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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

What it is:A lightweight, oil-free hydrator for combination and oily skin.What it is formulated to do:This third step in Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System was designed by Clinique's dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance. The gel texture provides a refreshing "moisture drink" for the complexion, without causing congestion. Skin is left smooth, soft, and comfortable.
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Moisturizer? Primer?
Is this a main moisturizer or is it a primer? I'm looking to replace my current moisturizer because it does not make me oil free, I like my primer though. So what exactly is this? Can i still use my primer and get rid of my moisturizer? Apparently even people with oily skin need to moisturize.
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
619chels2010
(San Diego, CA)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
i love the Hourglass Mineral primer to go along with my powder mineral foundation =) If you have acne prone skin, i suggest not to use thick or any kind of liquid foundation because its not good for your pores! even if it is oil-free or not. I know powder mineral foundation doesn't cover 100% but i swear, no one will notice if you don't have everything covered. This primer and the powder mineral foundation will look very natural and beautiful! =) Y
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
aikawa
(Annandale, VA)
answer 2
This is not a primer, but the perfect moisturizer for oily skin. Oilies really need to moisturize so our glands don't go into overdrive. You can put primer on top of moisturizers, it locks the product in. I have oily skin as well and that's what I do to prep my skin for makeup.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 3
This is a main moisturizer. It is important for people with oily skin to moisturize for oil-control actually. This moisturizer is very light and disappears into the skin. It also provides exceptional oil control for me. It does not work as a foundation primer, but I wear my foundation right over this moisturizer (and sunscreen) and my foundation does not lose it's staying power. This is a plus since layering makeup in the heat causes it to sweat more.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Xylea
answer 4
This is a moisturizer for people with oily skin, It is a gel based and easily absorbed into the skin. It does not leave a oily mess behind. My advice is to try the moisturizer and see if you still need the primer at all, but you can use them together if needed.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
steffyc
(pasadena,texas)
answer 5
Yes, people with oily skin do still need to moisturize because if you don't, your skin will produce even more oil which can cause you to break out. As far as I know, this product is a moisturizer and I'm sure you can still use it with your primer. Personally, I don't use a primer. What I do is I put this moisturizer on and apply my foundation on right after. It makes my foundation blend like a dream! But, with any moisturizer, you should wait for it to soak it before using a primer. I hope this helped. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
idreaminpink37
answer 6
I use it as an oil-free moisturizer. It's very light and absorbs quickly into the skin. While it helps control oil a little, it's not meant to be a primer. I use a separate product for that. I've tried several different types of primer after using this gel, and they all worked fine. Hope this helps! :)
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
rosalyn
(Richmond, VA)
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Will this break me out?
The Clinique Acne Solutions system broke me out. Will this do the same?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
ashleymarieee
(Irvine, CA)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
My skin is acne prone and I never had a problem with the gel (or the lotion for that matter) in terms of break outs.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
veve07
(Granville, OH)
answer 2
I have eczema and very sensitive skin, so I have to be extremely careful what I use on my face, and this has not caused me any breakouts or flair-ups
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
clb73
answer 3
I have not tried that line which gave you break outs, but I don't think you will see break outs from this. I use it all year round and like it even on the hottest days. My skin still seems to be able to breathe with it on.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
KMW14
(Vermont)
answer 4
The acne solutions kit made my acne worse also. I have acne prone skin and recently went on perscription acne meds that have caused some drying. I started using this and my skin has tolerated it well. The main thing to remember is that we all react differently to products so I'm not going to promise you it would break you out but I will say it hasn't caused me any problems. Also, remember, if you don't like it you can return it.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
rockangel04
(Houston, TX)
answer 5
I think it really depends on your skin type.

If you are someone that doesn't have really bad acne, but you do have blemishes here and there the acne system might have been to harsh for you skin.

This product hasn't broke me out. But my skin is different from your skin so you might react differently.

