Pros: Good coverage, non-comedogenic, SPF 20 with antioxidants
Cons: It's a little sticky, can get too thick if applied heavily
I'm on a quest for healthy skin. I'm no longer in college and I'm pushing 30, so that's a pretty strong indicator that I should probably start shopping for women's makeup, not products geared for adolescents. This is a tricky task, given that I still have the occasional breakouts and blemishes; thus, I haven't quite found that perfect blend of makeup geared for protection against sun and other radicals, reduction of blemishes, and proper coverage - in the right color.
Does such a makeup exist?
Well, yeah - for $50 a pop (and up).
I'm not talking about the super-duper expensive makeup like Bare Escentuals or MAC or Arbonne. I won't pay for that; I don't care how ugly I look.
So, on the cheaper side, you've got the typical stuff like Cover Girl, Mabelliene, L'Oreal, Revlon, and Neutrogena. Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup stood out on the shelves as I was looking for all said qualities above - liquid coverage that also protects the skin - and after much deliberation (it was pricey at $14 for 1 oz.), I decided to go for it. Quite a risky purchase for someone like me (all bottles of liquid concealer look exactly the same now...and shopping for such can get confusing), but I'll have to admit that the selling factor was the name. I haven't exactly had much luck with Neutrogena in the past, but I've read a few reviews and most people I've talked to have been happy with Neutrogena facial treatments as a whole - besides, the company is focused on skin treatment and doesn't soely market cosmetics.
The color I decided to go with was "Nude," (#40) although it comes in different shades such as "Buff," "Natural," "Beige," and other tones that sound the same, so I had a tough time picking the right one. Another problem I usually encounter with concealers is the season - in the summertime, the "nude" color matches my skin tone exactly, but in the winter it's too dark of a shade and contrasts with the skin color of my neck. (My husband recently asked me, "Why do you put on so much makeup? I can see where it stops at your jaw - it looks like you're wearing a mask.")
While I would like to point out that I do not cake my makeup on - I like it as light as possible - the color difference is still too stark. Not good.
This suggests that I probably have to buy a second bottle of a paler shade for the winter. Or I could go tanning. Hrmph.
At the end of the day, my face doesn't look shiny, melted, or streaked - sometimes an effect makeup can have in combination with oil produced by the skin, especially after leaving something like that on your face all day long - nor does every blemish suddenly appear from worn out or rubbed off concealer. My makeup stays put - and while I don't look extravagant like I did in the morning 9 hours ago - it still gets the job done. This is important to me since I always apply moisturizer to my face before adding makeup, which might sometimes add to the oiliness, but Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Makeup gives me good covereage nonetheless. In addition, this concealer hasn't caused any breakouts or blemishes and I'm convinced that it's true to it's non-comedogenic reputation. If I do have a breakout, it's usually my own fault, and the makeup covers any blemishes nicely.
Overall: Four stars because I'm very satisfied with this makeup and I don't want to change it. It would do its job credibly if not applied too thickly (it's already a thick substance and a little goes a long way) and I'm assuming it's protecting my skin with its antioxidants. The only issue, of course, is finding the right shade - and if you go wrong, you're in the hole $14 and have to try another one. I wish it was just a little cheaper.