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Sunscreen - Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55

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rated 3.2(356 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 3.2
  • 51% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 3.9
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rated 2 of 5 top reviewer on 1/16/2015 10:55:00 PM More reviews by uplate6674

Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Other Eyes: Green

This is a thick, occlusive, waterproof, photo-stable, broad-spectrum sunscreen. I don't burn, tan, or freckle when I use this. However, unlike its claims, it does NOT dry matte on my skin, even if I powder over it, and it feels so gunky that I've never even bothered putting BB cream or foundation over it, which I kind of wanted to given the white cast it gives my face. It also stings my skin upon application and leaves little red bumps along my hairline and chin. I wasn't sure if they were acne (I literally have not had acne in about 15 years) or some other type of sensitivity. Given that the bumps greatly reduced overnight without me doing anything other than ditching this sunscreen, I'm going with an allergy or other skin condition triggered by this product. I don't know if it's the chemical sunscreen ingredients or the uncalled-for, unnecessary fragrance, but this is just not a product for people with sensitive skin. I've switched to the Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid Sunscreen and am thrilled - no fragrance, no pore-clogging/red bumps, and it dries down within a minute to a nearly matte finish that allows me to use BB cream and cream blushes without fear of them gunking up.

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rated 3 of 5 top reviewer on 12/12/2014 1:02:00 AM More reviews by daisyismydog

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

For the face - I have dehydrated-normal skin and I found this sunscreen too drying for me as it would emphasize my fine lines. It does leave a white cast on my medium skin which I don't find obvious but it is worth noting. I don't sweat very much, but if even the tiniest bit got into my eyes it would sting quite a bit. I don't think it was breaking me out, but once I stopped using it I did get less acne but I had also changed some other things in my routine so I can't say for sure.

For the body - This is a decent enough body sunscreen, but again I did find it somewhat drying.

I can see this working well on normal-to-oily skin types, but I personally won't be repurchasing.

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rated 3 of 5 on 8/3/2014 1:24:00 AM More reviews by angelica03martinez

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

its not oily feels great on skin and all but it broke me out ._.

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rated 1 of 5 top reviewer on 5/27/2014 7:47:00 PM More reviews by youwillneverfindme

Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green

I hate this stuff, mostly because it irritates my rosacea into little red bumps that look like tiny acne. (Those of us familiar with rosacea know that these little red bumps come along with the skin condition, and at least in my case, when it's severely irritated, the bumps are an extreme result.)

Now, to be fair, most sunscreens (chemical or physical) will do this, but I'm usually able to combat it by using a good lotion first (possibly one with silicones), then sunscreen. This method doesn't work for Neutrogena's Dry-Touch spf 55. In addition, the stuff is thick enough that I kind of feel like my skin is suffocating, and it makes my face shinier and sweat more than it already naturally does.

So, the icing on the cake: over the span of a two hour fishing expedition to a white sand beach, under direct sun, it didn't protect as well as say MAC's old P+P spf 55. There are a couple things to mention here: 1) I sweat a lot, so I could have sweat the stuff off 2) It did keep my face better protected than other areas of my body where I didn't use sunscreen. Nevertheless, even with these things in mind, it still failed to protect as well as other sunscreens I've used, in addition to making my skin angry.

It's not inexpensive either, at around $11-14 a tube, depending on where I buy here in NYC. No, thanks, Neutrogena.

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rated 2 of 5 on 5/23/2014 11:17:00 PM More reviews by aidanqm

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Hazel

* Clear finish
* minimal eye stinging
* didn't burn or tan much while wearing

* Clogged all of the pores on my forehead and broke me out with red blemishes along my chin, jawline and cheeks within a week
* stung my cheeks badly if applied to wet or freshly showered skin
* Fragranced
* Expensive for the small amount

Summary: for those who aren't irritated by this sunscreen, it could offer good broad spectrum protection. However, it broke me out badly and clogged all of my pores within a few days.

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rated 2 of 5 top reviewer on 5/7/2014 8:55:00 PM More reviews by RaquellaDeVille

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel

Five years or so ago, maybe longer, I used to be obsessed with the Neutrogena Sheer Dry Touch in SPF 30. So I recently started using the SPF 55 thinking it was similar and... It's not. Either they changed the formulation of all of their dry touch sunscreens, or the higher SPF versions are particularly awful.

This one smells super strong. Not a pleasant scent, but a scent of horrible chemicals. It's so strong that I get wafts of it throughout the day and it bothers me. It also isn't lightweight. It's definitely not the heaviest sunscreen I have used by any stretch, but it feels greasy and filmy enough that I wouldn't want to use it for an every day purpose. And finally, other reviewers are right when they say it BURNS! My skin IS extra sensitive at times because I use Retin-A, but I have a feeling this stuff would irritate most skin.

I am a soon to be physician assistant and we are currently learning dermatology. We have learned that you really don't get TOO much additional SPF protection after 30, so I can imagine that simply using the SPF 30 in this brand would be good. Also, with all my knowledge about different sunscreens, I do have to say that this sunscreen is one of the best in terms of its broad spectrum protection and its stability. I guess you can't have it all!

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rated 3 of 5 on 4/30/2014 10:01:00 PM More reviews by Alicia868

Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Tan, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I like the dry touch matte finish, and i find somehow it evens out my skin tone so i dont need any makeup. If u layer to heavy it will be whitish.... Great sun protection but very heavy and i do break out from it...looking for something water based next time.

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rated 3 of 5 on 4/3/2014 2:21:00 PM More reviews by Athena2

Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel

I have been using this sunscreen for years, and will continue to do so. However, I am not giving it a higher rating because I only use it on my body and face when I'm at the beach or working in the yard. It works really well at protecting me when I'm out in the sun for an extended period of time. However, I would not wear it on my face if I was going to work, which is what I think it's being marketed for, given the small size of the tube and the price. I think the smell is very strong, but I do tend to be overly sensitive to fragrance. Even though I have dry skin, it feels like it takes forever to soak in to my face, and it feels greasy which is what I would expect from a 55 spf product).

Ultimately, it's good "beach" sunscreen.

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/1/2014 9:06:00 AM More reviews by IHeartMakeup267

Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Green

The best sunblock for shine control ever! My skin is really oily, but this dries matte on my face an keeps it matte for many hours. It doesn't dry my skin out or anything. The white cast is minimal, to avoid it i usually apply bronzer very lightly all over my face, or sometimes i just mix the product in my hand with a bit of tinted sunblock. I would definitely repurchase this.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 3/25/2014 11:56:00 PM More reviews by stream27

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones who doesn't have a bad skin reaction to this sunscreen. I really like it. It absorbs amazingly fast and is perfect for a facial sunscreen because it dries down to a near-matte finish, unlike the majority of high-SPF sunscreens that are amazingly greasy even hours after application.

Since many people seem to be having reactions, it might be best to do a spot test on the inside of your elbow before trying it on your face, but if you're not allergic, it really is a great product.

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