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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer Very Dry to Dry Combination

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Brand: Clinique / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes / Product line: Clinique Dramatically Different

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      02.11.2012 22:29
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      A nice enough cream but a bit on the expensive side.

      This is another one of those bargains I picked up from this discount store I found near my boyfriend's flat. The store sells a mixture of beauty products and home-ware. Among a whole load of rubbish there is the odd gem and I tend to opt for known beauty brands because I can guarantee the quality of what I am buying.

      This moisturiser stood out to me because clinique is a brand I have used before and know to be both good quality and also on the expensive side. I bought the 50ml cream which comes in a plastic tube and usually retails at around £17.00. I paid £10.00 for it which is a great discount on something that comes from an expensive brand.

      The cream comes in a clear plastic tube and has a silver coloured metal twist on lid. There is the obligatory clinique branding on the tube as well as information abut the product. The contents of the tube is a yellow coloured cream so the overall look is a yellow and silver colour theme. I do quite like the design of this product, it is functional and also looks good. This cream does also come in a larger glass bottle which obviously has a more stylish, classic and expensive look than the plastic tube but I do find tubes better for getting all the contents out.

      The cream is relatively thin in consistency, it drips out of the bottle rather than needing to be squeezed out. Personally I prefer a thicker cream but this is quite a nice moisturiser for day use. I find the colour a little off putting, though clinical claim to use natural ingredients and avoid artificial colourings and fragrances there is something about the colour which smacks at being artificial. I'm sure it isn't but the impression alone is enough to put me off a little. The cream is fragrance free but because of this it just has a slightly unpleasant non-smell to it (if that makes any sense at all). I'd almost rather have a synthetic fragrance then a product with just a bland slightly chemical smell to it.

      The cream itself rubs into skin quite easily but if you rub too much it develops this waxy feel on the skin which isn't very nice. The cream does, however, leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I tend to apply this an hour or two before bed and then apply either eight hour cream or alicia douvall argan oil (both previously reviewed) in order to help re-nourish my skin.

      I have to say I wouldn't pay full whack and I'm not 100% sure I would buy it again. I am glad to have tried it and definitely pleased that I only paid £10 for it. I think there are a huge number of inexpensive creams out there that are just as effective so I'll be opting for something cheaper next time.

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        31.10.2012 15:21
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        If its not free, I wouldnt buy it

        I was given a tester pot/botttle?? of this by my step-mother many years who worked for Clinique at the time, as she was somewhat obsessed with my skin?

        Being a 20 something with perfect skin, I used to put it on to show her it was being used then it would gather dust at the back of a drawer.

        Now I am a 38 year old woman with dark circles (too many late nights) and dry patches of skin, basically my skin is a mess, being an angel that she is my magic step-mother came to the rescue with yet another pot/bottle of this.

        It is a pale yellow colour and quite a thin runny consistancy. It is smooth and easy to apply. It is very kind to the skin and it does give my skin a glow and energised feel about it. I used to think that Dramatically different was a bit of a huge claim to make, and being 20 something when I first tried it out, I saw no real difference as my skin was near perfect then (God I hate saying that). Now, not quite so perfect, I am now paying for my years of neglecting my skin. Thankfully having this in my make up box, it does go some way to making it that little bit better. It is in no wasy a miricle sure, even though the price may have you thinking this.

        The bottle lasts a long time but I am still unsure that the price is worth the results. Could you get the same results from Oil of Olay or some other product, possibly. They would be cheaper too. Also the design of the packaging is horrible as well, after all it is a plastic non squeeze bottle. When you are nearing the end of the pot you cant squeeze the lst few bits out nor scrape them as the opening is too small! Not very well produced.

        Its not really worth the money but it does work for me, and while I get the odd bottle free, I shall take advantage.

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        22.10.2012 12:00
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        Good for very dry skin

        I was given this in a gift set so I am unsure of the cost but would guess at around £20-25 based on other similar products I have bought in the past. I believe that generally you get what you pay for in a moisturiser and also that the expensive ones tend to last longer.

        I do find this to be slightly too thick / rich for my liking. It is a cream really rather than a lotion, although it is in the packaging for a lotion and therefore can take a bit of getting out when it gets nearer the bottom of the bottle! It feels very rich when applied to skin and you can tell it is deeply moisturising.

