Review: Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm

I never leave home without lip balm.  I put it on every night before bed.  This is one that I’ve had for occasional use (and just got a new tube in my Total Beauty Collection), so here are my thoughts on it…

Pros:  Decent level of moisturizing.  Natural ingredients.  No discernible “flavor”. Paraben and sulfate-free.  Sometimes you can get this free with a Neutrogena sunscreen product.  Packaging is made from recycled materials and is recyclable.

Cons:  Not the best lip balm product out there (doesn’t last as long as some).  You can’t leave it in a car or anywhere warm because it will melt all over.

In Summary:  This is a good standby lip balm.  It’s similar in quality to Burt’s Bees, but better than ChapStick.  Overall, I think it’s a good product.

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars  3.5-stars

Price:  approx. $3.50

Available at:  drugstores, mass merchandisers, drugstore.com

neutrogena naturals lip balm

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Review: Neutrogena Shine-Control Makeup (Foundation)

Desperate to find a foundation that doesn’t “separate” when my skin gets oily, doesn’t contain parabens, and doesn’t look/feel like it was made of a base of vegetable oil, I picked up this one at a recent trip to a local drug store.  I had been debating trying it for a while and the clever people in charge of the CVS Beauty Care Club sent me a $5 off coupon.  Then they put this product on sale.  And I had a manufacturer’s coupon, so I was able to get it for about $1.  Yeah, kind of hard to say no, right?  By the way, when did foundation stop being called foundation?  Now it’s just called “makeup”.  Isn’t everything I put on my face to try to look pretty called makeup?!?!  I digress.  Back to my review…

Pros: Paraben-free.  SPF-20.  Relatively inexpensive.  Since it’s a “drug store brand”, you can use coupons and promotions to get it more inexpensively.

Cons:   Gritty.  I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting this.  I’m not sure if it’s an “oil control” ingredient, but it’s kind of odd.  Seriously, it’s rougher than some “exfoliating” products I’ve bought.  Only comes in 8 shades.  The one I chose was too dark, but I think the next shade “down” would have been too light.

In Summary:  This foundation does help control shine somewhat, and it feels less heavy than some of its competitors.  It doesn’t separate as skin gets oily the way many foundations do, which is a big bonus.  It’s definitely better than any of the “drug store” brands I’ve tried.  I think Clinique’s Stay Matte Makeup (read review here:  http://wp.me/p1Z8Rq-ox) works a little better, but probably not it’s probably not “better” enough to pay twice as much for it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars  

Price:  approx $12

Available at:  mass merchandisers, drug stores, drugstore.com, Ulta

Review: Neutrogena Visibly Bright Daily Facial Cleanser

I got a sample of this in the mail recently. (Thank you, Target!)  Since I’ve been looking for a new facial cleanser that’s oil-free, I was happy to try this one…

Pros:  Oil-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic.  Paraben-free.  Inexpensive.  Leaves skin feeling/looking clean.

Cons:  Strongly fragranced.  Didn’t remove all of my “full coverage” makeup.

In Summary:  I like this cleanser, but I don’t love it.  I always test new cleansers by using them to wash my face and following up with a facial towelette.  With this one, there was some makeup left behind.  I suspect that wouldn’t be the case if I were wearing mineral foundation, though (or if I used it with my Clarisonice machine).  I would be glad to wear this on my “less makeup” days, but I don’t think it will be replacing my current cleanser.

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars  

Price:  approx. $7 for 6.7 fl. oz. bottle

Available at:  drugstores, mass merchandisers, Ulta, drugstore.com

Review: Neutrogena Visibly Even Foaming Cleanser

I don’t really like foaming cleansers, but I wanted to try a Neutrogena product (OK, I had a coupon…) and this one looked like a good choice because it says it “helps naturally brighten skin” and “even tone”.  My skin tone is a little uneven and who doesn’t want brighter skin?  Um, me.  If it means I have to use this product…

Pros:  Inexpensive.  Available almost everywhere.  Nice fragrance.  Cleanses decently well.  Doesn’t irritate skin.

Cons:  Contains parabens (4 different kinds!).  A little too strongly fragranced.  Has exfoliating beads (not advertised on the front of the container!) which means I can’t use it with my Clarisonic machine.  Exfoliating beads aren’t “scrubby” enough to do a great job of exfoliating – they’re just enough to force you to have to work harder to get them all off your face.  Not very foamy for a “foaming cleanser”.

Overall:  The “cons” outweigh the “pros” on this one.  It will probably go into the bathroom closet as a “just in case I ever run out of cleanser” option.  Only because I hate to waste things, not because I ever want to use it again.

Rating:  2.5 out of 5 stars 

Price:  approx $7

Available at: mass merchandisers, drugstores, drugstore.com

Note:  The container for this has changed since I purchased it.  The ingredients haven’t.