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Review on the NEW Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Foundation!

It’s time for a new foundation review!

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to my makeup addiction, foundations are the products that do the most damage to my bank account. I’m utterly addicted.

However, I justify my foundation addiction by telling my delusional self that it’s all for the blog. Either way, it’s time to get geared up one one of the newest foundations on the market- the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. The Neutrogena Healthy Skin is by far one of my favorite foundations and is a product that I think is highly underrated in the beauty industry. With that being said, I had high hopes for this new addition and I’m here to tell you how everything panned out…

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First off, here’s a quick run-down on my skin:

  • Very Pale (I almost always purchase the fairest foundation shade in a collection)
  • Extremely dry in the Winter, but combination in the Summer
  • If I ever get oily, it is around my nose
  • Hyperpigmentation from previous acne scars
  • Occasional pimples, usually on the chin area

Now that we’ve got that covered, lets see how well the foundation covers! Apologies for the awful joke. But seriously, here are the claims that Neutrogena makes regarding the Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint:

  • Moisturizes and plumps the skin for 24 hours, with hydrating hyaluronic acid
  • Improves the suppleness of skin over time
  • Creates a natural, moisturized and fresh look
  • Doesn’t settle into fine lines
  • Available in 10 blendable shades

Ok. As everything does, I found this foundation to have some major pro’s and con’s. My issue, however, is that they’re split down the middle.

Starting off with the shade range, Neutrogena offers 10 shades of this Hydrating Tint. While that isn’t a huge number, I will say that when it comes to the drugstore, and especially to something that is advertised as a “Tint” rather than a foundation, it is pretty impressive. One of the hardest things for me to find at the drugstore are BB and CC creams, as well as tinted moisturizers since they usually only come in a general range of light, medium and dark. Here’s the issue for me though: While I appreciate that there is a decent shade range, the lightest shade is still not light enough, and the shades offered are all either extremely yellow or extremely pink, with no neutral tones offered. I wear the shade 10 “Classic Ivory”. When first applied it is noticeably too dark for me, but is something that I would consider manageable. However, after a solid 10-15 minutes, the Hydrating Tint oxidizes significantly, and (for my shade in particular) turns a bit orange for my liking. That being said, I appreciate the fact that Neutrogena extended their reach by offering 10 shades, but I think they still have work to do.

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Moving onto the formula, this foundation is actually much thicker than I anticipated. It isn’t whipped or gooey by any means, but considering it is a part of the “Hydro” range, I was expecting something very watery in consistency. When applied onto the skin, it does not drip but rather stays just where you put it initially. One major plus for this foundation is that it is incredibly easy to blend out and is very lightweight. On initial application, it smooths over the skin beautifully and evens out the skin in a way that makes you look very air brushed but still natural.

While I love how this foundation looks when first applied, I will admit that I’m not a huge fan of how it wears throughout the day. Again, since it claims to be a tint rather than an actual foundation, I didn’t have incredibly high expectations for the lasting power in general, but one can dream. While it didn’t break up on my skin or crumble off throughout the day, it did seem to sheer out in away that made you lose coverage and get a tad bit shiny (nothing too bad though). In terms of coverage, I would say that this is more than “sheer” and instead verges on buildable light, and has a very natural finish rather than matte or dewy.

All in all, I do like the way this sits on the skin and is basically a good skin day in a bottle. However, I think Neutrogena could have improved on several points. First off, if you are purchasing this foundation you need to prepare yourself for significant oxidation. While Classic Ivory was doable on my fair skin (though it was still too dark) by the end of the day I looked way more orange than I would ever care to. For that reason alone I don’t see myself using this all too often. Secondly, this isn’t a foundation I would recommend for nights out or long days. It simply doesn’t have the lasting power to keep through the night. Though those aren’t the highest of accolades, I will say that I am looking forward to using this in the Summer months. I can see this being a foundation I reach for when I want to head to the pool or the beach, or at a lazy weekend barbecue. Hopefully at that point I’ll have a bit more color to my skin as well and the oxidation won’t be as big of a factor. Here’s who I would recommend this foundation to:

  • If you’re looking for something with light coverage that will simply even out your skin
  • People with dry skin will most likely like this over people with oily skin
  • If you want a quick and easy application
  • If you want something lightweight that won’t feel heavy on the skin

I hope this helped some of you learn about this new product! As always, if you have any questions just ask down below.

Have a fantastic day,

-Love, Lieve

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