I only use Neutrogena brand sunblock, so I'm admittedly very biased in my opinion (in addition to not really having other brands to compare). That said, I think I'm very fair and accurate when I review products. This particular sunblock has a few downfalls, although it is still excellent overall. The first thing I appreciate is the cost – if you're wise in your shopping and look around the drugstore circulars to find where it's on sale, and you use a manufacturer's coupon on top of that, you can easily snag this for just under $7 a tube. (I did so yesterday at my local Walgreens!) The consistency I like for the most part; it does feel lightweight and clean, and it's not sticky or "goopy" whatsoever. The fragrance (there is fragrance, it's the last ingredient listed on the label) is actually awesome – I know that may sound strange (especially since I normally avoid any scented facial products like the plague) however, I LOVE how this lotion smells! It's hard to describe – kind of a lovely, mild (key word: MILD) floral. If you've used this, or have smelled it, then you'll know what I'm talking about. It doesn't smell like a typical sunscreen lotion, which is a good thing. (Personally I hate smelling like a pina colada; no thank you!) The standout negative w/this, for me, is the 'feel' – specifically on the face. Whereas my regular facial sunblock (Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch SPF 100+ w/helioplex, which I HIGHLY recommend for everyday use on the face; it's utterly fabulous and unbeatable) gives a nice matte, velvety-but-supple finish, this SPF 55 version is somehow not the same. I don't know whether the actual formulation is to blame, or what. I would think that the same lotion in different SPF values would offer the same basic formulation, just w/varying protection...like I said, I don't know what it is, but the SPF 55 is definitely different on the face, and not in a good way. I still love using this on my neck, shoulders, arms, and hands (and other exposed areas on days I wear dresses, etc..) so, ultimately, I would still recommend it for use on the entire body (including face, yes, but again it's not as nice as the 100+). It won't make you smell like a coconut, it absorbs beautifully w/out leaving streaks or pastiness, and it won't transfer onto your clothing. But if you're looking for a perfect daily sunscreen for your FACE, then I strongly advise that you pick up the 100+ version of this, because it's indeed far superior as far as facial sunblock goes. Having used both, that's the conclusion I've come to. Neutrogena makes great sunblock. (btw, I have a dermatologist in my family, and he wholeheartedly approves!)
I've been using this for a few years and love it. It provides great protection from the sun, goes on smoothly, dries quickly without making my skin feel greasy, and doesn't leave my face shiny. Since I wear it for boating and other outdoor activities, I don't put makeup on over it, and my skin still looks pretty good, like there's a matte kind of glow. It's supposed to be sweat-proof and water-proof, but I always feel like I need to re-apply whenever my skin gets wet. I only use it on my face, and use the spray-on "sport" sunblocks for the rest of my body.
I've been on an anti aging kick and decided to use this on my face. I had no problems with stinging, irritation or flaking, but I have very oily face and when I wear it alone without foundation it gets really oily. It blends really well when I use makeup on top....however...I'm pretty sure it's the culprit behind my breakouts! I changed my facewash and foundation, so I know it's not those, so I'm pretty sure it's the sunblock. I'm very disappointed since I didn't hav any probs with it the first few weeks! Will probably use sometimes but not daily anymore.
I love the high SPF of it, though it feels a bit greasy. I cannot step out of the door without a dust of loose power on top of it, otherwise my face will look as shiny as a mirror under the sun~~
Good value for money tho. It'd better for the body I reckon.
I have oily acne prone skin - I wear sunscreen & makeup daily, thus I don't want a sunscreen that will make me look shiny/oily. This sunscreen is a very thick cream, not bad to smell, but it is heavy. My problem with this is it settles into lines, making me look older than 23. I get shiny with it. It doesn't dry matte. It's heavy and clogs my pores & a real pain to get off. I feel like it bonds with superglue qualities to my makeup. Just hate it. Sofina & Missha sunscreens are much better.
Okay,I'm going to have to go back in a minute and read through reviews for this same product,only in lower/higher SPF's,because I notice this one is getting lower reviews,and I'm not sure why [what's the difference].Anyway,this is the one I bought last fall [SPF 55],and after years of wearing other facial sunscreens,and suffering all day with oil-slicks that looked AND felt horrible...well,I loved this product!
It was nothing like the other "regular" sunscreens I've used.With my old ones,I'd "shine" from the moment I applied it,until the time I took it off,it wrecked my make-up everyday,it was embarrassing to say the least.I am already very oily/acne-prone;so needless to say,I hated wearing sunscreen on my face...but I did a lot of tanning when I was in my teens/20's,and I wanted to avoid any further lines/wrinkles/damage...so I suffered with the oil-slick every day.Neutrogena Dry Touch is WAY different,there is absolutely NO shine when applied,or throughout the day.It does not affect the way that your make-up applies,or wears through the day,it does not "feel heavy".You will not even know you're wearing "sunscreen".I think it may have caused my acne to flare just a small bit the first week or so,but after my skin adjusted...it's been great ever since,no problems.And with no oil/shine,you can't beat the fact that you're also getting a HIGH level of UVA & UVB protection,that's another thing that you can't get in just "any/all" sunscreens.So,worth the price,great product!!!! *And just an FYI,yes,like most sunscreens,it can "burn" if it gets into the eyes,so if you're using it on the face,be careful when applying it,and probably the same rule,if you're going to be outside sweating/active.*
This is a pretty good everyday sunscreen for your face. It never makes my face feel hot or sweaty later on like some other sunscreens. It also has kept my skin clear. The finish isn't quite matte, so I usually use some powder after. I think I'll keep buying this, because it does what I need and is in my price range.
I thought it will work great on my skin as i have oily skin. But after using it for like 3days, my skin start to get sticky and they said its light but it is actually quite heavy. NO way am i going buy this again.
I have oily skin, and live in a hot/sunny environment, so wearing sunblock everyday is a Must! This product doesn't make me break out, or leave me extra oily. My only gripe is that it's stark white which makes my medium skin tone a little too white-washed for my liking, but that's ok. I didn't wear it for a couple of weeks because I was using some acne treatment and my face became So dark. It's only then I realised the kind of protection this product gives me.
Unless I find something much better, I'm gonna stick with it =]
P.S. I <3 Neutrogenam!
This is a great sunblock. Makes my foundation go on smoothly and doesn't add to my face's oiliness. Most of the time I actually forget I have sunblock on, which is the way skin products should feel. I've only started using a separate sunblock recently as I've always relied on BB creams for my SPF. Takes an extra step in my morning routine but it's well worth it.