July 2, 2013

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

Yes you read that little plus sign right! Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ is an old favorite, a cult classic, and one of my first “high end” moisturizers that I purchased when I was around 18 or something. A long time ago on a planet far, far away.

But fact of the matter is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion has been around the block a time or two but it gets a revamp for Fall 2013 and goes from your regular old formula to a new + one.


What’s news about it?

Let’s find out!

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ ($26) gets a huge moisture boost this Fall with a formula that improves moisture and hydration without an extra drop of oil! It also improves skin’s barrier strength within eight weeks with regular use. All this adds up to a highly moisturizing lotion that’s still lightweight and perfect for daily use.

This new formulation is ideal for drier skin types or those with combination skin in need of more hydration. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ not only adds moisture but aids in allowing skin to retain that extra moisture for soft, smooth, supple skin.

Why change something that millions of people already know, love, and use daily? The world has changed and so has skin care technology so Janet Pardo, Clinique’s Senior Vice President of Global Product Development researched newer ingredients and skincare technology to maximum the benefits of an already great moisturizer and make it better.

There are so many outside influences that age skin and increase skin sensitives including environmental aggressors, climate change, lack of sleep, etc…your moisturizer should have ingredients that aid your skin is looking and feelings its very best which is why Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion gets a boost in ingredients allowing for a better performing moisturizer.

This new formula contains a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract, and cucumber extract to help strengthen the skin’s barrier giving it more resilience against environmental stresses.

It also contains one of my very favorite forms of moisture, hyaluronic acid, which not only provides moisture but allows skin to retain it. Glycerine is also included here which attracts moisture to the skin.

With this improved formula you’ll find that skin is hydrated and has lasting moisture benefits as the day progresses. Moisture is seriously what it is all about as far as I’m concerned. I suffer from duller, drier, lackluster skin and my key to keeping the glow and vitality of my skin is as much moisture as I possibly can get.

I admit it’s been literally years and years since I’ve used Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion but things haven’t changed much. It’s still a highly moisturizing lotion that’s incredibly lightweight and absorbs easily into skin. I had forgotten how much I love this stuff. It’s basic yet so effective. It makes a perfect weightless texture to use under my makeup and provides not only moisture on contact but now lasting moisture so my skin is well hydrated throughout the day like my skin is taking 15 minute breaks and sipping a cool glass of water during those breaks.

A little moisture never hurt anyone and this not only hydrates but will keep skin looking younger, longer thanks to that moisture. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ just got better kids and is well worth exploring again if its been a while since you used it.

It’ll be available this August at Clinique counters or at clinique.com

Do you use or have you used Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion in the past?

Is a product you loved or love?

Do share!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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    • alliekat115

      No. The gel was created with the new technology when it came out about 6 years ago.

      • ADW88

        Indeed, alliekat115 is right. The new DDML+ is a lotion especially intended for skin types 1 and 2 (dry skin). The DDML for skin types 3 and 4 (oily skin) is a gel which doesn’t need improvement because it already contains the new formula.

  • kimkats

    Oooo…. sounds like it should be out in time for the Fall GWP time – they *always* have the DDML in the GWP! This could be a great improvement over the old formula. The old one just never really sank into my skin, and I’m pretty dry most of the year! 🙂 Must keep an eye out for this!

  • Amy

    I’ve never liked the lotion, it always feels really really weird on my skin (but maybe I’m just getting old samples?) I do LOVE the regular gel and the moisture rich gel from clinique. I’d be super excited about a revamp of the gel!

  • kamikity

    I use the gel version for summer and lotion for winter. However I really like the lotion formula right now I am not sure I want to try the new one…. Will they have both available to purchase in the future? Or they are completely replacing the old one?

  • Cat G

    Just talked to my mom about this, as a long-time fan of this lotion, she never likes changes!! As long as there aren’t any irritants, I’m okay with it!

  • Veronica

    This is one of my HG products, so I’m a little tentative about the change, but we’ll see. I’ll have to warn my mother that they reformulated it, though. 🙁 She’s used this since the ’90s, and it’s one of the only products on the market that doesn’t break her out. I hope the new product still works for her.

    • Jan

      The men’s version has SPF no reason why us girls can’t use it too!

  • Angela

    I’ve been using the original lotion for years now. It is the only moisturizer that really moisturizers my skin without breaking me out! I am somewhat excited for the new formula but also scared that it won’t work for my crazy picky skin :S thanks for the post!

  • Melissa

    I have recently rediscovered this….like you, it has been years since I have used it and awhile ago I purchased something from Clinique during their bonus time. I got a sample of their DDML. In the past I used the gel, but I really do love the DDML! I just wish they would add some SPF to it…that’s what I have been hoping for for a long time!

    • Joan

      I’ve asked for years at the Clinique counters about adding SPF to the DDML and was told that can’t be done with that particular moisturizer. Can’t remember exactly what I was told the reason was, but I still can’t understand why not.

  • sjgs

    Dislike. I like the lotion the way it is, this sounds like another “New Coke” in the making…

    • the Muse

      not sure regina as I have a test bottle which doesn’t list the ingreds.

  • Ginger C

    The regular DDML has never been enough for my dry skin, so I definitely want to give the + version a try! Are they doing away with the original & replacing it, or adding a third product to their lineup?

  • michelle

    is the new formula still formulated with mineral oil? the old formulation caused me cystic acne that still hasn’t gone away after 3 years! 🙁 It’s so awesome feeling though, so i would love to try it again. Would you recommend it for acne prone skin?

