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Beauty Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

s1538354-main-LheroClinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

What it is: a facial moisturizer recommended for day and night use, twice daily. This is the third and final step in Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System

Product information: available on Clinque’s website

Available at: Clinique, Sephora, Macys

Retail price: $26 (normal size)



I recently stumbled upon Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +, which, in my quest to find the absolute perfect moisturizer, I purchased at the suggestion of a Heaven Sephora employee, who swore to its alleged magical properties.

I used this moisturizer night and day for a week, and what I ultimately learned is that this product will either be your best friend or your mortal enemy, and it’s your skin type that will decide which side prevails.

For me, it unfortunately was the latter.

My skin type is mostly combination, but my face does tend to get oily, especially in the summer and when I’m wearing makeup.

I would use Clinque’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + immediately after cleansing my face (and for that I use Origins Checks and Balances). That moisturized feeling would hit my skin immediately, and unlike some other moisturizers that I’ve tried, it wasn’t followed by a tight feeling in my skin.

However, even though my face would be full of moisture post application, it didn’t feel like the lotion would absorb into my skin at all as the day would progress. In fact, my skin eventually felt kind of heavy and was very greasy to the touch. Ew.

But I wasn’t sure if that greasy feeling was the lotion itself or if it was actually just oil spewing from my skin like an oceanic spill. So, on a make-up free afternoon I decided to use an oil blotting sheet on my face to see just how much oil had accumulated on my skin since morning.  I blot blot blotted away, and was shocked to see that the sheet was absolutely see through (which, if you’ve never used an oil blotting sheet before, means that there was a lot of oil on my face).

Needless to say, I was repulsed.

I’ve never experienced such a surplus of oil on my face after using a moisturizer, and after a few more days of using Clinque’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + (which, against my good judgement I continued to use as I had no other moisturizing options until my next trip to Sephora), my face began to break out with some super unsightly pimples. Yuck.

I ended up purchasing a different Clinique moisturizer after trying this one out, but I did ultimately decided to keep the product rather than throwing it out.  I purchased a sample size that came with another product so I wasn’t upset about the cost, and, although this lotion acts a sebum producing monster on my face, I have a feeling that the moisturizing power of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + would be absolutely perfect for repairing dry winter skin (especially for my hands!).

Bottom line:

The formula that Clinique went with in this lotion is moisturizing, no doubt, but those with an oily complexion will probably find that it’s too moisturizing. It will act as a protective layer on your skin, which will block your pores, and then your skin will react by creating sebum, which naturally leads to more oil.

So if you have combination oily to oily skin, then this product probably isn’t the one for you and I advise you save yourself the time and money and avoid it.

However, if you have extremely dry skin that isn’t prone to being oily, then this moisturizer will most likely work perfectly for you. The moisturizing power of this lotion is absolutely insane, and it will ensure that your skin stays soft, supple, and moisturized literally all day.

If you have skin with oily tendencies like I do, try Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I will be reviewing soon! Stay tuned!

What is your favorite moisturizer, GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments!



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1 thought on “Beauty Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

  1. My oily skin has always been a problem for putting anything on. Always gets oily looking fast or so bad that I have to wash my face off. When I’m at home, I just wash it off but when I’m outside, that’s when I’m having problems. Then someone suggested to try oil blotting sheets and it did the trick and it’s very convenient since I can just carry it anywhere.

    I use Chambuu blotting sheets since it’s organic and it doesn’t have any fragrance (I have rhinitis so I am avoiding tissues that has perfume in it).

    You can purchase it here: and use this code: WYMBLF6S for discounts. Discount code is working (I just tried it yesterday).”

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