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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, comfortable, and hydrated.
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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, 10 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, 8 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 4 years, 8 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 4 years, 8 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 4 years, 9 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, 9 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, 9 months ago
rosalyn
(Richmond, VA)
Question
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, 10 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 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 3 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 3 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 3 years, 9 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 3 years, 9 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, 10 months ago
mvaughan1129
(Boston, MA)
Question
Is this Gel available at my Sephora inside JCPenny?
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
daisyofLove
(MN)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
The Sephora in my JCPenny does not carry any Clinique products.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
katlynb
(Tempe, AZ)
answer 2
Sephora probably won't have it at their counter, but I know JC Penney has a clinique counter, and they do carry it there. That's where I got mine!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
thatgirlmitch
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
Yes
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
khatye00
answer 4
I've seen it in every department store that sells Clinique, through Sephora or otherwise.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 5
no. try online or in retail sephora stores. or a belk or dillards in the mall.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
makeuplovingeek
(Jackson, MS)
answer 6
Unfortunately we do not have access to the Sephora Inside of JCPenney inventory, but they are unlikely to have this item available.

You are welcome to contact your Sephora Inside of JCPenney via the information on the "Stores" tab on our site for more information. Inventory levels may vary daily, so contacting the store directly for more information is best.
Please contact us at 877-SEPHORA (877-737-4672) if you need further assistance.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
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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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 1 month 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 4 years, 2 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 4 years, 2 months ago
coconut82
(ny)
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How long does the smaller size last?
I use two pumps in the morning and two pumps at night? If I keep this up how long will the small bottle last for?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
DivineNights
(O' Fallon, MO)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
1.5 pumps twice a day, lasts about 3 months.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
fashionfix702
(Dallas, Tx)
answer 2
it lasts a while actually. i have the big bottle and i use 2 squirts and its been at least six months of daily use and im not even done with half the bottle.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
bobsbaby2
(KY)
answer 3
I'm nowhere near finishing up this bottle with using 2 pumps each time.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Dreka
answer 4
I also use two pumps in the morning and two pumps at night. Mine lasts me a long time, around 3 months
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
Lyricbook
(NY)
answer 5
this is great if you dont want a shiny after look it actually makes your face matte and it helps smoothing
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
paigellz
(Edmonton)
answer 6
I use 1 pump (sometimes 2) a day, and the medium size container (smaller pump) lasts for probably 8 - 10+ months. Good value.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
aggiemolly02
(Plano, TX)
Question
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 4 years, 7 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 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 6 months ago
fades
(New York, NY)
answer 4
No, I do not believe there is anything in this product for anti-aging.
answered 4 years, 6 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 4 years, 6 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 4 years, 6 months ago
AvengedPerfectio
(Lafayette, OR)
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, 10 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 3 years, 2 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 3 years, 4 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 3
I would recommend using the lotion - great for dry skin!
answered 3 years, 9 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, 9 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, 10 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, 10 months ago
mjischsm
(Canada)
Question
What's the difference between Clinique's Moisture Surge an Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion?
asked 3 years, 4 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 3 years, 1 month 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 3 years, 2 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 3 years, 2 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 3 years, 3 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 3 years, 4 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 3 years, 4 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 3 years, 4 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 3 years, 2 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 3 years, 2 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 3 years, 3 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 3 years, 3 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 3 years, 3 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 3 years, 3 months ago
pdxreviews07
(Portland, OR)
Question
Can I mix it with liquid makeup?
I want to mix it 1:1 with liquid makeup, in order to make a tinted moisturizer of a sort :) Is it possible?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
beaty7tyro
(Austin, TX)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Absolutely! One to one should be great.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
corrin99
(Aniwa,Wi)
answer 2
I did the same and it worked. But you'll have to try different combinations in order to make the right tinted moisturizer for your skin. Good luck =)
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
bdmakeupaddict
answer 3
I've done that, however a little bit goes a long way with this moisturizer!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
go4theguasto
(LV, NV)
answer 4
I think for a tinted moisturizer you're better off using the moisturizing lotion instead of the gel, the consistency would be better for it :)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
lilxladie
(New York, NY)
answer 5
That is a great idea...I think I'm going to try that right now!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
chrissybuns
(california)
answer 6
You can definitely mix this with your liquid foundation to get a tinted moisturizer or a really sheer foundation. If you normally require more hydration we recommend applying a layer of the moisturizing gel then the mixture of gel + foundation. We hope this answered your question!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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