I love this firstly as it uses Neutrogena's "Helioplex" formula for sreening. This is the best system except La Roche-Posay "Anthelios" which is insanely more expensive. It just hasn't been FDA approvd yet here sort of like when Parsol 1789 was not saleable here because of FDA holdups though it was used in Europe for years prior. "Helioplex" screens the "A" rays as efficiently as it does the "B" rays. The "A" rays are far more damaging as they penetrate deeper within the skin causing worse (sometimes cancer) damage than "B" rays (which simply burn the skin, not that this is not bad as well.) You've heard the term "broadspectrum" which means sreening of both rays. The problem is their ability to maintain the sreening of "A" rays for as long as they screen "B" rays. Their system of screening "A" rays breaks down quickly and is not as efficient as their system of "B" ray screening. That's why "Helioplex" is superior. I also love the fact you use drops of this on your face (so you're using very little of it) and you may apply this to bear skin and then use your serums/moisturizers/ makeup on top. It says this on the packaging the product comes within, but does not say this very important fact on the bottle itself. Because of the packaging/size of this product and using just drops of it I believe this is Neutrogena's facial/undermakeup under everything product for FACIAL use w/out interfering with your skincare/makeup regine and that very regine not interfering with the efficiency of this product. I LOVE THIS SUNSCREEN and so will you.
Pros: non-greasy, works great under make up, face stays mate all day, does not cause breakouts.
Cons: fragrance may be irritating & overpowering, may cause burning or stinging (either on the facial skin or eyes), may cause redness on the skin, drying.
I have acne prone & very sensitive skin. I love all the benefits listed above but it really irritates my skin. I use retin-A cream at night so perhaps my skin is way too sensitive and cannot tolerate the fragrance & chemicals in this sunscreen. My face was allergic to the fragrance & chemicals in this sunscreen, & developed red itchy patches & cracked during the day. I think this would be a great sunscreen for people with normal or oily skin. For people with sensitive skin, this sunscreen may cause irritation & may not be suitable for their skin condition.
Generally I love this stuff. I stopped using the ultra dry sheer touch (or ultra sheer dry touch??) when they added helioplex to everything, which is supposed to be better protection but turned my face white and pilled during application (gross). The bullet points:
1) no nasty white face! yay! i have dark skin, so when something gives me that face, it is OBVIOUS.
2) very light and not greasy at all, it seems to disappear almost on contact, which is great if this is what you're looking for, however on the other hand...
2.5) it does not moisturize much at all. i have combo skin, and this is just not cutting it this winter (however it IS only a sunscreen, and maybe expecting a sunscreen to protect AND moisturize was hoping for too much). even the usually oily parts of my face still feels pretty tight after i apply this sunscreen, so you may need a separate moisturizer. Ultra sheer whatever-its-called is more moisturizing. I also sort of miss how the ultra sheer stuff had antioxidants in it. just made me feel better somehow.
3) doesn't break me out
4) doesn't smell weird. i can't actually remember what i smells like, and i use it every day, so that's probably a good sign.
5) no pilling
All in all a pretty great product, does what it says on the packaging....on the other hand, that is ALL that it does.
I LOVE this sunblock!
I'm in my 20s and i always hear about how i should protect myself from the harmful, aging uv rays, so i decided it was time to invest in some that i could use everyday. If im on vacation, or in the sun alot at the beach, etc then i def use a water proof spray on type of sunblock, but THIS sunblock i would highly recommend for everyday use. In my case, I think the wording they used on the packaging was true: it works well under makeup, its liquidy ( a pea size amount works well for my face ) and it dried quickly which i liked so i could put my moisturized on immediately after. I recommend this product, and would use again!
Reading the other reviews did make me want to mention that this may not be suitable for pool, or beach use, but everyday, yes! no grease, shine, or mussing up my makeup :) thanks! i hope this helped!