        Personally I don't have very dry skin and so it was a bit much for me, but that is a personal thing and not the fault of the product, so I wouldn't mark it down for that.

        It didn't leave my skin feeling as silky and smooth as I like and as I find some other moisturisers to do. It felt ok but just nothing special really. But again I think this was maybe due to it being the wrong type for my own skin. Even so, I felt that whilst it felt like an expensive product it was nothing to really shout about.

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        21.11.2011 15:23

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        I will never ever ever make the mistake of using a clinique product again as long as I live. I used the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion yesterday morning - and boy was it! My face is red and burning, my eyes are puffy, my skin is itching, and basically my face looks disgusting - up until yesterday I had perfect soft unblemished skin. Clinique has ruined my skin - I hope it is temporary but I am going to see my doctor about it.

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        17.11.2011 11:07
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        overall a wonderful product

        I have been using Clinique products since I was in sixth form (or at least I can remember lusting after them then). Then, once I got my first job I bought myself some Clarifying Lotion and remember thinking I was all grown up (but very skint). Anyone who has bought from the Clinique range will know that they do not come cheap. They are, in my opinion, quality cosmetics, however, I feel they are a little overpriced.

        I can remember using Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion years ago and for some reason I stopped buying it and switched to Oil of Olay (or Ulay as it was then called), primarily I think, to save money. I had forgotten all about Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion until I bought a monthly glossy magazine a few months ago and there was a tiny little free sample stuck to the cover. I tried it that same night and I suddenly wondered why on earth I had stopped buying it. Once the tiny pot was all used up, it spurred me on to pop out to Boots and price their standard sized bottles.

        The assistant at the Clinique counter told me I'd have to fork out £26 for a 125ml bottle, and she tried to make it sound better by telling me, "it does have a pump, you know". She then tried her sales technique by telling me that I would need to also buy the Clarifying Lotion and the Soap. She also told me that the moisturising lotion was a "drink for the skin", rather than simply a moisturiser, and that I would have to pay for a separate moisturiser to gain the full benefit of the Clinique skincare regime. I'd just been paid so I went ahead and bought the bottle but decided against the rest of the stuff she had recommended.

        I love the packaging of Clinique products - they are so feminine and girly. This heavy glass bottle with white plastic pump dispenser came housed in a lovely little flowery cardboard box with the Clinique logo on the front. I tried it that same night after my shower. I was a bit disappointed in the pump dispenser when I first started to use it. I found it was very stiff to use and it would not depress. Eventually it went down with a bit of a thud and then the cream missed my outstretched hand and went shooting across the bedroom onto my beige curtains. It's left a greasy stain, which I have still to try to wash out.

        The moisturiser is not too thick, nor is it too runny. It is a pale lemon in colour and feels soft and smooth and a nice consistency. I can detect no smell at all and it sinks wonderfully into my skin.

        I was told this cream is designed for dry to combination skins. My skin is about 'normal' I would say, but it just sinks straight in and does not leave any greasy residue afterwards. It is really a delight to use. I use it morning and night, after cleansing and toning my face and I use it as a base under my make up or just on my bare face at weekends, especially if it is cold and windy outside and I need to feel 'protected' from the elements. I always feels this cream is giving me a barrier against the wind and my face never feels chapped or weather-beaten if I use it before I go outside.

        I also like to use this on my lips as again I feel it gives me an element of protection against the wind and it just sinks straight in, making my chapped lips feel so much more hydrated and smooth.

        I really cannot fault Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion. Yes, I agree it is expensive, but in its defence, it is very long lasting and gives me the confidence that I am doing my skin some good as it is, I believe, quality product and a good investment.

        N.B. ------ Also posted on Ciao! under the username "dawnieG" (I am THE SAME person & this review is my own work & NOT copied from another source)

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          20.10.2011 22:55

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          fantastic

          I purchased this after hearing great reviews about it all over the web. Alothough most people purchased along with the other two products for 3 step skin care system from Clinique i however did not. I myself have very dry skin and sometimes it will start to flake so i was in desparate need of a good moisterizer. At only 16 pounds for about 50ml from Boots it's seems pricey but it lasts ages. There is also a 28 pound one for 125ml which is a great deal for how much you get with it.

