Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Daily Sunblock, SPF 50


50 reviews

54% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$


Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 5%, Zinc Oxide 3% Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Trisiloxane, Dimethicone, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Bisabolol, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT

on 7/4/2015 7:54:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is a liquid type, physical only sunscreen that is silky in texture. There is a very slight white cast but actually works well to even skintone. This is great as primer or mixed in with foundation. The only this is that I have doubts that this could be SPF50 with only 3% Zinc Oxide. I'm using to other that are around the 10% mark and also SPF50 so I don't this this provides that high a SPF protection. This also has 5% titanium dioxide but that doesn't provide much UVA so there is almost sole reliance upon the Zinc component. Anyhow, that aside, i like this a lot and is so light for layering. The best textured physical sunscreen is Dermaquest at 17% Zinc Oxide, which i use when i'm getting some major rays. This is good for when you need a little protection which gets along well with all other stuff you put on your face.

on 5/15/2015 12:33:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Other

I wore this for about a week and really loved the consistency and the way it wore on my skin. I had never found a high SPF sunscreen that didn't leave me feeling super heavy or greasy. About a week in, I realized this was causing me to breakout horribly, so I had to stop using it. Surprisingly, Neutrogena's "Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70" which is very similar to this formula doesn't break me out, but it is too harsh for my sensitive skin.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

After trying numerous sunscreens, this has become my go-to sunscreen for everyday use. It's an exceptionally sheer formula (like a milky liquid) and layers terrifically under makeup and other products. It's also gentle enough to use around the eye area, including eyelids.

I have very fair skin, live in one of the sunniest neighborhoods in San Francisco, and spend hours outside every single day (I hate being inside!). I apply once in the morning and have never gotten a sunburn (and I burn very easily without sunscreen).

Because it's a physical sunscreen, it leaves an initial white cast (like every other physical sunscreen I've ever used). I just let it sink in or massage it into my skin; I also find that applying primer takes care of any remaining issues. I tend to apply a serum or retinol product first, moisturizer once the first layer sinks in, then sunscreen, and finally, primer and foundation.

And yes, I generally prefer to layer my favorite products rather than relying on any one to provide multiple benefits, though if I'm in the mood to combine sunscreen and moisturizer, Mineral Fusion's 40SPF moisturizer has been a recent favorite. Very emollient but takes a bit more time to sink into my skin and leaves a stronger white cast and is shinier than a combination of the Pure and Free + non-sunscreen moisturizer. Honestly though, I don't really have a good reason for preferring one routine over the other. Sometimes I want more moisture and sometimes I want something that's feels less heavy on my skin.

Pure and Free disappeared for awhile from many of my local drugstores but I'm happy to find that it's readily available again. Weirdly, the base price varies wildly from $11 to $16 or more in-store. Bed Bath and Beyond is usually the cheapest place to purchase although Walgreens sometimes has a good sale on Neutrogena products.

In sum: affordable, sheer, great for layering and effective. I have normal-to-dry skin and have experienced no issues with breakouts or dryness with this stuff.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 12/8/2014 4:12:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Background on my skin: Very oily, acne prone, rosacea.

I bought this to see how it compared to my favorite sunscreen of all time, Biore UV Perfect Face Milk PA++++. I have a review in my profile if you are curious about that. I really can't see myself ever giving up the Biore, but it doesn't hurt to look for a dupe that I can buy locally (vs having to order online).

The consistency of Neutrogena Pure & Free liquid is much like Biore's, very liquid-y. The thinner the formula, the better, as it looks lighter on my skin & is less likely to grease up.

Moving forward, the ingredients looked pretty promising for my pizzaface. However I think this sunscreen is more suited for "normal" or "combination" skin as it is quite moisturizing. Unlike other moisturizing sunscreens, this one does not leave a tacky film on my face. It does eventually dry to a matte finish. Unfortunately the matte finish only lasted about 4 hours, whereas Biore can last up to 8. One pro Neutrogena has over Biore, is that this sunscreen does not contain a ton of drying alcohol (*potentially* drying/irritant). Additionally, Neutrogena has a more skin-like finish vs. Biore's slightly powdery look.

This sunscreen offers very good UVA ray protection. It is a physical sunblock (3% zinc, 5% titanium dioxide) so I would recommend using cleansing oil before your regular (soap) cleanser to remove it. The good thing about that is physical SS doesn't need to be reapplied as often as chemical SS.

