11.26.2014
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Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
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1.7 fl. oz. for $14
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Talk about a long time coming! Well past the time when Clinique clearly knew Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion wasn’t dramatically different in the least, they still recommended their poorly formulated lotion as an essential skin-care step in their famous three-step routine.

Although the original lotion remains a mundane, not-as-good-as-Lubriderm option for normal to dry skin, it is and always has been ill-suited for those dealing with oiliness or breakouts. Therefore, for those loyal to Clinique’s basic regimen and for those looking for a more affordable department-store moisturizer, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is a welcome addition.

The formula is more a lotion than a gel, but does feel quite light and silky on the skin. It does not contain any oils or heavy thickening agents, and this fragrance-free moisturizer is appropriate for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. The only issue we have with the product is its meager antioxidant content (most of which function best as anti-irritants). Most of Clinique’s moisturizers are brimming with state-of-the-art ingredients, but this one, though certainly effective for its intended skin types, is plain by comparison—yet dramatically better than their original and still incredibly popular lotion.

Claims

The oil-free moisture “drink” developed by Clinique’s dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for skins comfortable in the cheeks but oily in the T-zone or oily all over. Oil-free formula softens, smooths, improves.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract/Extrait D’Orge, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Caffeine, Triethelose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Polysilicone-11, Silica, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Oleth-10, Lactobacillus Ferment, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Disdoium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Yellow 5, Red 4, Yellow 6

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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07.16.2015
Not enough moisture

I was looking for something a little lighter and I've tried the old formulated lotion before, but it broke me out horribly, probably because it was too much for my slightly oily t-zone. But this gel was just not enough. About midday my skin would feel a little drier.. also it broke me out a little. I think I would just recommend this for oily skin types, no dryness at all. It's just not enough. Also the yellow colorant concerns me

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Elizabeth
07.15.2015
Great moisturizer

Great all around moisturizer. Does not contain oil so is great for acne prone skin. Will not clog pores or deliver an unwanted scent. Nicely moisturizes skin without leaving uncomfortable residue. Leaves skin soft and supple, and serves as a great base for foundation. Hydrates nicely and fulfills its claims. Great moisturizer.

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Anonymous
05.26.2015
Feels nice, but too light when my skin is dry.

I usually wear a moisturizer when my skin is dry. This one doesn't really do much for me, if I put on 3 pumps, it helps. I like how it feels and the light natural scent, but when it's completely dry, it doesn't seem an adequate moisturizer.

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Jeremy
05.17.2015
Not effective

This was not hydrating enough it made my skin more oily yet I still have dry flaky patches. This even clogged my pores and caused breakouts. It contains no skincare benefits. As for anti irritant is was ineffective. The lotion version was worse contains mineral oil and more pore clogging ingredient/irritants.

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Anonymous
02.16.2015
Break Out City

I bought this specifically because of the pass from the review. BIG mistake, as my face is now covered in spots I don't usually get them and will probably take ages to clear up.

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Anonymous
10.31.2014
Great moisturizer for oily skin

Great value for the price, over 4 oz of product. Good for summertime, or oily skin. 1-2 pumps is good for me, very silky and nice matte finish. Not irritating and does not add to the grease at all. It does have an odor before dry, but not offensive at all. My skin does get dry at times, especially in cold weather, and this would not be my first line of defense. SO much better than the original DDL, that stuff is garbage in a pretty bottle.

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Jeremy B.
07.24.2014
The colorant

I am quite worried about the colorant and considering switching to other product, I.e origins. Any idea on the side effect of the yellow colorant? Hope that they would take out such ingredients. It was indeed a nice moisturizer for my combination oily skin.

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Anne
12.25.2013
Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Had a few hits and misses for my oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin before I chanced on this miracle worker. Its a little more expensive than other products but then it does exactly what it claims. It gently hydrates your skin without any irritation.

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BlueArcEnCiel
04.30.2013
i really like it alot

Goes on nice and is not oily. Soaks into skin quickly and skin feels good. Gel is silky feeling. Happy with this product. I bought prior to joining PC and was happy to see it was rated good. I will use this up ( take awhile) and go for a best rating. Glad I like the product. It's treating me good.

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jeme
02.23.2013
Toner?

I decided to try this product again. I purchased it at a major cosmetics store. The clerk that helped me advised me that this product wasn't really a cream or a lotion, but actually a toner. She also told me that not a lot of people know that. This is not true at all. It's very much a light silky gel lotion!

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Sam K.
01.06.2013
Love this gel moisturizer

I was never of fan of the Dramatically Different Lotion because of the stated reasons of the Cosmetic Cop Review. I have very sensitive , aging,skin so when this product was introduced I was very pleased. I love it for its lightness, its refreshing sensation when applied and the fact that it doesn't affect my skin in any adverse manner. Another plus, the bottle lasts forever. In summary , you get a lot for your money.

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Anonymous
12.22.2012
Loaded with Anti-irritants?

I'm not sure why the review on this product says that it's loaded with anti-irritants and comes up short in terms of antioxidants. A quick look through the ingredient dictionary shows that Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract and maybe caffeine (?) are all antioxidants. The only anti-irritant would be the chamomile extract which is listed after the antioxidants. I hope the review team can clarify this.

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Anonymous
12.27.2012
Beautypedia Team Response

Excellent question! We have clarified the above review as of 12/26/2012.

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