New Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Foundation Review

A few weeks ago I decided that I really did need a new foundation.  I was using the Revlon Color Stay foundation for months and I bought it in the fall, when my tan from the summer hadn’t completely faded.  So once January and February hit, my Color Stay was about a shade or two too dark.  I tried to work with it for about a month and finally cracked and bought a foundation in my correct shade.  I was going to pick up the Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid foundation and right next to it was a new addition to the Healthy Skin foundation line.  Neutrogena added a cream foundation to their extremely popular foundation line and I had to pick it up because it had a nice “new” sticker on it and because I like working with cream foundations.  Something that I didn’t realize about this foundation until I got home, it has the highest SPF of any foundation I have ever seen in my entire life!

SPF 55? Wow, that is intense.  So take that as what you will … If you’re someone who likes really high SPF’s because you have fair skin and burn easily, this might be the perfect foundation for you.  But if you’re someone who stays away from high SPF’s because of the issues with flash photography, then you might hate this.  But whatever the case, you don’t need to wear a sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF when you wear this or you’ll have SPF 1000.

As you can see, this is a thick compact that has 2 compartments, just like normal powders or cream foundations with the sponge beneath the product.  But what is weird is that it opens on opposite sides rather than  the normal compact.  You have to open the compact to the left to get the foundation, but then open a separate area to the right to get the sponge. I don’t know if I explained that well, but its weird to me.  I bought the lightest shade in the line and you can see it leans more to the yellow tone.  That almost seems a little weird to me, because I always though people who have the fairest skin normally have more pink than yellow in their skin.

Pros:  I like the coverage of this foundation.  It has a medium to light coverage, similar to other Healthy Skin Foundations I’ve tried, but its really really buildable.  Also, it has a natural finish right after application.  When I’m done applying this, it looks like my skin but better, and gives that dewy look of a lot of other Healthy Skin Foundations.  It also wears nicely too! I found that it will last on my skin and about hour 8 or 9 I’ll notice it starting to fade. I’m indifferent about the high SPF.  Its a great quality and a great option to have in a foundation and I’m not one that takes too many pictures at night for it to be an issue.

Cons:  I don’t know if it was this foundation or my previous foundation but my skin is beyond dry at the moment.  I have normal to dry skin that is a little acne prone, but all winter my skin has been normal to combination.  I just took it as a growing up, body changing, hormone thing.  But when I switched from using my Revlon Color Stay to this foundation, my skin became so dry! I don’t know if it was the Color Stay that made me more oily or if it was this foundation that made me really dry.  But after switching my skin began getting dry, flaky and also I got more pimples than normal.

I don’t know if this made me break out or if it was the switch over but I have a huge pimple on my cheek and a few more in areas that I never ever break out.  So not only is my skin flaking all over, in areas I never used to flake before, but I have a huge massive pimple and other little spots.  Like I said, I don’t know for sure if its this foundation, but its the only thing I switched in my routine, so take that as you will.

Also, this was a nightmare to blend.  I first tried using a brush and it would take me forever to blend and it never looked right.  Then I tried my fingers and it still didn’t look good.  I finally tried my Beauty Blender dupe sponge and it looked better but still not perfect.  Then I used the sponge in the compact and if I wet it first, it finally looks good! So warning girls, if you buy this, just start by using a sponge because that was the only way I could get it to blend and have it not me a nightmare.

Lastly, I’ve had this for about 3 weeks and I hit pan already.  I don’t even wear foundation every day and I hit pan! I was shocked that I went through this thing so quickly! I seriously don’t think I’ve ever used a foundation up this fast.  And I don’t even wear that much of it when I do, I try to keep it as light as a possibly can and I’m still going to use it up in just over a month.

Overall, I like the look but I would never repurchase again.  Because my skin is hella dry now, the foundation is making my flakes more apparent which makes me dislike it more.  Its good for the SPF if you like high SPF’s, and its a nice look when I first apply it but I am not willing to repurchase this every month.

Grade: D

Price: $13.99

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