Classics Redefined: Clinique and Estée Lauder Update Two Bestsellers

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Plus

As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But in the fast-paced world of beauty – where new and “revolutionary” products are launched all the time – there’s always room for improvement. And in the last six months two cult favourites have been updated.

First we have Clinique’s iconic yellow moisturiser, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (previously without the plus sign). Apparently a bottle of this lotion is sold around the world every 4.87 seconds, and it’s one of Clinique’s most popular products. So you may be wondering why they bothered relaunching it…

Well, our lifestyles have changed a lot since DDML first hit counters 45 years ago. The air is more polluted, we travel often, stare at computer screens all day and slap way more products on our faces. So the tweaked moisturising lotion helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, effectively locking moisture in. (Could I use the word moisture any more? Lets see…)

Personally I was never that keen on the old formula. I used it for a while in my late teens, but disliked the wet texture and didn’t find it that effective. So when I received a sample of the relaunch I let it gather dust for a while. But eventually I gave Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+  a go, and surprisingly I’ve been using it every morning for the last two weeks! This time around I’m really liking DDML; it’s a great all-round daytime moisturiser and I definitely think the update was worthwhile.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion plus

And the same goes for Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II. I was a fan of this bestselling serum before it got an upgrade, but have to say the new version is even better!

If you’re not familiar with ANR, it renews skin while you sleep, repairing damage caused during the day which can lead to premature ageing. Because I was using the original formula nightly it’s hard to spot any dramatic differences in my skin now that I’ve switched to Synchronised Recovery Complex II. Apparently the update leaves you looking more radiant – but I can’t say I’ve noticed this (although, in fairness, I don’t sit around judging my own radiance). However, I much prefer ANR “part 2” because it sinks into skin quicker and doesn’t leave that tacky feeling. And that in itself is a major plus!

If you’ve tried the Clinique and Estée Lauder relaunches let me know what you think. Do you like the changes or prefer the originals? Let me know your thoughts…

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, £17 // Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II, £48 // Vogue Postcards, £10

  • I’ll have to try the Clinique lotion. Like you, I never loved the previous version.