Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

One of the first signs of being a beauty blogger, is becoming crazy obsessed over collecting makeup products. The thing is, once you start collecting, it’s almost impossible to kill the habit. So to balance out the craziness in my “beauty spending”, instead of constantly buying new makeup, I’ve decided to invest on something else a lot more boring and yet more important skincare products.

The first item on my list is moisturizer. Not that I’m unhappy with my old one, in fact I like it a lot, buuut… Since I’ve never really tried many other moisturizers, I keep wondering if there’s something else better for me, which brings me into trying Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

HELLO YELLOW MOISTURIZERSo is it really dramatically different? I have dry combination skin type, leaning a lot more on the dry side recently, since the weather in the Philippines is colder than usual. While my skin appears fairly good, when you touch it in some areas, it feels like it has little grains of sand… like the Sahara Desert! It’s heartbreaking.

But no matter how rough my skin is, it instantly gets smoothened out after I apply this product. Like it washes away those little invisible grains of sand that was keeping my face coarse, and this silky feeling lasts all day. I think it provides more hydration than my other moisturizers.


Unfortunately, it has a dark side… like it really made my skin darker… and a lot oilier after weeks of using it. It could be because it has no SPF or perhaps cause it does not have any brightening properties. I just simply lost some glow on my skin. So I tried using it alternately with my other moisturizers, and even then I wasn’t satisfied with it.


I guess I focused too much on what it is best at doing and forgot to pay attention to what it does not have when I bought it…. gah. It is a good moisturizer alright, but that’s just it, it only moisturizes “dramatically”. It does not offer any protection from the sun, anti-aging, and brightening properties, which are among the major things most of us look for. I would only recommend it to someone who has a very dry skin and wants some serious hydration and nothing else, or to someone who’s willing to mix using it with other products to make up for what it lacks.

Sadly, my first take on my skincare product search wasn’t very successful. But the hunt is still on, in the meantime, do you have any good skin care products to recommend?


  • Marianna says:

    Great review! Unfortunately this product only works for me for a couple of weeks. I too have found that my skin gets oilier but I guess it does help during the extra cold winter months. I have my eye on the gel formula that I might try soon, it looks to be promising for Summer! Hope you are having a great day!
    x o x x

  • Czarina Mae says:

    Awww it's a pity it doesn't provide protection from the sun. I'm looking for a moisturizer too because the weather here in Singapore is also colder than normal. And the skin around my cheeks area are cracking and peeling. (So gross!) :(( But if I get desperate I think I might still try this :)

    Anyway, I nominated you for the Liebster Award in my blog! It's not really beauty-related so you can just comment your answers if you want! Haha. Have a nice day! :)

  • I know Clinique its very popular with my sister and mom so its a great product. I try to use so many of there products but it makes me break out for whatever the reason does not work for me Great review.
    Have a great weekend.

  • Janet says:

    Try using the NUXE dry oil!! it is amazing~ (At least for me =) It works pretty amazing on my oily combination but I think it will work as well to your dry combination skin ^_~

  • Madeline says:

    I feel your pain with dry skin, mine is pretty much the same. I'm still on the hunt for that perfect moisturizer too. Btw, you photos are lovely :)

  • Anne says:

    maybe it is meant for night use… for daytime it is recommended that you use something with spf.
    But if you really want to look good until your 30's, 40,s or even 50's must use this kind of products :)

  • I'd recommend Origins GinZing moisturizer. I use it in the morning for my dryish skin and POW moisture ( :

  • Natasja says:

    gorgeous photo's and the product looks really good. But how can it make your skin darker though :O :( what a pity!

  • Rae A. says:

    That's kinda weird. Any 'actually moisturizing' moisturizer has a brightening effect on me.

  • I adore all of the Mario Badescu line! I swear by it! I'm always someone who gets bored of products and once I finish something I rarely repurchase because there's always something new I want to try but I have been using Mario Badescu CONSISTENTLY the past 2 years or so, which says a lot! I recently switched to Aesop just because, as I said… I get curious and plus I heard amazing things on it but after using it for a few months, I went back to Mario Badescu :P

    I hope this helped a little! :)

    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

  • Lupe says:

    Aw, that sucks it wasn't that good. I tend to break out so bad that i need to go to the dermatologist. Looking forward to seeing what else you find!

  • Aleyna Akgul says:

    I was going to get this today but I didn't, Maybe I should think again after the dark side you mentioned.

  • Right, I think it just works as a moisturizer only. And it's so funny that they describe it as dramatically different. The word dramatically for me is sort of an exaggeration. Hehe lol.

  • Diana says:

    I never tried anything from Clinique…I've been thinking about getting one of their 3-step kits to try out…altough I'm seriously thinking about trying out their make up removers (both the one for the eyes and the cleansing balm) . I heard really good things about their moisturisers.

