Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review: This Neutrogena product has been hyped so much from the day its launched and the company claims that over 20 million jars are sold till date.
So, yeah, it grabbed my attention. But, I didn’t buy that at first because it was clearly mentioned on the tub that the product is meant for Normal – Oily skin and my skin is in side of Dry type and my skin breaks out so easily if it doesn’t like the product. Then, after few months, this product again popped up on my Instagram feed and it had some really good reviews and most people compared it as a dupe of Clinique Moisture Surge. So, this time, I decided to give it a try and purchased it from Nykaa.
Claims for Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated day after day. Our award-winning and bestselling water gel formula absorbs quickly and instantly delivers intense hydration. And it contains Hyaluronic Acid, a hydrator found naturally in the skin, which attracts moisture and locks it in. This formula leaves skin more supple and smooth.
- Plus, it’s an oil-free moisturizer, so you can wear it alone or under makeup as a smooth, velvety primer.
- Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
- 100% alcohol free
How to use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
- Cleanse your face and pat dry.
- Apply toner and serum.
- Apply Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water gel.
Ingredients in Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
PR-016935 Aqua, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Laureth-7, C12-14 Pareth-12, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Benzoic Acid, Parfum, CI 42090.
Price of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
$24.99 for 1.7 oz in USA
₹950.00 for 50gm in India
In Detail Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review, Swatches and My Experience
After using it for over 1 month, I’m writing this review.
Packaging, texture, durability: One of the main reasons behind purchasing this product is packaging. Its so good that you do not want to dispose it even after emptying. It’s a aqua blue sturdy glass tub which gives a very classy, elegant and high-end look. But the weight is on a bit heavier side and might not be considered as travel friendly.
Coming to texture, it is pale icy blue in color and the consistency is somewhere between gel and water. It quickly absorbs into the skin and leaves a good matte finish after its absorbed.
Quantity is also pretty good and only a small amount of product is needed to cover entire face. So, this jar easily lasts for around 3 months if you use of daily basis.
My experiences: In the last few months, my skin became so much acne prone and started forming black spots due to acne. So, when I consulted the dermatologist, she recommended me 2.5% Benzoyl peroxide to use at night. Generally BP makes your skin so dry and if you already have a dry skin, then it makes even more worse.
So, you have to use a gentle moisturizer along with it (Preferably gel based because it absorbs quickly). Hence, I had to keep my Biotique moisturizer ( Biotique Bio Coconut Whitening & Brightening Cream ) aside and jumped to Neutrogena for time being.
Firstly, when I opened the Jar, it smelled so irritating to me like some sort of detergent. It is mild but somehow might not suit to sensitive noses. It took me a while to adjust my senses to that smell.
After cleansing and toning, I took a pea sized amount and applied a layer of it all over my face, apply my acne medication, then pat on another light layer for good measure. Its so quickly absorbed you can’t see any traces of moisturizer after 5 min.
As I have dry skin, I didn’t find it so effective in a long run because it don’t give enough moisture to your skin. But can be used as a base for foundation, it works so well for that purpose.
Comparing it with Clinique moisture surge, I feel the formulation is a bit different for both. Neutrogena can be used effectively for hydration but Clinique one is best in terms of moisturization and hydration. Still, looking at the price of both, Neutrogena one can be compared as an alternative to Clinique ( 50gm of this product costs Rs 2700/- ).
Pros of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
- Packaging is too good.
- Light texture.
- Oil-free. Best suited for sensitive skin.
- Good base for makeup.
- Can be considered as dupe of Clinique.
Cons of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
- Expensive. 950 bucks for a regular drugstore moisturizer sounds too much.
- Not friendly for dry skin people.
- Scent might bother you.
- No SPF. You have to layer this under your sunscreen if heading outside.
- It is not Paraben free.
If you have oily or acne prone skin, then this works as a decent moisturizer. If you have a dry skin, then this might not give you expected results. It doesn’t harm your face and at the same time, it doesn’t give you a moisture feel. If you are a huge fan of Clinique moisture surge but do not want to burn a hole in your pocket, then you can definitely pick this one.