This is a wonderful SPF if your face is extremely oily. This does not add any extra sheen to my face at all. I usually follow this with Laura Mercier Powder Foundation and I think for my excessively oily skin, this is the best look I get.
April 17/2011 - this is still the best summertime SPF/makeup combo for me. I can use a full tsp. of this Neutrogena sunscreen on my face without looking like a greasy mess. Superb sunscreen that even doesn't clog my huge pores! Just make sure to use a good makeup remover before cleansing at night.
June 25, 2011 - Oh my goodness! This worked well for me for quite awhile and then clogged pores and TONS of milia on my face. Back to Sofina SPF50 (why did I change my SPF? No clue.) until I find something better. As far as shine went, the Neutrogena was the best for my super oily skin. Sigh.
Love this sunscreen, and so does my husband. It does irritate my eyes a little, but after a week or so of using, it no longer bothered me. No breakouts whatsoever, and stays fairly matte and is not sticky on your face. It also mixes very well with LM oil-free foundation for a DIY TM and even with the LM mineral powder, and lessens the need to powder my face during the day. It is very inexpensive and worth trying. Also note, I find the spf 30 much better than the spf 45, which caused irritation and a rash, and also looks shinier on.
**update: gives me little bumps on my forehead now so down a lippie. Still use it on my body, though.
Really like this product! I've never been a fan of sunscreen especially on my face because it makes me feel oily but this sunscreen goes on smooth and leaves your skin feeling soft and keeps it protected from the sun. For the price it is worth a try.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 30:
-Very light weight
-Lightly smooths skin
-Doesn't break me out
-Neutrogena tests on animals
Recommendation: If you can get past the animal testing I say go for it!
I have been using this product for a more than a year now. When I first got it, I was so excited to try it since I heard rave reviews that this is the perfect sunscreen for those with extremely oily skin and most importantly, break-out free.
Well, I definitely had experienced some breakouts around my oily t-zone area. Despite the matte finish it gives, my skin still becomes oily after a few hours. However, I have found that applying a sheer layer of powder over this suncreen keeps the oilies well under control. Not bad, but I probably would still try something with more of a physical sunscreen.
I LOVE this stuff! This is what I put on immediately after showering in the morning--no lotion, just sunblock, every single day. It absorbs perfectly and really is "dry to touch" without being TOO drying. It just feels like you have a light powder on. I have used this every day for the past four years and I wish I had started when I was 10 years old. Foundation smooths on easily and doesn't streak--I even think the dry-touch technology helps control my oil production, too. Sometimes I dab milk of magnesia over this sunblock before foundation and that works well too. This plays very well with others! I love this sunblock. Too expensive to use on my body, but a tube lasts about 3 months on my face only.
This stings my eyes even when I avoid the area. It also burns my face. It pills up when applying makeup over it, and it flakes throughout the day. What is the point of a sunscreen that flakes off? This should be called Ultra Dry Flaky Touch! I was also still oily in my T-zone by the end of the day. I returned it, and got my precious money back.
I have very thin, sensitive, and acne-prone skin with unbalanced hormones especially near those oh-so-horrible monthly days. I heard pretty good reviews and I've always wanted to try it - so here it is, in my hand!
I was really scared putting it on because I was concerned about the high rating on the EWG website, AND since I breakout easily, but I just gave it a go one day and decided it wasn't too bad.
So far, I LIKED how it was a very light creamy texture that absorbed very fast, didn't breakout my skin( so far ), and didn't feel as heavy as other sunscreens.
I DIDN'T LIKE how the fragrance was too much for me to handle; from the bottle, it smelled light and I thought it wouldn't cause problems.. but when it was on my face, it gave me a slight headache for a while, until the smell faded away. arrgh. Also, for some reason it made my face a little bit more pinkish red, so that was a definite no-no for me.
Overall I wouldn't buy this again - I really wanted to like it! :'( I just wish there was no fragrance, didn't make my face pinkish, and wasn't so harsh on the chemicals.. I guess I'm still on the lookout for a safer zinc/titanium dioxide based sunscreen/sunblock :
However, my relatives have tried it and they said it was fine(they don't have as sensitive skin) - unfortunately for those extremely sensitive-skin people out there, let's find a better sunscreen together! :'D
I always like looking at USA sunscreen formulas, in AUS this would be labeled spf 15, our spf 30 has even more sunscreen actives but even its protective factor will not save it today.
I enjoyed this sunblock until i found a better one by paulas choice, then realized it was not worth putting up with. I must ad that this might work for you and it is cheap and that is a plus which means you wont be afraid to use enough of it for protection. However I found it too sticky and gross for daily use and dreaded putting it on, i dislike the fragrance neutrogena have added I assume to cover up the traditional sunblock smell but i like fragrance free so much more than any smell that has been added to a product.
I suppose it is a hard fact to get around but high SPFs feel tacky, they leave a residue that is unpleasant, lower spfs which are nicer are problematic but I dont sit in the sun so only rely on sunscreen for incidental sunlight exposure. So disappointingly this product is not for me. just bear in mind that there are better formulations but sadly there definitely worse sunblocks than this
HG sunscreen :D <3 The only sunscreen that can tame my annoying, oily, shiny skin!!! Doesn't have any sunscreen/fragrance scent at all. Does exactly everything it claims: fast absorbing, leaves skin soft & smooth :) <3 Love love love :) <3 Would I purchase this again? Heck yeshhhhhhhh :D <3