    I Have dehydrated skin, which leads to oily skin. Basically, If I don't hydrate my skin properly, I'll end up looking like a shiny Disco Ball.I also need to be careful, I can't use moisturisers that only pretend to moisturise or ones that contain oil, because I'll end up breaking out and with my pores clog…Having this said, the only moisturiser I can recommend you right now is my beloved Hydreane from La Roche-Posay. I use the Legere version, but there is a Riche one too. I'm also thinking about maybe trying out one from Avène and one from Bioderma. I tend to gravitate a bit more around French Skin Care brands since they aren't that expensive (at least compared to the high end brands like Biotherm or Estée Lauder) and they quite effective and easy to get (al least for me, since pretty much every pharmacy here holds at least La Roche-Posay and Avène).
    Anyway, I got interested and curious about this one.
    Thank you very much for the amazing review :3
    Take care*

  • What if you only used this at night? *^* I found that if I use a really nice moisturizer at night, my skin becomes baby soft in the morning and usually lasts throughout the day. My skins also started becoming dull when I stopped using my brightening serum; it's not a happy feel. :'<
    Thank you for the review! <3

  • Linderella says:

    This was one of the products that I wanted to try out a few years back but I never bought it as it's quite expensive. It's a bit worrying that it made your skin lose its glow though.

  • I didn't know you had a preference for brightening moisturizers. I think NARS has one, have you tried?

  • Fred ❆ says:

    I have the same moisturizer. I used this on those specially cold nights here in the mountains of Antipolo. When my moisturizing oils seems to not work. :)
    Please try moisturizing oils, like Josie Maran Argan Oil or Tsubaki Beauty Oil by Boscia. :)

  • Victoria says:

    Well thank you for this! I have been meaning to purchase this for quite a while but I've never really found a helpful review of product from a fellow Filipina. Thank god I went for the Lush Enzymion instead of this. It would have been a huge mistake since my face is combination/oily. Anyway, I'm loving my Lush Enzymion right now but I much prefer the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream :)

  • i tried this before also and I didn't really like it so much. My skin got irritated recently bec of tokyo love soap so now im back to gentle non-irritating products like cetaphil and nutraplus lotion by galderma (both from mercury)

  • Naaj Rona says:

    I was getting all excited after reading the first para that I may have found THE product but disappointed :(

    I have dry and rough skin and the winters make it worse, why are they so brutal :(
    It starts itching which is even worse. You and I think alike, I said the same thing about Sahara desert. Feels like life has been sucked out and there is no moisture at all, the search goes on :(

  • MuShii says:

    I totally understand that obsession that we have as blogger ! I can't stop buying new product even if I don't need them…

    I've never heard about that lotion…
    Have you ever tried some products form the brand Lierac ? Their products tend to be expensive, but they work very well !

  • Rubie Osorio says:

    I didn't have the opportunity to grab one of this through sampleroom, I believe it is available back then. I love clinique perfume and I have tried the clinique bb cream but I didn't like it. Just like this, it darkens my skin too.

  • Vanessa N says:

    -sigh-….dat photography.
    OK, YOUR STANDARDS FOR SKINCARE PRODUCTS ARE TOO ADVANCED FOR ME. Most of my skincare products don't have SPF LOL (don't judge me)
    My mom and I have basically sworn off anything from Clinique because most of their skincare stuff breaks us out, including this moisturizer, hah.
    But dang qurl, I can't even imagine how grainy skin feels like. 3:
    As for skincare, have you tried just using oil? Like olive/jojoba/grapeseed? Because that does wonders for my dry winter skin :3

  • Hollie says:

    gah! what a let down, too bad this didn't perform especially considering that it's a bit pricey. I've been using the Mary Kay Day Cream and Night Cream for the past four months, and so far it's uuuummmmaaazing! ^_^

  • hazel says:

    aww too bad it doesn't have SPF.. but then this makes it a perfect night moisturizer! :) haha trying to see the silver lining here! Anyway, I do recommend Paula's Choice skin care products. :)

  • Jenn says:

    I think that is one of the reasons why Koreans have a very complicated skincare regimen. Not all moisturizers can provide you with the benefits you are looking for. Clinique is good at moisturizing but you have to use another moisturizer to keep your skin bright and glowing and another moisturizer to prevent oiliness. I know it sounds very tedious but if it works, then it is worth every penny, right :)

  • Tested NARS Brightening Serum at the counter. It was lovely! Have you tried?

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hi marianna! whats your skin type? the lady in the counter suggested i get the lotion version of this moisturizer because it fits dry combination skin type but i guess the gel version should be less oilier, let me know how it works for you, im curious :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    i think it should for that purpose czar :D if we had winter here id probably keep a tube in my stash of things i can apply ot battle the super cold weather's effect on my skin. i checked it yesterday, congrats on getting your award!! :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    wrote it down on my list of things to research on.. ooo the bottle looks like a perfume, where is it available here in the PH sis? or online shop?

