Feb 16, 2013

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (available here) - from $14

A cult-favorite moisturizer that effectively smoothes and improves the complexion.  This third step in Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System was designed by Clinique's dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for dry-to-combination skin types. The lightweight "moisture drink" slips easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving skin comfortable, soft, and healthy looking.

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I have had an off-and-on relationship with Clinique for a while now.  I first walked into a Clinique counter back home in Bangalore because an enthusiastic SA wanted me to try out their 3-step program.  He gave me generous samplers of the face wash, lotion, and the moisturizer, and while I didn't really bother getting the face wash, my skin looked good enough for me to return to the counter for full sizes of the other two products.  For a while, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel was my go-to moisturizer for the summers, and I had a big bottle of the Clarifying Lotion on my shelf.  After a while, though, I moved on to other brands - no particular reason, got tired of the same skincare I guess :P  Fast-forward to a month back, I was going through some really skin days, and I found a sampler of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion lying ignored in one of the GWP bags and decided to give it a try.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Best Perfect Moisturizer Winter Dry Skin Review Ingredients Skincare Benefits

Clinique recommends the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion for the type 1 to 2 skin types (dry to normal-combination skins), and I fall into the type 3 (oily-combination, if I remember correctly) category.  This winter, though, my skin has been really dry, so I very reluctantly started with DDML as my daily moisturizer.  This is a light lotion with no particular fragrance to it (although sometimes I do detect a bit off an oily smell to it - don't know how else to describe it).  This lotion is available in a bottle-with-a-pump packaging as well as a tube, but since mine came as part of a sampler kit, this is just a regular bottle - no pump.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Best Perfect Moisturizer Winter Dry Skin Review Ingredients Skincare Benefits

The lotion is easy to spread and absorbs easily enough, but this is meant for the drier skin types and does leave a bit of oiliness on my face.  I haven't had a single breakout with this moisturizer so far, and I am really impressed.  Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer contains mineral oil (listed right at the top of the ingredients list), and that is the one main reason why I had never bothered trying it earlier.  Either because it is so well made or just that my skin has been dry lately, I found this moisturizer just perfect for me.  My skin has been noticeably healthier and moisturized ever since I started using this.  I might buy the small tube of this once I run of this sample, but since it's already getting warm here in California, I am quite tempted to just go with the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel which I still feel might be a better option for the summers.

If you have dry skin and/or are just looking for a good basic moisturizer for the winters, you might want to give the Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion a try.  It doesn't have any added sun protection factors in it, so you would have to use a sunscreen/sunblock separately over this.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Ingredients

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Best Perfect Moisturizer Winter Dry Skin Review Ingredients Skincare Benefits
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Ingredients
List copied from the insert in my GWP kit - please verify/cross-check on actual product packaging
for accurate information.

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  1. I tried both, DDML ands DDMG (both gwps with stuff mom got from usa) but wasn't impressed with either. I felt they're very ok-ish and not worth the price. Just my opinion.

    1. They are expensive..is true..and I think they are costlier in India, aren't they? I tried both these lotions at a time when my skin was really bad...so I am super-impressed gagaaa about both :D :D - but you are right..if someone has normal skin and is okay with any regular moisturizer, I don't think he/she need to switch to this.

      For department store, though, Clinique is inexpensive budget brand...some of the higher-end moisturizers cost so much!!!! I got this sampler of some cream from Chanel and I was like ohh let me check the price..$390...:| :|

    2. I wish they had these GWPs in India too...not sure if Clinique has them there. Is the first time I am trying one, and I liked how I can try chotu sizes, but it's not like supertiny either...so I get a good idea whether it will work for me or not.

    3. Yes, prices are much higher here and no gwps either :(
      Clinique gives a decent 30ml of product in gwp in usa so u can actually make out if it works for u.
      I've tried out samples of Prevage and I'm so impressed but the prices!!! Will tell my bro to get from usa, with a gwp (hehe, greedy me)


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