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The Best Water-Based Gel Moisturizers: 371K Reviews
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The Best Water-Based Gel Moisturizers: 371K Reviews

Based on 371,426 Influenster Reviews

Water-based gel moisturizers are the perfect solution for those of us with oily skin who still want to moisturize. This way you can stay hydrated with a light formula that won't clog your pores and will have you feeling like you didn't put anything on. Influensters have left hundreds of thousands of reviews on moisturizers and we've combed through those to bring you the best water-based gel moisturizers out there.

Which gel moisturizer is your go-to?

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belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
BY BELIF
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars76%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.7 / 5 (2,541 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $22.00
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2018
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Katie K.Katie K. said...
Literally an oasis for my terribly *oily* (but sensitive) skin. i got this as a sample at Sephora and the scent definitely won me over (along with its effectiveness). I have never found a face moisturizer quite like this. I suffer from constant breakouts (on top of hormonal cystic acne, yay), but this stuff somehow magically leaves my skin soft and not oily- and it doesn't take much to cover my whole face and neck. Just about a nickle size can cover most of my face. It's especially great to use right after your evening (or morning) shower. It is a bit pricey, in my opinion, but all other facial moisturizer (even Shiseido) have made my breakouts even worse. For reference, I use this in combination with Exuviance antibacterial cleanser (during my cystic-acne breakouts) & Belif's Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist. ...read more
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Clinique Moisture Surge™ Extended Thirst Relief
BY CLINIQUE
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars76%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.7 / 5 (4,704 reviews)
Buy on Neiman Marcus for $52.50
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
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Melissa B.Melissa B. said...
I've been using a generous sample of this that I received as a bonus and I know that as soon as I run out I will be buying the full size product. I really didn't even intend to use the sample, but I went to an event at Macy's where I received a mini facial from a Clinique representative and she used this product on my face. I knew right away that this was AMAZING. This winter I am experiencing dryer areas on my face and this is literally the only thing that I have found that feels this amazing on my face. The only way I can really describe it is that when you have this on, its like water is on your face but it's not dripping. I know that sounds bizarre, but you really must try this to appreciate it. I use this at night and it is just EXTREMELY calming and relaxing to have on. Before I had tried this I would have never thought to pay this much for a product like this, but I can definitely say that it is entirely worth it. ...read more
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Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel
BY NEUTROGENA
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars74%
  • 4 Stars18%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 / 5 (3,613 reviews)
Buy on Amazon for $16.14
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Christine C.Christine C. said...
I am so glad I tried this product! It seemed a little pricey for a drugstore face product, but I have come to use this in place of my Clinique Moisture Surge (which I also love); this product seems to do a similar job (maybe just slightly less moisturizing), but for a lot less money. I have sensitive combo-dry skin, and this hasn't made my skin react at all. I wear this day and night, using it to lock in moisture both after I wash up at night (under another moisturizing lotion) and before I start my makeup routine in the morning (as a primer or before my primer); it is very similar in color and consistency to Smashbox's hydrating (blue) primer. It's very cooling and refreshing during the summer too and quite light, so you can use it year-round. It is also not tacky. I suggest using a makeup spatula if you have one to scoop out the product for each use in order to keep it a bit more hygienic. Try to use coupons or get it when it's on sale to help with the cost. ...read more
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L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin
BY L'ORÉAL PARIS
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars67%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (377 reviews)
Buy on Amazon for $9.00
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Kayla R. said...
So far I really like this product! I received it for free to try, and even though I've only used it a handful of times, it feels so good on the skin. It's super moisturizing and not overly thick like most facial creams are. At first it feels heavy on the skin, but after really massaging it into the skin and waiting a few minutes, there's no more residue, like it completely soaks into the skin. Also, I have SUPER acne prone skin. It is very hard to find a facial cream that doesn't cause me to break out by the end of the night. After using this product as much as I did, and still no new pimples, I have to say this is one of the better facial creams I've tried. ...read more
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LANEIGE Water Bank Gel Cream
BY LANEIGE
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (1,011 reviews)
Buy on Amazon for $31.70
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Michelle G.Michelle G. said...
The first time I tried this gel cream I fell in love! It has such an amazing texture after application, almost as if you can feel the moisture being trapped in your skin. Within a minute the gel dissipates into a silky soft feeling on the skin without losing the feeling that you have a layer of gel covering the skins surface. It has a light very pleasant fragrance and a cooling feeling on the skin. Upon waking in the morning you can still feel the effects of this gel/cream and boy does it lock in moisture!! I initially purchased the trial set for $30 at Target when I learned that I could finally get this stellar Korean beauty product domestically. I am glad to see products like this popping up and hope to continue to see this trend! Go and try for yourself you won't be sorry! ...read more
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boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer
BY BOSCIA
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star2%
4.6 / 5 (477 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $38.00
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Alisha J.Alisha J. said...
This is the first true moisturizer I have ever tried, and if I didn’t get it for free in a Vox Box I’m not sure this would have been my first choice due to the price.
However, I’m seriously impressed with this. I have normal-oily skin depending on the weather, what I’ve recently eaten, etc. so I typically skip moisturizer because I don’t want too much moisture which would cause me to breakout.
To start off with, the packaging is super simple and sleek so I have no problem leaving it hanging around on my bathroom counter. The very first time I used it I used the included spatula to get a scoop about the size of a dime and this is when I discovered that a little goes a very, very long way. I now use 1/4-1/2 this amount and can cover my whole face easily.
This goes without saying, but because it’s very important I’ll say it anyways...$38.00 may seem like a lot to spend on moisturizer for those that don’t necessarily see a need for it, but I can see this one tub lasting me ~3 months so when you do the math that’s not a bad price st all!
As far as how well it works...I would say exceedingly well! When I first put it on there’s a nice cooling and calming sensation that’s very relaxing especially with it being summer. Although the directions say you can use at night and/or morning, I put it on right before I go to bed. It takes just seconds to fully absorb and you can’t even tell you put anything on!
After my first night of using it I felt a noticeable difference in my face (and I was struggling with dry lips as a result of some other face products that I use to control acne and the next morning they felt MUCH better).
Overall I would highly recommend trying this, but I do want to make note of the fact that I have no other moisturizers to compare this to*. boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer...read more
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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel Facial Moisturizer
BY VICHY LABORATOIRES
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (444 reviews)
Buy on Amazon for $31.00
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Brandi C.Brandi C. said...
Oh em gee!!! This moisturizer is my all time favorite!!! My skin almost sighs when I put it on the way your body feels after taking a drink of ice cold water on a hot day! I use this morning and night. It goes on and soaks in quickly leaving my face feeling incredibly soft and smooth! ...read more
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Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer
BY DR. JART+
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (913 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $36.00
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Ag K.Ag K. said...
Love this stuff! I have eczema that tends to activate in the summer as I breakout from my own sweat but also when the air gets cold and humid in the winter. I started using this on my neck and arms which is where my eczema was giving me a hard time. I tried everything I had in my arsenal from shea butter and gold bond to la mer. I really like this Dr Jart formula because it provides both the moisture and oil component that my skin needs to stabilize. It is very hydrating and you can tell from the gel like texture instantly. When applied there is a coating like feeling that helps lock the moisture in and keep the hydration stable after long periods unlike most creams and lotions which almost feel like the hydration wears off after twenty minutes. This works great for my face as well. I would recommend giving it some time to absorb in before applying make up. I like to use this all year round because it is light but very hydrating for long periods of time at the same time. ...read more
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