December 15, 2016

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Review & Swatches

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint ($14.99) is a new hydrating foundation tint that’s infused with hyaluronic acid which provides 24 hours of moisture that plumps skin, hydrates it, and helps retain that moisture while offering sheer, fresh coverage. This is part of Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost Makeup Collection for Spring 2017.

So, I’m not old enough to remember Love’s Makeup Line. I’m not even old enough to technically be a Donovan fan girl but I am. You know, I love a good story when I’m reviewing stuff, skip ahead if you want to get straight to review but stick around if you want to chat Love’s makeup line with me. The reason I mention Love is because I can’t really tell you how many times I’ve watched and rewatched all those vintage Love commercials on youTube. And I can’t express how much I adore the fact they used Donovan’s music in the commercials. Swoon! Some of you might already know what a massive Donovan fan I am so, yeah.

I particularly love this silly commercial:

I brought this up because Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint reminds me of the commercial. “This is Love’s Color, it’s just color, it’ll let my freckles show through! That’s pretty much spot on what Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint is. It’s just color, sheer color, it’ll let your freckles show through and other imperfections but it’s perfect for people that already have good skin but need a little brightening up or maybe a touch of natural color.

I love it.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint is available in 10 shade selections and comes housed in a 1 oz glass bottle that has a rather massive sponge applicator. The applicator will remind you of Tarte’s Shape Tape Contour Concealer.

I’ve always expressed that I like foundations that are sheer but have the ability to even out my skin tone and brighten my face while easing dullness. This is why I love this formula. It’s a sheer foundation, well, let’s say tint, that does exactly that. This is a product that takes already good skin and makes it better. It provides natural, lightweight coverage that perfects already good skin. It’ll even out your skin tone and brighten your face but that’s it. This won’t conceal imperfections but might ease some redness and darkness but not conceal it fully. Remember, it’s pretty sheer so, don’t expect a lot. I love the lightweight feel, I love that it doesn’t stick to my drier areas, and I love that it perfects and makes my already good skin look better and more natural. It’s fresh, beautiful coverage that will be perfect for Spring and Summer looks.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Swatches (Natural Beige 60)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Swatches (Natural Beige 60)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Swatches (Natural Beige 60)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Swatches (Natural Beige 60)

I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a tinted moisturizer because the pigmentation is a step above that and also the texture is considerably creamier in comparison. Skin tint is a good way to put it. The texture is very, very creamy and it breaks down into a watery, thinner consistency as you apply it. It’s lightly hydrating but never greasy nor shiny which means it should be ideal for not only drier skin types but also oily ones. It applies like butter! Very smooth, very soft, with a pleasant skin-like finish that doesn’t visibly look like you’re wearing makeup at all nor does it feel like it. It’s quite sheer but it did nicely to brighten up my face as well as evened out my skin tone.

Summer is ages away but this will play oh so nicely in the heat and will look beautifully natural while doing so. It’s a foundation that’s ideal for days you don’t want to go without makeup but you also don’t want to haul out the big guns. It’s great for weekends when you want fresh coverage with a little blush, a little gloss, and maybe just curling your lashes and going. Application is completely easy and quick!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint is a great product if you’re looking for the your skin but better finish. I wouldn’t recommend it for problematic skin types but for those that like light, sheer coverage this is going to be a quick favorite.

Muse Approved.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint is available now at drugstores and at walmart.com and coming soon to amazon.com and Ulta.com.

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I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Sarah

    OMG! How much do I love that retro commercial. Looks 70’s to me. I love going online and looking up vintage cosmetics and Perfum. I am somewhat obsessed with it. I recently went to an auction in Atlanta and I purchased a Steamer Trunk that was made in 1880 and was used by a family to move from Europe to the U.S. in the 1930’s. So cool, love it and I love the retro commercials. wow, have we come a long way in quality of t.v.

    • Isabella Muse

      I think it might be 69 or so! I’d love to see the actress now lol! 😀 OMG so wonderful! I got a new vanity set on auction recently, I collect them! I must have a dozen or more powder jars that range in dates from as early as 1840 through 1950!

      • Sarah

        I love vintage, antique furniture and beautiful vanity dressings. They are so special. Nothing made these days can hold a candle to it. We share a love of cosmetics and antiques. Birds of a feather! I will have to email you when I come to NYC. Lunch or Dinner is on me. 🙂

        • Isabella Muse

          I would love to hang out with you! 😀 No no dinner on me! You should come up to Rhinebeck one day, there are SO many fantastic antique stores and shops! 🙂 truly an experience!

          • Sarah

            That sounds like a date. Food, shopping and friends. I can’t think of anything better!