Hopefully this product is as good to you as it has been to me.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
leslib
(Madison, WI)
answer 6
well if you got broken out by the last thing you tried look at ingrediants of acne systems that work for you and those that dont work for you and compare ingrediants try looking for things with the same ingrediants and it is most likely that these have mostly the same ingrediants
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
paigellz
(Edmonton)
Question
Can this be applied under makeup?
I'm looking for a moisturizer where I can put under my make up, like before I apply on my liquid or mineral foundation. Will this one work?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
ellessur10
(Arlington, TX)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
This is the first thing I put on my face before putting on any makeup. Just give it a minute or two so your skin will absorb it.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
itgutierrez
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Yes, definitely! I use cover-up after and it causes no problems.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
urnotmyownerboy
(west lafayette, IN)
answer 3
Yes- I use thsi under make-up with no problem, and my skin is very oily.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
derenzopa
(Carlisle, PA)
answer 4
Yes, it can be applied under make-up, that's how I use it every day.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
eden22
answer 5
Thank you so much. Glad I asked.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ellessur10
(Arlington, TX)
answer 6
If you are looking for a single moisturizer to apply under a foundation, the answer is no. DDMG is NOT moisturizer, but it helps your skin to restore the natural balance of oil and water which makes it easier for a moisturizer to penetrate the skin. If you use DDMG under your normal moisturizer, you need a lot less of it, which is great.
If you like the lightweight feeling of DDMG but do not want to add an additional moisturizer + makeup, you could always go for a tinted moisturizer with an SPF, that would be a perfect combination, too.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Kris76
(Seattle, WA)
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Enlarged pores
does this product enlarge your pores? conversely, does it help shrink pores? (when my skin is too dry, it starts overproducing oil which results in enlarged pores. regular moisturizing is as important as washing and exfoliating for enlarged pores, supposedly.) neither?

i have combo/oily skin and i've always had visible pores on my nose and cheeks, but recently they have become much more noticeable. i had been using the rareminerals purely nourishing facial moisturizer, which i thought was working fine. after reading some reviews that the rareminerals moisturizer caused enlarged pores, i decided to stop using it and switched to this product instead.

my pores are still big, if not bigger. i just want to see if anyone has had enlarged pores from using the clinique gel.

