Oily feeling on application, yet made my skin feel dried out and itchy, at the end of the day, AND managed to clogg my pores and give me pimples! I only used it on my neck and it broke out badly there and my face stayed clear with my usual products so it was definitley this. Aso it is very strange that they put scent in a product designed for sensitive skin - it wasn't for me!
I really LOVE this product. I use it every day on my neck and as a base for my powder foundation. It makes an excellent makeup primer/base. The formula isn't greasy (it's very silky, in fact), and the broad-spectrum mineral sunscreens are gentle on my skin which has a tendency to get red and itchy from chemical sunscreens. This product reminds me of Clinique's City Block, but a lot cheaper. I don't see a noticeable white cast, either, which was a problem with some of Neutrogena's past mineral sunscreen formulas. I was interested in trying their "liquid" Purescreen sunscreen, but I couldn't find it in any store, so I tried this product instead, which I found at Walgreens. Great product!
BEWARE this sunscreen causes breakouts! Unfortunately this is very greasy and does not set to a matte finish. The zinc is also not very high especially since it is supposed to be spf 50. My absolute HG sunscreen is the SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It is amazing! It is a fluid that dries to a matte finish; perfect for using before makeup application. Definitely try the SkinCeuticals SPF if you are looking for a good physical face sunscreen.
I really didn't like this sunscreen. It gave me a very noticeable white cast and collected in the large pores on my nose so that it looked like I had a small white ball in each pore - not flattering. I know it's called a moisturizer, but this dried out my skin like crazy. I wish I hadn't wasted the money.
I read another review that this product does have a very "sunscreeny" smell to it. I agree but it does dissipate soon after you apply it. It moisturizes nicely..I can see myself wearing this as a sunscreen on days when I will be outdoors alot not wearing makeup. I think it may be overkill for days when I am not outdoors at all.. I wear at least a 15 everyday regardless. Makes my face feel nice and soft...
I am a huge fan of Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 but I have to wear moisturizer underneath because my skin is very dry. Also, since I'm back to using Retin-A the Skinceuticals stings a bit when I put it on.
So I decided to try Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50-Sensitive Skin (my derm recommended it) which is purely physical. No stinging when I apply it. The texture is heavier than the Skinceuticals but not greasy at all. Also doesn't leave a white cast which is great and works really well under makeup. Best of all, I don't need to wear moisturizer underneath though that may change as the weather gets colder.
I also use this on my almost 9 year old son's face if we'll be outside and it doesn't irritate his very sensitive skin either. He's even more pale completed than I am and he doesn't even get a little pink with this SS. Walgreens had it on sale, Buy 1 get 1 half-price which makes it quite a bit cheaper than the Skinceuticals. I just hope they NEVER stop making this!
I love this stuff. Even though I have oily/combination skin, I've finally reached an age when need a daily moisturizer, and with my pale complexion I need sunscreen as well. I hate the smell of chemical sunscreens, and this doesn't have that odor, which makes it pleasant to use every day. As long as I use a small amount, it doesn't make me look ghostly, and it layers well under makeup (when I wear it).
I replaced my MAC Prep & Prime SPF 50 with this due to cost. I still like the MAC more, it's lighter feeling and keeps my T-Zone matte all day.
The Neutrogena is working well enough for me to keep using it. It takes a few minutes to sink in before I can apply makeup, but holds up well during the day.
I use Vanicream SPF 60 on days I'm outside with no makeup. This SS is VERY heavy, but also works very well on sensitive skin.
Fabulous moisturizer/sunscreen. No white cast or irritation. My makeup goes on smoothly over this. Reasonably priced. I spent a full day at a waterpark with this on and barely got any tan. No burning at all. Sorry, below reviewer; please do more research on new sunscreen formulations/technology and UV protector booster ingredients before accusing a company of fraud. Love this product!
Would I buy this again? Not only no, but HECK NO! I got this for protection from skin aging UVA rays and because its a physical sunscreen, I found out about PPD ratings and started to get suspicious of this sunscreen when I found out that Shiseido which has 16% concentration of zinc oxide only had a PPD rating of 10 while this only has 3%. After a few hours of research I finally found the means to calculate sunscreen PPD myself and found out that this only has a PPD of 4.9, and the kicker is...the spf is 11!!! Thats right, neutrogena blatantly lies about this being spf 50. This also breaks me out, if I could give this product a 0 I would. I wouldn't be surprised if you only put this on and went out in the sun all day and got extremely sunburnt. spf 50 my butt!