UPDATE (7 June 2021): I recently learned that the Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer has been reformulated, and some people have been noticing a huge difference between the old formula, which I reviewed here, and the new one. I have yet to try the new one, but I will update again once I have.
UPDATE (11 July 2021): I ordered a tube from Watsons on Lazada but was given the old stock. So I’ll be finishing this first and maybe when I get a hold of the new formulation, I can update this again with my thoughts on that. But a bit of good news, yeah? If you’re looking for the original formulation, Watsons on Lazada seems to still have a generous stock; the tube I got has a 2024 expiration date. (Link to buy it at the end of the post!)
I almost panicked when we ran out of moisturizer while in Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). We live outside Metro Manila and though we live in a city, we don’t have access to Watsons (I know!). So our choices were slim, but it’s a good thing the Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer was available. I saw a dermatologist recommend this on Twitter, so it must be good, right? So I tested it to find out because as they say in the Asian Beauty Community, YMMV (your mileage may vary).
Packaging, scent, texture
The Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer comes in a tube that looks almost clinical. I love pretty packaging as much as the next person but it’s just a plus and not something I prioritize, so long as the product works well. (Insert age-old adage about what’s inside that matters.) Speaking of which, this has a gel-like texture that’s just right — I’ve tried ones that are lighter but this is just as comfortable for me to wear. It doesn’t have a scent, which I truly enjoy. (I’ve used products that claim to be unscented but still smell of something — this truly smells like nothing).
I use a one peso-sized amount day and night after my cleanser (or serum). It doesn’t get absorbed as fast as you might expect from a gel (because this is quite thick for a gel) but you’ll feel refreshed while rubbing it on using circular motions. I love that it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling; you just really feel fresh and hydrated — like your skin drank water.
Claims, final thoughts
The Celeteque Hydration Facial Moisturizer promises to give your skin triple hydration through Glycerin, Pro-Vitamin B5 and aloe vera. Moisture that’s not just on the surface? After using it for more than a month now (I’ve lost count of what day it is in the ECQ), I can say that it delivers on its promises. My skin feels thoroughly hydrated and plump after using it even hours after application. I find that my nose doesn’t oil up as much anymore either. I enjoy using it and will continue to do so until my tube (the 100ml variant, which retails for P250) is emptied. I’ll repurchase as well. This is now my go-to.