Depending on how many blemishes you have and how you apply it, it will provide you with your own unique coverage. Light to medium if you have a lot of blemishes, medium to full if you have some discoloration and a few blemishes. But it is very buildable! This foundation provides me with medium coverage. The color selection is pretty good but it is more for people with neutral to warm undertones. I have oily skin and this foundation does nothing for it. I have this in NATURAL BEIGE #60. It has a nice light feel to it and it smells fresh. This is a dewey foundation and it looks very natural. The cons to this product would be that when you do a swatch on your hand, the color looks perfect but when you blend it into your face, it turns darker. Also this product is not long lasting, it'll last you 5 hours max if you're not doing vigorous activity. It is around $11 which I'm not too happy about and it doesn't have a pump (which isn't really a problem.) Overall, a great buy! Some people say this is a cheaper dupe for NARS Sheer Glow which I think is completely off. This is much thinner and definitely easier to blend! I say this is the dupe if not the same as Teint Idol Fresh Wear Foundation from Lancome. One of the better drug store foundations, very department store worthy! Give it a try! I definitely recommend it.
after finally deciding on 40, i started using Healthy Skin, and love it. my skin is fairly oily for a 55 year-old, but it gives me a nice glow and no breakouts. the smell is nice too. i alternate it with BE. i had previously bought Revlon Colorstay, which is difficult to remove, and PhotoReady, which seems too drying on my skin. i had also used the Acne Defense foundation, but didn't like the fact there was no added SPF.
I take back what I originally said about this product. I don't know why, or if I just didn't pay enough attention, but the finish that I thought I once had, doesn't exist anymore. Let me explain.. #1. It doesn't offer practically any coverage whatsoever. #2. The lasting power is not existent. #3. It looks cakey, at least on me. Now, keep in mind that while I always wear moisturizer before I add any foundation, my skin is pretty dry. So, that adds to the cakey situation. However, this product in general is just not that great unless you have good skin to begin with, and don't need coverage.. Which in that case, why wear foundation at all?? The only positives that I will stick by from my original statement, is that it doesn't feel bad on my skin. (doesn't feel heavy, etc) It also has a nice scent. Beyond that, I don't like it and would definitely not repurchase it. I'm probably not going to buy liquid foundation, period. I may try a cream.. I'm not sure.
I love this product!
Between using this and not washing my face with soap *(kinda gross I know but I think I was stripping the natural oils too much)... I've only had one breakout during my TOM, since when I started using this.
A coworker and I were trying to figure out the right color and while she suggested that I get the #40, I picked out #10 because I am pale. I've accepted it, so I don't wanna get the wrong color for the millionth time. This matches me absolutely perfectly to the point where people don't know I have on foundation. (My complaint before was you could tell a difference between where my skin stopped and foundation started no matter how much I blended)
It gives me great coverage for my acne-scar riddled skin and is buildable for those areas where I need more coverage.
In terms of price, I work at the drugstore where I bought it. Neutrogena was BOGO 50%, then I had two 2.00 in store coupons, which combined with two 2.00 manufactuar coupons, along with a 15% discount...worked out to be about BOGO free...original price 13.99 each.
I want to throw every other foundation that I have ever bought away!!
I bought this foundation (color 40) about a year ago and am now on my 3rd bottle. Its got the feel of a high end foundation at a great price. I am 49 and I love it. It really does make my skin look and feel great. Creamy; not oily. I am light to medium complexion wise and I wear 40, but recently went to 60 (I mix the two together). Forget paying 45 dollars for foundation when you can buy this foundation for 15 bucks tops!
I have always been wary of buying Neutrogena products, and buying this one hasn't changed my mind of how much they ALWAYS irritate my skin. Over the past year I went from really oily to sensitive dry skin, while still being acne prone. I wanted to try a new foundation that was supposed to be good for my skin. While Neutrogena is probably good for a lot of other people with acne prone skin, it didn't do anything but make my skin blotchy, red, and itchy for about two weeks after my first (and last) use.
With that being said, if I wasn't so sensitive to this brand, I would probably recommend this product to other people who have normal skin, without any acne. The color I had was PERFECT on my skin tone, which is hard to find in a drugstore brand. The bottle packaging was lacking in that it didn't come with a pump. It went on smooth, and looked really natural and was good for building coverage.
Overall, it was a really good foundation, despite the fact that it almost ruined my skin.
Though I haven't tried more than about five different foundations during my lifetime, I would definitely say that this is best I've purchased, hands down. It's the first I've ever had that really, truly looked natural. Like the product claims it has a silky, lightweight finish. It's so comfortable to wear; none of that sticky, stiff feeling that you can get with some foundations, especially the cheaper ones even with powder on top. I wouldn't say that it's overtly moisturizing, but it's definitely more gentle on my skin than what I was using before (CG Clean Makeup). Since I have pretty sensitive and breakout-prone skin, this is very important for me. It actually sort of melts into my skin without ever feeling like it's just sitting on top like a layer. Second skin, yes indeed.
