Long Overdue Review: Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme

I know, I know. I’ve wanted to talk about this for months and months but I’ve been putting it off. Apologies for that. There seems to be more and more to talk about, and some things get left behind. It’s not that this isn’t good, but you know… makeup is more exciting. Haha!



The moisturizer I bought is for normal / combination skin. It comes in a tub, and truthfully, I’m not a fan of this sort of packaging. It means having to dip my fingers in the moisturizer, exposing the rest of the cream to air every time I use it! I am quite anal when it comes to this, so I always have a spatula handy. Also, I like to scoop a bit of cream into a small container and use that. Once I use it up, I’ll scoop some more. At least this huge jar won’t be contaminated so quickly. I know many people don’t bother, and some might look at me funny thinking what is wrong with me, but I’m just really icky like that. I feel safer in a way, even though everything is probably okay.



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As you can tell from the texture, the cream is gel-like and very light. I love using it in the day in this tropical country of ours, but I find it’s not moisturizing enough for the evening because I sleep in an air conditioned room. I use a dollop (like photo below) to cover my entire face and neck and this amount is just right for the cream to be absorbed into skin. My skin feels very soft and silky, and foundation goes on smoothly too. I tried using more before I went to bed, but I didn’t like it. When I apply too much, the cream seems to sit on top of my face and it’s like a layer of silicones that I need to wash off. So what I do is apply it as I normally would, do my stuff, hang around watching TV or blog and then right before bed, I’d apply another thin layer. That way, my skin feels more comfortable.




I bought this a year ago so I don’t have the box to show you the ingredients. I know for sure there are ‘cones and alcohol as all Estee Lauder products do, but as a light moisturizer, I think this is ok. If you’re looking for more hydration and firming, I’d recommend the new Advanced Time Zone moisturizer which I talked about before. My skin likes that one better 🙂 I think younger skin will like this Hydrationist moisturizer. If you’re in colder and drier weather, I don’t think this is enough.

Have you tried this?


xoxo Lily