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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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Questions & Answers for Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

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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 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 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 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 ago
rosalyn
(Richmond, VA)
Question
Is this moisturizer good for normal/ oily skin? Tennage skin?
asked 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 9 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 3 years, 10 months ago
samy05
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 3
yes! it is perfect for both of those qualities.... i hope you like it!
answered 3 years, 10 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 3 years, 10 months ago
nicool
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 5
Yes!!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
hb18
(Long Island, NY)
answer 6
I think it is suitable for most people except dry skin.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
elaine213
(Boston, MA)
Question
is the gel right for me?
i have oily/combo skin.i,m am using the lotion.the lotion doesn't seem to do nothing for me and sometimes break me out.
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
batista
(LEWIS CENTER)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
It might not be the one for you. I also have oily/combo skin and it's not for me, anyway. I just wrote a review on why I feel this product is not the one for me.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
blufrenzy93
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Oh yes, try this out!!!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
ChristyAbles
(Chattanooga, TN)
answer 3
switch to the gel!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
zoobaby
(canada)
answer 4
The gel is dramatically better than the lotion for oily/combo skin.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 5
Almost everything makes me breakout and this works for me. This is my must have mosturizer and the only one I use. I had originally went in to get the lotion and the lady suggested the gel because of my skin type. She told me some people breakout with the lotion and had heard no complaints with the gel.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
Ecyyla
(Waxahachie, TX)
answer 6
Because you have oily combinations skin, I would definitely suggest the gel! It is lightweight, and oil-free, so I would assume it is better suited for your skin type.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
serenaballerina
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same benefits as lotion version?
the lotion "effectively smoothes and improves the complexion" but will the gel also improve the complexion?

i used the lotion for a year and a few months after i started using it, i got a lot of compliments on my skin. But then i started getting teeny tiny pimples all over the bottom part of my face so im considering switching to the gel version. But will the gel "improve the complexion"?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
beyoootiful
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Clinique makes the claim that both products can "improve the complexion," but in reality neither do that. When you use them regularly with a good face wash/weekly masks/generally good hygiene, then yes, it may seem like they can improve your complexion, but there just isn't any science behind that claim. That being said, I absolutely love the Dramatically Different Gel, and would highly recommend it to anyone who has combination oily/oily skin. If you're looking for complexion enhancement, I would lean towards a dark spot corrector if that's the issue, or maybe the Korres Wild Rose+Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
ameliayo
(Memphis, TN)
answer 2
For me, it's only gotten rid of dry skin. My actual complexion is no different.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
ChristyAbles
(Chattanooga, TN)
answer 3
gel is for type 3 and 4 skins, lotion is for 1 and 2
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
zoobaby
(canada)
answer 4
The lotion was great, but felt heavier and made my already oily skin feel oilier. The gel is so much better.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 5
This has definately improved my complextion. I have roseacea which means read blotchy skin and for the first time tonight I was able to go out w/out foundation!!!! I have been using this for 8 months now!! it's amazing
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
wiggle
answer 6
It has improved mine and hasnt made me breakout at all. Most moisturizers are to much for my skin but this is really lightweight. I love it on hangover days also, it restores my normal tone.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
Ecyyla
(Waxahachie, TX)
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I have combonation/oily skin, but is this mosturizer good for both day & night?
I need something lightweight but still mosturizing & that I can combine with my Clinique Super City Block 25 SPF tinted mosturizer during the day & wear by itself at night.
asked 6 years, 3 months ago
cdamrell
(New London, CT)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
It's good for any time. I have oily/sensitive skin, but I still use a slightly heavier nightcream along with this.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 2
yes, i use it both day and night.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
stealmysunshine
(My heart is in CA)
answer 3
I think that it would be best to use something with more moisture at night in the months when your skin is drier. The Dramatically Different Gel made my skin too dry.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
brooklynbuzz
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 4
i too am "blessed" with combination skin and the gel has been GREAT for overnight as well as daytime...I find my skin is actually less oily than when I wear acne-creams at night.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
mollthedoll
(Ottawa, ON)
answer 5
This would be great. I would even suggest Clinique's moisture surge which I like even more.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
dmarie
(Westchester, NY)
answer 6
This would be perfect for you! During the day I wear this and sometimes a little Moisture Surge if my skin is extra dry in some places, and then wear my tinted moisturizer over top. It doesn't feel heavy or like you have too much on so it is great to layer. I have combo skin and it works wonders. I use it at night as well but you may need to add something on top depending on your skin care needs. But definitely try this!
