Ranked #1. Clinique Dramatically Different $13 (1.7oz), $24.50 (4.2oz), $36 (6.7oz)
2012 Macy’s Best in Beauty Award Winner
2011 Allure Beauty Hall of Fame with 14 awards
Allure Readers’ Choice Award – Best Department Store Facial Moisturizer
Ranked #3. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer $69 (2oz), $99 (4oz)
2012 Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Finalist
*Surveyed 79 products from 7 retail websites in July, 2012.
1. Clinique Dramatically Different $13 (1.7oz), $24.50 (4.2oz), $36 (6.7oz) Buy Here
Clinique’s Dramatically Different lotion is the final step in their famous fragrance-free 3-step Skincare System. It maintains optimal moisture balance for dry-to-combination skin types. The lightweight lotions penetrates easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving skin comfortable, soft, and smooth. There are three sizes available, 1.7 oz. in a tube; 4.2 oz. packaged with a pump; and another 4.2 oz packaged without a pump. A jumbo-sized version (6.7oz) version is available for $36 during department store anniversary sales. Also, the oil-free, non-comedogenic gel-version is suitable for oily skin. This is a wonderful product for those simply looking for quick hydration and not worried about anti-aging solutions.
Water Purified, Mineral Oil, Sesame Oil, Propylene Glycol, Tea Stearate, Gylceryl Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
“Mix some with…foundation, also great for removing makeup smudges”
“…one of the best moisturizers I’ve had at this price point.”
“I also have acne prone skin, and it does not cause any adverse affect….”
“I have VERY sensitive skin. this is the very best moisturizer i have ever used, by far!”
“I have dry skin and this really hydrates me. It isn’t greasy but plumps the skin”
“I didn’t know what I was missing [out] until I used this lotion”
Ranked #2. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm $90 (1.7oz) Buy Here
The citrusy, super-rich emulsion still feels lush and heavy but helps strengthening skin with anti-aging peptide to boost collagen production, and has clary sage ferment that aids skin to retain moisture. Ideal for dry skin, it hydrates with proven lipids, including Linoleic Acid, Wheat Bran and Cholesterol. Clinical results after 8 weeks has 40% increase in moisture, 61% improvement in skin barrier strength, and 60% lifting. When you apply it, warm the balm in your hand and dab sparingly. Because of its heavy texture, most would find it suitable for nighttime but a lighter SPF 25 version is available for day time. Users report having no trouble applying makeup after waiting for complete absorption after 5 minutes.
This is a great product if you have dry skin, or use it during winter for combination skin.
“But be warned if you don’t like scents it may not be for you. The texture of the cream was a little stiff and it does not smooth on easily on your skin….However it does give good results.”
“…it really keeps my skin moisturized…I will say it is very thick so you have to warm it in your hand and dab it on. It also goes on looking greasy for a bit while it sinks in so maybe wouldn’t be good for combination skin, however for my very dry skin it has helped a lot.”
“My skin dosen’t get tight and itchy at the end of the day. My skin glows. My makeup applies more smoothly and evenly. It is so nice now that it is now formulated with anti-aging ingredients. They just took a fantastic product and made it better.”
“…made for those who live in drier climates and have very dry skin.”
Ingredients (SPF 25):
Water, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, C12-15 Alkyl Octanoate, Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone), Glycerin,Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Glyceryl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange Bigarade), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Epilobium Angustifolium Extrat, Daucuc Carota Sativa (Carrot), Retinyl Palmitate, Angellica Archangelica Root Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate,Sorbitan Stearate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit), PEG-40 Stearate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Tetrasodium Edta, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Oxybenzone
Ranked #3. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer $69 (2oz), $99 (4oz) Buy Here
This bestselling, rose-scented cream is packed with potent antioxidants and corrective nutrients to restore hydration, firmness and youthful glow. Alpha Lipoic Acid treats fine lines and resurfaces skin texture. DMAE is a strong anti-oxidant that promotes firmness and elasticity. Vitaminc C ester brightens and stimulates collagen production. On top of that, it is paraben-free. Some drawbacks with this high potency product is the reported tingling sensation when applied due to its antioxidant content. Like other lotions containing vitamin C, if you use it with the wrong toner it won’t absorb smoothly. Otherwise, this lightweight facial cream preps for makeup application.
“This moisturizer goes on like silk, leaving skin velvety all day long. With a little time, you see the wrinkles and fine lines diminish, the loose, creepy and sagging skin begins to firm, plump and erase the lines you once had. The peeling that occurs (i.e. exfoliation of dead skin/cells) is one of the BEST indicators….”
“Friends and family think I had a face lift! My skin is even and my dark circles are almost completely gone. It’s worth the price!”
“One of the most effective products I have used. My complexion is brighter and my skin tone is more even.”
“It helps with the acne that is associated with rosacea, as well as, the blotchiness and redness. If you have rosacea, I would highly recommend it.”
“This product is superb. I have spent so much money on expensive products that did absolutely nothing to my skin. I’ve only used this product for a week and I stopped using foundation…and the one fine line/wrinkle on my forehead is fading away. I cannot believe it.”
“It is not greasy and leave my skin hydrated without any oiliness, you need only a small amount and it lasts a very long time…it is value for money.”
Aqua (Water), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui Nut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Citric Acid, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, L-Tyrosine, Laureth-7, Parfum (Fragrance), Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid), Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol.
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