Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup

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Neutrogena Grabs You With Its Packaging

Aug 25, 2000 (Updated Aug 25, 2000)
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Pros:The best packaging of any drugstore brand, quality coverage that can compete with some dept. store brands

Cons:needs a damp sponge for a natural look for dry skin

I was drawn into this purchase first by the packaging and then by the products available. Of all the drugstore brands on the market, Neutrogena wins the best packaging award. The metallic colors give it a rich look as it tries to compete against some of the department store brands. Their pricing is such that they are a tad more expensive than say Cover Girl, Maybelline, or Revlon. The product was impressively slick; I was pleasantly surprised when the product lived up to the packaging. Not that I’ll throw some other favorite brands away but this one is worth a look. Clinique remains the #1 prestige brand but Neutrogena has a fighting chance of winning over some drugstore mavens. Packaging is very important in all of my buying decisions and this one gets two thumbs up.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin comes in a liquid or a cream powder. The liquid is fine but I really like the coverage of the cream powder, too. It comes in twelve shades and my skin tone reacts best with “Blushing Ivory”. Included in this sleek, upscale, “metal” (plastic) case is a foam sponge with air holes on the bottom of the compact. These air holes allow the sponge to dry out between uses. I use these kinds of sponges for my liquid makeup applications as well and find the quality to be reasonable. I also like the size of the mirror, which covers most of the length of the compact lid. These little details make me feel good about my purchase that is if the product actually performs.

Texture and Appearance
The compressed foundation is a smooth pancake of makeup that begs for a swipe from the included sponge. If you just run your finger across the texture it’s smooth and powdery, not the least bit tacky. But instead of using your fingers, you’ll get the smoothest application with the use of the included sponge. Wet it with a tiny bit of water to get the sponge damp and not soaking and carefully swipe it across your face as you would any other foundation.

The coverage blends away most of any uneven skin tone though some streaking can occur if the sponge is too wet. Feather the foundation to the edges so you don’t have any harsh lines around the chin area.

It dries immediately and you can just apply the blush and be done with it or use a finishing powder to set your look for the day. I don’t need to touch up the foundation but I do reapply powder and blush to freshen up my whole face.

Fragrance
This product is completely fragrance-free.

The active ingredient: Octyl Methoxycinnamate is a sunscreen agent contributing to the SPF listing of 20 on this product as well as the second active ingredient, Octyl Salicylate. Many of us are looking for products with sun protection in addition to makeup coverage. Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson) is responding to this trend.

Other product ingredients for those with any skin allergies:
Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Octyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone Copolyol Beeswax, Silica, Mica, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Nylon-12, Meliboise, Panthenol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzoic Acid, BHT, Titanium Dioxide (may contain), Iron Oxides (may contain)

Additional Notes:
The one product downside is that you will need to dampen the sponge to make drier areas of your skin look more natural. If you prefer not using a damp sponge, then you are good to go with this product.

Back to the packaging, not only will you get a nice quality box but also the case will be wrapped in a sponge-like tissue that adds a nice touch of class. This product line was introduced in the spring of 1999 to much fanfare and I can see where some of it comes from.

Comparison Shopping:
drugstore.com - $10.49
planetrx.com - $9.99
walmart.com - $9.97



Recommend this product? Yes


Coverage: Medium to heavy coverage

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