I bought this product because I'm as assistant teacher and spend alot of time outside in the sun with the kids. I liked it because it was spf 70, which made me feel alot safer than the spf15. Yet, I have to say I do not like the fact that its liquid form. I feel that, because its so loose and watery, I dont get the coverage I need. In conclusion, I like the high spf, but not the liquid aspect and therefore I would not buy again. Good luck!
I was generally pleased with this product until I used it while on vacation where I did a lot of swimming in the ocean. It didn't make me oily absorbed well and caused no break outs. Great for day to day and I thought it would be a great lower cost alternative to my HG Sheseido. Unfortunately not so much. After some swimming in salt water I reapplied this and it felt like my face was on fire. I tried rinsing my face with fresh water but this stuff really stays on unless you wash your face well with a cleanser. At the end of the day the more sensitive parts of my face like just below my sunglasses where perspiration begins to pool and around my nose were rough and blistered but not like anything resembling a sunburn. I will say it does it's job in that regard. If I could give this negative lippies I would. I've used many a crappy sunscreen but never had an experience like that before so beware if you plan on taking this stuff to the beach and have sensitive skin.
Not sure if anyone will read such an old post however I figured I should add that 2 years after getting what amounts to chemical burns on the top of my cheek bones from what I'm assuming was an allergic reaction when the ingredients in this sunscreen combined with salt water/perspiration, I'm still trying to get rid of a huge brown spot left behind after the damaged area healed. Now anytime I try a makeup or sunscreen with similar ingredients it feels like someone has taken a blow torch to my face within seconds. Patch test and break a sweat it could save you some damage and trips to a Derm!
My HG sunscreen. I used to use Japanese brand sunscreen because they were the only kinds that came in liquid form - America's generic thick sunscreens were too much for my oily skin, even the ones marketed for face use. Thank God Neutrogena finally caught onto the wave and released these lines of sunscreens.
This product goes on perfectly and blends invisibly. The only downpoint for me is the fragrance, which I would prefer to not have. I tried using the Pure & Free mineral sunscreen (which is fragrance free), but it was impossible to blend and left me with a white cast. I guess the good thing is that the scent of this Ultra Sheer Liquid version disappears rather quickly, so it's not that bad.
I get oily as hell by the end of the day, but oh well - I have impossible skin.
I should also note that the SPF70 version is exactly the same as the Ultra Sheer Daily Sun Protection SPF55 sunscreen, which is marketed as a makeup base. The levels of sunscreen ingredients are the exact same percentages.
My biggest complaint to this product is the price...I feel $12 for a 1.4oz sunscreen is a little steep. That aside though, this product is a great sunscreen - the only kind I'd recommend for facial use. And although I complained about the price, I also feel it's a great steal when you think of brands such as La Rosche Posay or Kiehl's which also sell liquid sunscreen, but in the outrageous $30+ price range.
Overall, my HG sunscreen. Although if I am in Taiwan, I will opt for Mentholatum since the liquid sunscreen consistency is thinner than that of this Neutrogena product.
A warm, very humid summer is coming to a close so this sunscreen really got tested. I play a lot of golf, and after being out all summer with this on my face and neck, I can say I truly have NO color : ) This stuff works great for me, and it's the only sunscreen I can stand to have on my face when it's humid outside. This is not sticky or shiny at all, and I think it let's my skin breathe. Using it during "high sweat" activities does result in running (like all sunscreens) but I didn't have any issues with stinging my eyes, etc. I don't like the scent, but it doesn't break out or inflame my rosacea-prone skin, so I am thrilled. Thanks Neutrogena!
This sunscreen is pretty fantastic. I was using the Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer in SPF50, but I switched to this for summer, mainly out of curiosity. It's matt-er than the Healthy Defense, which is nice for hot sweaty days, but has the same liquidy runny thin consistency you normally associate with Asian sunscreens, minus the alcohol. It's a bit thicker than the Healthy Defense, but it goes on less greasy and is still very light feeling.
For a sunscreen the fragrance is fairly light. It doesn't break me out and it doesn't leave a white cast on my NW43 skin. Once again Neutrogena brings in a great product for an excellent price.
Smells pretty bad and doesn't soak in very quickly.