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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

What it is:A lightweight, fast-absorbing gel hydrator developed specifically for the needs of combination to oily skin.What it is formulated to do:This genius gel developed by Clinique's dermatologists maintains optimal moisture balance for oily skin. The refreshing, oil-free formula combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients so skin looks younger, longer and feels fresh and comfortable.What else you need to know: It’s the third step in Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System. For dry to combination skin types, try Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. For the driest skins, try Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream.
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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 5 years, 9 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 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 8 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 5 years, 8 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 5 years, 9 months ago
rosalyn
(Richmond, VA)
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Oily skin, still doesn't work
I used Clinique's 3-step system for my skin tone and acne, and it helped a lot, but I have very very oily skin and this moisturizer leaves my face VERY greasy after I use the toner and wash. Any suggestions on a differrent moisturizer? :(
asked 6 years, 6 months ago
cakeyism
(Central Coast, CA)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Paula's Choice "Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30"
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answered 2 years, 2 months ago
k2k2k2
answer 2
Honestly, I think you should NOT use a moisturizer at all. As you said you have extremely oily skin, and moisturizers will only add to it. The only reason you should use moisturizer is if the alcohol in the other steps dry you out. Try just washing your face twice a day and using the other clinique products. Also, I would recommend using only powder foundation, not liquid if you wear makeup. The powder will help soak up excess oil and you can reapply as needed throughout the day. Also, maybe try some oil pads that soak up excess oil around the t-zone during the day! Hope this helps : /
answered 5 years ago
vanillaice
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 3
Have you tried the Boscia oil free moisturizer? It's pricey but it worked pretty well.
answered 5 years ago
karliedawn
(Norman, OK)
answer 4
Are you over-using it, maybe? Only 1-2 pumps can cover your entire face and you should always work moisturizer from your driest points to your oiliest. Also, are you waiting for your skin to dry after using toner? That can screw with the moisturizer as well. This is the best moisturizer for oily skin that I have found and I have a greaseball face with sensitive cheeks. I've not found a moisturizer better than this.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 5
Try to use Ivory soap or another mild soap for your face and use the moisturizer without using the toner everyday. You do not need to strip your face daily with a toner...reduce toner usage by every other day. If you have very oily skin, keep it clean daily, but always use the moisturizer daily because oily skin is just a sign that your skin is actually dehydrated and needs the moisturizing gel. Be patient, you will see the difference.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
VGwinn
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 6
i also noticed that my skin got a little greasy after an extended period of using this moisturizer. i would recommend the use of a mattifying oil-free moisturizer. i'm sure there are some brands covered on sephora, but i know body shop makes 2 or 3 different types of mattifying moisturizers. i also use aveeno's clearing complexion oil-free moisturizer with salicylic acid in it. overall, i would just look for an oil-free moisturizer that is especially targeted for oily (not combination) skin.
good luck!
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
mollthedoll
(Ottawa, ON)
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can you use this on your neck
I was going to get this for my face , I was wondering if you can also use it on your neck.
asked 6 years, 5 months ago
ABurke
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I do.. but i dont know if it does anything for me
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
coconut82
(ny)
answer 2
yes you can use this on your neck it is good for your face your neck and your shoulders but if it starts to irritate immediately STOP using this product
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
paigellz
(Edmonton)
answer 3
You sure can use it on your neck! I actually use it on my hands and on my lips, too. I hate how lip balm leaves a waxy feeling on your lips, and this just soaks right in and makes them feel amazing.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
thatgirlmitch
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
Yes,it's perfectly fine for the neck and it's good that you want to moisturize your neck. Most people neglect it.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 5
yes it can be used on the neck area.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
stealmysunshine
(My heart is in CA)
answer 6
Yes, though it wouldn't be terribly moisturizing for that area. I prefer a richer cream for my neck area.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
Ambrat
(Des Moines, IA)
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Anti-aging?
Does this have anything to help with the fine lines and wrinkles I'm starting to notice? I have combo to oily skin, and it's really hard to find something for my skin type that also has anit-aging stuff in it too.
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
bethny
(florence, sc)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I don't think this will help anti-aging at all. However Clinique has a Youth Surge Night moisturizer and a Superdefense lotion with SPF. I use the Youth Surge at night and the Superdefense in the morning. I don't need to treat a lot of wrinkles and fine lines yet, but I am trying to prevent their appearance. I found that my skin began to look softer, more even and even had more of a natural glow. I would definitely recommend using Youth Surge Night and Superdefense in the morning to get plenty of moisture and anti-aging action.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
rashaw07
(Houston, TX)
answer 2
This doesn't have any anti-age properties other than hydration which helps keep skin healthy and younger looking. This would be fine to use a regular moisturizer. If you are concerned about anti-aging products being to heavy for your combo skin, you may want to try an intensive wrinkle cream at night only.