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thank you madeline <3 what moisturizer are you using atm? :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thank you anne for the tip! :) i tried doing that for around one and half weeks but my skin still became a little bit greasy and i didnt like it :(

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thanks for the suggestion, wrote it on my research list :) PS : love the POW description here :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    i know :( i was quite surprised by this too. what moisturizer are you using natasja?

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    that was my assumption too. i thought since its super moisturizing it should also take care of the brightening part

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    thank you phoebe!! :) i've never heard of mario badescu but i already wrote it down on my list to research on since you speak very highly of it :) do you have a detailed review on both this and aesop on your blog?

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    oh sorry to hear this :( are dermatologist products more expensive that the ones you buy in the mall?

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hi aleyna! you can ask for a tester size or find some online before you purchase it :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hahaha yes! they did not lie tho it is really dramatically moisturizing :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hihihi at shiny disco ball, i somehow felt that way with this moisturizer. ill check on la roche posay, i believe its a french brand? aah i wish our pharmacy have these brands. the really good skin care products arent available here and im not familiar with the online sellers that carries them. btw diana going to call the courier today to check on your package. im really disappinted at them for not shipping it on time. so sorry for this <3

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hmm maybe i should use a brightening serum! what serum are you using aside from skin food? :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    i think maybe its one of those occasional skin care products. like you can use it for winter or in any case that your skin is extra extra dry :D you can get the mini tester size to try it out :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    wow i did not know nars has skincare products! i will check on this, thanks tellie! :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    woohoo your from antipolo! i love it there :) and thank you for your suggestion i wrote those 2 brands down for research :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    its a shame they dont give out many testers here. i originally wanted to buy the mini travel size version of this moisturizer but i only found one in ebay. going to check lush enzymion but ill probably skip kiehls for now. i recent bought their midnight recovery eye cream and im not sure yet if its working well. btw have you tried their serums? :) thanks victoria!! :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    aah cetaphil is still one of my best inexpensive skincare go tos, thanks angel! <3

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hihi, what moisturizer are you using naaj? oh btw maybe this could work for winter tho, its really moisturizing :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hi mushi, i havent heard of lierac but i will research on this! :) thank you for your suggestion :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    aah yes i remember this being available in sample room! i was too late to try it too :( sayang. sis are you talking about clinique happy? i love that perfume scent too!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hahaha, thats because you have young perfect skin! and my skin is getting old, so must use many anti aging stuff or else lol ^^ btw are oils the same as serums?

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hahah thanks sis i will check on this mary kay! inis ako kase i tried looking for mary kay in ATC but we dont have it here. the malls here in the south talaga are very incomplete :D

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    i have a stash of unused paula's choice satchets here in my cabinet, i will use it nga since you recommended it :) thank you sis!

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    hahaha your right sis, but i did try to use it with another moisturizer kaso nagstay pa rin yung oily effect nya. thank you jenn!! :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    not yet but i will try it asap! i really didnt know that they had serums or any skin care stuff. very interesting, did you buy it na? maybe ill wait for your review on this :)

  • Sarah Rizaga says:

    Lovely post.

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  • AnnTan says:

    mm i can smell the scent of this product from far here

  • Jenny says:

    I have used this many times and keep going back just because its amazing! I have oily skin and this works wonders but then again all clinique products do such a great brand! x

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    it does look like it has a nice scent to it :) but i think the product itself is unscented :)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    it really does a good job in moisturizing :) have you tried their eye creams?

  • Ooo, I used to use this product, but I switched to NARS a few months ago and I'M NOT GOING BACK, haha. Seriously! I used to have to reapply moisturizer over and over again, but now I only have to apply a little at night. My holy grail product x)

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    is it the nars brightening serum? another blogger recommended it :) i didnt even know they had skincare products hehe but i checked online and its around 72USD hopefully it wont be super expensive when its available here in the PH :D

  • Hollie says:

    Mary Kay can only be bought through their Beauty Consultants. They don't have stores or stalls in Malls sis. You can find one nearest you here
    or visit their FB page Then click the How To Buy Tab ^_^

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    aah i thought they are a part of watsons or SM. thank you for the link! :)

  • Anonymous says:

    This Clinique moisturizer is like a base. One puts it under eye cream, Moisture Surge, and so on. The other products have SPF protection. Because of this product, sensitive skin doesn't react to the other products.

    It sure works for me. Have skin reaction when I apply the other products directly upon my face.

  • Shayne ♥ says:

    im glad it worked for you :) they have a version of this moisturizer with SPF? :)

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