          The 50ml tube does seem quite small however it fits alot in. At first the moisterizer is very thin and liquid like unlike previous moisterizers. This happened to be a good thing as only a small amount of lotion is needed for the whole face. When applied the lotion absorbs so fast i didn't have to wait the usual 5 minutes for it to soak into my skin. As i massaged the cream into my skin it felt like a moisture drink for my face. It left my sking silky smooth. I was in love. Aswell as making my skin so soft it is also a fantastic makep up base and doesn't leave the sking greasy or oily at all. After a couple of weeks using it i noticed my skin was no longer dry and now soft and smooth. It also is allergy tested and fragrance free which is perfect for my sensitive skin.

          Overall a product that has changed my skin from dry to soft (combined with exfoliation). A beauty must have fo those with dry skin!

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          03.08.2011 12:49

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          Not really worth the price and not very dramatic, I wouldn't bother to buy it again.

          I bought this as a replacement for the moisturiser in my 3-step system which wasn't working so well for my silly skin. I have really sensitive, dry skin that sometimes decides to be oily, so I thought a 'Dramatically Different' moisturiser was just what I needed.

          I purchased the 125ml bottle (pictured above) for £28.50 and with all Clinique purchase was underwhelmed by the packaging, which is plain with the Clinique logo on the front. I bought the version with a pump action top, which I quite like but when you get to the bottom of the bottle it can be difficult to get the last dregs out.

          The cream itself is a weird yello colour, which looks a bit medicinal. This is reinforced by the slightly chemical smell that it has (it's unfragranced, but it still smells of something). The cream is quite thin in consistency, which is unusual for a moisturiser for dry skin, usually they are super thick. It rubbed on easily and was absorbed quickly and didn't leave me with greasy looking skin afterwards.

          So that all sounds good but it didn't really make any difference to my dry skin. I fact I found a budget cream in Boots that cost £1.30 and did a better job, so i would say that this is just an average moisturiser and not worth the big price tag. A bit of a dissapointment really.

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          21.06.2011 10:54
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          I would not buy it again, nor would I recommend it at all!

          Being a sufferer of problem skin, (which is combination/Dry for the most part, but not without the odd patch of eczema and, just for good measure, being prone to acne at times!?) makes it extremely difficult for me to find good quality products that do not aggravate my sensitive skin and cause me further problems. I was quite keen to try out the 'Dramatically Different' range of cosmetics and skincare products from the "Clinique" brand to see if it could help calm my troublesome skin.

          As I have tried and tested several items from the Clinique range with varying results - some of them appear to work (albeit minor) miracles whilst others seem to be a sheer waste of money, I was understandably reluctant to pay full-price for a moisturiser from the "Clinique Dramatically Different" range, mainly because they cost around the £25 mark for a bottle which is 125ml in size.

          I was therefore more than happy to snap up a trial sized tube of the product on Ebay, which is a mere 30ml in size but only cost me a couple of pounds. I figured that this small tube would give me an idea of how the product would work with my skin before I parted with my cash to invest in the full-sized bottle.

          The full name of the product I purchased was the "Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion - Very Dry to Dry Combination skin" which is of course a bit of a mouthful, but I have to admit that the impressive name of the lotion did appeal to me, given that it actually mentioned the words 'Dry' and of course' Combination' in the title... These are of course, two of the biggest obstacles I have to consider when it comes to my own skin and my usual skincare routine.

          I won't go on too much about the packaging for this product as I of course have only the little 'sample sized' or 'trial sized' bottle in my possession, which naturally varies in style from the full-sized product. What I will say however, is that all of the products in the Clinique range overall have a rather sleek and modern edge to the packaging, without being overly complicated in their design, and the square shape of the (full-sized) bottle of the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion is no exception to this.

          The cream itself is a rather uninspiring colour, I have to admit. Normally this wouldn't be something that I would notice or comment on too much, but I have to confess that I do find the shade/tone of this cream rather odd... not altogether off-putting, just a bit strange. The cream has the same pale yellow colour that I would associate with a prescription cream that I get to treat my troublesome eczema which is perhaps why I personally found it slightly off-putting.