here are the other products i put on my face daily:
-clinique even better clinical dark spot corrector
-clinique turnaround concentrate
-lancome primordiale night skin recharge
-bare minerals foundation
...could any of these be the culprit?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
parmy
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Here's what I have learned. People with more oily skin are usually the ones with enlarged pores and the opposite goes for people with dry skin. This gel should help you, because it has no extra oil it although it still moisturizes. I read on a website that certain things that helped enlarged pores become minimized are as follows : azelaic acid, topical vitamin A, and AHAs and BHA. I am not sure if this product contains them however, or what products they are in though...
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
vanillaice
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 2
I used to use the bareMinerals foundation and I noticed that it made my pores appear bigger. This moisturizer appears to be shrinking my pores and it doesn't clog them.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
jahsmiles1
(Cherry Hill, NJ)
answer 3
Not at all. Typically, you would only see an increase in your pore size if you didn't cleanse well enough.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
karliedawn
(Norman, OK)
answer 4
I had the same exact problem as you with enlarged pores on my nose and cheeks, but I started using the entire 3-step system with the moisturizing gel included and my pores have gotten a lot better.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ohhkells
(Gainesville, FL)
answer 5
i haven't had any issues with large poors from the gel it could be due to another product you are using. i also use the clinique clarifying lotion for acne prone skin and i feel that out of everything, that has reduced the size of my poors the most.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
whitdula
(Council, ID)
answer 6
clinique has some of the Best skincare products out there, i have been using them for years and my skin is nearly acne free. If you have enlarged pores look into the products you use, is there oil in them? especially Lancome i know they put some oils in some of there products. OR it could be your primer, try a water based primer like the one by LORAC. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
coconut82
(ny)
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SPF
Does this product contain SPF? If so, how much?
asked 3 years ago
abloomin
(boston, ma)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
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answer 1
No, this is only a moisturizer. It has no SPF.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
leahkap
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
No, it does not. If you want SPF then you will have to find another product to put on over this or instead of this.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
marydru
(Dayton, OH)
answer 3
None.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 4
No SPF at all, which to me personally, is a great thing since first of all, most spf moisturizers don't contain enough SPF anyway. Secondly, they're usually sticky/shiny and has bad odor. And not to mention, a lot of companies are starting to remove the spf since those chemicals don't mix well with the moisturizer, it degrades the quality. I'd recommend using a separate SPF cream on top of a non-spf moisturizer, such as: Amore Pacific Natural Protector SPF30. It's a Korean brand, they're now the leader in skin care technology, 12 years ahead of any Western brand.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
mbjunkie
(Natick, MA)
answer 5
This product DOES NOT have any SPF in it.
answered 3 years ago
pinkie412
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 6
The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer does not contain an SPF. Hope this answers your question!
answered 3 years ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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How does this compare with Hope in jar??
I have combination skin(oily t-zone and sensitive, sometimes dry cheeks) and i find that hope in a jar works great but now that summer is approaching im finding it almost 2 heavy for my skin and i need a new moisturizer.& i was wondering if anyone has used Philosphy & then went to Clinique??
asked 3 years ago
Anonymous
(Enfield,CT)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I did and clinque is much better for me, I have the same thing as you but i also have ance. This stuff ROCKS
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
skyeluvsyou
(Coconut Creek, FL)
answer 2
It sounds like you have the same type of skin that I have so I definitely would recommend this product for you. I use the gel year-round. If my face needs extra moisture though without my skin feeling extra oily (this happens in the winter) then I will go to the Moisture Surge Gel. This gives extra moisture because my face is sensitive and I get bad cold wind burn from walking to class every day. This Dramatically Different Gel is very lightweight and absorbs into your skin to moisturize it while keeping the oily parts under control. Once you try this, you will not regret it. I hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
marydru
(Dayton, OH)
answer 3
This rocks the pants off of Hope in a Jar! I really don't like Hope, this is much lighter, it keeps my dry skin balanced. For a comparable one to hope try the Super Defense, I don't like that either, but you may if you like Hope.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 4
You really need to try it to be sure since ingredients react differently on every skin. Just because something is labeled "oil free" or "for oily skin" doesn't mean you wont feel it's sticky or make you shiny. Philosophy's original HIAJ was not enough hydration for me, it felt like i was rubbing water on my skin, left my skin dry and rough! The oil-free spf30 hope moisturizer is labeled for "combo/oily" skin but to me that one felt sticky and always left a shiny film! Does that mean oily skin formulas are more sticky? Not always. And for me, this Clinique GEL did the same thing, no matter when i used it, my skin was shiny and sticky. I'm currently using the LOTION under another moisturizer (The Body Shop Aloe) and my skin is well hydrated and soft.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
mbjunkie
(Natick, MA)
answer 5
I did! because of the same reason that you mentioned. This is definitely more matte and lighter but hope in a jar really helped my complexion which this does not. It is a simple moisturizer and in case your wondering it does not dry out my cheek area too much (I have an oil T-zone as well)
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
sanashabir
(MA)
answer 6
I prefer the Clinique product to Hope in a Jar - it goes on very smoothly, absorbs immediately, and has a lasting moisturizing effect. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years ago
mvaughan1129
(Boston, MA)
Question
Dry skin .
I have very dry skin like flaky dry may i still be able to use this ? do you reccomend another clinique moisturizer?
asked 3 years ago
lovettesz
(toronto ontario)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
If you have dry skin then I would recommend the Dramatically Different Lotion. The gel is recommended more for those who have oily/combination skin because it moisturizes the dry spot and keeps the oily spots from getting extra oily. If you have oily spots, then use the gel because the lotion makes the oily spot more oily.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
marydru
(Dayton, OH)
answer 2
