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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 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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