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So, first things first, this is NOT a cheap moisturiser. When I purchased it, it was part of a 3 part set, which for the "miniature" versions was £20. I think the actual pump moisturiser version is getting on for £30, so it isn't cheap.
However...it is so great, I am actually going to buy it when my "mini" version is running low.
The thing that I love most about this moisturiser is that this one has not caused ANY skin problems - in fact, quite the opposite. Having quite oily skin, I have never really used moisturiser, as it could just cause blemishes to be completely honest. However, I figured that I'm not getting any younger, so I might aswell give something a go. So I visited the Clinique counter, and they recommended this 3 part set - the moisturiser is the real treat though!
This moisturiser absorbs pretty much immediately, which is great. It smooths across the skin really easily, and you literally need a tiny amount to cover your whole face (pea sized amount AT MOST.) So it lasts AGES! It's not a cream, it's a gel. So, instead of feeling quite heavy and greasy, it just kind of "glides" across the skin and feels really quite refreshing! And, skin is SO soft after using it - I was really surprised at how different my skin felt after using it just once.
I also occasionally get really random dry patches where the rest of my face is just normal, so this has done a great job of battling that without "upsetting" the rest of my skin.
I would say it is definitely worth a go, and even thought it is expensive, for the amount that you use I image the huge pump bottle would last a rather lengthy amount of time!
I bought this moisturiser as part of Clinique's 3 part programme to try to get my skin in decent condition before a wedding
At £29.50 for a 125ml bottle it is by no means cheap
The gel comes in a square frosted plastic bottle and the bottle I have has a silver pump on top
The gel itself is pale yellow in colour and I cannot detect any fragrance worth noting
A little does go a long way. One pump will do twice a day. Although I am not sure if I am making that be the case as I know I would use two pumps if it was cheaper
The gel sinks into my skin nicely although I do have to leave it for 40 minutes before applying foundation otherwise that doesn't go on so well
Sadly the fact that it is a pump bottle means that there is inevitably going to be some waste at the end that'll require a lot of scraping with the non-brush end of an eye shadow brush....
I bought this from the Clinique counter at boots so at least I got bonus points back but it is pricey
I used to be one of those people who didn't use moisturiser. Having really oily, problem skin meant that I didn't see the point. Recently, partly as an experiment to see if it made a difference and partly to use up some of the lotions and potions that live in my bathroom.
The moisturiser that I am using was part of a 3 step set. From memory, it cost me around £20 for the set, but you can buy the moisturiser separately for £17.00 for 50ml or £29.50 for a 125ml pump dispensed lotion.. Clinique have skin types grouped by numbers, and this one is for skin types 3 - Oily, and 4 - Very Oily
The gel is a pale yellow colour and seems to be unscented. It feels almost like water whenever I apply it to my skin. As it's a gel, it melts immediately into my skin.
This is a moisturising gel rather than a cream moisturiser. The gel is very easily absorbed and it doesn't feel greasy on my skin. I have also noticed that my skin looks and feels less oily since using this and while before I would have had shiny areas by the afternoon, those seem to have largely disappeared.
My skin feels really soft after using this and it keeps oil at bay. It is recommended that you use this as part of Clinique's '3 step' skincare programme (naturally) but I find that it's really nice to just use on it's own.
This moisturiser is expensive, but a little goes a long way. I feel it's worth it as it keeps oil at bay and leaves my skin looking and feeling great. This is allergy tested and dermatologically tested and fragrance free.
I have never been a fan of moisturising (yes I know I should but I suffer from oily skin) but received a sample of this gel when I attended a Debenhams beauty evening. The bottle was the same size as the ones you get in the mini travel size/sample packs of the 3 step Clinique sets for £20. You can buy the full sized product for about £17, which although is pricey, is worth it. The small squeezy bottle sample I received was great for carrying in my bag or travelling in my make up bag.
The actual moisturiser is amazing. Clinique group their skin products in numbers suitable for dry-normal-oily skin, there are two types of the dramatically different moisteriser, a lotion for dry to normal skin types and this gel type for normal to oily skin types. The difference is that the gel isn't as heavy on the skin. The gel has no scent which I love and feels so refreshing on the skin. It sinks right into my skin which feels great and also means I can start appling my make up quickly afterwards which is perfect as I always seem to be in a rush in the morning. The moisturiser keeps my face soft and hydrated all day without that awful greasy feeling.
Even though I had the a small sample size, it seemed to last forever as I only need a small blob of the moisturiser each time I used it which easily covered the whole of my face and neck. I would gladly pay full price for this product because of this and the fact that keeps my oily skin under control. There has been a massive improvement in the condition of my skin since adding this to my face care routine (with and without the use of other Clinique products).
