Some might recall my dalliance with Almay’s foundation that ended in disappointment. I’m thrilled to report that I have a new love and I think this time it’s the real thing: Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer foundation.
When I first saw the color selection I wasn’t going to bother: even their lightest shade looked way too dark for me. But for under $10 what did I really have to lose by trying it? I am SO glad I gave it a chance!
The Claim: “Healthy Skin Enhancer is an alternative to foundation that provides everything you need for softer, healthier and younger-looking skin in one beautiful step. This dermatologist-developed formula contains a vitamin-rich Retinol treatment to visibly smooth fine lines and reduce signs of aging. It nourishes skin and protects against future sun damage with a weightless SPF 20 moisturizer. Each skin-enhancing shade provides a sheer tint of color for a more even, naturally beautiful look.”
The Good: It’s delivered from a pump, allowing you to control how much you use. It went on smoothly, evenly and felt GREAT on my skin; unlike a lot of other foundations you really don’t feel any thickness or oiliness, even after a full day of wear. I would classify the coverage as sheer to light. It has an outstanding SPF rating of 20 which comes in part from Titanium Dioxide. Best of all, it includes Retinol! I tend to have sensitive skin and some retinol products can cause flaking and redness for me, but I had no problems whatsoever. Oh, and did I mention that it’s under $10??
The Questionable: I have to quibble with their advertising: it isn’t “an alternative to foundation”, it’s a foundation. But my only real beef with it is the lack of color selection – 6 shades. I imagine there are women with darker skin for whom this simply wouldn’t be an viable option. And it shares the same drawback all drugstore cosmetics do: you really can’t try it out before you take it home, so the color match is a guessing game.
The Verdict: I have been using this foundation for two weeks and I really don’t want to give it up! I didn’t think I’d ever find one I liked better than Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer, let alone at such a great price! If you’re looking for a great foundation at a great price, definitely give this a try.
As a [pseudo]scientist I’m committed to reviewing one last foundation before I settle down, however. That foundation is Cle de Peau. And for the price it had better rock my world. Stay tuned….
Images: Neutrogena; author’s own