  • Cheryl

    Great review! How does this compare in coverage to the it cosmetics cc veil cushion compact? I’m wearing that now and wishing there were a cheaper alternative. Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      They aren’t really comparable to be honest. I’d say this has a bit more coverage but I must admit I live the fluid texture of my CC Veil better!

      • Cheryl

        You are just awesome! Thank you! I just finished reading your review of the physicians formula cushion and it is on my shopping list! Now to find a sale… thank you, again, for thinking of me and have a wonderful New Year’s weekend!

          • Cheryl

            Sweet! I don’t mind paying $35-$40 for a good, high quality foundation, but for that price I expect a full ounce! I don’t think the Sephora inside JCPenney’s, which is the only Sephora anywhere near me, carries Belif. I will have to guesstimate as to whether there is a shade that will work for me. My skin tone is tough, as it is truly neutral. Foundations tend to be too pink or too yellow, no matter what brand I try. In the summer, with a tan, I can pull off a more yellow tone, but this time of year, shade selection is iffy. The it cosmetics cc veil and cc cream in “Light” are just about spot on. Maybe the PT or Belif cushion will be neutral, also. I’m almost afraid to look for the Sephora cushion, because if I like it and it is discontinued, I will be seriously bummed!

            Thank you again so very much for thinking of me in your off time! Much appreciated!

          • Cheryl

            Isabella, one last foundation question for you (for now, anyway)… I am not married to the idea of a cushion foundation, so anything that gives me a nice second skin finish like the it cosmetics cc veil is worthy of consideration in my book. I spent some time on Sephora’s website and looked at some YouTube reviews last night, and was wondering if you have tried the Shiseido synchro skin foundation. It looks like slightly higher coverage then the It cc veil, and less dewy (which is fine), but the same kind pf “invisible” fresh finish on the skin. Plus, from the YouTube reviews I saw, the stuff is very long lasting. If you have tried it, what were your thoughts? Yes, I do value your opinion over those of the YouTube reviewers!! Thanks!

          • Isabella Muse

            I haven’t but I am a big fan and supporter of Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation which I believed they axed (but I have seen at macys counters). Aw thanks I’m SUPER flattered 🙂 Have you, by chance, tried those new Hard Candy Mix In Drops? I’m REALLY loving those at the moment. Second skin finish, very lightweight fluid, and they wear quite long! They at meant to be mixed with other mediums but I use a drop for my entire face without mixing! https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2016/11/hard-candy-glamoflauge-mix%e2%80%91in-pigment-makeup-drops-review-swatches.html

          • Cheryl

            I could not reply to your most recent message, so I am replying to this one. I have not tried the hard candy foundation mixer drops. I did try the Cover FX drops and they were awful on me. I tried mixing them with four or five different things, ranging from moisturizer to primer to foundation. They made the finish of every product I mixed them with look unnatural and just greasy on my skin. Sigh… it should not be this difficult. I have been either using the it cosmetics cc cream or cutting the two faced born this way foundation with moisturizer to sheer it out a bit. On the Sephora color IQ scale, I am a 1Y 05. I have not had a lot of luck with drugstore products, as they are rarely neutral in undertone.

          • Isabella Muse

            hm did you get an error? Let me know what happened. I HATE Cover FX drops. They are terrible! Honestly, the Hard Candy ones are much, much better. I didn’t even bother mixing them with anything, I used a small drop as my foundation and they looked amazing 😀 I don’t have much luck with drugstore foundation either, most formulas are awful on me :-/

          • Cheryl

            I did not receive an error message, but after a number of replies are posted, the “reply” button no longer appears at the bottom of the comment thread. ..At least on a mobile device. I had to go back up to the most recent comment containing a reply button and respond to that.

            After trolling through Sephora and Ulta, I have concluded that is probably easier to self tan to match available foundations than to buy a foundation that matches my current skin. The truly neutral options available are too light, too dark, or appear to be either tinted moisturizers, which I already have, or full coverage products, which I don’t want, or absurdly expensive options, which I am reluctant to purchase without the ability to sample first. Of course, the Shiseido Syncro Skin foundation, which looks like it might be a good option, is available online only. I can’t even drive an hour to the closest Sephora store to try it. Ah, first world problems. The next time I am near a Walmart, I will see if they have the hard candy mix in drops and give those a try! Thanks for all of your feedback!

          • Cheryl

            Ok…stopped and picked up the Hard Candy foundation mix in drops. Just got home, loved on the pups for a few minutes, and then scrubbed my face and applied a big drop of the Light 3 to half of my face. Holy crap! What a flawless finish and there is no visible product sitting in my skin! I will have to see how this looks in natural light, and how long it wears on me, but you may have just found me a real winner!!! Thank you! I never would have tried these without your recommendation, given how badly the cover FX drops performed on my skin!