I used this moisturiser for a couple of years when I was younger, and recently went back to it after receiving a travel sized version as a free sample. It is rather expensive at £17 for 50ml or £29.50 for 125ml.
The packaging depends on which size product you buy. The 50ml comes in a small plastic squeezy tube which is great for travelling with, but obviously works out more expensive. The 125ml comes in a hard plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser. Both options have that typically Clinque look which does, I feel, reflect the high price tag. And in both cases the packaging is transparent, meaning you can always easily see when you're running out.
The lotion is a pale yellow coloured gel which is very thin in consistency. It has quite a watery feel to it, even though it isn't as thin as water. I find a couple of pumps of the applicator is enough to cover my face and neck, as it spreads really easily due to it's consistency. It doesn't have a noticeable scent.
The gel feels very refreshing on my skin, it's very light and smooth and doesn't feel heavy or clogging like richer lotions can. It sinks in almost instantly and leaves my skin feeling velvety soft, with an almost powdery feeling to it. The mattifying effect of the lotion is the best I've ever found, nothing I've tried beats it. My skin looks fresh and clean and completely shine free.
When I used to use this gel regularly I had teenage skin whcih was very oily and spot-prone, and at that point I found that it was perfect for me. It provided the moisturisation my skin needed without leaving it greasy or shiny. However, now I'm a bit older and my skin is drier in places I don't find it quite so effective. It works wonders on the oilier areas of my face but those areas that are on the drier side don't feel hydrated enough after using.
All in all I do think this is a fantastic moisturiser for anyone with oily skin, but if your skin is more combination you may find you need soething else for the drier areas. Even though it is an expensive product the 125ml bottles used to last me over 6 months so it actually works out as pretty good value.
I first tried the cream version of this product and being as it was for drier skin and my skin is more oily I decided to try the gel version instead!
Clinique is widely available in all department stores, Boots and online so it is easy to get hold of.
* It gives you the lightweight hydration without oiliness so your skin feels smoother, softer and more comfortable.
When choosing a day cream the most important thing to me is whether it works as a nice base underneath my make-up. I work long days and my skin is oily and I need something to help keep my make-up on and still moisturises at the same time! I generally prefer oil-free so this oil-free gel formula works perfectly for me! It provides a lovely smooth base, keeps my make-up on and has a very light-weight texture! It also dries quickly which is an added bonus when your rushing around in the morning!
HOW TO USE:
* Apply twice a day to face and throat all over, or where needed.
The small size comes in a small clear tube with a screw-cap and the bigger comes in a clear bottle with a pump (I prefer a pump - I find you get the correct amount of product with no waste!). I also like to be able to see how much I have left so I know when I need to rush out and get some more!
VALUE FOR MONEY:
This is available in two sizes:
50ml tube - £17.00
125ml bottle with pump - £29.50
It's better value for money to go for the bigger size but maybe at first it's better to go for the smaller tube incase you don't get on with it. I think as the bottle lasts such a long time and the product is so wonderful it's worth every penny!
Because I have always had oily and blemish prone skin, I was always nervous about moisturisers. Anything I did try was either too thick, felt cloggy on my skin, gave me shiny skin, or just didn't feel right. Once again clinique came to the rescue. I was already using their skin care products but had never used moisturiser. I had tried their dramatically different moisturiser but still felt it was too heavy for my skin. This is why it is always worth going for a consultation, as the girl (or guy) at clinique really know their stuff and are great at offering suggestions. I had gone to the consultation for lipstick, but moisturiser came up at which point I went on my tyrade (see the above). The girl asked if I had ever tried the moisturising gel. I had not even heard of this, so the demo started and I was sold.
At £29.50 for 125ml it does seem very expensive but this truly has been one of my best buys. It has lasted me ages as you only need a small amount, and the product is just ace. It does come in a smaller size, but I went straight for the big one which has a pump dispenser. I find that one to two pumps of the gel is enough for my face, depending on what kind of skin day I am having, hence why it seems to last forever.
The gel itself is lightly tinted yellow, don't know if this is intentional or serves a purpose, or maybe it just makes it easily identifiable. Anyhow, the gel is so soft an smooth and light, it glides on the skin, sinks in really quickly, which is great when you are in a rush as I often am. It feels so light once it has sunk in too. Not cloggy or heavy at all, which for me is great. For oily skin too, which I have, the moisturiser is wonderful, as your skin doesn't end up shiny, or more greasy as some moisturisers can cause it to do.
As you can probably tell if you have read some of my other reviews, I am a big fan of Clinique products and I find their skincare a very reliable and effective option for every day.
