A while ago, the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + was launched and I took it for a spin. I wasn’t too enamoured with it but then the original formula didn’t wow me either. However, I noticed from the comments I received, that Sam of Sam Still Reading was a long time DDML user and fan, and I was curious whether a long time DDML user and fan would like this change in formula. You know what they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! But Clinique did and I was curious. So I offered Sam a job as a
lab rat … I mean guest reviewer and sent my bottle Down Under for Sam to try and here’s her review after using it for 8 weeks (dedication, Sam!), with her thoughts on how it compared to the previous DDML. Take it away, Sam!
I’ve been a Clinique DDML (that’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion) user since I was 14. Sadly, that was quite some time ago and it’s scary to think I’ve been using the same moisturiser at night all through high school, university, more university and work. In the same period, there have been a lot of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in skin care, but I’ve been using the same cream that a naysayer once told me was ‘yellow sorbolene cream’.
Despite knowing that part of my skincare regimen was stuck in the twentieth century, I was strangely reluctant to move on when Clinique’s new DDML+ was launched earlier this year. Why hadn’t they told us so I could buy up all the stock? (I did that once for a foundation – on the third bottle, I realised that there were much better versions around). So when the lovely Paris B offered me a bottle to try and review, I decided this was a sign to get my moisturising up to date.
In the previous eight weeks since receiving the bottle, I’ve put DDML+ through its paces all for you, dear reader. I worked for twelve days straight to see how it coped with skin under stress. I went on a chocolate binge to see if I could induce blemishes (all in the name of science). I got a cold to see if it dealt with the flaky skin well (this was not in the name of science). I varied my foundations to see if I could induce them to slip off with the DDML+ underneath.
I came up with nothing. My skin looked slightly less tired after the long working period and if anything, I developed less stress related blemishes. The chocolate did nothing to my face, only my hips. My skin looked surprisingly well hydrated during my cold, plus all my foundations stayed put.
Is there a difference between DDML and DDML+?
I know that Clinique is meant to be fragrance free but I felt I could detect a slight ‘clinical’ smell at the start. I can’t smell that any more. The consistency of both is very similar and they are an identical shade of yellow. The DDML+ sinks in a little more quickly (which will be of benefit in the summer or on tropical holidays). Apart from that, I can say that there’s no need to be afraid.
DDML+ does the job just as well as its predecessor – perhaps even a little better. Plus, there’s the benefit of more modern ingredients – it’s not the cutting edge, but it’s definitely better.
I finally tracked down the ingredient list for the new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ so here it is.
Ingredient list: Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil, Urea, Lanolin Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 33.
I have thus far, read mixed reviews about this new DDML+ formula. I have read of people hating it, as well as of people who like it. I guess as with all skincare, we can’t account for what is happening with our skin. Sometimes, it might just be that our skin tolerates ingredients differently at a different age or different condition. I found it interesting and gratifying that Sam liked it. Would have hated for her to break out from this experiment! Thanks for the review, Sam and I hope this helps those of you who have been wondering how the DDML+ really fares in comparison to the old version.
Are you too a Clinique DDML fan? Have you tried the DDML+?
Sam blogs at Sam Still Reading a book review blog in Australia that I follow from time to time. If you are looking for a book review blog then Sam’s your man… I mean girl
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ Price: RM68/50ml, RM145/125ml Availability: All Clinique counters