Healthy Skin Glow Sheers SPF 30

by Neutrogena  Healthy Skin
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$10.99 - 1.1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
12/3/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Healthy Skin Glow Sheers SPF 30 is a very sheer, tinted moisturizer that’s ideal for normal to slightly oily skin. It has a feather-light texture that glides over skin and sets to a soft matte (in feel) finish. Left behind is almost translucent color and a soft, natural-looking glow. Of course, the glow makes oily areas appear oilier, but if that’s not a cause for concern (or if you have slightly dry skin) this will be perfect. The base has several antioxidants to help the in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen keep skin protected. One caution: The Bronze Glow shade does not contain any UVA-protecting ingredients (meaning titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or avobenzone) and should be avoided. The other shades are all recommended.

Due to this product's partially clear tube packaging it is necessary to make sure you protect it from excess light exposure. For best results, store in an opaque makeup bag or drawer/cabinet.

Note:Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.

Active: Homosalate (5%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (2%), Titanium Dioxide (2.9%), Other: Water, Phenyltrimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Barium Sulfate, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Squalane, Bisabolol Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polysorbate 60, PEG-12, Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate, Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sobic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

Johnson & Johnson–owned Neutrogena has been around for over 50 years, and they've come a long way since they launched their first transparent, bronze, detergent-based bar soap (it also contains tallow). The bars are still sold, and while we still don't recommend them (they are too drying for all skin types), the good news is that Neutrogena has come a very long way from where they started. In fact, several of their products represent truly state-of-the-art options.

Strolling the skin-care aisles of any drugstore or mass-market store reveals that Neutrogena vies for shelf space and prominence with only one other brand, Procter & Gamble's Olay. For the most part, both companies offer a similar assortment of products, with Olay being slightly more focused on anti-aging products and Neutrogena going for broader appeal, offering a nearly equal amount of antiwrinkle and anti-acne products. Regrettably the latter category presents few viable options.

Where Neutrogena really excels (and has for years) is with water-soluble cleansers, AHAs, retinol, and sunscreen products. Their Healthy Skin lineup offers some beautifully formulated moisturizers with glycolic acid, and the sunscreens offer something for everyone, including some ingenious options for those with oily skin (or anyone who finds the texture of high-SPF products as unappealing as slathering your skin with Crisco).

A recent self-proclaimed advance in sun protection came with Neutrogena's Helioplex complex. It is not the superior breakthrough Neutrogena makes it out to be. It's a good system to keep avobenzone stable for longer, but Helioplex isn't the only way to get the most out of this important UVA sunscreen. If it were, why didn't Neutrogena scrap all of their other sunscreens that don't use Helioplex technology? And why do they still offer a handful of SPF-rated products that leave skin vulnerable to UVA damage? Although they offer a proportionately greater number of sunscreens that provide excellent UVA protection, it's hard to unequivocally deem them a sun-care leader when they still sell inadequate sunscreens.

It's common to see commercials and magazine ads for Neutrogena's plethora of products designed to combat breakouts and blackheads. It's nothing short of amazing that, after all these years, the majority of these products, while well intentioned, still don't get it right. Far too many of them contain irritating ingredients such as alcohol, witch hazel, and menthol, none of which are the least bit helpful for someone struggling with breakouts. If your dermatologist recommends these products for acne without reservation, definitely consider a second opinion! Even Neutrogena's on-the-spot benzoyl peroxide product contains some potentially problematic thickening agents. Despite this, if you choose carefully, there are some great products (including a BHA lotion) that can make a positive difference.

What's most frustrating and, frankly, surprising, is that Neutrogena's enormous assortment of products represents both the best and the worst the cosmetics industry has to offer. Given their worldwide distribution and research capabilities, they really should be offering a consistent range of effective, irritant-free products to address a variety of skin types and conditions. As things stand now, healthy, protected skin is only assured if you know which Neutrogena products to look for and which ones to never put in your shopping cart.

For more information about Neutrogena, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (800) 582-4048 or visit www.neutrogena.com.

Neutrogena Makeup

Neutrogena's "beautiful and beneficial" pronouncement is a great tag line, but most of their makeup doesn't live up to that assertion. This line was lacking in several key areas when it first hit store shelves in 1999, and although some things have improved, the number of problematic products is a bit startling. (I'm not aware of any cosmetic line that uses menthol or its derivatives as often as Neutrogena.) Each product carries on about the vitamins it contains, yet compared to the leading roles played by cosmetic staples like silicones and thickening agents, the vitamins have mere cameo roles, and as such have little to no impact.

There are a few key items to seek out, especially if you're looking for makeup with excellent sun protection. We also found their lip gloss to be one of the best at any price, and a few of their foundations successfully bridge the gap between skin care and makeup.

The most frustrating aspect of this line is that almost all of it is packaged so you cannot see the color. Even worse, the color swatch on the box is a poor representation, not only of how the color looks in the compact, but also how it looks on your skin. What would truly be beneficial is for Neutrogena to offer more revealing packaging or provide testers or offer trial sizes. Their overall collection and in-store displays aren't nearly as tempting as most other drugstore makeup lines, so in most cases they're relying on their constant magazine and television ads to drive shoppers to explore the world of Neutrogena makeup, or they're relying solely on those who don't mind guessing what color they are really buying. It's obviously working, because despite the problematic elements, this is a line that has survived and is very well distributed.

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  1. LL
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 28, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Confirming Emma's review
    • Chose this since Ulta was having a buy one get one for Neutrogena...although you won't notice at first, the sparkles are very finely milled but definitely sparkle (not shimmer)...the application feels great at first, then it fades leaving uneven coverage. I tossed it after second try with same result.

  2. Emma
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 26, 2014
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Does not need sparkles, zero coverage
    • Only use this if you have few flaws & want a "no make up" look. It has NO coverage for spots, discolorations, etc. and the "glow" comes from the tiny sparkles which are embarrassing, unnatural & visible in bright or sunlight. I wear another tinted moisturizer OVER it to tone down that glitter. Putting moisturizer UNDER it "dilutes" the sparkles, but I looked worse as flaws showed more. It does have strong SPF protection. So I decided to keep it, rather than return it, for that reason.

  3. Piya K
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Not what I expected
    • While it was fairly affordable, I felt it amplified my imperfections and made my skin look a little old. I'm only 27 so I don't have a ton that requires covering up, but felt his made things worse.

  4. Maggie L.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 03, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Very glowy
    • This is a good tinted moisturizer, although I prefer one with a more matte finish. I'm pale and the lightest shade, Ivory to Fair, works well for me. I would definitely use this when on weekends or vacation when I don't mind more of a dewey look and don't want to wear much makeup. It blends easily and goes on smooth with a lovely feel.

  5. Lisa
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Favorite makeup ever
    • I buy every makeup made to find the perfect one regardless of price. This is the only one I buy constantly. Color #40 is best on me, and sometimes #30. It is clean feeling, natural looking, washes off nicely, perfect glow. No chalky look. Blends well. Some makeups leave the oddest oily residue ring in my sink when I wash my hands after applying, I avoid those since I can't imagine what they are doing to my pores. Yuk. This product does not do that. Go a shade darker than you think.

  6. Amy
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 09, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    I LOVE This!
    • For those of us over a certain age who need a bit of luminosity, this is the product. I wear it on its own for a no makeup look or add a drop to my matte foundation for a subtle glow. My latest creation is homemade BB cream. I add a drop to my Paula's Choice Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator, which is the perfect dewey consistency. I have medium skin tone and use the Medium to Tan #40. This is one of those products I hope they never stop making.

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