We should all be worried about sun protection as the Summer approaches and the sun becomes stronger. Honestly, you should be worried about it 365 days of the year and obsess over it as much as the Muse does. Not only because you want to keep your skin looking beautiful but also because the harmful rays of the sun has the potential to cause some major havoc.
A kindly reader asked about inexpensive SPF and where she could get something that wouldn’t break her beauty budget bank. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, effective SPF for your face do check out Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+.
Jump it for the review!
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+ manages to bundle together everything I want in an SPF into a cheap, inexpensive package. I’m reviewing this SPF as a facial SPF only, I’ll be doing a follow up post on SPF’s I use on my body sometime soon but today I am focusing on my face. My reader did state she was seeking something light with a high SPF for her face and I couldn’t think of a better SPF than this Neutrogena one as I’ve been using it a while now and really like it.
It deserves to be mentioned that I really love Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 but it’s $34 USD for 2 oz. Since I use SPF so often and I run out fairly quickly I was searching for something that could offer me the benefits of good sun protection with a cheap price check.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block has a high level of sun protection and offers protection from UVA and UVB rays. The formula is not greasy in the least thus it’s name “dry-touch”. It doesn’t sink in or absorb as quickly as I would like but I can’t deny that the formula is extremely good since it’s not greasy or oily on my skin and feels quite matte and nice. I can forsake a quick absorbing formula if it means the SPF won’t be oily and gross on my face as many SPF’s are. As you know by now my skin is dry but thankfully it doesn’t mind the dry feeling of this lotion. It has a nice floral scent (nothing overwhelming, don’t worry!) which adds to it’s appeal in my opinion.
Considering how widely available Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+ plus it’s inexpensive price tag I think it makes an ideal facial SPF for use everyday. This retails for $9.99 USD or less in drugstores.
If you’re looking for something cheap and effective I highly suggest snagging one! Muse Approval for purchase.
Did you know the Muse had to recently move mountains to locate a pot of the new Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Concealer? I know, I know I’m so damn heroic aren’t I? Moving mountains to locate products to review for you guys…go on now tell me how wonderful I am!
No but seriously it was HARD finding this junk! I looked everywhere but it was either not available or sold out in the shade I wanted. Seriously, when I walk into a drugstore I think they should all bow down at my arrival, after all I am the freaking Muse but ado the memo of who I am must be delayed so each time I visited my shade was not available or I just couldn’t find the product.
After several weeks or maybe it was only a few weeks, I like to exaggerate to make it seem more dramatic. Anyway, after several months I finally located Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Concealer! Bless be!
I hate all the products that come out lately that are cream but have “mineral” in their name. Does that annoy anyone? It annoys me. I associate minerals with powder not with creams and it just drives me bats when creams are called “mineral”. What was I saying?
Oh yes on with the review!
The product is housed in a dual container which has a creamy concealer on top and a white setting base on the bottom. The basic design mimics Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit and Laura Mercier Undercover Pot. Actually, the product is almost as good as both of those concealers with a minor hiccup here and there.
Allow me to rant for a minute. When I first seen this concealer it was $8.49 USD…when I finally located it the price had jacked up to $13.99 USD which means I paid $15.02 USD. So not cool. So not not cool. Oh my god…$15 bucks for drugstore concealer? Not cool people, really not cool! Might as well head to Sephora for that price. Anyway I’ll be nice and will say that you can probably get it on sale and save a whole lot of money. I was just impatient and I’m extremely bratty that I paid that much for it.
Formula is identical to Bobbi Brown Concealer, very emollient, very moisturizing, and heavily pigmented. This bad boy will hide it all! Dark circles, fine lines, puffiness, you name it I’m sure you can cover it with this. It doesn’t crease, it doesn’t fade, and it’s virtually waterproof. I came home after a really long day and it was still in place. VERY good long wear on this concealer. Count the Muse impressed. The setting powder is nice and sheer but doesn’t do too big a job of brightening up the eye area. I find my powder from my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Palette brightens as well as sets but hey we can’t have it all.
Now….problem…..could be slight and not too big a deal but could be a deal breaker for some…I’m trying to overlook this flaw and love the concealer regardless.
It doesn’t blend very well. Dunno why as the formula is pretty much the same as Bobbi’s but it doesn’t quite blend out as well. I had a difficult time getting it on correctly and it kind of sat on top of my eye area. After it’s in place it looks good but blending is a tiny bit troublesome and I’m not entirely sure why that is. When I use Bobbi’s concealer it blends in and creates a nice even finish but this just sat on top of my skin and looked quite unnatural. When I did try to blend it, it ended up smearing around and I dunno…just a mess. Minor rant I suppose since when I do get it properly in place I love the finished results and I absolutely adore at how well it conceals. The formula is quite thick so you might want to keep this in mind prior to trying it out and also remember to prep very well prior to use as it will settle into fine lines if you don’t. This has a nice high SPF of 20 as well which is a plus.
All in all I liked this alot and I’m even approving it for purchase but do try to locate it on sale as I don’t think it’s worth dishing out $15 bucks for it, for that price you can splurge on a name brand!
Who might like it?
- Anyone with serious under eye woes that need concealing and covering up!
- Anyone who likes thick, creamy concealers!
- Those who want a drugstore concealer that works.
- Anyone who’s seeking a long wearing concealer
Who might hate this?
- Anyone who hates thick concealers!
The Muse is a fond fan of her Benefit Lemon Aid so when she seen Neutrogena Skin Soothing Eye Tints she thought that here was a rather decently priced substitute!
Neutrogena Eye Tints promise to brighten up the eye area just like Benefit Lemon Aid but at a mere fraction of the cost plus had the added benefits of multitasking as a primer and having a cooling sensation to calm puffy eyes.
