I have used this only on my body (it's too heavy and oily for my face) and was disappointed by the fact that it was harder to apply compared to my Shiseido sunscreen.
not only that, it rubbed off on a lot of my dark colored shirts too! :(
I was also disappointed it left me a shade darker (given the same amount of time in the sun compared to using my Shesiedo sunscreen). I don't think I will buy this again, I much prefer paying a higher price for Shiseido than this!
I have used this in the past and went back to it recently for a great sunscreen to wear under my MAC Studio fix foundation. I absolutely have to wear a high spf daily since I am quite fair and live in sunny Cali! It seems a bit greasy when you first put it on but then "dries" or settles into a nice soft mattness. It does sting if I get it too close to my eyes.
I would love to use the Clarins UV Plus Spf 40 but I just cannot justify spending $40 on 1oz of Sunscreen when I do really like the Neutrogena dry-touch and its less than $10 for 3.8oz.
Pros: Reasonable price. Non-greasy. Broad spectrum sunblock
Cons: Seems greasy when first applying. Stings if too close to eyes.
EDIT: I've decided against using chemical sunscreens (esp. since I'm pregnant) so I've ordered my Clarin's Day Screen which is all physical; hope it works!
Although I prefer Shisheido, this is decent. I however do experience stinging slightly sometimes, as well as breaking out. It doesn't dry so easily sometimes. I find it works just fine. Just not liking the dryness or pore clogging.
This summer I realized that my bottle of sunscreen was out of date and didn't contain effective UVA blockers, so I went out to buy a new bottle. It seemed like everybody was loving this sunscreen so I got a 3 oz. tube from Target.
It was pretty expensive for that little bit of sunscreen (about $8.99) but it came with a free sample. I also generally only use it on my face and neck, so it lasted me 2 months. Pretty good.
The sunscreen went on smoothly and dried matte. I had to take a lippie off, though, because of a few problems. One: Sometimes, after sitting in my bag for awhile, OIL would come out instead of sunscreen. Kinda gross. Two: It left my face looking a little dull, as though I hadn't slept well. Must be the mattefying powder they put in this product, but it's nothing makeup can't fix. Three: The ingredient list is LONG and has a bunch of stuff that I think could have been left out. Four: The packaging is a little annoying. I would have much preferred a flip-cap.
Despite its flaws, this has been my go-to sunscreen for the entire summer. For winter, I'll probably turn to a moisturizer with sunscreen because this does leave my skin a little dull, dry-looking, and glowless, even though my skin isn't very dry at all. Nevertheless, it's a good facial sunscreen and I haven't broken out or gotten tan from it at all.
This gives me great UV protection, doesn't break me out at all, and my skin feels soft, smooth, and completely not oily when I use it.
My review is for the Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen spf 45 with Helioplex. I regularly use Lancome's Lotion Visage Corps Ultra spf 40 for my face, and I have to say Neutrogena's is a much better sunscreen than Lancome's and at less than half of the price. When first applied, there is a slight burning sensation (I have sensitive skin) which quickly disappeared. The sunscreen goes on smoothly, is not greasy at all, has no horrible odor, and actually acted like a mattifyer for my oily T-zone. There is no dreaded white cast to the skin, and it gives a nice matte look. The true test came when I had this on while I was running in the noon day sun. I sweated buckets, but unlike my Lancome sunscreen, the Neutrogena stayed put. I am really impressed with this product and think I'll go back and buy the ultra sheer body sunscreen also.
I loved this sunscreen. I went through several bottles last summer. I used it only on my face and got no breakouts. It was my absolute favorite until I found out it wasn't a photostable formulation. (Darn, no helioplex, the search continues.) It doesn't leave me greasy at all, it gives the skin a slight sheen, sort of matte. It is great as a primer in the summer. Also, it doesn't give your face the whitish cast that the higher SPFs do. The only problem I had with it was when I was out in the garden sweating really bad and it ran into my eyes. It stings! Also, when reapplying it can sometimes look too greasy. I'd recommend this for under makeup when you are not going to be in direct sun for long periods of time.
Ladies, this was my HG sunscreen until I found out that it has dangerous ingredients in it such as Oxybenzone and BHT. These are two ingredients that happen to be outlawed in Japan as well because they are linked to immuno-toxicity. This product also has ingredients that have been linked to cancer, etc.
I wanted a sunscreen that wouldn't make me break out.
This gave me big, red pimples on my face. I do have acne, but I never get this many swollen red pimples at one time, so I'm pretty sure the sunscreen caused it. There's not much more to say since any positives are negated by the pimples.
I contacted Neutrogena for a refund. In the past they've been very good about giving me refunds when a product didn't work well. Doesn't make the product any better, but it does improve my opinion of the company.