Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
Clinique's original Dramatically Different moisturizer has been a best seller for decades, and they've steadily expanded the "Dramatically Different" options in recent years. Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly joins the family, replete with an anti-pollution story its formula doesn't support as strongly as we hoped.
At first glance, this seems different and exciting, but it isn't. In fact, the formula is very similar to its predecessors, just with an alternate texture. That alone isn't bad, but when coupled with its exciting anti-pollution claims, this jelly's relatively basic formula just doesn't impress.
The jelly-like texture feels great; it's refreshing and lightweight, absorbs quickly, and leaves skin softer, smoother, and lightly hydrated.
Ingredient-wise this contains some great hydrating ingredients such as glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, plus a handful of natural antioxidants, including cucumber and red algae extract. In fact, the list of antioxidants this contains is strikingly-similar to the original Dramatically Different Gel, with just a few differences.
This is a good thing and a bad thing. While both versions are fragrance-free and non-irritating, they're just not that impressive. That's especially true for Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, which claims it protects skin from the harmful effects of pollution. To truly do that there needs to be a much heartier mix of antioxidants in the formula, as different antioxidants act on different types of pollutants, and the greater the variety, the better the protection.
It's also worth noting that the clear packaging this comes in means you'll need to store it in a drawer or somewhere else that's not in direct light, since light can break down the few antioxidants this does contain.
Since the difference with this moisturizer isn't so dramatic when all is said and done, you're better off with a more impressive option on our list of best moisturizers. Any of those options would also be better at shielding your skin from the damaging effects of airborne pollutants.
- Jelly texture feels lightweight and refreshing.
- Leaves skin feeling softer, smoother, and lightly hydrated.
- Fragrance free.
- Lacks a robust blend of pollution-fighting antioxidants.
- Clear packaging isn't the best for the antioxidants this contains.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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