Before I jump into this review, I just wanted to say I know that Clinique is not cruelty free and I won’t be repurchasing these 2 items after I have finished them. I strongly support brands that are cruelty free and having volunteered with shelter animals for years now, I am striving to move to all cruelty free brands. Don’t get me wrong, I own a lot of cosmetics that are not cruelty free and this is a more recent effort on my part. That being said, it really irks me that brands who are well-known for being cruelty free are owned by larger brands that aren’t. To me it is the same thing – the profits still fuel animal testing. Just one example is the notoriously non-cruelty free L’oreal who owns at least a couple of cruelty-free heavy hitters (and this is just a snapshot of who they own). It definitely makes it tough to navigate when you are working to make the switch!
Anyway, I mentioned in an earlier post that my skin has been lovely lately and it is due in large part to finally finding a gel daytime moisturizer that works for me and a perfectly hydrating night cream. I have been wanting to try a gel moisturizer for ages and just couldn’t find one that didn’t seem too oily but the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is perfect. This gel is quick absorbing but keeps my face moisturized and feeling supple all day. It wears really well under pretty much any makeup and it works wonders on my pores. An issue that I have with many regular lotions is that I feel like I can see the product on my face, it either looks dull or it looks shiny. This is not so with a gel, you get a matte finish with all of the moisture of a lotion. I also appreciate that this product is totally fragrance free and does not irritate my skin or clog my pores. Honestly, for all of the hydration it is extremely lightweight. The price point is totally affordable and the bottle lasts a long time. My skin is loving it.
I have been pairing this daytime routine with their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream as my evening one. This is not a gel formula and feels mostly like your regular, heavier creams but it is very quick absorbing. Many night creams I have found moisturize my pillow case better than my face as they just sit there and won’t absorb. I love the way this cream soothes and smooths my face overnight, it leaves my skin glowing and vibrant. Again, totally fragrance free and doesn’t clog my pores. The price point is pretty average but a little goes a long way, I have had this jar for over 2 months.
Both have definitely become fast faves and my skin loves them but my conscience doesn’t. I will be looking for alternatives as I get closer to hitting empty. I will definitely share my findings, unfortunately many organic/all-natural face products can be chalk full of nut oils and that is a quick trip to anaphylaxis for yours truly.
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