    • the Muse

      I’m not sure as I only have a press bottle which doesn’t display the ingredients. This is for combo/dry skin…you didn’t really say if you were oily/combo/or dry just that you were acne prone so can’t really recommend it if I don’t know your skin type outside of acne.

    • Michele

      Try the three step for acne by Clinique. My 16 year old son had cystic acne as well and we noticed a HUGE change in his skin in just a week! If you have any dark spots or scaring from your acne, get the dark spot corrector to use along with the three step program. Your face will love you for it! I know my son is EXTREMELY HAPPY with this product! GOOD LUCK:)

  • Jan

    Love the original hate it when they change something that is already a big seller. Drop in there sales maybe ahead as many people have used the DDML original for 20 years and more. They recently stopped the almost makeup foundation fluid and there has been a long Facebook campaign to bring it back as there is no similar product out there. Clinique since being sold off to another Big player is no longer maintaining longevity for their customers.

    • Joan

      I always liked the Almost Makeup foundation also. Hate when something you really like is discontinued. On the other hand, I keep asking at Clinique counters when they’re going to come out with new blush. They don’t pay much attention to their makeup line, but seem to come out with new skincare products more often. I don’t think they’ve come out with new blush for about 11 years. They just came out with a new formula in their eyeshadows, but most of them are the same shades and are shimmers, which I’m not happy about. I always loved the Teddy Bear quad because all the shades were matte. I’m afraid that the new formulated Teddy Bear has shimmer shades in the quad. If so, I’ll be really disappointed.

  • Joan

    Many years ago when Clinique first came out, I used the DDML. When I was diagnosed with rosacea, I was told by my dermatologist not to use products with oil. So when DDML came out in the oil free gel formula, I was thrilled. Since I change up my products, I wouldn’t use DDML every day, but always did like it. Then as I got older, my skin became drier (I think from using a certain brand of rosacea products that I used for years). I went back to the original DDML. When the new formulated DDML+ came out, I bought it and am happy I did. I really do like it. I do think that DDML’s are one of the best moisturizers out there. It’s been around for years for a reason, I guess. Highly recommend.

  • Brenda

    I’ve used DDML for years and years and I have really dry skin. I DO NOT LIKE the PLUS – it made my skin really oily feeling all over, but especially in the T zone – I’ve always loved it and would use nothing else but now I need to find another brand. Any suggesions? Note: I realize you are probably paid to promote this product and my post will be “moderated away” but thought I would just state my opinion.

    • the Muse

      hi brenda so sorry to hear about your dislike of the new DDML. I have drier skin too and didn’t have a problem with it and really liked it as my skin can use as much moisture as it can possibly get. Perhaps stick with the regular DDML from my understanding it will still be available. I am not paid to promote anything I review. I do not do paid reviews on my blog at all. Anything I feature is reviewed with my own thoughts and experience with a product. If I hate it, I say I hate it. If I like it, I say I like it. There is no money or payment made to me for reviews I do on my site. If you have any questions do refer to my disclaimer/disclosure policy. Paid reviews are a shady practice and NOT something I endorse or would consider doing on my own website. Perhaps you’ve run across websites that do paid reviews but I am not one of those websites. Your comments are moderated but never changed or altered. I moderate simply because I like to read them, approve them, and reply when I can otherwise nothing is changed about the comment and I allow everyone to speak freely on Musings of a Muse unless it is insulting another reader or myself, in that case it will likely be deleted as I’m not one for allowing others to attack me or anyone else trying to enjoy the site. Again, sorry for your problems with the moisturizer and hopefully you find something that is better for your skin type and issues.

  • Heather

    I’m looking for a replacement for DDML+. They are no longer selling the original DDML and I absolutely HATE how the DDML+ feels on my skin. But I was recently told by an aesthetician to keep using whatever I was using because it works for me. So I want to continue with my other Clinique products, but just replace the DDML+ with something else. Any suggestions? Just looking for something light to go under my “real” moisturizer.

  • Gisele

    OMG. I’m using this product for only 3 days. My skin is very very dry, not acne-prone at all. Yesterday my face was kinda itchy, but today, when I woke up, what a shock!!!! It broke me out soooo badly that I’m desperately seeking for reviews, searching for someone who have had the same problem. Really don’t know what to do. :(((

    • the Muse

      maybe contacting clinique directly would be a better idea than reading reviews?

      • Gisele

        Hey.. I’m so desperate that I didn’t even think about it! LOL. Thank you, Muse!!! 😀

          • Heather

            Definitely contact Clinique… if it’s not working for you (or anyone else), they NEED to know. The more people who contact them and hate it, the better chance maybe they’ll bring back the original formula at least as an option. And they are responsive, though it might take several days. I got a response when I contacted them via their “contact us” on their web page.

  • tinks2

    I have been usuing Dramatically Different moisturizer. It draws my skin to where I look like a prune instead of giving it moisture. So I tried Reginerist Moisturizer it was worse my skin broke out in a rash and puckered up like a prune. I wrote Clinique and I didn’t even get an answer. Sad people change things that work. The new lotion is sticky and my skin does not absorbe it and my husband said what are you doing? (in not a good way).
    Your all broke out and your skin looks terrible. SAD situation.

  • Meri Gelman

    So…. After 4 months of using THIS, I had severe contact dermatitis requiring Cloderm and Elidel, as prescribed by dermatologist, $70 co pay n an appt. w/ allergist!!!! I might add…. The steroid cost me over $ 200!!!!!!! HORRIBLE product!!