          The consistency of the Clinique Dramatically Different cream is not at all thick, and in actual fact I found it to be rather thin and slightly runny overall which came as something of a surprise to me as it is a product aimed at helping to alleviate the problems associated with Dry/Combination skin, and most products I have bought for this problem in the past have had a rather thick and fluffy consistency to them. The Clinique Dramatically Different cream in comparison seemed to be very thin, and this gave me the impression that the product was not at all luxurious or even that of a high quality.... A very surprising - and disappointing - discovery, especially when one considers the rather presumptuous price tag for this product, perhaps?

          The plus point to the thin consistency of this product however, is that it is easy to spread over my skin, and very little rubbing or smoothing is required on my part. Furthermore, I find that a little goes a long way with this product as it is so easily to smooth over my skin, and so I think that the product lasts a long time, which is probably just as well given the cost of the lotion.

          The lotion is fragrance free which makes the lotion ideal for using at night time as well as during the day, for me at least. I am not a fan of using highly-perfumed cosmetics on my face at night time as I find that a lot of them can be quite over-powering which I find off-putting. Furthermore, the lotion has been 'Allergy Tested' which I will admit did give me some reassurance as to the suitability of this product in terms of my easily aggravated, overly sensitive skin. I can confirm too, that there has been absolutely no ill-effects with my own skin from using this product.

          The results achieved from using the Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion on my troublesome skin are, at best, ok. I found that the lotion did nothing to help with the dry patch of dry skin/eczema on my forehead. NOTHING. Again, this was a huge disappointment given that the lotion is one that is specifically aimed at Dry skin types.

          The rest of my face felt nice and soft and well, moisturised after I had used the lotion and I didn't think that the lotion was overly greasy which is a plus point for me personally. However, the results achieved from my own experience were ok as I said, and certainly nothing more. Yes, it's a moisturising lotion... did my skin feel moisturised after using the product?... Yes. Did my skin feel "Dramatically Different?".......... Absolutely not.

          To be quite frank, I've obtained similar results on my problem skin with a generic, "mainstream", budget-brand face cream. Seriously.

          In summary, I am relieved that I did not fork out the full price for this product and exercised caution and common-sense by buying the sample-sized bottle of lotion only. I would have been furious if I had shelled out around £25 for the full-sized bottle of lotion only to find the results were as disappointing as I found them to be. I can only award this Clinique lotion one star, and I would not recommend it at all. There are much better products available out there for less than half the price in my opinion!

          If you want to try the product for yourself, there is a range of Clinique skincare products and cosmetics available online at www.boots.com. There is also a Clinique counter in larger Boots stores nationwide.

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            23.05.2011 14:42

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            Not worth the extra money it will command due to the clinique name.

            I received this moisturiser as part of a gift set given to me. I respect the Clinique name and was looking forward to useing it. However, whilst there are no major criticisms, there is nothing to write hoome about either.

            It's claim to be drastically different really couldnt be more inaccurate; to me, it is very bog standard, just a plain cream that doesnt do too much wrong but nothing special either.

            It is quite a thin moisturiser which I guess is good as many for dry skin are really thick, but then, do they do a better job? It is also unpurfumed, which is a good thing, but the smell is a bit odd, a bit clinical I would describe it.

            Also there is no sun protection, which to me is a necessity to protect your skin.

            Overall, it is totally usable, was nice enough to put on as its a light lotion, didnt give me spots or make my skin greasy, applied fine under make up... but really isnt anything too special.

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            11.05.2011 11:16
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            I ended up getting 2 of these at the same time, but there is a story behind it. When I first went to my local Clinique counter I stocked up on a few things that was recommended for me. This was basically what I would need to use on a daily basis so kind of a Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise set up. The good thing about Clinique is that often when you buy 2 full sized products you get a little goody bag of full sized products. The sizes of them are pretty generous and that is how I ended up getting 2 of this product. The trial sized product was 15ml, but the right size of this is 50ml.

            When I bought this which was about 8 months ago this cost me £14, so the price may be a bit different now. Perhaps a bit expensive, but this is a brand named designer product after all. Also a little of this seems to go a long way.

            The bottle looks like the picture. It is a simple looking square shaped bottle. The plastic is clear and you can see the light yellow Cream through the bottle. The writing is on the front and it stands out alright, and I suppose the silver lid adds perhaps a bit of a more expensive look to the otherwise plain looking bottle.