          • Isabella Muse

            Fantastic I am so so happy you like these Cheryl! When I saw them I also kind of stepped back because I hated Cover FX Drops and felt for sure that Hard Candy was trying to duplicate the formula. But Hard Candy aced it, these are a nice lightweight, fluid formula that’s much, much, much better than Cover FX!

          • Cheryl

            Good call! I was expecting the Hard Candy drops to be sort of greasy, like the Cover FX, but the are not. I have not tried mixing them in with anything other than a tiny amount of moisturizer for my dry patches, but I’m looking forward to playing with these to see how they combine with moisturizer and some hydrating primers. Do you like applying the hard candy drops with a sponge, brush, or your fingers? The real techniques complexion brush worked well, but I’m wondering if a sponge would be better?

  • Cheryl

    Thank you. When my skin is looking good, I really like the cc veil too. It’s great this time of year, when it is cold and dry. It does not wear long enough in warmer weather months, which is a real bummer because I love the SPF 50 that it offers.

    • Isabella Muse

      no problem! I LOVE that stuff. It’s my favorite. It’s small and expensive but adore it none the less 😀 Yeah, that’s a problem for me too 🙁 doesn’t wear long at all le sigh! Oh well, still makes my skin look amazing!

      • Cheryl

        I can get about 8-9 hours of decent wear with the CC Veil if I apply it over the hourglass mineral veil primer, but otherwise, it starts to wear off in 5-6 hours. Since I apply my make up around 6 AM, it just doesn’t last for a normal workday.

        • Isabella Muse

          typically I sweep on a little of my favorite Clarins powder, this helps it last considerably longer!

  • Deborah

    I was in my early teens when Love Cosmetics were around. Love made a popular fragrance that everyone wore that had a lemon scent. I also remember their foundation but didn’t wear it. They had a blush face tint in a gel form that came in a tube, in several colors. It was a transparent wash of color and a bit difficult to apply. IMO, their best makeup product were these very ingenious little eyeshadow duos that I collected. In a tiny cylindrical case, you got a matte highlighter of either ivory or light beige with a very neutral deeper color like olive, brown and a plum grey, coupled with a double-ended brush that snapped into the lid. It was so revolutionary in a sea of brightly colored eye makeup at that time! They looked very natural, like you only better. The current popularity of nude eye palettes seems to be a revisiting of that color concept.

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh that was delightful to read Deborah! I don’t remember any of those items although I do remain Love’s Baby Soft and the reformulation of Love’s Lemon fragrance but not the original! I’m obsessed with their packaging and the old adverts and commercials 😀

    • Jennifer

      Oh my god, I totally forgot about their lemon perfume. I’m having olfactory flashbacks right now. My secret joy is watching/reading vintage cosmetic ads. So verbose!

  • BNZ81

    I love how when I go to google something , you’ve already done a review on it. Your on it, girl!!

  • Nancy

    Hello Muse, how do you think this would work for oily skin? What about in comparison with the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Aging Perfector?

  • Romina

    Hello Muse! Love your reviews! I was wondering if you couod help me… I am about an NC20 in MAC. Which shade would you recommend in this product? I would love to try it, but the shades are a little confusing.. SOS thanx! XOXO

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m not sure Romina, I’m not very familiar with MAC’s range of shades, their foundations have never really worked for me 🙁 sorry!

    • Cheryl

      My skin tone is pretty close to yours at NC 20. I have light-medium skin with a very neutral undertones. ( Sephora color IQ 1Y06). I recommend that you try Shade 40. It is a tad light, but it’s very forgiving because it is fairly sheer, so I can make it work for me on it’s own. However, I have found that a mixture of shades 40 and 60 is perfect. Shade 50 is too pink.

  • Romina

    Thank you both (Cheryl and Muse) so much!

    I will for sure try it out and see how I like it…

    May you have a great day!!

    • Isabella Muse

      No thanks for me, I didn’t do anything xoxo! hanks again Cheryl! Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully the sun comes out today!

      • Cheryl

        Happy to help! I am wearing this foundation today and I love it! I still love the Hard Candy drops, Isabella, but the Neutogena is much more hydrating and comfortable when my skin is being dry and cranky.

        • Isabella Muse

          😀 You’re the best! I like it for my minimal days, it’s a nice quick application and it looks fabulous on my dry skin! Def a love 😀

  • Dorian Louis

    Hello! Thanks for the review. I am a SAG actor/Pro screenwriter/film director/author/musician etc. and since you’re such a Donovan fan, I wanted to let you know that my band, The Dark in Here, did a remake and video for Season of the Witch. Here is a link! I hope you enjoy it. Our music is available on Soundcloud!
    https://youtu.be/T82hEa5zBqU