Review: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion/Gel

A reader of mine, Jo, requested that I do a review on Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. So here ya go. 

I’ve been using the moisturiser for over 10 years now. Apparently, this is Clinique‘s bestselling product. And I can imagine why; it is the BEST moisturiser I have ever used.

When I entered my teens, mum told me it was time to take care of my skin, and you know lah, it’s the time when the pimples would sprout. So, a good three-step skincare is a must. I started using drugstore products (like Kao Biore, etc), and after a while, I realised I needed better moisturiser as the previous ones I was using were giving me even more pimples. Mum gave me a travel-sized bottle of Clinique’s moisturiser, and from that time on, I was hooked.

One thing I like about the moisturiser is that it is NOT perfumed. I do not like scented products on my face (I worry that it would cause even more problems), and this did not fail me. The smell of the moisturiser might turn some people off though. I’m not saying it smells foul, but let’s just say that there are moisturisers out there which smell better. But hey, using it for over 10 years, and not once giving me problems on my skin, should tell ya something, eh? 😉

It’s quite rich on the skin, and it was perfect when I used it in the UK, and in Japan (during winter). It kept my skin nicely moisturised in dry, low humidity places. This is good for dry to very dry skin, but those with oily or combinational skin might want to try the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

It works the same as the lotion, but it’s oil-free, and definitely lighter on the skin. I was really glad when Clinique introduced the oil-free version of the moisturiser; my skin became oilier around the T-zone as I grew older, and I found the lotion to be a tad rich for my skin.

The new bottles come with a pump now, which is great for easy dispensing (and more hygienic). Previously you kinda have to topple the bottle over and hit the back like smacking a ketchup bottle for the moisturiser to come out.

A 125ml bottle costs RM150 (same price for either lotion or gel), and should last you about 4 to 6 months, depending on usage (I use mine at least twice a day). By the way, it’s a lot cheaper in the US (all Clinique products are), so if you have friends going there, do ask them to stock up for you 🙂

What I like about it: A clean, lightweight moisturiser for all skin types (lotion or gel). Unscented.

What I don’t like about it: Not all that keen about the smell, no SPF


Welcome to Beautyholics Anonymous

Hello there, dear readers!

First of all, welcome to Beautyholics Anonymous!

I’m Tine, and I’m the editor for the blog. Well, I’m the blog’s photographer, reviewer, purchaser, what have you. A one-woman show, so to speak :p

I enjoy writing about beauty products (I enjoy reviewing them, so bring ’em on!), makeup, skincare, health, fashion … well, anything related to the double-x chromosome. I do not work in the beauty and fashion industry; it’s just a great interest of mine.

I’m vain, I’m narcissistic, I’m addicted to buying (and hoarding) beauty products and and I love shopping.

Ladies, I’m a beautyholic.

Well, there isn’t such a word, but I reckon that’s what I am. I love trying out new products (if I can afford them).

I think this could be a great place for all beauty bloggers, beautyholics and shopaholics (you know who you are! :p) to exchange valuable tips. You never know what you can learn from one another. I sure learnt a lot from all the beauty blogs and websites I frequent. And believe me, my daily beauty blog reads are close to 50!

Just a bit about me – I hail from Malaysia, but recently moved to Melbourne, Australia. It’s a new chapter in my life which I embrace with a bit of apprehension and lots of excitement. Anyways, having said that, the products I review will either be from Malaysia or Australia (unless specified to be from another country).

My blog focuses on Asian women, which I think is a good thing, as more often than not, a lot of Asian women complain that they can’t seem to find beauty products suitable for their olive skin. There are so many out there, just waiting to be discovered. I can’t wait!

All the reviews which I write here are based on my own experience with the products, based on my skin type (combination skin). I’m pretty blunt with my reviews; if I like the product, you’d see me gushing about it. If I do not like it, I will not mince my words. As much as I can, if I’m paid to do a review, I will disclose the fact. Most of the products which I reviewed are self-purchased or gifts. However, I do receive products meant for review purposes, which will also be disclosed.

I hope to write more on fashion too; fashion which suits real women. My blog’s motto? Beauty comes in all sizes, not just a size 2. So no tiny pieces here, ladies. Let’s be proud of our bums 😉

For more information on anything beauty-related, do check here often. There’ll also be giveaways, etc, once I get sorted on that (do be patient with me). Till then, I’d love to hear from you.

My email: Email

“Beauty comes in all sizes, not just size 2”


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