Last but least - there is one more "con" to take into consideration. This sunscreen leaves a major white cast. I personally do not mind this too much, as it lightens my foundation shade (I'm NC10...). But that might be a major problem for others. The trick to getting rid of the white cast is to consistently buff/blend the liquid into your skin.

The bottom line: Neutrogena Pure & Free liquid will not be replacing my beloved Biore. However I do plan on using it here & there during the winter, along with any time I can not get my hands on a bottle of UV Perfect Face Milk PA++++. I would repurchase, especially given the fact there are very few proper sunscreens on the market.

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

on 6/3/2014 2:07:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I used this product product for a few days and it caused a rash and made me break out. My cheeks turned very pink, dry and bumpy. Initially, I thought it was from the Zinc Oxide...but I've since used sunscreens with ZO in them and have had no problems.

And so much search for the HG sunscreen continues

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have this in Pure & Free Sensitive SPF 50.
This is one of the only sunscreens I have tried that haven't broken me out, burned me, or were full of oil and other horrible things that gave me awful skin. It was $12.99 I think, here in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Now that spring and summer are approaching, I'll be incorporating this into my everyday makeup routine.
Will repurchase. Would recommend.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Good lightweight high SPF sunscreen for people who prefer physical/mineral sunscreen formulas to chemical ones. Zinc and titanium dioxide are generally considered to be good for sensitive skin types, so this is a great product to try if other sunscreens have irritated your skin or eyes. This sunscreen is so gentle that I can put it on eyelids (which you should! The eye area is often overlooked and a common place for skin cancer to pop up) without experiencing any discomfort. Physical sunscreens are also great as they are offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and don't have the photo stability issues many chemical sunscreen ingredients do.

The texture of this product is very thin and runny. Some physical sunscreen formulas can feel a little paste-y in their texture, but this doesn't at all. It spreads across the face and is rubbed in pretty easily so long as you're fairly quick about it. If you're sloppy (as I sometimes can be when I'm in a hurry) and leave a patch without rubbing it in before it dries, it'll look chalky and can be difficult to rub that bit off/in. Physical sunscreens are notorious for adding a white cast to the skin, but at least on my NW20 complexion, I don't notice any so long as I take care to rub it in completely. This is something to keep in mind if you have deeper skin though, as I'd imagine it could make dark skin look ashy.

Immediately after application, my face looks a little shiny/greasy but after a minute or two my skin soaks it up and the final finish actually looks more matte than it did before. Doesn't feel heavy, tacky or sticky at all. I should note here that while this product doesn't break me out at all, it's not unheard of for people with particularly acne prone skin to find products containing Titanium dioxide problematic. That's not true of everyone with acne, but if you have a history of foundations, powders and sunscreens breaking you out, you might go back and check to see if they all had this ingredient in common.

This wears very well under my makeup. Doesn't pill up under my makeup and my foundation applies smoothly over it even without a primer in between. I still use a primer though as I have larger pores on my nose and cheeks, and my foundation can sink into my pores without one.

My big complaint about this product is that it smells AWFUL. I don't think it's because of any intentionally added fragrance, but I've never tried a physical sunscreen that smells this bad. It reminds me of sulfur. I've tried other Neutrogena sunscreens (just used up a bottle of the original Neutrogena liquid sunblock in fact!) and I can't recall any of them smelling like this, or if they did, smell so strongly. The smell does fade away, but it takes at least 5 minutes for it to do so, and those 5 minutes are a little miserable.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 11/18/2013 11:48:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I have oily skin and this made my skin very SHINY and GREASY looking. It has no oil absorbing properties at all, so if you have normal to dry skin this product may work for you. Also, it has a very strong sunscreen smell which is annoying. It definitely has a white look to it, so if you don't have super light skin it probably wont work for you. After the end of the first day of wear I had raised red bumps on my face.

on 9/20/2013 8:01:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

love this ...i only trust purely physical blocking sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide ..the texture is nice ...i do tan easily in the sun and this really protected my skin ..will buy again

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 8/21/2013 4:08:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I have incredibly sensitive skin and this is the only sunscreen that doesn't bother my skin! I'm allergic to chemical sunscreens, which means I can't use most brands. I've been using it on my face and it has not broken me out or made me oily. It lasts all day long. Makeup also goes on well over this if you give it a few minutes to dry. The only downside to this product is that it can leave a whitish coloring on your skin if you don't rub it in well enough, which is why I gave it a 4 instead of 5. Overall its the best sunscreen I've bought

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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