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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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 2 months ago
rosalyn
(Richmond, VA)
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, 3 months 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, 7 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, 9 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 3
I would recommend using the lotion - great for dry skin!
answered 3 years, 2 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 3 years, 2 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, 3 months 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, 3 months ago
mjischsm
(Canada)
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WHAT DOES THIS SMELL LIKE
what does this smell like?does it have a strong odor.
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
batista
(LEWIS CENTER)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
To me it really doesn't have much of an odor at all
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lilballerinia
(chicago,IL)
answer 2
Clinique is a fragrance free brand, it does have a very light smell, it's not a good smell, but unnoticeable after it sinks in. Worth a try.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 3
I smell there something fresh like very close to the lemon or lime
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
mima003
answer 4
Hello,

This product is fragrance free and does not have any type of odor.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
It really doesn't have much of a smell, if anything it's just a very light fresh smell, not chemical or flowery or anything.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
maye8384
(Nova Scotia, Canada)
answer 6
It's not. All the clinique skin care products have nearly the same odor. It' doesn't bother me at all. and the smeel dissappears pretty quick.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
bdmakeupaddict
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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 3 years, 1 month 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, 5 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, 5 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, 6 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, 8 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 3 years, 1 month 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 3 years, 1 month ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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Can this be used as a daily moisturizer before i apply my makeup?
i have fair, irish skin that is very dry out the shower but gets very oily throughout the day.
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
courtxlindner
(staten island, ny)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
My skin is very similar- combo dry/oily. I use the Clinique Dramatically Different gel which helps fight the oil. I would also recommend a Makeup Forever primer (I use the neutral kind), which will also hydrate/fight oil.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
rochlou
(Rochester, NY)
answer 2
I think so, I have dark skin but have the same problems you shared. I use this before a primer so that my face is extra smooth. The fact that this is a gel keeps me from having way to oily skin later in the day even without makeup.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
treed045
(Omaha, NE)
answer 3
This is a great moisturizer for under foundation. It hydrates without being greasy and absorbs quickly so you can apply makeup with no wait time. I use this with cliniques acne solution foundation which is great at controlling oil without leaving skin dry.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
vivaciousblonde
(Anchorage, AK)
answer 4
Yes! I see best results applying right after I get out of the shower. Your pores are open from the steam of the shower and the gel seeps in nicely. let it sink in a second.(good rule of thumb is apply moisturizer, then brush teeth, then apply makeup). And then you wont have any issue when applying makeup.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
brittanynr
(Austin, Tx)
answer 5
I also have fair, irish skin and think it is great. It actually keeps me from getting shiny throughout the day. It layers well under makeup (I use clinique stay true makeup).
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
archie13
(Jamestown, NY)
answer 6
Yes, I always apply this before I apply my makeup
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lilballerinia
(chicago,IL)
Question
HOW LONG DOES THE 4.2 OZ LAST
i,m using the lotion and it is making my face breakout
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
batista
(LEWIS CENTER)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
use the gel, not the cream if you dont want breakouts
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
61mommom
(wildwood, nj)
answer 2
try the gel form and this will reduce your breakouts. i have the same probem with lotions. it makes my face extremely oily hence more breakouts. i'm so glad i found this. this will also last long since you only need a small amount for your whole face. i highly recommend this to people with oily acne-prone skin.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
kristinlorraine
(New York, NY)
answer 3
Try using the clarifying lotion before the moisturizer to pull the oils off your face. It also absorbs more and the product will last a bit longer.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
kasser50
(Emmaus, PA)
answer 4
I use 1 pump of the moisturizer & only use it in the morning & mine lasted over 6 months-I'm thinking about 8 months-ish but I don't use it all the time on weekends.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
and12984
(Marshfield, WI)
answer 5
I had the same problem with the DDML. It made my already oily skin even oilier and caused me to break out. DDML contains mineral oil which is what I believe irritated my skin so bad. Try switching to the gel formula. I find that this one works much better on my skin. It does just what it says.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
glamgyrlnc
(Wilmington, NC)
answer 6
I've been using the 4.2oz bottle since 7/25/11 and it recently just ran out around 12/2011. I use about 5-6 pumps everyday (mostly weekdays) to dilute my sunscreen for my face and the 4.2oz size had lasted me until now.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
mikachuuu
(Honolulu, HI)
Question
Only for 3 step skin care system?