I have oily skin and I use the 3 step skincare routine for oily skin twice each day, morning and night.
=== Packaging ====
The Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is available either in a 50 ml squeezy plastic tube with a silver lid, or a square plastic bottle containing 125 ml with a pump dispenser. I have used both of these, as well as the small 30 ml sized tubes which comes in the travel sets. The tubes and pump bottles both bear the large silver C of Clinique. Whichever option you go for, it is easy to control the amount of product you want to use. The pump dispenses quite a small amount at a time, so it is sometimes necessary to use a couple of pumps to cover your whole face.
=== The moisturiser ====
I often find that moisturisers are too heavy or greasy for me and I don't like it when I can feel a layer of product sitting on top of the skin. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is definitely the best moisturiser I have found, as it is oil free and sinks effortlessly and quickly into the skin without having to rub it in vigourously. It doesn't leave any greasy residue. It is a very light gel consistency but still makes my skin feel refreshed and plumped up. It leaves my skin smooth and moisturised but without all the other negative aspects I usually experience with a moisturiser, such as shine and that greasy feeling. My make up stays on longer when I use this moisturiser, as other moisturisers make my face oilier, leading to make up sliding off.
Because it sinks in so quickly, you can put on primer or makeup straight after using this and don't have to wait around like you do with some moisturisers.
=== Price ===
A 50 ml tube costs £16.50 and a 125 ml pump bottle costs £29. This is more expensive than a lot of other moisturisers, but personally as I think this moisturiser is miles better than the competition, I am happy to pay it. You only need a fairly small amount and the 125 ml pump bottle lasts me around 6 months, so over all it is not bad value for money.
From time to time we get vendors popping in to work to sell their bits and pieces. Recently we had a Clinique stand and they were offering staff 10% discount. Plus it was bonus time, so it was buy two products (one to be skincare) and get a freebie. To say I was sucked in would be an understatement. It was through this stand that I got my hands on my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel (Oily / Oily Combination).
My moisturiser is in a frosted plastic tube and is a pale, Easter-yellow colour; it's emblazoned with the large silver C of Clinique and has a silver screw lid. The version I have is a 50ml tube, but it is also available as a 125ml bottle which includes a pump dispenser. The tube which I bought was £16.50 (less my 10% corporate discount) and the bottle is £29.00. I was drawn to the product as I have the most strange skin type ever. It's not combination - i.e. oily T Zone, dry patches elsewhere, it is actually pretty normal skin, but it is what I like to call 'imperfection prone' I don't get horrendous spots, they are more pimples, and usually, if I put moisturisers or cleansers on for 'normal' skin, then my spots flare up and I look oily. I also have a bit of redness across my cheeks. I tend to sway toward combination and oil free products and I was in need of a new moisturiser so I chose to take this one.
I washed my face and applied the moisturiser. I used quite a bit the first time maybe 2 x 5p piece sized blobs, because it didn't feel like it moisturised my skin very much - it's oil-free for people with Oily / Oily Combination skin, so of course it's not heavy - it's really light. I had been using a heavier crème moisturiser, so I put quite a bit on to begin with. It's like a semi-transparent runny gel consistency, pale yellow in colour and smells almost edible! I've since learned that using it morning and night 1 x 5p piece sized blob is sufficient. It soaks in to skin instantly, as though the skin is thirsty and drinking it all in. it leaves a really nice matte finish, meaning adding foundation or powder or just a touch of blusher over the top is very easy and doesn't leave shine or a greasy finish.
After using the moisturiser for 2 weeks the imperfections I'd seen on my face seemed to clear a little and I know this was partly down to the cleanser I was using too (not Clinique). But the moisturiser didn't make my skin break out which is unusual for me and it seemed to compliment the cleanser well. So much so that I am still using it 8 weeks later! I really rate it and I think that it's perfect for 'almost' normal skin - much better than the Clinique Dry / Very Dry range which I've found to be far too rich for my skin 'type'.
As well as being a great moisturiser for skin, I've also found it has protected my nose during a cold (normally go very red and sore) and moisturising my lips with it on a morning seems to have prevented them from chapping as much as they usually do in winter. The moisturiser also seems to prevent my lip colour feathering around my lips without having to add lip liner or a coating of powder. All in all, I am really impressed by the stuff and my skin looks absolutely great which makes the product value for money in my eyes, regardless of cost. That said, I've got a little over quarter of my tube left and I've had it for a little over 8 weeks. If it lasts me 11 weeks I will be really happy as I think this makes the price tag further justifiable; and I think that the larger bottle will most definitely be on my birthday wish list as it represents even better value for money!
