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Moisturizer Review: Clinique iD

The wind, the freezing cold temps, the snow, the weird snow/rain falls we get in Toronto, it continues. Knowing that we are most likely cranking up our heaters and bundling up for outside, makes the case even more for a good moisturizer. Estée-Lauder found that 68 percent of women in North America believe they have yet to find the right facial moisturizer for their own skin.

I’m going to be honest. On my own skincare journey, I never really understood the benefits of a good moisturizer at first. I was committing a cardinal sin I know. But, I figured since my skin was already oily I wouldn’t need one and could just go about my life. I was very wrong. I had been using Olay’s Classic Moisturizer and then Aveeno’s Oil Free moisturizer for as long as I can remember, but it didn’t go with my skin. My skin would get crazy oily and my makeup just didn’t look good.

When I started looking into moisturizers that were tailored to my skin needs, that is when the lightbulb went off. Having a general one size fits all is great, but you get so much more out of one that is specifically for you. For me, my go to was and continues to be Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath Gel moisturizer or their Renewed Hope in a Jar. However, being the skincare aficionado I am, I always love trying out new moisturizers, hoping I’ll have the eureka moment I had the first time I used Philosophy's products. So when my trusty Hope in a Jar was finished, this time around I decided to give Clinique iD a try.

Clinique's iD moisturizer is a customized hydration system based around the signature “Dramatically Different Moisturizer” lotions. The line includes a personalized moisturizer range for every skin concern. I really enjoy how Clinique is moving away from the one size fits all approach because everyone’s skin has its own needs.

Here are some quick facts: Name: Clinique iD

Price: $58 total (you buy the hydrating base and the active concentrate cartridges separately then put them together)

Notable Ingredients: lactobacillus ferment (good bacteria), whey protein extract, alpha hydroxyl acids. Free of parabens and phthalates, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. The Custom-Blend Chemistry Technology freshly combines the precise dose of concentrated actives and base for optimized results every time.

Dramatically Different Hydrating base types:

a) Hydrating Jelly (for dry skin)

b) Moisturizing Lotion (their classic lotion and for normal/combo skin)

c) Oil Control Gel (I got this one, for oily skin)

Different active concentrate cartridges (pick one formulated to address your skin concern):

a) Green: Soothe irritated skin

b) Blue: Re-texturize and refine pores (I got this one)

c) White: Even out skin tone

d) Orange: Calm Fatigue

e) Purple: Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

How it works:

You select your base and cartridge based on your needs and slide the cartridge into the moisturizer. When you pump out some product to use, it mixes both the base and the cartridge together and is supposed to give you a precise amount of each. If this is hard to visualize, look at the picture above.


I have been using the moisturizer for a little over a month now and I have mixed feelings.

What I like about it:

I genuinely like that there are different cartridges. Clinique is attempting to address various skin types and lets you customize your decisions with their products. I also like the size of the bottle as I have been using it morning and night. You only need a small amount of the product, because a little goes a long way and it is supremely spreadable. I also like the mild scent, the pump application is different but neat, and I did notice that it was evening out my skin tone a bit. I also liked that it felt cool on my face and absorbed pretty quickly.

What I didn’t like about it:

I purchased the oil control gel as my base and think that this might be where I messed up. Although my skin is super oily, I do have dry patches. I felt as though the gel formula was too watery and didn’t provide enough hydration to the areas that needed it most. I supplemented that with Biossane’s Squalane Oil which seemed to do the trick. But if I were to just use Clinique iD, it would not have been enough. I almost bought the one for combination skin but that formula made me break out the first time I tried it.

Verdict: Would I buy it again with a different base? Probably not. Although I am a big fan of various Clinique products (under-eye cream and toner) I don’t think I noticed enough of a difference to spend another $60. My Philosophy moisturizer wins out again. I can definitely see Clinique expanding this line to include other skin conditions in the future. If you have used a different mix of the cartridges and base let me know what you think!

Nel xoxo


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