As far as moisturizers go, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion seems controversial to me. I believe it first came out in 1968, and to this day it still sells really well. I hadn’t ever tried it, even though I knew it was really popular, and I’d see it every time I passed the Clinique counter. In Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me, author Paula Begoun doesn’t speak highly of the moisturizer, stating its formula is “dramatically dated”, and it doesn’t contain even a minute amount of today’s state-of-the-art moisturizing ingredients.
Recently, I purchased my fave Clinique Moisture On-line, and got the lotion as a free gift with purchase. It turns out I like it! I still prefer the Moisture On-line, but sometimes use the Lotion at night, since it was free, but it’s also cheaper than the Moisture On-line. It has a nice smooth feeling on my skin. If you check out the reviews of the lotion on MakeupAlley.com, you will see tons of people hate it. I can see why, because I live in the super dry desert of Las Vegas, but my face looks shiny after I apply the moisturizer! That’s quite a feat, since I think this is the only moisturizer I’ve found that actually makes my skin shiny (which is fine with me, cause I like the “dewy” look). I haven’t tried it yet in a humid climate, but I am sure I would look like an oil-slick. On my skin, the lotion works similar to Moisture On-line in that it sort of acts as a barrier, to protect the hydration of my skin, and it prevents it from getting super dried out. I would wear an antioxidant serum under it, if I was using it in the day time, and sunscreen over it.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion contains Mineral Oil, which is also why I say it’s “controversial.” I’ll write more about Mineral Oil later, but as I wrote in my how to prevent Cosmetic Acne post, Mineral Oil doesn’t clog pores. The other ingredients seem cosmetic-acne safe as well. Here’s the complete list of the lotion’s ingredients: Water Purified, Mineral Oil, Sesame Oil, Propylene Glycol, Tea Stearate, Gylceryl Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.