When I use a beauty product I always gauge it's efficacy by the amount I talk about it to my friends, the amount of compliments I get from using it, and I always ask myself would I recommend it to my best friends. The answers are lots, lots, and YES definitely, she's already using it too. Based on that, I highly recommend this product to others too!
Available from Clinique online shop, stores, concessionary stands in large department stores and certain branches of Boots / Superdrug.
Thanks for reading! :o)
Oh and if you'd like to take a look at my full Clinque haul, I wrote a little post on my blog http://www.nanna-kate.blogspot.com/2011/12/clinique-haul.html X
Another Clinique product I have bought during my quest to battle my very oily skin and reduce black heads. Clinique has a very good reputation for their good quality products which are also dermatologically tested. I was very much persuaded by their declaration of an 'oil-free' moisturising gel.
From the appearance, it looks like any other typical Clinique products. The design is simple but sleek. The light yellow colour of the gel itself, which I personally think, is very easy on the eye and skin-friendly.
The gel is of very thin consistency and feels a bit watery on your palm. This makes it very easy to apply to your skin. However, since it has very thin, it is easy to feel as if you haven't applied enough. I always felt that so I tend to use a bit too much for each application and this shines up my face after 2-3 hours. Therefore a 50ml bottle only lasts about 3 weeks for me.
Even though the gel is not fragranced, there is an airy smell to it which I find really refreshing after each use. Also it left my skin feeling cool and exfoliated. Sadly, the feeling didn't last for long. Maybe my skin is naturally too oily because my face starts to get oily especially around the T zone. One thing to say is that I didn't really have any irritation or allergic reactions to it, which is a plus point.
I bought a 50ml bottle for about £18.00 which I think is way too expensive even for quality products like Clinique. This is considering that a 50ml bottle lasts less than a month for me. You can buy 125ml bottle with a pump for around £28.00 either online or in stores like Boots. From my experience, after using this for about a month, I really didn't feel like the gel had made a big difference. Also since it's too expensive, I stopped using this and switched to other moisturisers.
Overall, I don't think this product really is for me. Nevertheless, someone with a different skin tone, and a bigger purse :), might want to give it a go. I would neither discourage or recommend it as I haven't used it for long enough. Personally, I didn't think I got my money's worth.
I was expecting great things from this moisturiser, as I'm very much a budget girl and rarely buy expensive products like Clinique so was keen to see if it was any better than my usual own-brand moisturiser!
Available from Boots, Debenhams and similar shops, it retails at around £15 for a small 50ml tube,up to £27 for a 125ml bottle. I bought the large pump bottle pictured above as I was enticed in by a Debenhams 'Bonus Time' offer with a free gift bag when you buy two full-size products - Clinique products are often on this kind of promotion so if you're a fan it's worth keeping an eye out.
The packaging, like all Clinique products, is fairly minimal and understated, with the name of the product in English and French on the front and the ingredients etc. on the back. The square bottle is quite unusual compared to the usual tubes and bottles on the shelf, so stands out and I think it looks good quality and expensive. It's handy to have a pump dispenser so you aren't dipping your fingers into a pot which might spread bacteria or harbour dirt.
This Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is designed for oily skin, as part of Clinique's 3-step process of Cleanse, Exfoliate and Moisturise. The bottle claims that it is 'developed by Clinique's dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for skins comfortable in the cheeks but oily in the T-zone or oily all over. Oil-free formula softens, smooths, improves.' M skin certainly tends towards the oily, although it's often a combination of oily and dry, especially in cold weather or in an air-conditioned office. I often find moisturisers too rich and greasy so I was attracted to the fact that this is a light gel rather than a heavy cream. It's a light creamy-yellow colour and has a very light texture - if anything it's a little bit watery. You only need to use a very small amount to cover your whole face as it spreads very easily and absorbs quickly: I use a smaller than pea-size blob and that's more than adequate. The pump dispenser is great because it dispenses just about the right amount.
Unlike many moisturisers, it absorbs into the skin quickly rather than sitting greasily on the surface, which is an advantage if you wear makeup over the top because you don't need to wait for it to sink in (nothing worse than that 'sliding off makeup' feeling!) It makes my skin feel instantly smooth and comfortable: not tight or dry at all. It also feels light, fresh and not at all heavy. My makeup stayed put all day and my skin remained smooth and healthy-looking.
After using this for a few weeks, I can't say I've noticed a long-term improvement in my skin: I still get blemishes and oily/dry patches, but in the short term, every day I use this it does the job and keeps my skin looking good and feeling comfortable. I like it, but I'm not sure it's worth £27 as there are other, cheaper, products out there that do the job just as well.
