The Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion is sold as a comparison to the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +. I have used the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + for years. I included it in my nighttime skin care routine here. I really like this moisturizer because it soaks into the skin quickly, is lightweight, and fragrance free.
I got a little excited when I saw that Equate made a dupe for this moisturizer. The cost savings is great. The Equate retails for $9.96 for 4.2 FL OZ. The same size bottle of Clinique retails for $26.00 (the bottle in the photo above is bigger at 6.7 FL OZ). That is a savings of $16.04!!
Now for the big question, does the Equate brand stand up to the real thing? I have been using this for about a month now and really can’t tell a difference as far as my skin. It soaks in well, is also lightweight, and fragrance free too. The only difference I have noticed is that the Equate has a more watery consistency.
Looking at the ingredients, they are basically the same. Both have water listed as the first ingredient, followed by several more of the same. There are so many the same that it would be easier to list the ingredients that are not the same.
Let’s start with the ingredients in the Clinique and not in the Equate:
Pentylene Glycol – This ingredient has a safety rating of 1 (based on a 1-9 scale, 1 being low risk and 9 being the high). This is a moisturizing ingredient.
Trisodium EDTA – This ingredient also has a safety rating of 1. This is a stabilizing agent and chelator. Chelator means that it binds with metal ions or metallic compounds to keep them from adhering to surfaces such as the skin.
Here are the ingredients found in the Equate version but not in the Clinique:
Sodium Hydroxide – This ingredient has a safety rating of 3. It serves as a pH adjuster.
Saccharide Isomerate – This ingredient has a safety rating of 1. This is a moisturizing ingredient.
Carbomer – This ingredient has a safety rating of 1. It serves as a emulsion stabilizer, hydrophilic thickener, and film-forming agent.
Tetrasodium EDTA – This ingredient has a safety rating of 2. This ingredient serves as the chelator for the Equate version.
Ethylhexylglycerin – This ingredient has a safety of 1. This ingredient is another moisturizing agent.
*The safety ratings and ingredient functions above were found on the website http://www.cosdna.com
After researching the difference in the ingredients, it seems for the most part that each manufacturer chooses to use different ingredients that do the same thing. The one ingredient that concerned me a little was the sodium hydroxide in the Equate brand that had the highest safety rating at 3. After doing some research, I found that sodium hydroxide is used in several different health and beauty products, especially soap. My understanding is the higher safety rating is due to an occupational hazard when this ingredient is in concentrated form which can irritant your skin, eyes, and lungs. The website http://www.ewg.com also gives this ingredient a safety rating of 3 and sites the occupational hazard as part of that safety rating.
In the end, I believe I will now be using the Equate Striking Unique Moisturizing Lotion and saving some money!