            This doesn't have a whole lot of scent to it. It smells kind of Creamy, but not in the same kind of way as Dove or that. It isn't a Soapy king of scent, just a fresh, clean and slightly Creamy Moisturising kind of scent - fitting that this is a Moisturiser.

            So how does this work? It is a good enough Moisturiser. The hard part is shaking the product out the bottle perhaps if this had a pump action bit then it would be a lot better. Since you only need a little bit of this then you don't want a large blob of this coming out and it being a waste. This rubs into your Face easy enough and soaks into your skin quickly. You can apply Make Up shortly after applying this if you want. Although you know that this is absorbed into your skin, you can still feel a slight film on your skin, but it isn't greasy or that. This seems to last a good lenght of time after applying it, and the main part that I use this on is my Cheeks. I have Combination skin and my Cheeks can be a bit dry, so I feel that this works well on my kind of skin. This is suitable for any skin type as well according to the Clinique rep that sold me it.

            So would I buy this again. I could see myself buying it once my 2 bottles have finally finished. Although I have stated that this isn't that different, it isn't really a critisism about it, just the fact that i don't find that it performs any different than any other branded Moisturiser. This seems to soothe my skin, doesn't irritate and helps get rid of the Dry patches.

            A good enough Moisturiser, just not Dramatically Different as the name would suggest.

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            10.05.2011 10:12
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            Not a good buy, I'd recommend you go & give the money to someone homeless instead.

            I have horrible skin. No I'm not exaggerating, I think it's to do with some of the medications I take, but I get dry patches and flaking skin on my face and at its worst it looks like I've been out in the sun and am peeling. I've tried all sorts of things for the problem, from big brands, to stuff you've never heard of, things full of chemicals to those that are completely natural. Some help for a bit, then stop working, others just don't help.

            This, was one which just didn't help!

            Ok the basics for you - it comes in a 50ml bottle or a 125ml bottle, and costs more than it should £15ish for the 50ml and £28ish for the 125ml. The only difference with the two sizes is that the larger one you get a sort of pump thingy with the bottle, but as I don't like pumps, had no idea if this would work or not, and didn't want to spend too much I bought the smaller 50ml bottle. The bottle is clear, and the moisturiser inside is a sort of murky yellowy colour which I'll be honest I didn't find terribly appealing. The girl behind the counter was very persuasive however, and assured me that it was designed with skin like mine in mind, and would begin straight away to help it to improve and look better, but that after a week or two it would be much improved. Hmmmm....

            This is quite a thin moisturiser which actually surprised me. Mostly when they sell them to you as ones that can assist in severe dryness, they're thick and getting towards being creams rather than lotions. This is very definitely a lotion however.

            This doesn't have a nice fragrance like some. Actually the closest I can get to describing how this smells is to say it's not dissimilar to Vaseline creams like my grandmother used to use, not a lot of smell, but what there is, isn't great and is slightly chemically - not surprising as this says it's not perfumed, so I guess what I'm smelling are the chemicals.

            The lass behind the counter at Clinique did try to get me to buy their cleanser and toner too, but I was more persistent than she and kept assuring her I didn't need them till she gave up - Some nonsense about it being part of a three step process which to be perfectly honest strikes me as just a better way of them selling more to people who get cornered by one of their sales reps (pushy or what!).

            Applying this is messy. Most moisturisers I just pop some of into my hand and apply with fingers, this I ended up using a cotton cloth to apply (I don't like cotton wool it's wasteful), because I felt it needed a bit more than fingertips. The biggest problem at this point is how darn greasy it feels. You know I mentioned earlier that this smelt a bit like Vaseline creams... well it actually left my skin feeling like I'd applied a thin coat of something like Vaseline to it, and it wasn't pleasant at all. The feeling did fade after about half an hour, but it's quite a while to wait for it to do so, and even then I noticed at one point (think it was on second day of using this) that when I got a bit hot in the kitchen and sweated, the coated slightly slimy feeling came back.

