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I started using this beautiful Moisturising Gel around six years ago and have not looked back since. When I first went to the clinique counter in boots my skin was flakey, oily and dry.
I would put my make up on to go to work and by the time I got to work flakes would be coming off my skin. When I went to the clinique counter in boots the consultant was lovely and listened to what I had to say and advised me this product was what i needed and within a few days of using it my skin started to feel and look a lot better. I put it on in the morning after cleansing my skin and the gel soon disappears into the skin and doesn't take ages to absorb like some. It smells lovely and has a pump which helps avoid using too much.
This is an expensive product but you only need a little and this usually lasts me around six months and when i need another i usually go to boots to buy this as there is usually an offer on in the clinique counter which of course comes with boot points too.
Currently on sale for £29.50 at boots for 125ml
Sold in most high end department stores
Just a couple of pumps applied in the morning and your good to apply your normal makeup
Since using this product my skin is not flakey or oily and I don't have to keep going to the mirror to retouch my foundation and so I would recommend this as an essential for any women's bag of tricks.
I have written another review on a Clinique product and that was the liquid facial soap when I purchased that I also bought the toner and the dramatically different moisturiser as the complete set is Clinique's 3 step program and this moisturiser is step 3.
I do not want to repeat myself and give you another history of the brand surface to say that Clinique is a long established and well respected brand and the Dramatically different moisturiser is one of their most popular products and a best seller.
If you would like to know more about Clinique pop over to my other review.
==== The product====
The moisturiser comes in a clear solid plastic bottle with a sliver lid, when you take the lid off the bottle there is a pump style dispenser, the hole is quite small and this stops you from using too much.
the color of the product inside is a very soft yellow infact it looks like melted butter.
The product is for dry/combination to very dry skin and is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free.
====How to use====
I used the moisturiser morning and evening after my usual cleansing routine. Pump a small amount into your palms about the size of a twenty pence piece you can add more if you have really dry skin, dot the moisturiser on your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. blend the moisturiser in upward strokes this helps the skin to absorb the lotion and also stimulates your skin to give it an extra glow. leave for a few minutes before applying makeup.
It is also gentle enough to use around the eye area.
I was surprised when I first used the moisturiser because the product is designed for very dry and combination skin I expected the lotion to be quite thick and heavy but it was not, although for a lotion it is probably slightly thicker than a normal lotion.
When I applied it it felt quite creamy on my skin and although my skin did absorb it well it still left me skin feeling well moisturised and not tight and dry as some other moisturisers have. It also left it really soft to the touch and I found that my makeup went on really well and I was not left with patchy results from my foundation which can happen when my skin is feeling particularly dry.
It left my skin feeling soft well into the night even though I had been wearing makeup which can dry out my skin.
It does say that it works best with the Clinique facial soap and toner but I dont think that that's true as I still have the same results using other cleansing products.
I also notice that after using this for a few weeks but skin looked much fresher and didn't have the dry and patchy look to it.
====Price and Availability====
I purchased mine at the Clinique counter in boots although it can be purchased in other department stores and online. It cost £27.00 for the 125ML bottle.
It is available for oily skin as well.
==== My Conclusion ====
This is without a doubt one of the best moisturizers around, It really left my skin feeling soft to touch and provided a great base for my makeup which also seemed to last longer than normal. it kept my skin feeling fresh and smooth all day.
Although I do appreciate that it is expensive at approx £27.00 you really only need a small amount so it does last a long time.
Its worth pointing out that it does not have a sunscreen in the product so you need to make sure you wear one underneath.
A great drink for your thirsty skin!
Essential moisturiser. A classic product, brilliant straight forward and it works. Forget the later incarnations this original product may be dramatically different but to my mind it is a wonderful moisturiser. A dressing table essential I would never use anything else. It is recommended as part of Clinque's three step plan - I adhere to that and it works - but even used alone nothing beats it. Cheaper products leave my skin feeling dry and taught within half an hour so I use more of them, not a saving. This lotion covers, is absorbed and is a perfect base lotion before a liquid foundation and does not produce added shine. A good time to buy in store (or online) is when Clinque do their buy 2 products and get a free gift so you get some sample treats which I often save as they are perfect travel sizes. I would never be without this product: highly recommended.
Very Dry to Dry Combination