Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ - review


You may remember that I introduced a bundle of Clinique samples around six weeks ago now (see original post here), and I've slowly been testing them and posting on the ones that are large enough to warrant full reviews.

Next up is this lotion, which is one of the few things I can put on my skin now that I have contact dermatitis because it's a plain moisturiser that doesn't contain active ingredients. I've been using it a lot lately, and I cut my tube open this morning so it's definitely time to review it before it's gone.

Long story short, I like it but it's not one I would buy because it hasn't grabbed me. More on that below.

Clinique claims/product details:

  • Keep skin hydrated all day long with this rich, creamy moisturising lotion
  • Dermatologist-developed formula combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer
  • Helps strengthen skin's own moisture barrier by 54%, so more moisture stays in
  • Promotes healthy, smooth-looking, radiant skin with its silky texture and quick penetration
  • Ideal for drier skin types or for a richer based cream during harsh weather climates
  • Gives the appearance of a younger looking, healthier complexion
  • The silky texture ensures skin is left feeling soft and springy
  • Allergy tested
  • 100% fragrance free
  • RRP $29 AUD for 50ml, $49 AUD for 125ml or $70 for 200ml


I don't mind this moisturiser and it's reasonably priced so it's not a bad buy, but it's not one I would purchase because I've used plenty of other moisturisers that I prefer.

It's a thin, yellow lotion that spreads and absorbs well. I believe that it's fragrance-free as claimed but it does have a very faint scent: it smells a little like men's cologne to me. It's a barely there scent, though, and the smell does disappear on application so it doesn't bother me.

I've been using this every morning as my day cream and I like that it's a simple, fuss-free product that I can whack on without thought and know that it will deliver some much-needed moisture to my dry skin. Mind you, it's not the most hydrating or nourishing formula on the market so I wouldn't run out and buy this if you have dry skin like I do: I would definitely test it first because I don't think it's as moisturising as it claims to be.

Another thing to note is that it has a tacky finish, which does give my skin some radiance but also tells me that not all of the product is being absorbed (and it does leave a coating over the skin). Indeed, I wasn't surprised to see that glycerin is listed as the third ingredient - that would explain the tackiness - and I should note that mineral oil is the second ingredient, which I know some people don't like in their skincare.

On the claims: yes this feels rich and creamy; no I don't think it provides all-day hydration; no I don't think it has strengthened my skin; yes it does make my skin look a little younger and more healthy (but only because of the tacky, glycerin-like finish); and no I don't think it's ideal for drier skin-types - yes it's hydrating, but it's not hydrating or nourishing enough for me personally.

Overall I've been happy enough to use my sample of this lotion and I don't think it's a bad product (plus it's not badly priced), but it's not for me and I personally wouldn't recommend it because I think you can do better, even at this price point.


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