Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Review: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup

neutrogena healthy skin
Let me get to the point, is this a dupe for NARS Sheer Glow? I think it's similar in that it gives a dewy-type finish, supposed to be good for your skin, similar lightweight and silky consistency, but I prefer my NARS leaps and bounds over this, it is my holy grail foundation, super high quality and I love wearing it. The Neutrogena is good, but not as good.

In Canada, we do not carry any Neutrogena makeup, only skincare, so I made sure that I picked up the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup while I was in the states recently. I am jealous of americans having access to all this Neutrogena stuff, their products are really nice. It was $11.99 at Ulta (versus $40 for the NARS).

neutrogena healthy skin and nars sheer glow
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup in Classic Ivory (left), NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi (on right)

Colour match: I picked up the lightest colour they had, 10 Classic Ivory (I wear Gobi in the NARS). It matches pretty well, but it is more pink/neutral than the NARS, which is yellowish. I have a hard time finding drugstore foundations that match my skin, the colour selection of this foundation is small and it may be hard to find your colour, especially if you have dark skin.

Coverage: The NARS gives more coverage, and for me that is the biggest thing, but the Neutrogena provides good coverage too. Both make you feel like you aren't wearing any makeup. If you build up the Neutrogena, you can achieve a similar effect.

Application: Both blend nicely. I have dry-ish skin and both apply fine on me and look great. I use bronzer on top of this, I don't feel like I need to set it necessarily, but I prefer to.

Appearance: The Neutrogena can look ashy on me overtime, the NARS gives a smoother appearance and stays better, without moving or separating throughout the day, but it can start looking yellow on me over time, this isn't something others will notice however. I've heard that the Neutrogena does not photograph as nicely as the NARS, I tried it and yes, you get that white cast!

SPF: Neutrogena Yes (SPF 20), Nars No.

Packaging: It sucks on both foundations, they have no pumps and just a pour top.

I had huge expectations for this Neutrogena foundation after hearing repeated claims on youtube that it was a dupe for the NARS. I had already purchased the NARS previous to this, so for me I wasn't really concerned about it being a dupe, since I had the real thing, but I was still curious. I think the Neutrogena is a nice foundation on it's own, if you can't justify spending so much on the NARS, cause it is expensive, and have access to the Neutrogena I say get it, cause it's good, but the NARS is lovely and I put it on it's own pedestal. ;)


Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

As always great review!! I love Nars Sheer Glow too and having the pump changed my life! I hope you get it in Canada soon!!

Justine @ Productrater said... Best Blogger Tips

@ Jane - pump on the sheer glow? that would be awesome, the lady at the counter told me that my foundation would come with a pump, I walk out of the store, open it, of course no pump. I won't be buying another one for a long, long time, but ya a pump would make it totally awesome.

Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

Yeah I bought mine on the Nars US site, not sure if it's in Canada yet but keep on the lookout!

In Her Makeup Bag said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful review! I hate those pour tops, but if it works, who cares. :)
Oh and I nominated you for the blog love award!

Stavroula said... Best Blogger Tips

Btw has anybody with combination/oily skin tried this foundation? Does it work?

Stavroula said... Best Blogger Tips

Justine you got a white cast with the Neutrogena foundation because of the SPF in it! ;)

OMG you spend $40 on Nars foundation and it has no pump? Unacceptable!!!

Justine @ Productrater said... Best Blogger Tips

@in her makeup bag - thank you so much, I have added the award on the sidebar, so cute!

@stavroula - I think the foundation broke me out,I got a zit on my chin, and I don't break out much normally. No pump I know! It was $40 US, I paid like $60 cad for it! eek! twice the price of MAC.

Justine @ Productrater said... Best Blogger Tips

by breaking out I meant the neutrogena.

Junerose said... Best Blogger Tips

Glad to have read this review first. I was going to pick up the Neutrogena on my next trip to the States, but I think I will pass. I, too, have a hard time finding good color matches with drugstore foundations.

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooooh would be one worth considering- but I bet they don't sell in the UK :(
Hello eBay ;)