This is the third of the Clinique samples that I was given and is the final step in the three-step skincare plan. (I've previously reviewed Clinique's liquid facial soap (oily skin formula) and clarifying lotion 4, which were the other two samples that I was recommended for my very oily skin type, and those are the first two steps in the plan).
Although my skin is very oily and extremely prone to blemishes and blackheads, it can also have a tendency to become slightly dry in places if I don't use some kind of moisuriser after cleansing. Because of this, I like to use a light moisturising product that isn't too heavy and preferably one that is designed for oily skin so that my pores won't be any more clogged than they already are.
This moisturiser fits the bill nicely, as it's a light consistency but not so thin that it's difficult to apply properly. I've used some moisturisers that are designed for oily skin that are so thin they are practically water-like in their consistency and that is always off-putting. Because it's light and not very thick, it's easy to rub onto the skin and immediately takes away the slightly dry feeling that I usually get after using the liquid facial wash (or indeed, any other form of wash-off cleanser). It's not heavy enough to tackle the drier patches around my nose though and I have to use a dab of my more intensive Simple moisturiser for those areas but otherwise, it's fine for the rest of my face.
Will I be buying the full-size version? That's unlikely, given the retail price of £15 for a 50ml bottle (at Boots). Previous readers of my reviews will know that I never have this kind of money available to spend on toiletries or cosmetics as they're now deemed as luxuries so I could never justify spending £15 on a moisturiser that is nice enough but doesn't seem to do anything that my usual Biore moisturiser doesn't do and that is a shine-control product to boot. I always feel that a moisturiser for oily skin should go some way towards controlling shine as many people with oily and combination skin experience this and are looking for something to deal with it.
All in all, it's a nice moisturiser but I've not found it to be exceptional and I wouldn't buy on the basis of the price. If you're someone who doesn't mind paying more for their skincare products though, I don't think that you'd be disappointed with this moisturiser. I'm giving it four stars with one knocked off for the price tag.
Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel is step three of cliniques skincare plan. (step 1 & 2 are to cleanse and exfoliate) Clinique sells fantastic products for all skin types. My own dermotologist recommended clinique products to me as some of them are oil free, which is great if you suffer with spots or blemishes. This moisturiser is 100% fragrance free and allergy tested. It is for combination oily - oily skin so you can rest assured that this will not give you any extra oil to your skin. It feels lovley, it is not at all greasy and soaks in very quickly. It leaves your skin feeling soft but not at all greasy- I use it after i have cleansed my skin and it feels lovley ready for applying my make up. The bottle lasts for ages as a little goes a long way so although the price may seem a bit expensive for a moisturiser, it is well worth it. You should apply it to your face and your neck area. The bottle has a pump and lid so it is extremely quick and easy to use (if your anything like me - time is of great essence in the mornings!). The bottle contains 125 ml and the expiry is 24 months. You should pay around £27 for the 125 ml bottle. Available in all big department stores. I Would definatley recommend this product for those with oily skin.
I have used this product for 18 years now......(since I was 18)..... and I can report that I have no lines or wrinkles.
The moisturizer is light and fragrance free. It glides on your skin like melted butter and makes your face feel rather fabulous. Any signs of dryness soon disappears and your skin feels as fresh as a daisy.
It can be used over the top or under makeup. Generally I tend to put it on first as a primer and then put my makeup on top.
The pump action dispenser helps you to gage how much of the product you are using, generally you really dont need too much for it to have an impact.
The product is for sensitive skin and I have used it in the past when I have had a break out of spots and it hasn't done any harm.
This product can be purchased directly from the Clinique website or from Debenhams or Boots Department Stores. It comes in two sizes ranging from 125ml pump-action bottle, RRP £27 to 50ml tube RRP £15.
It comes packaged in a light green box with the Clinique logo imprinted in silver. Inside are instructions on how to use the product, easy to read and take on board.
This is always at the top of my christmas list!!!!
I have used this moisturizer for about a year now, and I cannot fault it.
I have dry skin, which gets particularly bad in the winter, and I have tried this one and the moisturizing lotion, don't be fooled that they are the same product, this gel one is uch better for dry skin.
It might seem expensive at £27 but it is so worth it, and you only need a tiny bit, as it's a gel it spreads much easier and really adds a lot of moisture to your skin, and the smell is really subtle.
I love clinique products anyway but this is without a doubt one of my favourites.
I use this product every day and it will last a good few months (I got at least 6 out of mine). I mix mine with my foundation (just a tiny bit on your finger) and it makes your make up go further too, and you get more even coverage.
A must have for dry skin.