Will it replace my beloved Benefit Lemon Aid? Find out after the jump!
One of the first things that kinda puzzled me about Neutrogena Eye Tints was the entire cooling sensation epidemic. I didn’t get it at all. My eyes do become puffy but that’s under my eyes not on my lid area….does anyone get puffy eyes around the lid area? Unless you’re having some serious allergies or cried yourself silly I doubt you have problems with this. This promises a lasting cooling sensation for puffy, tired eyes! And guess what? It does delivery a cooling sensation. But completely pointless for me…cooling would be fabs UNDER my eye not over it. Sadly, I actually found that the cooling sensation or whatever active ingredient is doing all that cooling created an irritating feeling for me. I’m unsure if I was having a reaction or what but it made my eye feel very strange and after I washed it off it still felt weird. I experienced a bit of blurriness as well but I’m chalking that up to maybe my eye makeup remover? But either way I thought the cooling was absolutely annoying as hell. The best way to describe it would be as if I had placed some dry ice on my eye lid or something. Fair warning for those with sensitive eyes!
Now this is available in two shade selections only which are a flesh colored honey shade and a pale pink shade entitled Petal Shimmer, this is the one I got. The product comes housed in a small glass jar a la MAC Paint Pots. The product has what some may call a “fresh floral” scent however for me it smelled like cheap cosmetics. It’s a creamy shimmer which I consider more of a shadow rather than a base or a brightener. I dunno if it’s my skin tone but I experienced no brightening of my eye area at least not the results I’d see using Benefit Lemon Aid which brightens my eye area up considerably. This simply looks like I’m wearing a pale pink shimmering cream shadow which in fact, is what the product is but just advertised as something more which, in fact, it’s not.
Well that’s two things it doesn’t do so far. No brightening and no soothing my puffy eyes.
Finally it promises to act as a primer for my eye shadow and prevent creasing and fading. Ummm ya….not so much. Mostly it makes applying my shadow more difficult since it pills as I blend my shadow. After the drama of finally getting my shadow on all straight I set out to begin my day and waited out the promise of crease-free shadow! Within 2 hours my shadow began to fall apart, literally. It pilled, it creased, and it just created a whole lot of drama. Not fun.
Three uses, one product. Neutrogena Eye Tints promises three products in one little pot.
Soothes puffy eyes? Fail.
Brightens the eye area? Fail.
Prevents creasing and fading? Fail.
Sadly, it delivers on none of the promise it makes. I’m quite happy that I paid a sale price of $3.98 USD for this as if I’d paid the retail of nearly $9 USD I’d be crying right now at the unjustness of it all. Aside from acting as a very pretty pale pink cream shadow with a hint of shimmer (which I can’t even use it as since it irritates my eye with the “cooling sensation) this pretty much does nothing it claims, so not worth it in this Muse’s opinion.
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Have you tried Neutrogena Eye Tints?
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The Muse so needs to try out Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Concealer!
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I rarely get excited about drugstore cosmetics but this looks promising to say the least. When I was purchasing my cheese mascara at Walgreens I ran across a display of these but sadly all the lighter shades were sold out.
I’m generally curious about the product as it reminds me of Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown’s dual concealers which has the creamy concealer on top and a silky white setting powder on the bottom. I’m not sure but that Flickr photo says $12.79 USD and don’t quote me but I could have sworn it was $8.99 USD around these parts.
Must. have. it. now.
Honestly, it seems promising to say the least and hopefully I can locate it as I’m highly curious if it’s worth the splurge! You know me, concealer gets me happy!
It’s your dear, old Muse here to tell you that cheaper is NOT always better.
This little bottle has a rating of 4.1 on MUA obviously the people who reviewed this are on crack. 4.1? What the hell.
Your Muse decided that cheap was somehow better. This bright idea stems from the fact that I was thinking that $10 USD for a bottle of eye makeup remover was a bit steep and I needed new options in my fight against the obvious recession! By cutting down $4 USD on makeup remover I was making one big step for mankind. I think I was, I’m not sure..maybe…sorta I was.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover promises to effectively remove all traces of eye makeup even waterproof mascara without oily residue. True that. No oily residue here. However, it not only fails to leave behind oily residue it also happens to excel at leaving behind mascara.
Removes waterproof mascara? Come on who you trying to kid. Stop! Go on now, stop it already.
This doesn’t remove waterproof mascara. After swiping my lid for the better part of 5 minutes I was still sporting clumps of mascara on my lashes. Um…hello what happened to the promise of removing my mascara!
I did see some sense on the MUA reviews where someone wrote about how it takes ALOT of this to get off regular mascara never mind waterproof mascara! Some people lost all sense when they mentioned that this was a dupe of Bi-Facil…I told you it’s that crack again! I was considering just tipping my head back and pouring the bottle onto my closed eye lid to see if that would effectively get my mascara off but somehow common sense kicked in and I just settled for rubbing at my eye for the better part of an hour trying to get this to work.
In all seriousness I did try to like this and I can honestly say it doesn’t work too well at removing waterproof anything. It does a mediocre job at best of removing eye makeup and mascara. For $5.99 USD yes indeed it is cheap but just go ahead and splurge a few dollars more to get yourself something that does work.
This one is a miss!
The Muse no likey Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Big waste of $6!
When the forces of Yay or Nay are in effect the Muse gives this one a big:
Dish out the $4 bucks more and grab some Sephora Eye Makeup Remover or just go nuts and buy a bottle of Lancome Bi-Facil! Your mascara will thank you for it at the end of a long night!
Try some removers that contain a healthy dose of Yay by clicking through my past reviews!
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