Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 (2009 formulation)


142 reviews

62% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$

Package Quality: 2.8

Price: $$


Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (6.6%) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Talc, Cyclohexasiloxane, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl 4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Cyclomethicone, Boron Nitride, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, PPG 12/SMDI Copolymer, Tocopherol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra Di T Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Soymilk Powder, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract (Feverfew), Quaternium 90 Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica Silylate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Aluminum Starch, OctenylSuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Carbonate, Disodium EDTA, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P Cresol, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides, Fragrance

on 4/27/2010 2:29:00 PM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I haven't found this in Canada, so on a recent trip across the border, I scooped one up from Target. Judging by the reviews, it seemed worth a try, and at $11.99, I had little to lose.

For my very golden NC25 skin, I chose Nude. It's a very good match, yellow enough to satisfy me. It's very lightweight. The first time I tried this, I was a little put off - it seemed streaky, didn't apply evenly, and barely gave me any coverage, despite reports that it could be layered. It might have just been me that day; I gave it another try the day after, and this time, it applied like a dream. It still gave me sheer to medium coverage, but when I very lightly dusted MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural over it, wow - perfection.

While it's a really nice finish, it isn't budge-proof. Where I'm oiliest (around the sides of my nose), it disappears after some time. I have to touch up there with concealer, and then I'm good for the rest of the day. This formula seems to me what Photoready should have been - while I like Photoready enough, this gives me that candlelit effect, in person and in photos.

Now, about the comparisons to Nars Sheer Glow. In my opinion, and experience, Sheer Glow allows for more buildable coverage, as it's just slightly more opaque. Sheer Glow also has more staying power than Healthy Skin. Healthy Skin, however, looks more natural, although Sheer Glow will accomplish the same look if it's applied very thinly and with a stippling brush. I like both; I just happen to match Sheer Glow better, as it's more yellow. But I'll keep Healthy Skin in my arsenal. It's worth it.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 4/24/2010 10:55:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Pro's -
Easy to blend
Almost perfect color match (I'm a NC30-35 and wore Natural Beige)
natural finish
SPF 20

Not even anywhere close to long-lasting
can be a bit streaky at times
packaging sucks- I hate foundations with the plain screw on caps, prefer pump)
higher price point (compare to other Drugstore brands)

If you don't need a foundation to last all day, this may be the one for you. It seems to "melt off" throughout the day for me.

on 4/22/2010 11:33:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Blue

I have been using this foundation for about a week now, and I want to love it so much but, like the few reviewers below me, it looks AMAZING within the first hour or so of being applied, but then it wears off ridiculously fast and gathers in certain areas. I love the finish of this foundation so much that I refuse to give up on it! If anyone has any tips, PLEASE let me know! I've been using this foundation with my Benefit That Gal primer, a regular foundation brush, and setting it with a tiny amount of my BE mineral powder and something just isn't working right. I don't expect this to last 16 hours or anything, but it would be nice to make it at least past lunch time of my 8 hour work day.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 4/21/2010 3:57:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I wanted to like this, but it pooled in my pores. I think it was a pretty good match for my color and every where else it looks great... but it makes my pores look heinous.

on 4/21/2010 3:53:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

1. I am not sure what I'm doing wrong but this product doesn't work for me.

2. When I put it on it looks really great, dries to sort of a satin finish, but within maybe 30 minutes it kind of balls up in places and wears off everywhere else. It also accentuates dry patches on my face, dry patches that for some reason are not accentuated when I use my glycerin-rosewater spray-mineral foundation flat top kabuki buff method.

3.I have even tried this foundation with primer, albeit a cheap one (Maybelline Instant Age Rewind)...this primer works fine for with my mineral foundation.

4.I have also tried mixing this foundation with Revlon Colorstay in warm golden, which you'd think would make this foundation last longer but I achieved the same end result: it wore off incredibly quickly and sort of became concentrated in certain areas.

5.It's a shame because the coverage (in the first five minutes) is very good and the color natural beige-60 is very yellow and matches my skin tone exactly.

6. I have also tried various methods of applying this foundation: foundation brush, flat top kabuki to stipple, sponge...and honestly only applying it with my fingers gave me a smooth application.

7. I have tried mineral foundation as a setting powder and it seemed to work, it reacted badly to setting powder with talc.

***If you have any suggestions for me, please help!***

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Green

Ok I am a total foundation nut so I have tried MANY foundations and there isnt one other out there that I like as much as this one.
My skin has gone from oily to dry for some reason I am different then other people cause mine gets oily in the winter and dry in the summer so I can honestly say that this is the PERFECT foundation for my dry spots on my face. It does not make them look dry it actually helps them from not being dry!! The coverage is AMAZING!! I would have to say it is a med to full coverage. I normally go once over my face and then do another coat on the areas I feel I need a but more and it never gets cakey with me doing that. This is really the only foundation that doesnt look cakey on my fair skin. I have used so many others that cake around the nose eyes and mouth and thats not attractive at all.
I am a youtube beauty guru and other gurus are comparing this to NARS sheer glow and I have to say that it is similar BUT I like this one better! As I said I am very fair NW 15 fair so that means that I have pink and or red undertones and NARS foundations suck for my undertone cause they are all SUPER YELLOW or oxidize during the day and turn more yellow!! I end up looking like a banana LOL no thats being sarcastic but really the lightest foundation from NARS is still to yellow for me so I would save 30 plue dollars and get the Nuetrogena!! I hear that there are issues with darker skin tones getting a match cause there arent many dark colors and that sucks cause it is a great foundation!! The only thing I would say it needs is a pump and I know thats an issue for many with this and the NARS but I feel better buying a 10 buck foundation with no pump then a 42 buck foundation that you have to BUY one for! That is INSANE to me!! So if you are looking for a great foundation check this out! Another thing is that I feel the lasting power isnt all that great but hey you cant win them all!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 4/19/2010 2:58:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I love this foundation. It works better than anything else I have tried. I have used Clinique, Revlon color stay, MAC, cover girl and a few other drug store. I love Neutrogena. Even if I fall asleep with my makeup on, it still doesn’t break me out! I wish it had a pump, but its not the worst thing.

on 4/17/2010 10:21:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Other

Eyes: Other

i use this foundation and i love it! it doesnt clogg pores its not heavy and its not too light. its good i wouldnt say its the best but its good. but the shades of this foundation are tricky because i use nude and if i use a beige color ir would be orangy. overall this foundation does hide some spots on my face!

on 4/15/2010 10:46:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I like the fact that it doesn't clog my pores. The ingredients are very nice but perhaps a bit too liquidy. But, it is very blendable! Overall, a very nice foundation.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 4/15/2010 12:20:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

The packing is absolutely terrible for this product, considering how thin the consistency is. Overall I think this is a decent foundation. I definitely like it better than Revlon ColorStay and Maybelline SuperStay. It's more moisturizing rather than drying which is good for the dry spots I have. The only thing I don't like is....It just doesn't give me the best coverage and I feel like I can probably find something better than this. It will do for now though until I find something better. Too bad I didn't check their website to see which foundation is best for my skin type. I totally wouldn't have purchased this. However, I would purchase this again if I didn't find anything better.

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