11.26.2014
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Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ with Pump
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4.2 fl. oz. for $26
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizer with its familiar yellow coloring was one of the company's best sellers for decades. Now Clinique's tweaked the original formula and added a "+" to the name. Unfortunately, neither the original Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or the new, although not-so-dramatically-different, "+" version are worth your money!

The main difference between the original Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and the "+" version is that the "+" version has a slightly thinner texture and contains a smattering of soothing agents and skin-repairing sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid). None of those make the "+" version groundbreaking, however, and in fact, Clinique sells several other moisturizers whose formulas run circles around this one and the original formula.

There's truly no need to get excited about the Dramatically Different moisturizer. It remains an average formula that, while fragrance-free, is mostly void of the types of ingredients research has clearly shown skin needs to look and act healthier and younger; you can get those ingredients from other products Clinique sells if you feel the need to shop this line.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Moisturizes without feeling thick or greasy.
Cons:
  • Not "dramatically different" compared with the original, unimpressive formula Clinique launched in 1968.
  • Formula pales in comparison to formulas of several other facial moisturizers from Clinique as well as from many other brands.
Claims

The moisture "drink" developed by Clinique's dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for very dry skins, or skins dry in the cheeks, comfortable to oily in the T-zone. Softens, smooths, improves. The big plus: with a new complex, this formula strengthens skin's own moisture barrier by 54%. More moisture stays in. Skin feels soft, springy. Has a glow.

Ingredients

Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil, Urea, Lanolin Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 33.

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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06.03.2015
Added to other moisturizer!

I add this to my moisturizer that's not moisturizing enough in stable packaging. Love the feel of this moisturizer on my skin. Just not the ingredient list .This moisturizer isn't enough alone. For anti- aging.

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Annette D.
05.23.2015
Disappointing

Everyone talks about how great this stuff is, so I was excited to try it. It was SUCH a let down. Yucky, medicinal smell. Did not absorb well. Was sticky. Don't waste your money on this.

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Kristine C.
05.19.2015
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I used this product for over 20 years and had no problems with old formula but I will not be purchasing again. The new formula has caused red and blotchy areas on my face and I am unable to use it close to my eyes as it causes redness and irritation. Very disappointed that I now have to search for an alternative product.

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Vanessa w
03.25.2015
Bad product for sensitive skin

plus irritated skin. I used old one for years

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Ginny B
03.03.2015
Just a question...

My grandmother gave me a bottle of the original and I LOVED it, it was perfect for me so when I ran out I went and purchased the new version but I can't use it. It makes my skin oily which I don't understand and makes my face feel like an oil slick. My question tho is for those that are familiar with the original version, was it white or yellow? Mine was white and I was wondering if possibly that wasn't what was in the bottle that my grandmother gave me because she had reused bottles.

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melanie t.
11.17.2014
Didn't like Old but love New

I am a lifelong fan of Clinique makeup and skin care, and, for ages, I always got a little bottle of yellow moisturizer during "Bonus times" and as product sample. I never used them...I just didn't like the stuff, so at one point I had about 50 little bottes of the stuff I gave to a friend who had dry skin. My combo-oily skin loves the new lotion. It's greaseless, but it makes my skin feel plump and silky. For the price it does exactly what I want.

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Scarlett A.
11.08.2014
respond please

Would u please respond with the items from clinique that were mentioned to actually help your skin with good ingredients.. I loved the old dramatically different this one is more thin not too bad havent noticed any better or worse

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christine a
08.24.2014
Have Used This For Years - Old Formula

I use this because I am very sensitive to anything around my eyes, including makeup, and even when I smear it all over my face and eye area I can tolerate it very well. I have tried many other moisturizing products, and have yet to find another one that does not make my eyes water. It does a good job of keeping my face moisturized but I would like more anti-aging ingredients in my moisturizer so I do keep trying other products too.

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Jean N
04.02.2014
The BEST Facial Moisturizer I Have Found!

As much as I respect Paula's Choice products, NONE of her moisturizers took care of my dry, flaky skin. I would have to apply them 2-3 times before they would finally "take" so I could leave the house in the morning. This is not the case with the improved Clinique moisturizing lotion. One small application does it, and it lasts all day. Antioxidants, etc., are all well & good, but JOB #1 FOR A MOISTURIZER IS TO MOISTURIZE.

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Tom A.
09.22.2013
Serum?

A shop assistant suggested this lotion to me: it was "required" to use a moisturizer or serum under the Clinique Redness Solutions daily protective base, according to her. I can not find any indication that this might be true anywhere. Also, she sold the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ to me as a serum, not as a moisturizer. I find the packaging ridiculous: even when this square bottle is full, it's hard to get the product out. I've only used it 3 days, so no comments yet: later

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Antje
09.10.2013
Shel

The old formula was one that worked for me for years. I tried the sample of the new formula and got a nasty skin reaction which is still ongoing. Specifically, my skin is red and is itchy and peeling, not good at all. So I am looking for the old version which stores do not seem to have anymore. Very, very disappointed.

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