I would recommend this gel for you, the trick is to mix in 2 or 3 drops of vitamin e oil for day with it and 5 to 6 at night. You can get vitamin e oil at drugstores by the vitamins. For an excellent lotion, Clinique Moisture Surge, I love it but hate the price. It really will help you, the first option is my way around the price.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 3
I would recommend using the lotion - great for dry skin!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
hayoungman
(Austin, TX)
answer 4
This moisturizing GEL is labeled for combo/oily skin types but no matter when i use this, my skin is always left shiny/oily looking and very sticky! So, if you have dry skin, although this GEL may leave you feeling sticky, it still does not mean it's giving you enough hydration. When my skin was dry, i certainly didn't feel an adequate amount of hydration from this but at the same time, it still left my skin looking and feeling greasy/sticky.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
mbjunkie
(Natick, MA)
answer 5
ha thats funny I just reviewed this gel and was saying that for my dry patches (sometimes flakey) areas, this doesnt doanything to help. My skin ends up feeling really tight even after 5 pumps. So I end up using a oil-based moisterizer over this for my dry spots. If you have super dry skin all over your face I would say def try the Dramatically Difference LOTION. good luck!
answered 3 years ago
mixedbeauty
(Pasadena, CA)
answer 6
If you have that dry of skin, I would probably suggest that you get the Clinique moisturizing lotion. It's thicker, and leaves your face more moisturized.
answered 3 years ago
mjischsm
(Canada)
Question
Sensitive Skin
Hi,
I have really sensitive skin and i want to try either this product or the lotion. I get breakouts easy and i am wondering which one i should try and if it is safe for really sensitive skin ?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Get the gel. It is much better on your skin and works better then the lotion. The lotion clouges my pour so i swiched and i am thankful
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
skyeluvsyou
(Coconut Creek, FL)
answer 2
yes! my skin so sensitive and I haven't had any problems at all, it's an amazing product!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
jaamie
(Chardon)
answer 3
This product is awesome for sensitive skin and it won't break you out at all. my suggestion is that if you have skin that is more dry, then go with the lotion. If you have oily/combination skin, go with the gel!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
marydru
(Dayton, OH)
answer 4
I really like this product, it doesn't burn my sensitive skin like some, it doesn't protect me from breakouts, but after 3 years of use I don't believe it breaks me out.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 5
i have really sensitive skin too. i love the lotion, but the gel made me break out in an awful rash immediately. that's not the saying the same will happen to you but i'd say definitely go for the lotion! both worked for my mom but she stuck with the lotion over the gel and has been using it for years and years.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
frankie327
(New Haven, CT)
answer 6
Yes very safe, I know bc I have the most sensitive skin ever! you'll love this product =)
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
bellaceleste21
(Dallas, tx)
Question
Should this product be used alone, or with a moisturizer?
I've done some research on this product, and some people have said to use this first, followed by a moisturizer.
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
shayli
(Cleveland, OH)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
it depends on the texture of your skin. if you have an oily skin like me, this would be enough to use alone since this is in gel form. but if you have a dry skin, using it with a moisturizer will be better since this is in gel form.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
kristinlorraine
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I would say that you can use this product alone if you have oily/combination skin. For me personally, I use this product in the summer/warmer months because it provides great moisturization while keeping my oily areas under control. In the winter when I need more moisture, I use the moisture surge gel (pink stuff) when my face is being burned and made sensitive by the cold wind. I hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
marydru
(Dayton, OH)
answer 3
depends how dry ur skin is. i use it, then follow with a little bit of moisturizer around my lips only.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
kavkiwi
answer 4
This is a moisturizer, the only moisturizer I would follow it with is a tinted moisturizer.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 5
I use it as a stand alone moisturizer, followed by a pore refiner (which is a little on the silky side), and the combination works great.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
socalmegs
(San Diego, CA)
answer 6
The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel would be hydrating enough for those with an oily/ combination skin type. If you have more of a normal to dry skin type then we recommend getting the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion which is more hydrating to the skin. We hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
is this a good product to use if u work under the sun all day?
and if not . what sunscreen would i wear on top of it?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
danni6
(la verne california)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
This is mattifying yet hydrating enough if you work under the sun all day- particularly in the summer. HOWEVER you should definitely use a good sunscreen; I like Shiseido's sunscreen (it's the iconic one that is in a bright cerulean blue bottle with the orange cap). It is hydrating, nourishing, mattifying, smells great, doesn't leave a ghostly pale residue, and has a very level of high SPF. Best of luck.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
tweetisweeti
(NY)
answer 2
It is good because it is so light and it absorbs so quickly, that you won't feel it running down with the sweat after having spent all day in the sun. It does not have sunscreen, so you must use sunscreen on top. I haven't try it, but I've heard that Clarins has a oil-free sunscreen that works.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
carotips
(Miami, FL)
answer 3
its a good moisturizer but not a great sun screen. However they do make this:
http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P143329&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=1254

It rocks! I burn very easily and quickly, but this stuff works great! And it isn't heavy feeling or smelly. Makeup goes over it just fine too
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
orph
(Northglenn, CO)
answer 4
it doesnt double as a sunscreen, but it wont dry up in the heat. use spray on banana boat sport sunscreen on top. put some in your palm, then pat it onto your face. works great. just remember to wash off the sunscreen when you get home
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
kavkiwi
answer 5
I personally would just go with a moisturizer with a high spf for day. Sephora has a few lotion sunscreens with 50+ SPF. I use this at night and it feels amazing on my skin after a long day in the sun!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
ashabash
(Kailua, HI)
answer 6
Hi danni6. This moisturizer does not include sun protection so we definitely recommend applying SPF on top, especially if your skin will be exposed to the sun. Check out the Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40 and don't forget to reapply if you're in the sun all day. Hope that helps!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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