July 26, 2012

Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Neutrogena recently launched a Shine Control Makeup Collection which includes a range of foundation that promise eight hour shine control as well as an SPF 20.

I don’t need too much oil control to be honest since my skin is drier but I do suffer from a combination skin in the Summer. We probably all go through a stint of oily or shiny skin in the warmer months particularly when we are spending so much time outdoors.

I tested out Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup earlier this month and here are some of thoughts.

This is affordable liquid foundation at around $6.99-$8 for a 1 oz size. It does provide sheer to medium coverage with better coverage if you build. Pigmentation, SPF, and the 1 oz size does prove a good overall value.

I find the SPF 20 (titanium dioxide) a little weak, I personally prefer higher however I am happy to report the added sun protection does not morph the formula. Too many times foundation products come across greasy or too heavy when SPF is added in the mix. Thankfully this has the feel and finish of a traditional liquid makeup sans SPF.

Oil control is provided by a rice protein complex in the foundation. I felt it performed fairly well on my combination skin inside and outdoors and kept shine at bay. I don’t think it’ll successfully tame shine on oily skin for a solid eight hours. If you’re lucky you might see some mattifying properties for two to three hours of wear.

I think the texture is a bit odd. It feels slightly gritty upon application but does apply smoothly without looking patchy or dry. It has a touch of a dewy finish at first application and a satiny dry down within a few moments. As with must drugstore foundation it oxidizes fairly quickly on me (within the first 90 minutes) and proceeds to fade away within a two hour period. The wear time is fairly short sadly and is even shorter if you’re wearing it outside on a warm day.

Soft Beige 50

Overall, Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup isn’t exactly all that great at taming oil. Add to the fact a grainy formula (how odd!) and a short wear time and you might want to second guess your purchase. I personally don’t like liquid foundations as I find them messy to work with but the added quirky negatives here make me like it even less.

This one just didn’t do it for me.

Available now at drugstores.

Tried it?

Do share your thoughts!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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  • Jayme

    The grittiness is likely the rice powder. I have a l’occtaine rice shine conrolling serum that also initially feels a bit gritty when it is applied.

  • Kaitlin

    The shine control primer was gritty. As I told you before, CS sent me a coupon for $10…and then I LOST IT! I’m searching for it like crazy lol. I need foundation to last AT LEAST six hours so I just can’t get behind something that fades away that quickly.

    • the Muse

      me too Kaitlin I prefer all day tbh! I hope you find it!!!!!!!!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Gritty?!? Weird. I wonder why on Earth they decided to do that?? And jeez, if it only lasted 2 hours on YOUR skin, I hate to think how quickly it would wear away on my very oily skin :/

  • Rachel

    Short wearing time for product intended for oily skinned ppl? Bad! Bad! I have the sample packet sitting on my desk. Want to go feel the texture now. lol

  • danielle

    ahh! again thanks for saving me money! do you know of a good oil control foundation? since you don’t typically have oily skin, i’m not sure if you’ve tried many others, but i have SUCH an oily t-zone, and i can’t seem to find my HG go-to yet!

    • the Muse

      I haven’t tried many danielle but might I suggest deslick in a tube? it’s FREAKING AMAZING! ;-D ’nuff said!

    • Charlotte

      I have found that primer is really the key to good oil control. Milk of Magnesia and Black Radiance Complexion Perfection are my HG. I wear them even if I am not wearing foundation, and they take me from total oil slick within an hour (we are talking so bad I can wipe a sheet of oil off my forehead and my bangs are soaked through) to oil free all day even in the heat and humidity ( I live in S. Louisiana). HTH

  • Ami

    I enjoyed the finish of this one. I still got oily but it continued to look natural on my skin and didn’t cake up. Unfortunately, it broke me out pretty badly so this is a no-go. Dang Neutrogena, I am disappoint.

  • Cindy

    I am so disappointed! Thanks for the review. I’m always on the lookout for anything new with oil control. I’ve got awful oily and acne prone skin. I was hoping for a lot better from Neutrogena! I’ll just stick with my Revlon Colorstay for oily skin.

    • the Muse

      aw sorry to disappoint cindy! <3! you're most welcome, I hope it helped!

  • renee

    i wasted my money and bought the primer … crap! primed nothing. actually it primed my skin to become super shiny and even more oily in less than 2 hrs

    • Kara

      I’d try Smashbox’s Anti-Shine primer. However, it’s one of those products that either works for you extremely well or doesn’t work for you at all.

  • Montana

    I too have super oily skin. Thanks for saving me the money & headache of trying another foundation that does not perform what it claims. For other fellow oily skinned gals, I have found if I use Milk of Magnesia OR Clean & Clear’s Mattifying Moisturizer (from the “Finishes” line) I stay shine free for at least 6 hours! Unheard of for me! Also, if I use Estee Lauder’s Double Wear liquid foundation over the milk of magnesia I am shine free all day! Don’t have to blot even once, its amazing! Hope this helps someone!

  • Inica

    I may be the only one who likes this foundation! lol. I have combination oily skin with the main problems in the t-zone area as well. I do admit that I still have oily skin at the end of the day; however, I think the main reason why I like it so much is because I believe it has cleared up my acne. Call me crazy, but I think the rice protein is good for my skin, particularly the acne around my lower cheeks. I’ve heard that acne around the lower cheeks is due to hormonal changes and imbalances, but I honestly feel that that issue isn’t the problem causing the acne there. After using this foundation for about two weeks, my acne started to clear up. Has anyone else experienced this?

    • charlotte

      I’ve never used this particular product, but I did make a major change in my oily skin about two years ago …a combination of serious moisture (evoo every day), no more soaps/acids/toners etc, a mattifying primer containing kaolin clay (black radiance complexion perfection), and milk of magnesia on T zone for even more oil control. My acne disappeared virtually overnight, as did my blackheads, oil slick areas, and flaky patches. This is something I suffered with for over 20 years. I still get the occasional hormonal breakout.. but it is really small and gone in about 48 hrs. The rice protein should have a similar effect in both reducing oil and soothing irritation.