            Having paid the amount I did for this, and having been virtually assured by the shop assistant that it would help more the more I used it, I did persevere in using this for a while, however I have to say I don't think it improved my skin at all, and if anything there were areas like beside my nose and on my forehead which actually seemed worse rather than better in terms of dryness. I'm lucky, I didn't get any worse adverse reactions from this as I've since encountered a few people who've found it leaves them itchy and scaly too which is not a good thing at all.

            So, by now, you are fully aware I didn't like this and thought it a complete waste of money. In fact it was so bad I almost wish I'd gone back to the store and tried for my money back, but I'll be honest I just couldn't face the pushy sales girl again. This isn't a good product, it gives a greasy feel while you have it on, and leaves skin dryer after than it was originally. Money wasted in my opinion, and not something Clinique should be proud of. I've given this 1 star meerly beacause I can't give it 0!

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            24.02.2011 13:53
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            A really nice product that is affordable to most people can be purchased from as little as £15

            I have been using this wonderful product for years and will never change it for anything else.
            Your skin just drinks in the moisture and leaves a lovely base for your foundation make up.
            At just £15.00 for 15ml its easily affordable, 15ml doesn't sound a lot but it really does go a long way, and 15ml is the perfect size to take away on holiday with you.

            I recently travelled to Teneriffe the weather was hot and I got a nice tan, I found smoothing on the Dramatically different moisturiser gave a lovely cool feeling and my skin just drank it in.
            Most people would use after sun but I found the dry skin moisturiser just as good if not better.

            My skin always looks fresher and healthier and I do get nice comments about my skin, I have purchased a larger 100ml bottle this size lasts me for a long time, its also useful to top up my smaller 15ml size for holidays, as I do travel a great deal.

            The only very small drawback is the bottle its a pouring type and when you get near the end its difficult to get the last of the lotion out off the bottle so I use cotton buds to scrape it out.
            This product does come in a pump for £27 for 125 mls which may be better for some people.

            this product won the Sunday Times beauty awards 2010 I am not surprised by that at all.

            You can also check out E bay a lot of people sell the bonus size of the lotion really cheaply and this is also handy for the summer holidays coming up or just to try for yourself.

            You wont be dissapointed if you purchase this product, it has an amazing smell and feel and leaves no residue.

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            05.01.2011 02:41
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            A pricey product that has a greasy consistency, blocks pores and causes spots.

            Having had problem skin for many years, my skin is now clear and I enjoying many different products. I recently decided to try the 3-step skin care programme by Clinique. The third step of the programme is the moisturiser and having quite dry skin I was advised by the sales advisor that the 'Dramatically Different Moisturiser For Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin' would be the most appropriate. While I love the idea of the 3-step programme I was very unimpressed by this particular product.

            The packaging consisted of a rectangular plastic pot that cannot be squeezed. For this reason it is likely that near the end of the bottle you are likely to struggle getting the last of the product out.

            The yellow moisturiser is attractive in the bottle and the consistency is very runny. Its texture has a slimy, greasy quality and once applied to the face you really notice that the product does not sink in particularly well. Rather it creates a greasy layer over the face, which I did not like.

            Within the first couple of hours of wearing the product I noticed that the product did not make my skin feel soft and moisturised. The pores in my face became very blocked up, especially around my forehead, chin and cheeks. By the evening I found that my forehead had broken out into small spots due to the blocked pores. I rarely get spots these days and I believe that the large amounts of tiny spots were caused by the product getting lodged in my pores throughout the day.

            The product is not perfumed which can mean the product is more gentle on the skin. In this case the moisturiser had a distinct scent, a musk that was not particularly pleasant. The scent remains while you wear the product and others may notice it.

            All together I was very disappointed with the 'Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser For Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin'. The pricing and marketing of the product offers so much, however I found that it actually caused my skin to break out in spots rather than look and feel better. While this product may aid those with dry skin I'd advise anyone with problem skin, skin irritation or very dry skin to avoid this product. I had tried many moisturisers and this is one I will not try again. There are many moisturisers on the market that provide much more for the money.

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              04.01.2011 03:46
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              A very cheap basic lotion sold as something fancy. Good if your skin likes it but still overpriced

              How do I hate thee (dramatically different moisturiser) let me count the ways :-

              It has a runny thin consistency, which feels and smells almost exactly the same as 'old school' vaseline intensive care (yellow) hand lotion. On me this slides over my skin without sinking in particularly well, it does sink in well on my daughter's skin but not very deeply.

