Review: Curel Moisture Facial Milk

Where to purchase: Available on Yesstyle HERE (Discount Code CVQFZA) and on Boots HERE

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Price: £17.50

Volume: 120ml

Made in: Japan

What is it?: A Lotion (so a lighter, milkier, more watery formula than a cream) that aims to restore the skin’s ceramides, hydrate + moisturise.

Brand Description: ”A moisture milk that leaves skin soft and fully moisturised by replenishing ceramides for optimal moisture”

Supposedly Good for: Dry, Sensitive Skin

What I think: I think Oily skins could easily use this and I find it bizarre that Curel markets these products only to dry skins. This is a great moisturiser for oily skins even during the summer (it’s that light).


Vegan?: No

Animal Testing?: No (Statement HERE)

Packaging: Plastic Bottle with a Pump and a Cap! I love the packaging – easy to travel with (because it’s so sturdy), neat and hygienic.

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Directions: ”Apply after Facial Lotion Enrich (The Toner/Essence, Review HERE). Dispense 1-2 pumps into the palm of the hand and smooth gently over face.

How I use it: Due to the texture of this (NOT heavy) I can apply this as an AM Moisturiser! Even in the Summer (if my SPF is not moisturising). I can even use this as a makeup Primer (doesn’t ball or pill-up). And I can even use this as a PM Moisturiser (I can layer this) or apply this under a thicker moisturiser if I need to (I recommend applying a heavier moisturiser on for dry skins). I apply 2-3 pumps to cover both the face and neck as because this is so ”milky” this can spread very far.

Works when the Skin is Sensitised? / On Retinol?: No, I do feel some stinging if my skin is sensitised or sensitised because of Retinol.

Key Ingredients: 0.3% Allantoin (Soothing), Glycerin (Moisturiser/Humectant), Squalane + Cholesterol (Emollients).

Full Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cholesterol, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Allantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Stearyl Alcohol, Succinic Acid, Bis-Methoxypropylamido Isodocosane, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Methylparaben

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

My Thoughts: The best thing about this product is the emollients i.e. the Squalane and the Cholesterol (Cholesterol gives this that milky look and is ”fatty”, it is found in the skin barrier. I also like the addition of Allantoin because who doesn’t like some soothing?


Live Video Swatch:

I hope you can see how lightweight this product is! No white cast.

Texture: This is not a sticky or tacky cream. It layers fine under makeup and SPF. I don’t find it too thick as this is a moisturising milk and not a cream (Higher water:oil ratio). It’s not viscous and will run down the hand if I tilt it. It feels soft, smooth and silky along the skin and doesn’t ball up. It’s layerable as well. It doesn’t make my skin fee like it can’t breathe.

  • As you can see, this is an Opaque milky cream that doesn’t immediately run down the hand (But it would if I tilted my hand). However it’s definitely not too thick or heavy.

Do you see it has a nice, milky/cream-like texture? It’s translucent and becomes further transparent when rubbing in (doesn’t look heavy).


As you can see this is lightweight and easy to spread.


Hopefully you can see that this doesn’t just leave a moisturised finish, but a hydrated finish as well.

Comparison – The Curel Intensive Moisture facial Cream VS the Moisture Facial Milk

Review of the Facial Cream is HERE

Hopefully you can see here the difference between a Milk/Lotion and a Cream. There is more water in the Milk/Lotion which makes it a good 1st Moisturiser for Dry Skins and a Great Moisturiser all-round for Oily and Combination Skins!


Summer or Winter?: I think it’s for both. I think Oily Skins can use this as a Summer Moisturiser. Dry Skins could also use this in the summer and in the winter would require a moisturiser on top.

Youtube Video: Swatching and Reviewing the Curel Range in the UK:

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Fragrance?: No added Fragrance / Essential oils. This does contains Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract (Not the Essential Oil) and is described as ”perfuming” however, Curel describes this ingredient as soothing and an antioxidant. I do think it provides a scent but as a secondary property and this isn’t included to give the product a fragrance. To me this smells simply like a cream. a bit of an earthy scent.

Good Under Makeup?: Yes I have tried this under foundation and it was fine! (doesn’t make the foundation slip or slide as this absorbs well).

How long have I been using this?: For 2-3 months.

The Effect?: Hydrated + Mainly moisturised skin. This did not irritated or sting my skin (Only if my skin is sensitised by Retinol will this sting).

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What I like:

  • No added fragrance / essential oils
  • Lightweight but still moisturising and hydrating
  • Great, sturdy packaging
  • Doesn’t take forever to absorb
  • Didn’t sting / irritate (only stings if the skin is sensitised/irritated i.e. by retinol)
  • Layerable
  • Doesn’t give me an oily/greasy finish

What I don’t like:

  • Some people have an issue with Eucalyptus extract, so removing it may be beneficial (but please don’t mistake this with the Essential Oil). I’m not sure if this is the ingredient that makes this product sting if my skin barrier is damaged (i.e. if my skin is sensitised), and so it means I can’t use this product to help restore my skin’s barrier (by replenishing ceramides) when it is the most needed/would be the most helpful to do so. So perhaps removing the Eucalyptus extract would do the trick.
  • Very simple, if Niacinamide and or further Peptides were added that would be nice. But I understand they were going for simple with this range.

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4.2/5 – A very simple, LOVELY Moisturising Milk that’s lightweight, makes the skin feel smooth, replenishes much-needed ceramides without feeling oily, greasy, thick and heavy. I think this is a much needed product for oily skins and for people who don’t like to use moisturiser / creamy products. This is a great compromise of a product that will provide you what a cream provides you but without feeling heavy, ruining makeup/SPF and making you feel hot and bothered. My only issue is this stings when my skin is sensitised so it is not sensitised skin friendly and I wish it was because I would love to slather my face in this to help repair my skin barrier if it’s been damaged and yet I can’t. Is it because of the Eucalyptus extract? I don’t know.

Would I repurchase?: Yes I would! As I can also use this as a Makeup Primer when travelling and due to the packaging, it makes it easy to take this without spilling it everywhere.

Dupe?: The Be Plain Chamomile Lotion is quite similar in texture, but I think it is still slightly thicker than this product, so perhaps dry skins may prefer (See Video Below For Swatch + Review).

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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