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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating TintI've been loving the Maybelline Dream Velvet Matte foundation for a couple of years now. It has been the only foundation I could use that wouldn't cause me to break out or dry out my skin. But I've always been on the lookout for something better. The Dream Velvet hasn't been hydrating enough in the winter months, and it didn't go on well if I used one of my moisturizers. So I've been spritzing water on my face just to keep it hydrated.

The Dream Velvet also gives a very ethereal look to the face. Very smoothing, yet very luminous. I kind of wanted something that I could use for that "no makeup" look. On days that I didn't want to glam up but I didn't want to look like a total zombie either. Something that looked more natural. Maybe something less heavy that allowed some of my skin to show through. I also wanted something that played well with my face creams so that my face doesn't feel so dry and tight.

Neutrogena recently came out with a new "foundation" to go along with their Hydro Boost line of skin care. It is called Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. I took a look at the ingredients for it. Much like the Maybelline foundation I love, there weren't too many ingredients, and nothing bad that jumped out at me. So I thought it might have a chance at working for me.

It has an applicator wand, much like the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation. Not the best way to get foundation out of a bottle. I smeared a bunch of the "tint" on my face and spread it around with the Urban Decay Optical Blurring brush. It seemed to blend nicely and easily. And it definitely looked more "natural" than the Maybelline Dream Velvet. Throughout the day, my face felt comfortable and hydrated. It doesn't cover flaws as well as the Dream Velvet. But I guess that's why they call it a "tint" instead of  a foundation. It is fairly light coverage. Although, I suppose I could apply more if needed. I usually spritz my foundation brush with a little water to get the foundation to spread better. But if I didn't do that, I might get a little thicker coverage.

It is perfect for a "no-makeup" look. I find myself just blending this on, applying concealer, quickly doing brows, and then a quick nude lip. Sometimes I swipe a little mascara on and maybe a little blush. And there's my no-makeup look. Why would anyone want a no-makeup look? Isn't the point of makeup to look like you have it on? I do the no-makeup look mostly to add some layer of UV protection on my face (since I'm allergic to most sunscreens) and to cover up some dark circles and blemishes. I sometimes use a small amount of blush to give my face a little color. And a little mascara to give my eyes some lift. My natural lip color is a dull almost greyish color. So I like to use a little lip color so my lips don't look like a dead person's lips.

The Hydro Boost Tint also works well with the only two face creams that I know don't break me out. That's definitely an improvement from Maybelline's Dream Velvet. I still spritz my face with water, mostly out of habit. But I may not have to do that if I can use moisturizer under my makeup!

I don't know if I will ever need to use the Dream Velvet again. If I want more coverage, I think I could just build up the Hydro Boost Tint. And for luminosity, I just use a highlighter.

If you do decide to try this Tint, it may help you to know that the color of the foundation in the bottle may appear lighter in the bottle than it appears on your face. I originally purchased the Tint in the color Honey, which seemed to match my skin color, judging from the way it looked inside the bottle. However, it definitely shows up darker on my face. So I sent out an got one color lighter, the Natural Beige. This color looked really pale from inside the bottle. But when I applied it to my face, it seemed to match perfectly. My skin color is a golden medium in the winter, and a peachy-tan in the summer. The Natural Beige works perfectly for me, now that it's winter. But I will keep the Honey one for the summer.

For now, I have found my new HG foundation. It is considerably more expensive than the Maybelline one that I've been using. But if it works better for me, then it's worth it.

Update 2/9/2018

I am totally spoiled by this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. It provides so much moisture to my wintery dry skin that I cannot even use moisturizer underneath without my face feeling sticky. And I no longer need to spritz my face with water all day long to keep it hydrated. I can't believe how well this foundation works to keep my skin hydrated. And it doesn't even cause any breakouts for me.

Yes, the coverage is light, but it is enough to tone down my dark spots, veins on my cheeks, and just smooth out the skin and pores in general. I do put an extra layer over my dark spots, which are mostly on my cheekbones. The extra layer of foundation also helps with sun protection. Since I am allergic to most sunscreens, I rely mostly hats and foundation to protect my face from sun damage.

The light natural coverage I get from this foundation has made me go with the no-makeup look more often. It didn't work as well with the previous foundation I used to use (Maybelline Dream Velvet). The Dream Velvet foundation had a little too much luminous coverage to look really natural. It looked a little weird to wear the Dream Velvet without blush, eye shadow, mascara, etc. With the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint, I feel like I am almost bare-facing it out there, but with some smoothing and a little sun protection. It feels good to be able to go run errands and not have to get all glammed up every time.

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