The other major pro for me is this: the color matches my skin for once. All other foundations I've tried have either been too orange, too dark, and unnatural looking. Though I need foundation, I don't want to look like I'm actually wearing it like a mask. See, I'm very fair skinned, with slightly pink undertones so anything that's not just the right shade will cause my skin to look strange. So for very pale girls, I would recommend picking up a bottle of this. The color selection could also be a con though for girls who are darker. The color choices are pretty limited with the darkest only being a tan shade.
As far as coverage goes, it's perfect for me. Though before now I always thought I needed to have a very thick and concealing foundation for the small breakouts I get every so often, I now realize I was wrong. Maybe it's just me, but if I have something that's not really heavy or that takes all the color out of my skin, it actually looks so much better than a full-coverage. Since I am so pale, whenever I do breakout, my spots and bumps are very red, even if I leave them alone. So, this light-medium coverage is great. I'm able to mask the blaring redness of my breakouts without looking cakey or worse than it was before. Plus, it evens out the rest of my skintone without ever seeming goopey or chalky.
So, if you're looking for a drugstore foundation that's not terribly expensive and is great quality, I'd say to go pick this up. But please know that it's not a full-coverage foundation, if that's what you're looking for. It's a natural finish with antioxidants and SPF built right in so that it's actually good for your skin. As far as I can tell it's fragrance free (so that's good for sensitive skin and isn't offensive to the nose, of course) and so far I haven't had any bad reactions as far as it making me break out, but I'll have to see what happens in the future.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation is a nice, simple basic foundation. On me, it has pretty good coverage and has a silky, demimatte finish that is really satiny. It blends well over moisturizer and primer. I mix a little bit of white foundation in with the lightest shade (Classic Ivory, I think) and the combination works for my ~NW10 skin. I have extremely cool skin, so the very pink tones are fine for me. It has some silicones, which makes it nicely satiny, but not good for acne-prone skin. It's not that viscuous--it's fairly fluid. I apply it with a flat-top brush or a flat foundation brush and it blends in really well, without streakiness. When I layer it, it can get opaque and to prevent it looking masklike (while it still feels lightweight), I'll brush on a teeny bit of a lightweight moisturizer and it keeps the coverage but looks dewier. Unfortunately, Neutrogena Healthy Skin comes in a glass bottle that pours. Due to the wide mouth of the bottle and the consistency, it spills easily and it's pretty messy. Dislike. But other than that, it's a good foundation--less coverage, but feels less heavy than Colorstay. Kind of comparable in feel to PhotoReady, but a bit more liquidy and without the sparklies.
This is a great foundation. It goes on smoothly and feels lightweight on the skin. It light to medium coverage id say. I usually put my concealer on my blemishes and acne scars and then put this over it and its great!! Only problem with this foundation is that if i wear it for too many days in a row i break out so i alternate my foundations but otherwise is great! Oh and also the lasting power is okay.
I am on the fence as to whether or not I would repurchase. This foundation gives nice, light coverage (those of you wanting a full-coverage makeup may be disappointed by this one). It feels pleasant & weightless. It looks like beautiful skin (not like makeup). It doesn't have a scent (that I can tell) and--it feels creamy & blends easily. However I do have some complaints about it. First off, I think this is overpriced. If you want to try this, please do look around first--esp since it retails for $13.99 at the drugstores, and $9.99 at Target or Wal-Mart. Having tried this I can't say that I would be willing to pay $14 for this makeup. My second gripe is the limited range of shades. It seems to really skew light---if you are fair-skinned you will have more luck with this line than if you are medium-skinned. And as another reviewer noted, if you are any deeper than tan, you are just plain out of luck. The shade choices seem to be overwhelming pink in undertone (I got the Natural Beige 60, which has golden undertones). I think for what they are charging retail, there should be more offerings of shades besides just pink porcelain. Still, when I saw that bottle of Natural Beige in the store, I just HAD to try it, the color is really that pretty. I don't know if it makes my skin healthy, but I havent had any breakouts due to this. Other reviewers have mentioned that this makeup is thin but is presented in a pour-out bottle. That means you have to pay attention lest you spill it. It would be more suitable to put this product in a pump bottle. Overall, I'm glad that I tried this & I would reconsider repurchasing (for $9.99, not $14). I do feel that this was worth a try.
Update 9/3/2011: I am about 3/4 of the way through my bottle and have purchased my 2nd bottle. I do think that my skin looks better now that I am using this makeup. I have not had any irritation, redness, or pimples from this, and it feels fantastic---like it's not even there. Also looks great in photos. I priced this at Wal-mart for $11.97, and for some reason, the shade I wear, Natural Beige 60, is never in stock at Wal-Mart. At Ulta it's $11.99, but I used my $5 off any purchase of $10 or more, and ended up paying $6.99 for this, $7.54 with tax!! I plan to keep on buying this since I am very happy with it. If you can find a match, give it a try. Hopefully, Neutrogena will offer this in additional shades. I have very glad I found a match, but with such a limited range, I am sure some ladies are surely being left out. Neutrogena, please offer this in additional shades!