I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and hopefully it’s not rainy where you are! (I’m at the beach visiting my friend, but alas, I haven’t even touched the sand.) Today I’m talking about a line that I have been absolutely obsessed with. I included a few of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost products in my April Hits & Misses post as my #1 hit. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this obsessed with basically an entire line, and even longer since I’ve been obsessed with an affordable line. As I said in the other post, I’ve always kind of ignored Neutrogena as a brand. They have a reputation of being a teen acne brand and since their acne products never really worked that well on me, I’ve never given them much thought. I’ve also tried foundations over the years that I never really loved.
But when I told a coworker that I was desperately trying to find a good eye cream that didn’t cost $40 or $50, she told me she uses the Hydro Boost Eye Cream. It’s $20, which is hella expensive for a drugstore brand, but good eye creams tend to be $30 at the cheapest, so I decided to give it a try along with the Overnight Gel Mask. I absolutely fell in love. Has the eye cream completely changed my eyes? No. It’s not a miracle product, but it’s cooling and soothing and works well under makeup. The sleeping mask was great. This $3 little jar is enough to last several days and you will wake up with noticeably hydrated skin. And you’re talking to a drrrry ass bitch lol. I just wish it had a closeable lid!! If you could twist the lid closed it could last weeks. Needless to say, I was impressed. So I went back and got a serum and gel-cream for extra dry skin. Both also have that cooling, soothing gel formula that just feels amazing on. (If you’re familiar with or have ever tried Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer, this feels almost exactly the same. I can’t attest for if their results are the same, though.) I’ve spent a lot of years trying to cure my dry skin with thick, heavy moisturizers, but this stuff is light yet powerful.
I looked on Neutrogena’s website and saw that they have a pretty expansive Hydro Boost line. In addition to everything I’ve mentioned, there’s a multivitamin serum, sunscreen, foundation, concealer, lip gloss and treatment, mascara and sheet masks. I don’t know why but that mascara was really calling to me, and I’m addicted to my Chanel mascara, so I felt like I really needed to try it. A few months after trying the line for the first time, and with this beach trip planned, I ordered the sunscreen and of course, the mascara.
Ok, I really can’t understand how this line is SO GOOD. The mascara blew me away. It doesn’t clump or flake, it makes your lashes look full and long and it almost doesn’t look like you’re wearing mascara at all. Now, most of the time I want my eyelashes to be extreme and ridiculous, so natural is not really what a word I want to use, however, sometimes you just need a little oomph but don’t want the whole nine yards. If I want to be a little more extreme, I layer this and another mascara because this one helps smooth out any clumps. But it’s great on it’s own, and $10 isn’t a bad deal.
The sunscreen smells good and feels good on. Even though it says it’s a gel-cream, it feels like it falls somewhere in the middle. It’s not quite a heavy lotion but it’s also not quite a normal gel-cream. Since I was hoping to be using this while I was laying on the beach, I would have been able to say whether it actually kept me from getting burnt, but since the weather isn’t cooperating, I can’t vouch for its performance in that way. The biggest problem is that if you spend a lot of time outside and follow how much sunscreen you’re actually supposed to apply in a day, you’d go through this so fast, and at $13 for 3 ounces, that would add up. Price is a big problem with the entire line. Most of the skincare products cost around $20 (with some exceptions, like the masks) which I think is just way too much for a drugstore product. The makeup is more reasonably priced, except the concealer, which is $15. That’s too much! I’ve made the exception because I really like what I’ve tried, but I don’t know if I’d continue to use all the products that I have once I run out.
The biggest problem with Neutrogena, though, which I only found out after buying everything, is that they are not cruelty free. I don’t know why, but I assumed that they wouldn’t test on animals, but they do. That really pisses me off. Neutrogena is too big a brand to make any excuses for that. They can afford other methods for one, but they should be setting an example for other brands. I’m sure there are quite a few products I use from brands that are not cruelty free, so I can’t sit here and pretend I only buy cruelty free, but it does make me mad that companies are still doing this in 2018. Can we stop torturing animals please? I do love these products but it does make me reconsider purchasing again.
Putting that aside, I would recommend you try this line out if you’re curious. But if you have favorite cruelty-free brands, please please do comment below so I can try them out!