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Budget Beauty Monday – Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 31, 2011

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!! Let’s face it. After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house. So I figure Monday on AnotherBeautyBlog.com should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm for Budget Beauty Monday. You may recall I mentioned that I picked up the lip balm from Walgreens during a buy one, get one 50% off Neutrogena sale.  The other item I picked up during that sale was the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55.  While I don’t usually use drugstore foundation, I was very intrigued by the sheer amount of SPF in this item.  I figured that worse case scenario I could always use this product during the summer when I’m doing yardwork or hanging out by the pool.  Did I really just say “when I’m doing yardwork”???  God it sucks to get old!

From Neutrogena – “Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 blends easily to give you a flawless, natural look, while helping to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Silky, lightweight formula gives you buildable coverage and provides the most powerful level of UVA-UVB protection available in a foundation without feeling heavy or greasy.”

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 comes in 8 shades: Classic Ivory, Natural Ivory, Buff, Nude, Soft Beige, Natural Beige, Fresh Beige, and Warm Beige.  It comes housed in a dual-compact similar to the Physicians Formula compacts with the foundation and mirror in the top compact and the application sponge in the bottom compact.  One black application sponge is included.

When this Healthy Skin Compact was first being spotted, I saw a lot of complaints around the internet by beauty addicts complaining that the shades seemed rather dark.  I have to agree.  I normally wear medium foundations in most lines, but here I went with Buff.  It is the 3rd shade in the line.  Very fair toned beauty addicts may not be able to use this product due to lack of shades.  At the same time, the darkest shade in this line didn’t seem too dark.  A lot of dark toned beauty addicts will thus be in the same boat as fair toned beauties as far as lack of shade choices.

Neutrogena boasts that Healthy Skin Compact Makeup is lightweight, non-greasy product.  I completely agree.  When I applied this product it felt like I had nothing on.  It wasn’t even slightly greasy.

Neutrogena also claims that this is a buildable product.  I don’t know about that one. When I first put Healthy Skin on it appeared to be more of a tinted moisturizer than a foundation.  It was very sheer, but it was slightly buildable.  I swiped this across my face a few times and you could definitely see that it was building, but it just didn’t seem to be built up enough to offer full coverage.  Does that make sense?  Thanks to the lovely winter weather and some nasty winter wind that I was subjected to this weekend, I have a little bit of redness on my cheeks.  Healthy Skin could not completely cover-up the redness, but my Bare Escentuals Foundation and Smashbox Halo Foundation were both able to completely cover the redness without any concealer.  If you have imperfections that you want to hide with your foundation, I don’t think you’ll be able to do that with Healthy Skin.

On the other hand, during the summer my skin always seems to be nicer than during the winter, which I’m sure is the case for most people.  I’m far less likely to have to worry about covering up redness due to wind during the summer so Healthy Skin may fare better for me during the warmer months.  I guess we’ll have to try it out when winter finally leaves.  And on the same note, if you’re like me and think that you would be more likely to use this product during the summer months, the darkness of the shades may not be as big of an issue.  I personally change the shades of my foundation during the summer to compliment my tan, especially since I try to keep my face out of the sun.  White face with a tan body is not the prettiest picture!

The worse part about Neutrogena Healthy Skin is that it settles into fine lines and pores.  I am very blessed and thank God everyday that I do not have large pores.  Unfortunately, my Mom does.  When I saw that this product was settling into the lines on my hands when I was doing the swatches for this post I had her put Healthy Skin on to see the effect on her pores.  It was not pretty.  It was as if a magnifying glass was on her pores.  The product settled into and drew a bunch of attention to her pores.  If you have larger pores, I wouldn’t recommend this product.  Using a face primer underneath helped, but it wasn’t a complete fix.

Overall, I was underwhelmed by the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55.  The coverage was minimal and it sunk into fine lines and pores.  The only saving grace here is the SPF 55.  For that reason alone I will hold onto this product and use it on those summer days when I wouldn’t normally use make-up.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 is priced at $12.99 – $14.99 (depending on where you’re shopping).

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but again, sorry about the poor quality in the swatch pictures.  They were taken on my iPhone both outside and inside.  Chicago has been pretty dreary lately with no sunshine.  The good news is that I finally got my new computer!  The bad news is that I am now waiting for my photo software to be delivered.  Hopefully it will be here soon.

Have you tried the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55?  Love it?  Hate it?  Let us know!

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Budget Beauty Monday – Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 17, 2011

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!! Let’s face it. After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house. So I figure Monday on AnotherBeautyBlog.com should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.

Neutrogena has recently released a couple of new products.  Walgreens had a buy one, get one 50% off sale for Neutrogena this past week so I picked up some of the new items.  The one I was most excited to try out was the new Revitalizing Lip Balm.

The Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm is a sheer tint with SPF 20 that promises “softer, rosier healthier looking lips, even after you take it off!”  It also claims that “in just one week, it helps improve lips’ texture and restores the look of rosiness, so lips look naturally beautiful even after you take it off.”  All of this is made possible thanks to Neutrogena’s exclusive ion2complex.  It is available in 6 shades:  Sheer Shimmer, Healthy Blush, Sunny Berry, Petal Glow, Soft Caramel, and Fresh Fig (you can see a color chart on Neutrogena’s website).

I picked up Petal Glow.  It looked like it fell into the middle of the color range for the shades available.  It is a very sheer plumy-pink.  So what did I think?

I love this Revitalizing Lip Balm!  It is sheer, but gives you just the right amount of color.  You can see from the swatch photo what I’m talking about.  I would classify this as a lip enhancer since you are essentially left with the “your lips but better” look.  It also delivers the perfect amount of shine.  My lips did look revitalized after I put this lip balm on.

There is a pleasant melon scent/taste to this balm.  It doesn’t last very long.  And I love that this balm has SPF 20.  It amazes me that there are still a number of lip products, especially lip balms, out there that don’t have a drop of SPF in them.

I will be using this new Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm all year long, but I think it will be especially perfect for the Spring and Summer when I’m looking for a lighter, more natural looking look.  It will also be great for those days in the pool.

Oh, I almost forgot about this.  The one thing I don’t like about this product is it’s shape.  It has an oval shape unlike the traditional round shape.  I have no idea why Neutrogena chose this shape or if there is a purpose for it.  I think a round lip balm fits lips better than an oval one.  This isn’t a big deal, but just thought I would mention it.

Petal Glow 40 Swatch

Overall, I really liked this product.  The lip balm offered a nice sheer tint to my lips with just the right amount of shine.  It also felt like it was moisturizing my lips.  I’ve been using this product for about a week, but I can’t say that I’ve noticed a change in texture or rosiness.  However, I don’t think my lips were in bad shape to begin with.  I would be curious to see if you get results if you start with dry or chapped lips.

The retail value for the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm is $7.99.  It’s a little pricey for a lip balm, but Neutrogena is often on sale at Walgreens and CVS so pick it up then.  I also used a $1 coupon to save a little bit more.  It’s currently available at drugstores, grocery stores, and big box stores that sell Neutrogena.  At Walgreens, I found it on a special display at the front of the cosmetics section.  For more information you can check out Neutrogena.com.

Again, sorry about the crappy pictures!

Have you seen any of the new Neutrogena products at your drugstores?  Have you tried the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm?  Are you planning on giving it a try?

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