              It contains mineral oil, which is mildly comodogenic, can clog pores and stop the skin breathing. It sits on the surface of the skin, technically allowing it to rehydrate itself. This in the strictest sense is the definition of moisturiser; it does not add moisture but prevents it from escaping. In some cases this may be a good approach but in a relatively pricey product I would expect more for my money. On my skin this product quickly feels greasy, I feel as if I need to wash my face, and I find that I do develop the occasional spot which isn't a problem when using other similarly priced moisturisers.

              It has no protective, anti aging or better quality more efficient moisturisers which have been developed in the last 20 years or so, not even a basic sun screen. You might think that this lack of sophisticated ingredients means that this moisturiser is very inert and soothing, that is not the case for me (see below)

              It can trigger allergies (in my opinion) despite claims to the contrary. Clarins say that it allergy tests all of its products. Clinique say this allergy testing is a more intensive and more thorough procedure than products that announce that they are 'non allergenic' have to go through. However I believe that this moisturiser contains ingredients which can cause congestion and mild allergic reactions. Such as Lanolin alcohol; this makes my skin flake and develop dry patches and is one of the reasons I no longer use this product. This is quite a common allergic reaction amongst those with even mildly sensitive skin, so I can't believe that none of the 600 people the website claims each ingredient is tested on didn't have a single reaction to this ingredient.

              It has a slightly cloying fairly strong smell though it claims to be fragrance free, it is not perfumey, but definitely has an odour which I don't find particularly pleasant (as mentioned above it reminds me of the scent of the yellow Vaseline hand lotion)

              It contains Propylene Glycol which is also known as non toxic anti-freeze, whilst this additive is used in many ways and is considered safe in reasonable quantities, it can cause irritation in the skin of eczema sufferers (even if the sufferer is not experiencing a breakout at the time of application). Propylene glycol whilst being used in a lot of moisturisers is a cheap and very basic humectant, and doesn't really have a place in higher end concoctions.

              It offers very poor value for money, even Vaseline intensive care basic hand lotion (to which I have likened this in some ways a couple of times already) packs a few added vitamins into its formulation.

              That's seven ways so far..... well more seven reasons rather than ways, but now I'm being pedantic...


              To be slightly less antagonistic this product is ok when used on non reactive very dry skin, but it won't have any anti aging effect, nor protect you from environmental antagonists such as 'free radicals' and sun damage.

              Dramatically Different Moisturiser is often recommended as part of Clinique's 3 step system, comprising of cleanser/cleansing bar, clarifying lotion (toner - which is the only Clinique product that I love) and then one of the varieties of this moisturiser.

              My main problem with this item is that it is vastly overpriced for what it offers. When my lovely aunty first bought this for me it cost £14 for a 50ml bottle, it can now be bought for about £15 for 50ml and around the £27 mark for a 125ml bottle with pump so hasn't increased much in price. These price points put it in a middling range, but to me the product has become a very poor and basic offering in comparison to even the cheapest more modern ranges.

              Even the name of the product annoys me because this moisturiser is so basic it is almost the poster boy for something that is not dramatic or different. Clinique gets away with charging so much for this because of its long heritage, some of their products are more up to date but this one trades on its reputation for not having changed the formulation since it began. If it works don't fix it seeming to be the attitude, however if it works but you are charging a fortune for something other brands are charging a few pounds for I would strongly suggest that it should be re formulated to be more in keeping with the price, or have the price dropped by about two thirds.

              I really don't understand why this product is still so popular but it does seem to have lots of fans who say it works for them and I can't argue with their results. However personally I find that this sits on the surface of my skin and creates more problems than it addresses. Once the moisturiser has sunk as much as it is going to I can almost feel it sitting in the very top layers of my skin. If that skin gets wet or moist it seems to re-activate the moisturiser, bringing it to the surface again to feel greasy and slick almost like and emulsion that could be lathered up to wash away. This could be a good thing for very dry skin as it could re-coat the skin, but I think skin benefits best from a deeper level of treatment. This product also aggravates my daughter's skin. She has very dry sensitive skin and took the last bottle that my misguided aunty bought me (bless her) hoping that she would find a moisturiser that would work without making her itch. Sadly she has developed a roughened itchy patch of skin which I am sure is a result of using this moisturiser.

