Review: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

by Roxanne C.


My new best friend.


I was looking for a moisturiser to replace my Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief one mainly because it was running out and I felt that it was a little too thick and concentrated for the humid climate in Singapore. I chanced upon this other Clinique one on Cossy going for S$50 instead of the usual retail price of about S$70 and decided to get it. It arrived in the mailbox the next day, which was a great surprise as I was expecting it to take a little while more to get to my doorstep.


This Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is part of the Clinique 3-Step Skincare range and is meant for oily skin (skin types 3 and 4 according to Clinique). There is a lotion version for dry and combination skin. It comes in a pump bottle and can be used twice daily for the best results. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I really love it!


It isn’t as thick as the Moisture Surge and it spreads very well. It’s very lightweight so I feel as though my skin gets to breathe even when I have it on. It gives a wet feeling once applied but the skin absorbs it very fast so that you don’t feel a film over your face minutes after that. It doesn’t clog my pores up at all even when used in the day under makeup, and therefore I don’t get outbreaks or whiteheads from using this. There isn’t any noticeable fragrance and since it’s also oil-free, it doesn’t leave behind a sticky feeling. I haven’t got any allergic reactions to this product. One bottle lasts forever because I use only one pump each time for the entire face (i.e. a total of two pumps a day). Something extra: I used this a few times on top of Belif’s Hydra Sebum Control Essence and it didn’t stop my skin from flaking in a few areas, so if you’re looking for a real intensive moisturising treatment, this may not be for you.


One thing I’m not sure of is how this works in drier climates as I’ve not tried it under those conditions. It also does not contain SPF but I’m not too worried about it because my foundation does have sun protection. And seriously, a little bit of sun really does no harm! It’s easy to see how this product is a cult favourite of Clinique’s fans. Mention “DDMG” and everybody will know just what you’re referring to. It may be a bit expensive to some, but I recommend it because as a normal everyday moisturiser, the benefits outweigh the price.





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Rainy Days & Lat February 26, 2012 - 9:34 pm

I really love this moisturizer. It's simple and sometimes it's the best thing for our skin 🙂
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lacedivory86 February 28, 2012 - 8:09 am

Yeah totally! I used the Moisture Surge before this but it seemed to clog my pores in Singapore and that's why I thought this lightweight version would do me better. And it did. 😉

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BlueArcEnCiel December 26, 2013 - 6:21 am

Had a few hits and misses for my oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin before I chanced on this miracle worker. Its a little more expensive than other products but then it does exactly what it claims. It gently hydrates your skin without any irritation.
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