I am seeking recommendations for a dupe for the Curology original gel-cream moisturizer in the pump bottle (not the rich moisturizer in the tube.) I LOVE it - perfect texture, weight, finish, moisture level - but hate being hostage to their stupid plan where I can't order additional bottles of what I want, or not receive things I don't, like their cleanser. I prefer The Ordinary Squalene cleanser for my oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin. My skin was getting congested and breaking out with their cleanser; now that I am back to my old cleanser, that issue has finally cleared up.
I have seen Neutrogena HydroBoost water gel recommended, but that particular gel-cream burns my face with every application (haven't tried their other version for extra-dry skin.)
I have also just tried COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream - it is good but not my HG - it leaves a slightly moist/tacky film on my skin, not unpleasant, not shiny or greasy or sticky, but simply not the finish and feel I am looking for. Better for drier skin. Also causes a very slight burning sensation on my skin. I want to avoid creating inflammation!
I do love using The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics under the Curology gel-cream. Tried layering The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors over both, but that caused burning too, so I don't want to go back to that product.
Have used CeraVe PM Facial Mositurizing Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin in the past. Haven't yet tried it on its own since my skin finished the Curology tretinoin acclimation period.
I have 3 products on order from Paula's Choice: the Earth Sourced Power Berry Serum, the Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer, and the Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer.
I am still seeking other options in case these don't meet my needs! I want a product very low on CosDNA irritation and acnegenicity scales, ideally nothing above a 2. No plant oils or fragrances. (Plant extracts that have known therapeutic effects are welcome, just not essential oils thrown into a formula for kicks.)
Am willing to spend above drugstore/highstreet price levels, but so far the fancier brands I have researched aren't meeting my needs of not using plant oils and fragrances, or the irritant/acne scores are too high on the ingredients.
Thank you for any guidance you can offer me!