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
VickiT
(Philadelphia, PA)
Question
dramatically different gel vs moisture surge gel
which is more moisturizing the dramatically different gel or the moisture surge gel?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(MI)
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
For me, the moisture surge was a little more moisturizing. I have oily to oily combo skin and on the days when I need a little more moisture in certain areas, I find this to be a little too light.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
IslandGoddess87
(Oahu, Hawaii)
answer 2
Moisture Surge. Love it, especially in the winter or for my dry patches.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
Niveazesiro
answer 3
Moisture Surge Gel, without a doubt. They feel very similar when you put them on, but the Moisture Surge gel is intended for if you have dry skin generally, or if you unexpectedly have a spell of dry skin. The Dramatically Different Gel is meant for daily use by people with combination oily/oily skin.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
ameliayo
(Memphis, TN)
answer 4
Moisture Surge is far more moisturizing. I have combo/oily skin so I only use it during the winter at night and occasionally throughout the year if my skin feels particularly dry (like after a day at the beach). It really does feel like a surge of moisture- goes on light but really absorbs into the skin. Unless your skin is really dry its prolly to heavy for both morning & night. I think it works best at night- gives it time to sink in.
answered 2 years ago
babydeerfawn
(houston, tx)
answer 5
Moisture Surge for sure. Unless you have extremely oily skin, the Dramatically Different gel probably won't be enough for you.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
jidimc28
(New York, NY)
answer 6
I actually use both. During the summer I use the "gel" version because it gets hot you sweat, during the cold dryer months, I stick with the lotion. The gel is oil free and the lotion is more creamy. So it really depends on your preference because they're both really good. This is the one brand I never have break out with.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
tiffay
(PA)
Question
HOW LONG DOES THE 4.2 OZ LAST
i,m using the lotion and it is making my face breakout
asked 3 years, 5 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 3 years, 3 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 3 years, 4 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 3 years, 5 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 3 years, 5 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 3 years, 5 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 3 years, 5 months ago
mikachuuu
(Honolulu, HI)
Question
Good for pregnant lady?
Are those ingredients safe for pregnant lady to use?
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
wqq228
on Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
My sister and I both love this moisturizer, and she has used it throughout all three of her pregnancies without any complications!
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
breaz
(Portland, Oregon)
answer 2
Absolutely! I used it during my two pregnancies.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
KMW14
(Vermont)
answer 3
Clinique products are dermatologist-tested. They don't use fragrance in their products. I don't think you should have any problems using makeup in general while pregnant, and especially Clinique. More info on Clinique products, from their website: http://www.clinique.com/cms/why_clinique/index.tmpl
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
aggiemolly02
(Plano, TX)
answer 4
I'm pregnant, I use it and I love it! I hope the ingredients are safe...
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
Mary1979
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
answer 5
Google the ingredients.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
thisisannoying
(Monticello, KY)
answer 6
According to Dr. Neil Schultz from DermTv (found on youtube or his website) almost all over the counter skin care products are safe for use during pregnancy. You do want to stay away from any products with retinoids in them, but this moisturizer does not contain them. But as always... if unsure ask your own doctor, and congratulations.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
justaddcoffee
(Fort Worth, TX)
Question
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, 9 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, 7 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, 8 months ago
bobsbaby2
(KY)
answer 3
I'm nowhere near finishing up this bottle with using 2 pumps each time.
answered 4 years, 8 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, 9 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, 9 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, 9 months ago
aggiemolly02
(Plano, TX)
Question
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, 5 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, 3 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 4 years, 3 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 4 years, 4 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 4 years, 4 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 4 years, 4 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, 5 months ago
coconut82
(ny)
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