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Product Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I’m not sure why it took me so long to try this stuff since it’s been around forever, but it did. And now that I have, I can see exactly why Clinique has enjoyed such longevity from its Dramatically Different Moisturizier.

1. Lightweight. Even though my skin is pretty dry, I tend toward t-zone oiliness in the summer because I live in a very, very humid environment and I need a product that can deal with both. This product didn’t make me oilier than normal on my nose or forehead and it didn’t leave my cheeks dry or flaky. It was the best of both worlds in a very light product.
2. Accessible. I think every mall in the world has a Clinique counter. Even my on-campus bookstore at college had one. If you run out, you don’t have to order it online or search out a specialty shop (or even a Sephora).
3. Inexpensive. It’s not dirt cheap, but it beats the heck out of the $115 Dior moisturizer I use during the winter.
4. Brightening. After a week of use, my skin is noticeably brighter and more even. I could even tell the difference after a day.

1. Speaking of that Dior moisturizer…I’ll probably still need it in winter. I can’t be sure, but I think this stuff will be too lightweight for my skin in truly cold weather. I could be wrong, though – that remains to be tested.
2. Pump. I’d prefer a squeeze tube.

I don’t generally like pumps because you have to take off the top at the end to shake out the final bit of the product, but for most of the lotion’s lifespan, a pump is fine.

$24 via Sephora.

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this was my first lotion at age 14 :) I recently started using it again, and the only thing that bothers me about it now — no SPF! I need SPF every day on my face, so I mix it with an SPF tinted moisturizer.

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