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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Product Review: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

As I have mentioned a lot of times on my previous posts, water-based or gel moisturizers work best for my combination-oily skin. While I fell in love with Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, I have been cheating on it with another moisturizer that pretty much does the same for me and that is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. I luckily won this jar from The Beauty Bin's giveaway a few months ago and I thought it would be best to wait for a few months before finally giving it a review. When it comes to skin care products, I think a day or two or even a week won't be enough to test it, thus, the long wait. Anyway, here is my review now.

What I like:

  • I like how "watery" the color of the packaging is. The jar is also pretty sturdy as I've dropped it a few times and it never cracked or shattered.
  • This is a non-greasy and lightweight moisturizer. It definitely doesn't make my skin oilier than it is.
  • It gets easily absorbed by the skin.
  • It doesn't just moisturize my skin - it hydrates it. 
  • Texture is a bit more runny than Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and a bit more gel-like as compared to Celeteque Facial Moisturizer. It's just right - not too thick and not too runny or watery either.
  • It leaves a semi-matte finish on the skin which makes it a good makeup base, helping my primer and/or foundation glide smoothly.
  • The scent initially worried me as it is quite strong but I'm glad that the fragrance in it did not cause any allergic reaction. No break outs either.
  • A little goes a long way. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover my entire face and neck.
  • I apply this at night and I wake up to a smoother, softer, and more supple skin.
  • Works super awesome with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. These two made my skin so much better.
  • Since it keeps my skin balanced, it no longer oils up as much as it used to.
  • The manufacture and expiry date are visible on the jar.
  • Locally available at major department stores and drugstores nationwide.

What I don't like:

  • The scent could've been a little less strong or they can simply do away with it. I always apply it in front of a fan so the fragrance would be gone in just a matter of seconds.
  • Since the product is in a jar, you'll definitely need a spatula or transfer it to an airless pump bottle for more hygienic ways to use it.
  • Does not relieve itch just like the Clinique one does for me but I'm still cool with it as a moisturizer.

Overall rating: 4/5 If the scent isn't that strong, it certainly would've gotten a higher rating from me.

Will I buy again? Yes! It works just like Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (I know! I gotta stop comparing!) as a moisturizer for me and it is cheaper by a few hundreds so I guess this is a cheaper alternative for me. I will repurchase as long as it doesn't stop working for me and if budget permits.

A closer look

Manufacture and Expiry dates
Have you tried this moisturizer? How do you find it?

Happy November, everyone! :)



  1. this is in my to-try list. medyo mahal for neutrogena though but still cheaper than clinique.

  2. I love that clinique one like you, wish I could check this one out in Japan >_<

  3. Argee (the beauty bin) gave me a sample of this. It's good but I didn't like the smell too. Smells like detergent.

  4. i hope they have it for normal skin :( havent found my perfect moisturizer

  5. This is interesting one! I always use gel based moisturizer too 'coz it does sink in the skin better than the cream ones. Great review sis! :)

  6. i love this too! and am on my second jar! *doing the happy dance!*

    i dropped mine a couple of times too and although it didn't break, there were minor chippings on the sides. still, you're right - very sturdy!

    yey for great skin!

  7. yay! parang i want to try it.. hom hom hom..
    tenchoo for sharing pammycakes.. enabler!

  8. I'm using this try now but still I'm looking for a moisturizer with SPF.

  9. I've been wanting to try neutrogena's line like forever >.<~ thx for the review

  10. Ooo. I wanna try this!

  11. hullow pammy! :) i haven't tried this yet but i think it's a good product since you like it. i'm also wondering how strong the scent is? hehehe. :]

  12. yes, i have to try this.
    i like this & there not any side affects with this one.
    i prefer to every one use this water Gel

  13. I don't like any make up cosmetics, because I wish to live with nature

  14. I definitely wanna try this after reading your post :) Hope I can find it somewhere <3

  15. Follow me I'm following

  16. pammycakes!! where are you? i miss you and your posts. :(

  17. I'm happy you're liking it all the way.

    My skin's been on the dry side lately (sigtns of aging na ito) and i just had to use another moisturizer to get the hydration my skin needs. I use the hydro boost water gel on top of my moisturizer to prime my face for foundation.

    I hope to see you soon! I miss you and the gurrlss!

  18. I tried this and did remind me of clinique moisture surge. This is also on my top lists as soon as I'm done with the moisture surge. :) Not fan of the scent either but comapred to other brands, this one has a lighter scent. :)

  19. seems like a good product, i use laneige water sleeping pack looks similar ^^

    CMPang x

  20. mmm the cilnque one did not work for me ~ so perhaps this 1 won’t work for me either @__@

    xoxo HitomiNeko xoxo

  21. i'm here to spam! :P joke joke!
    i miss you again pammycakes!!! i know you're busy but i hope i see a post on your blog soon. :)

  22. I havent tried this pammy. The one that i am using kasi ung sa loreal. Great review sis. I will add this on my xmas list.

  23. i miss pmmycakes posts! >.< IMY pammy!!! i hope you are ok. :)


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