Today I have a collective review on the Neutrogena Shine Control line for you. I did not receive these for review, however I won them from a contest on Beauty Undercover.
I've been using them for quite a while now and I'm surprised that I haven't heard/read more about this line since it would seem as though a line of products claiming to control shine would have more hype, but after using them, I understand why...
The "secret ingredient" of this line is what Neutrogena calls a rice protein complex, which I guess is what is supposed to be controlling the shine.
It comes in a 1 ounce (30 mL - standard size) black squeezy bottle.
The primer's claims:
- controls shine all day with or without makeup
- extends the wear of makeup
- matte finish
- won't over dry skin or clog pores
The consistency is kind of creamy - it reminds me of the MUFE HD primer which I love so much. It has tiny gritty particles in it that go away as you smooth it into the skin. There is a slight scent that is probably from the rice protein, but nothing too overpowering.
Honestly, it just doesn't control my shine/oil as much as I expected it to. I have tried it with other foundations and it just didn't work as well as my Monistat chafing gel, which I didn't actually think worked until I compared it to this.
It did not extend the wear of my makeup to the point where I noticed anything. It didn't control shine.
It does have a matte finish and won't dry out your skin or clog pores.
I don't know how much this primer costs since I didn't actually buy it, but I think it's on the pricier end of drugstore primers. And I don't think it's worth it to get it, unless you really want to try.
The foundation comes in a bottle similar to Revlon Colorstay - glass bottle with no pump. 1 ounce or 30 mL
The foundation's claims:
- 8 hour shine control; won't over dry skin
- Lightweight, breathable formula; natural look
This foundation is awful. It has a thick formula that is very hard to get out of the bottle. I have to keep the bottle stored upside down so that I can get product out of the bottle when I want to use it. It also has the gritty texture that blends out. It does have a natural finish with very light coverage, but I also feel like the coverage is splotchy. It just doesn't look all that great on my skin.
There is no way that this foundation can control shine for 8 hours. It lasts a few hours on my skin before my skin starts looking gross. I feel like the primer and powder will extend the life of this foundation, but I wouldn't even want to try wearing this without those two along with it.
I'm just not a fan of this foundation and I don't think it's really worth your money. Revlon Colorstay doesn't claim to control shine, yet it does a much better job than this Neutrogena foundation.
The setting powder comes in a circular compact with a mirror and puff. I don't use the powder puff to use this product. You get 0.37 ounces or 10.4 grams of product.
The powder's claims:
- Instantly eliminates shine for a fresh look that lasts all day
- Layers invisibly over makeup
- Matte finish
This powder is probably the gem of the Shine Control line. I actually just hit pan on it today.
It will eliminate the shine. I have used it to both set my foundation and touch up my foundation throughout the day and it will get rid of shine.
It is a translucent powder, so it does layer invisibly. I haven't noticed it looking cakey at all. It also does have a matte finish.
I wouldn't say that this powder will extend the wear of my foundation when I use it as a setting powder. I have other powders that don't claim to be setting powders or shine control powders and they do a better job than this one. But I do think it's a pretty decent powder if you're looking for a translucent powder to set your makeup with and to use as a touch-up.
Depending on how much you want to spend, I would say go for this product.
And now for pictures of me with the products... This is the first time I'm posting my naked face on this blog!!
To the left is my completely naked face and to the right is me with the primer on. Nothing really noticeably different.
To the left is my skin with the foundation on and to the right is with powder on top (of the primer and foundation).
I don't think you can really tell the coverage from the photos, but I would say it is a sheer to medium coverage. The powder, although translucent, does manage to make the foundation look like it covers a little better. I'm wearing the foundation in Classic Ivory 10.
OVERALL, I think if you want to try this line, go ahead, but I don't think it's the best. The powder was the best I tried from the line and it still was pretty mediocre.
Have you tried any of these products? What's your opinion?