As an alternative to this for day, I recommend you try Make Up Forever HD Serum. Its super light, hydrates the skin with out making it greasy, and actually tightens the skin as well, this may work well for what you are looking for.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
kaytee
(Miami, FL)
answer 3
No, but use something else more targeting at night. That's what I do at least. This was more a summer moisturizer for me, so I might change in winter to something a little heavier if I need to, with those acne/aging/etc benefits. BUT if you are tired of sweating off your powder in the summer or your bronzer, this helps not increase the greasy layer. I'm still a mess, its not a magical gel, but I feel moisturized, not gross when I start my day.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
fades
(New York, NY)
answer 4
No, I do not believe there is anything in this product for anti-aging.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
KMW14
(Vermont)
answer 5
no it does not hlp with anti aging it is mostly for acne if you want an anti aging product do not use this it is not for an anti aging
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
paigellz
(Edmonton)
answer 6
This is part of the 3step skin care system that I think is ideally made for younger women. There are no anti aging specific products in this but I know that if you do use the 3step program you will see wonderful skin in a week. Clinique does offer a wonderful line of anti-aging products! Stop in at Sephora and I am sure someone would be able to find the perfect products for you!
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
AvengedPerfectio
(Lafayette, OR)
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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 4 years, 9 months 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 3 years, 11 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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 4 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 4 years, 8 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 4 years, 8 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 4 years, 9 months ago
mvaughan1129
(Boston, MA)
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Will this gel cause breakouts and clog pores?
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
Stella7
(Phoenix, AZ)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
It hasn't for me, and my skin breaks out with every other moisturizer I've tried. It also feels weightless.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
derenzopa
(Carlisle, PA)
answer 2
No! It will not clog your pores, it feels very light and wonderful on the skin, while at the same time delivering a balancing moisture. Your skin really does "drink it"! I love this stuff!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
eden22
answer 3
No, it won't. It is especially designed for oilier skin types and reduces your skin's oil production.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
Kris76
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
It hasn't done that to me, and I break out easily when it comes to products that clog pores. This is great for oily and acne-prone skin.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 5
I haven't noticed any breakouts as a result of this moisturizer. I do still get the occasional breakout (because my skin tends to be acne-prone) and although it doesn't hinder my breakouts it doesn't attribute to it either, which is a good thing. I'd recommend you give this product a try, I think you'll like it!
answered 6 years ago
stuvesoup
(Rochester, MN)
answer 6
definitely no break outs, haven't noticed a difference in pores either.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
holly828
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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 4 years, 8 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 3 years, 11 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 4 years 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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 4 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 4 years, 8 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 4 years, 8 months ago
bellaceleste21
(Dallas, tx)
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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 4 years, 8 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 4 years 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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 2 months ago
kavkiwi
answer 4
This is a moisturizer, the only moisturizer I would follow it with is a tinted moisturizer.
answered 4 years, 4 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 4 years, 8 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 4 years, 8 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 4 years, 8 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 7 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 4 years, 8 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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Is this moisturizer good for normal/ oily skin? Tennage skin?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
monster11
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, my skin is acne-prone as well and I've been using this product for months now. It moisturizes skin without making it greasy. You can use this product with Clinique acne-fighting products, or if you're cheap (like me) use a drugstore face wash with it.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
risusagi
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
Yes it is, I have oil and dry skin at different zones. It is exclusive for oily skin, as the gel wont clog up the pores with moisturizer that contain oil ingredients.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
samy05
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 3
yes! it is perfect for both of those qualities.... i hope you like it!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
perrita21
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
Yes this is perfect for oily, combination oily skin. The gel formula works best for this type, while the lotion formula (available as an alternative) is for dry, very dry combination skin. The lotion is a bit richer since it's a cream, and a bit greasier (don't get scared lol) since it is formulated to hydrate dry skin and quench. The gel is a light, airy alternative for oily skin, since it is still restoring moisture but not "quenching" skin's thirst. Both are amazing, just choose your skin type.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
nicool
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 5
Yes!!
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
hb18
(Long Island, NY)
answer 6
I think it is suitable for most people except dry skin.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
elaine213
(Boston, MA)
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