Could I use it as moisturizer without other 2 steps of their 3 step system? Or it is just for 3 step system? Thanks a lot
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
mima003
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Of course! It would complement just about any skin care routine as an all-purpose moisturizer. I find that the second step - the toner - really helps with absorption of the DDMG (compared to when I used no toner), but there are probably lots of toners from other brands that would do the same thing.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
pdxreviews07
(Portland, OR)
answer 2
I don't use the first two steps and it works just great! I use a different cleanser and toning serum before this moisturizer.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
pinky34
answer 3
You can definitely use any one of the steps without using the others. I have been using Clinique for years, but I've never purchased their cleanser because I prefer to stick with something else. I will skip the Clarifying Lotion sometimes, because it can be a little irritating to my skin. I use the Dramatically Different Gel almost every day.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
rochlou
(Rochester, NY)
answer 4
This is generally a great moisturizer. I use it with cliniques facial soap but it can be used with any cleanser you choose. The great thing about this gel is that it moisturizes without clogging pores. Everyone's skin is dfferent so I'm a believer in mix'n matching products until you find what's best for you.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
vivaciousblonde
(Anchorage, AK)
answer 5
you can use it alone. no need to use it with the 3 step. If you have a gentle mild cleanser you already love then stick with it. And many experts say toner (the 2nd step) is not necessary. But I love the way it makes your face feel extra cleans. so it's your call. but it does work really well with the 3 step.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
brittanynr
(Austin, Tx)
answer 6
you can you this moisturizer alone. I do I have not used any of the other clinque face care products but this and it still works for me.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lilballerinia
(chicago,IL)
Question
What's the difference between Clinique's Moisture Surge an Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
jmc91
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
From what I've been told, you use the gel everyday after you wash and tone your skin. The moisture surge is meant to be used 1-2 times a week to 'boost' your skin - apply it after washing your face and put the regular lotion on top (the lotion helps the moisture surge to absorb - without the lotion, the serum sits on top of the skin). I usually use the moisture surge once a week, and usually at night, since the moisture surge feels 'thicker' and probably wouldn't go well with foundation. Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
nikki801
(Saskatchewan, Canada)
answer 2
Moisture surge is much denser. I use Dramatically Different as a base and then a bit of Moisture surge when it's really dry (I live in an old PA house and winters are very dry here). Using the moisturizer first will make the moisture surge product go farther and last longer.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
kasser50
(Emmaus, PA)
answer 3
Moisture surge is a thick-ish gel that you put on and it really moisturizes your sking where it is dry and keeps the oily parts none oily. This is a great product for oily/combination skin folks in the winter time.

The dramatically different lotion is for those with normal/dry skin and it gives great moisture to the face. I have oily/combination skin and I found that this product makes my oily areas a lot more oily. I use the dramatically different gel because it moisturizes where it needs to and controls the oil where it needs to. This is similar to the moisture surge except I can use this in the summer/warmer months while I use the mosiure surge in the winter.

I hope this helped!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
marydru
(Dayton, OH)
answer 4
The Moisture Surge is more of a "special occasion" moisturizer, in my experience. You could use it on a daily basis if you have very dry skin, but on combination and oily skin, the DDMG is definitely a better option. The Moisture Surge is a little bit thicker gel formulation and does an amazing job of getting your skin very quenched and smooth! The DDMG is a thinner gel for more basic/daily moisture. I have combination skin, and during the winter, the DDMG sometimes leave my skin feeling a bit tight/dry, so I add a bit of Moisture Surge to my DDMG at night to take care of that. I wouldn't use the Moisture Surge, though, on a daily basis because (1) it seems a little to rich unless, as I said, you skin is very dry and (2) it is more expensive.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
pdxreviews07
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
Basically the gel version is meant for oily skin, and the lotion version is for normal to dry skin.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
marie004
answer 6
As a former Clinique Consultant, I can tell you that the biggest difference between the two is type of moisture. Moisture Surge is a water-based gel, it is completely oil-free. It can be used by people with oily skin, or as a booster to a water/oil based moisturizer. DDML has both oil and water, which dry skin lacks. So basically, if you are dry or mostly dry, use both. If you are oily, stick to just Moisture Surge.
Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
jpmedusa
(Idaho)
Question
Winter? Acne prone skin? This or Moisture surge? HELP?!
My skin gets dry patches around my mouth and in between my eyes in the winter. I also have acne prone skin/oily t-zone so I don't want anything that makes me break out or become even more oily. Will this be good enough for winter or should i go for the moisture surge? Will that make me break out? ahhhhh help!
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Philadelphia, PA)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I use the gel in the spring/summer and regular Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion in the cold fall and winter months! I would try using the regular lotion before going all the way to the moisture surge if you have an oily t-zone! I have oily skin and find that, in the winter, the Moisturizing Lotion (not gel) is perfect.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
vanessalily
(Washington, DC)
answer 2
Hey! It seems like you and I have the same problem! I can assure you that this product will not make you break out. I have been using this product for years and I can't live without it. You can use this product year-round and I have been doing that for a while because the moisture surge is so expensive! In the summer I will use about 2-3 squirts, while in the winter I may do 4-5. The great thing about this is that you can use it to touch-up dry areas of your skin throughout the day and it absorbs quickly in your skin and it won't leave an oily residue. If this product still isn't clearing up your dry skin in the winter, then I would suggest to buy a good facial scrub, scrub the heck out of your face where it is dry, and then purchase the moisture surge and put that on it. This is what I do when I get frustrated :). But this is a great product and you can't go wrong with it.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
marydru
(Dayton, OH)
answer 3
I get major breakouts on my neck, so I can't say that this will prevent all attacks, but you need a moisturizer to prevent dryness which can also cause breakouts. I really like this one because it's oil free, and absorbs fast. It keeps my face from drying out, and when I have a cold and my nose dries out from too much blowing, I slap some of this on and it's completely better the next day. So, yes it does help with major dryness, and doesn't put and extra oil back into your skin.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
ladynicki
(Wilmington, DE)
answer 4
I had the same problems and i was afraid a moisturizer might over do it and cause breakouts BUT this is the perfect product it gives your skin exactly what its needs and is perfect under make-up and before bed! try the sample size its only $13 to see for yourself!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
lyndsay001
(burlington)
answer 5
I thinks that this product will work for you. its gentle o the skin and works great with combo type skin. only issue is that it does leave the skin around ur mouth slightly dry. you can use blistex lip medication for that tho. works great.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
kavkiwi
answer 6
My skin is somewhat acne-prone, and I use this on a daily basis but supplement with the Moisture Surge for those pesky dry patches. If you had to go with one product, I would choose this since I feel that all Moisture Surge all the time would be a little too heavy and cause your skin to break out (thought it's certainly not a cream, its a pretty thick gel). If you can get your hands on a small sample of Moisture Surge - either at Sephora or a Clinique counter - that should work to supplement the DDMG, since a little goes a long way!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
pdxreviews07
(Portland, OR)
Question
If I have oily skin, is this the moisturizer to use?
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
niclyd
(Sayre, PA)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes definitely. It's a very very light product.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
krunce
(Durham, NC)
answer 2
I have oily skin as well, and I started using this about a month ago. So far I really like it, although I don't think moisturizer alone will control oil (I have to also make sure my foundation, etc doesnt cause oiliness). But if paired with other products that control oil, I find that it provides a nice lightweight coverage and I like it.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
kissedbyfire
(Portland, OR)
answer 3
Absolutely! I have a combination of oily and dry skin and I use this Clinique product since last year. I love it! It absorbs quickly and does not leave you an oily texture
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
naosenlleira
(New York, NY)
answer 4
My skin usually get very oily around the nose area, and a little bit around the cheekbones and forehead throughout the day. I purchased the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel in hopes that it would reduce that oilyness, but unfortunately I find that it does't really make much of a difference.

My skin still gets pretty oily, but I like that this product does absorb quickly.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
raizel
(Toronto, ON)
answer 5
Yes definitely! I had almost given up on ever feeling comfortable in my skin because everything I tried made me break out. then I discovered this lotion. It's perfect, lightweight, never oily, just enough moisture without feeling heavy. In the dryer months I switch over to Moisture Surge which is also Oil-free.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
shoegirl2481
(Binghamton, NY)
answer 6
Yes!!! If you have oily skin,,use this!!! My teen daughter useds it,,,my 23 son uses it!!!!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
curlytop68
(Boston , massachusettes)
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