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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Review

Est. $25 for 4.2 oz.
Reviewed
August 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Review

Best moisturizer for oily skin

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Silky feel
  • Oil-free
  • Works well under makeup
Cons
  • Lacks sunscreen
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Bottom line

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is an excellent option for those with oily or combination skin. It's lightweight, oil-free and won't clog pores. It may not provide enough moisture, however, for those with dry skin. Furthermore, it doesn't contain sunscreen, so if you use this during the day you need to apply a separate SPF-rated product or be vigilant about other forms of sun protection if you want to avoid sun damage.

Breaking it down

Performance

Oil-free moisture. Users of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel say it provides just enough moisture for oily/combination skin without clogging pores or leaving skin shiny and greasy -- something difficult to find for oily skin. They say that it works very well with makeup; helping to keep foundation intact. It relies on dimethicone and glycerin to provide lightweight moisture. Beauty products expert Paula Begoun says it also contains antioxidants -- namely vitamin E -- but only a meager amount. It also contains anti-irritants, which help to reduce inflammation. The formula is oil-free, but it doesn't contain any sunscreen. An additional SPF-rated product is recommended for daytime use.

Feel and smell

Silky and lightweight. Begoun says Clinique Dramatically Different is more of a lotion than a gel, but it feels light and silky on the skin. Users at TotalBeauty.com and Amazon.com say that it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave behind any greasy residue. Those with combination skin say it provides a nice balance of moisturizing without overdoing it. Several say it feels like silk on their skin. It's entirely fragrance free, which people love, and they say it blends very easily. Its lack of SPF is seen as a good thing by most users, who dislike those added chemicals in their moisturizer and feel they can take other measure to protect their face from the sun. We found a few complaints from people who hated the texture of the gel after it dried, but not very many.

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Our Sources

1. PaulasChoice.com

Although she says that it has only a meager amount of antioxidants, Paula Begoun says that Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is an excellent option for those with oily or combination skin. She says that it is more of a lotion than a gel, but it's lightweight and has a silky feel.

Review: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, by Clinique, Paula Begoun, April 4, 2014

2. Sephora.com

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel earns an impressive 4.5 out of 5 star rating in more than 2,000 customer reviews. Input is broken down by attribute and the majority agree that it is lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs quickly.

Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Contributors to Sephora.com, As of August 2014

3. MakeupAlley.com

Reviewers are less complimentary of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel at TotalBeauty.com, giving it 3.8 lipsticks out of 5. There are complaints of breakouts and a few say it makes their skin tone seem dull. Most love it, though, especially those who describe themselves as having very oily skin.

Review: Moisturizers - Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of August 2014

4. TotalBeauty.com

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel gets an overall rating of 8.3 from almost 255 contributors. Most say it's a great moisturizer, light and smooth. It's very popular with those who say they have combination skin. There are some complaints about the price, the pump, and that it causes breakouts.

Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of August 2014

5. Amazon.com

In nearly 30 reviews, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel with Pump earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Some users say they've been using Clinique for decades, and they love the way this relatively new product feels on their skin. A few say it's not emollient enough.

Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel with Pump 4.2oz / 125ml, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2014

6. IntotheGloss.com

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is number two on this list of 10 moisturizers under $40. The products were chosen in a survey 300 contributors and each choice includes some brief comments. Clinique Moisturizing Gel, they say, is lightweight and absorbs quickly; great for combination skin.

Review: The Best Moisturizers Under $40, Lacey Gattis, Not Dated

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