Monday, February 9, 2009

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Just a very basic review today. I'm sure almost everyone has heard of or already tried the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, 4.2 oz before. This hefty 4.2 oz bottle comes with or without a pump. The pump-less version costs $22.50, and the with pump version costs $24.00

My mom used to use this lotion religiously in her thirties and early forties, and in my teens, I tried to use this too. Clinique claims this lotion provides a "world famous" moisture "drink" for your skin. However, I never liked it very much then. It made my skin feel shiny and oily, and it didn't seem to be making a positive difference.

However, that was also when I never got dry skin. Back then, I was much oilier and never prone to dry patches. Thus, if you have young or oily skin, you'll probably hate this product. Now that I'm older and have developed drier, combination skin, I have to say I really love this moisturizer. It has been my ultimate savior during these winter months, and the transition from fall to winter.

This lotion is actually pretty light, and the blendability is amazing. In my other moisturizer reviews, I usually mention whether the product remains moist long enough for me to spread it over the desired portion of my face before drying. This moisturizer is great in that respect. Also, a little goes a long way. I use a pea sized amount on each of my cheeks/eye areas, on my nose and around my mouth, and on my forehead. It instantly absorbs into my skin, and leaves a moist, smooth finish, and gives my skin an extra boost of moisture. In the fall, I was comfortable with using this as my main nighttime moisturizer. Now that the weather is much worse (ice and cold outside, drying heat from the radiator inside), I apply this lotion as a base before a thicker moisturizer, whether before bed, or before sunscreen (since my sunscreen can feel quite matte, almost drying). This allows my regular serums or emulsions to penetrate even deeper into my skin.

The ingredients for this product are pretty basic. Nothing fancy.

Water (Aqua Purificata) Purified, Mineral Oil (paraffinum liquidum), Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Tea Stearate, Gylceryl Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Yes, this moisturizer contains mineral oil and sesame oil. For some of you that may be a turn off, but this lotion has never broken me fact, it's maybe even helped prevent my breakouts by providing an excellent barrier over my Estee Lauder Idealist. I've also read somewhere that the reason why people continue to purchase this lotion (though it's had the same formula since the 1960s) is because of the ingredients' proportions, which mimick and maintain your skin's optimal, natural moisture level.

In summary...if you try this product and notice it leaves behind a greasy, oily film on your skin, you're either applying too much or your skin isn't suited to this product. As someone who used to have oily skin, I've been lifted out of my skepticism about the product after bravely resampling it recently.
Right now, Bloomingdale's Clinique is having a free gift with purchase, so it's the perfect time to get this product if you've never tried it.


Rhys said...

I was told the lotion version is not meant for people with oily skin or skin that break out since people are known for breaking out when they use it. The gel version is for oily skin or people that break out easily, since it is oil free and the lotion one is not.

Just thought I would pass that along in case anyone may want to try it, but not sure about how their skin will react to it.

fuzkittie said...

Haha, I think EVERYONE'S mom AND their moms used this... xD

justsoyouknow said...

Aww so the bottle with pump costs higher :(. Hmm this made me change my mind and just buy discount beauty products.

Pauline Reyes said...

I purchased it and it's a nice moisturizing lotion. However, I hope they could replace the pump. Hehehe
~Pauline @Eucerin Philippines