              The packaging is classic and typical of Clinique, simple square/rectangular glass or plastic bottle, comes with a detailed insert about how to use with details of some other products in the range, all tucked in to a lovely solid feeling green box. I believe that all this lovely packaging, the name of the product claiming that it is Dramatically Different (a touch of auto-suggestion there), and the length of trading of the company all come together to create a sort or placebo effect. Allowing people to believe that they see more positive results than they would if they bought the product for £3 with a generic label on it, this is of course my opinion only, but I am fairly convinced of it.; a classic case of style over substance.

              Anyway you may have gathered that I am not a fan of this product, despite my well meaning aunty buying it religiously for me (along with clarins hand cream) for several Christmases. I never ever use this moisturiser anymore and threw out my last quarter used bottle (returned to my by my disgruntled daughter) just before Christmas. I would rather use the cheapest nearest equivalent from Aldi at least I know I'm not being fleeced.

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                20.12.2010 17:38
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                not worth buying, doesn't even live up to high street brands

                Choosing a moisturiser is quite frankly, a tricky business. From dry skin to combination, from designer to high street brands, there are probably more options than choosing a wedding gown, well it can feel like that anyway!

                I became interested in Clinique products after using their clarifying lotion on my rebellious teenage skin, so when the time came for a new moisturiser a while back I decided to enquire at the Clinque desk, as they claim to be "skin specialists", giving you an individual profile to tailor the needs of your skin. When ordering some more clarifying lotion online, I was given a weeks supply of the "dramatically different moisturiser" as it was part of a promotion Clinique were running, whereby if you bought two products online you could choose a product, from a number of their other ranges for free. A factor which swayed me in picking this moisturiser, is Clinque say it is part of a "3 step routine", and as I had already purchased step 1 and 2, decided I may as well give the moisturiser a bash too.

                The product I received, is essentially a smaller version of the original bottle, which is a square bottle shape, with a silver screw top lid. Although I was given a 15ml weeks supply, I still have a considerable amount left despite using this product numerous times so it has certainly lasted longer than a week! But, is it any good?

                I have dry, sensitive fair skin (celtic, if you must know). I'm like the vegetarian equivalent at the beauty counter, if all those beautiful foundations were meat (as they are simply too dark for my skin). Needless to say, my skincare routine has to involve products which will hydrate my skin very well, and not irritate it.

                When pouring some of the product onto my hand, I was a little perplexed that it was yellow... it almost looks like runny custard. A yellow product on my skin will hydrate it? The smell also leaves little to be desired, it's ok, but smells like opening a box of pencil crayons... it's not unpleasant, but I think smells too plain and crayony. The consistency is similar to that of melted butter. It looks a little too runny, however on the plus side it is easy to rub into the skin because it spreads out easily.

                I applied the product all over my face (I have just done this to replicate the results). We're 10 minutes in to this experiment, and the product felt cool and was quick to sink into my skin, but I can't say there has been a "dramatic difference", in the way my skin feels overall, particularly in relation to hydration.

                I always apply moisturiser in the morning before applying my foundation, to ensure my skin has had a drink and also to give a good base for my make-up once it's settled in. Honestly, my skin does not feel all that smooth or hydrated after using this product. Given I have dry skin and this product is supposed to be tailored for such needs, it's a bit of a let down. This would probably explain why I never did move on to the full sized bottle...

                Overall, I found the Clinque dramatically different moisturising lotion, to be a dramatic let down. Although it initially felt cooling on my skin, it's overly plain smell and it's yellow colouring do it no favours, add to all that the fact that my skin only felt slightly moisturised afterwards (certainly not matching that kind of expected price tag)... I really don't think I will be buying this in the future. If you do wish to purchase it though, it currently retails between £15-£30 from selected retailers and online.

                I think the biggest let down, is Clinique are supposed to be the big guns when it comes to skin care, they have a counter in every department store and stock some fantastic products, yet have really let me down on this one. If you took away the label and tried this on your skin, you certainly wouldn't think it's a Clinique product, let alone it costs £30 a bottle. In short, I much prefer my Nivea moisturiser from Superdrug which costs me £5 a time. Don't waste you money on this product!

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