever i use this, but my skin also becomes congested! Water based moisturisers are formed to be instantly absorbed into the skin, which sadly i don't find this does on me. My skin is left looking lovely but feeling greasy and congested. Throughout the day my skin is looking and feeling oily and the following day a few breakouts will appear. It also doesn't wear well underneath makeup. I did find a technique to get Tidal to work for me, and that is by applying the product in small sections. For £60 it would be nice not to have such a lengthy process, and just be able to slap it over your face and be done! Therefore Tidal is high maintenance ( well hello Mariah Carey of Moisturisers ) lol. So, after months of testing this product, my view is that it's not ideal for those with combination-oily skin, especially if they are prone to congestion or breakouts. However i have used this on people with normal and dry skin and it works beautifully on them. leaving them with bright, supple looking skin. Another thing i found is that this doesn't layer well with oils, so i would advise to sticking to a serum and skipping on the face oil. I did find a way to make it work for my combination-oily skin and that is to use it as a sleeping mask at night time but for the price, there are more affordable sleeping masks out there. Would i repurchase Tidal? Probably not but i will continue to finish it up on clients with dryer skin.

Ingredients: Water ( Aqua ), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica ( Tamarind ) Seed Gum, Ethyl Macadamiate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer ( and ) Lecithin, Isododecane, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl, Glycol Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Strelitizia Nicolai ( Bird of Paradise Seed ) Seed Aril Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Aesculus Hippocastanum ( Horse Chestnut ) Seed Extract, Hydrolized Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Papain ( and ) Carbomer ( and ) 1,2-Hexanediol ( and ) Caprylyl Glycol ( and ) Algin, Cucumis Sativus ( Cucumber ) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower ( Neem ) Extract ( and ) Amino Esters-1 ( and ) Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract ( and ) Solanum Melongena ( Eggplant ) Fruit Extract ( and ) Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract ( and ) Lawsonia Inermis Extract ( and ) Ocimum Sanctum Leaf ( Holy Basil ) Extract ( and ) Pearl Powder, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite ( and ) Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

The Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water-Cream Retails in the UK for £60 and $65 in the USA through: Space NK - Sephora - Cult Beauty - Net-a-Porter

Bliss Fabulous Drench'n'Quench Cream-to-Water Lock-in Moisturiser - 50ml - £29.50 Link

This moisturiser is absolutely fabulous - as the name would suggest. For those who aren't big fans of heavy creams but still need lots of hydration, this is wonderful. This reminds me so much of the Korean 'water droplet' style sleeping masks, with it's super hydrating cream-to-water formulation. The consistency reminds me of the the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, only it's more hydrating and not in a pump. Bliss describes their patented hydrozome™ technology 'drench'n'quench' moisturiser as a transformative cream-to-water moisturiser that is packed full of hyaluronic acid to drench the skin and leave the skin feeling smooth. It sounds like a dream for anyone with oily-combination skin. Infused with marine micro-droplets it offers the skin the vital minerals it needs, and has sea kelp extract for extra hydration. My skin seems to be very fond of anything that contains marine extracts, which is probably why i get on so well with this. The moisturiser instantly absorbs into the skin with a nice cooling effect. It doesn't leave the skin feeling at all greasy, sticky or congested. No residue is left behind which makes it fantastic for applying underneath makeup. Everything just applies over top of it flawlessly!

Whenever i wear this i don't produce any excess sebum throughout the course of the day. However as fabulous as this is for the daytime i don't find it hydrating enough for me for night time use, but that's simply because i use chemical peels at night so an oil hydrates better. However this would be a perfect day and night cream for those with really oily skin. If you are after a lightweight moisturiser that hydrates all day, doesn't congest the skin and leaves you with a smooth canvas for makeup application, then look no further. I wouldn't recommend this for those with dry skin as it just isn't rich enough. You may find that the Sunday Riley Tidal hydrates better or rather this moisturiser. Would i repurchase? Definitely! I could see me reaching for this every year during the warm Spring and Summer months.

Ingredients: water (aqua/eau), cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, butylene glycol, dimethicone, hydrogenated polyisobutene, passiflora incarnata seed oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, silybum marianum seed oil, tocopherol, porphyra umbilicalis extract, algae extract, commiphora mukul resin extract, rosa multiflora fruit extract, dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer, sodium chloride, nylon-12, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, potassium sorbate, fragrance (parfum), guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, polysorbate 20, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, sodium citrate, chlorphenesin, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional, alpha-isomethyl ionone, limonene, citronellol, blue 1 (CI 42090).

The Bliss Fabulous Drench'n'Quench Cream-to-Water Lock-in Moisturiser Retails in the UK for £29.50 and $38 in the USA through: Look Fantastic - Bliss World - Marks & Spencer - Ulta - Feel Unique

So, have you tried any of the Eastern inspired Water to Cream/ Water-based moisturisers?

The next water based moisturiser up for review is the Blithe Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum, so keep your eyes peeled....

Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

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