Judicial Review: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

http://beautypendence.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/neutrogena1.jpgSome 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??

Neutrogena Healty Skin Enhancer photos

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….

Beautypendence Rating (out of 5): Rating - 4 out of 5 from Beautypendence

Images: Neutrogena; author’s own

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11 thoughts on “Judicial Review: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

  1. Kristy Bowden

    I think I’ll try it. I have such dry skin that it’s been really hard (and pricey) to find a foundation that doesn’t make my skin flake, even with thick and powerful moisturizer. However, I think at that price, I’m willing to give it a shot. Might need some honest feedback from a friend at some point.

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    1. Wendy

      There’s nothing in this product that’s likely to make acne worse, unless you have an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve slept in it on more than one occasion, and I haven’t experienced a breakout like I would with other products. It’s relatively inexpensive so it’s worth a try, and if you DO find it exacerbates breakouts definitely take it back!

      Btw, I’m still using this foundation, haven’t stopped since this post. I love it.

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    2. RJ

      It looks like it wouldn’t be great for acne prone skin. It has isostearyl isostearate as a main ingredient in it, which is comedogenic. Also, the retinol would be too drying if you use acne meds on a daily basis. Plus, I’ve tried it, and I have acne prone skin. This didn’t work too well. True match is just as bad. Maybelline liquid dream mousse is decent, but has one ingredient (though it is relatively far down the list) that is highly comedogenic. Stila perfect and correct, of which I’m using a trial bottle, seems to be a good choice. However, I need to use it longer…

      http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/319593-master-comedogenic-ingredients-list/

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      1. Maren Castwood

        That’s exactly the reason to wash your face no less than 3x day, @ the very minimum. Morn, night & if at all possible, early afternoon. You can still re-apply your makeup. Just wash it off @ bedtime.

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    1. jenn

      I’m not sure, Yvonne. Here in the US, Neutrogena products are sold in our grocery stores and drugstores. I also see that Neutrogena is sold online on Amazon. Good luck finding it and thanks for reading!

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  2. Lori Lyon

    Hello Wendy, I too am trying to find a less costly alternative to my J. Iredale foundation. Like you, I have very fair skin and usually choose the lightest available color. So what did you end up choosing from the Neutrogena line? Thank you and I really enjoy your blog!

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