I recently won the entire Neutrogena Hydro Boost range in a competition on Candice-Lee's blog In My Bag and I thought I'd share with you my first impressions on the range. As the name suggests, I haven't given everything a proper go, but I have used everything once or twice.
Hydro Boost Cleanser - Micellar Water
I love micellar waters, it's the only makeup remover I use. That being said, I've used a couple that have either stung my eyes or have been as ineffective as normal water would be to remove makeup. I was therefore a bit hesitant to try this micellar water, but I can honestly say that it is a fantastic product. It's gentle yet very effective - it doesn't sting my eyes, yet it removes my makeup with ease. Mascara was a bit of a problem, but I won't say that that is a problem unique to this particular micellar water. It has a light and fresh scent and afterwards my skin was left hydrated and not parched like with some other micellar waters.
Hydro Boost Cleanser - Water gel
I was yet again hesitant to use this product as I've had the experience in the past where gel cleansers have left my skin dry and tight, and sometimes even itchy. I was thus pleasantly surprised when this cleanser created a gentle, fresh-smelling foam that cleansed my skin and hydrated it at the same time. My skin felt clean and comfortable and I could extend the time between cleansing and toning compared to other gel cleansers. I've also had no breakouts from this.
Hydro Boost Cleanser - Facial Wipes
There is a love/hate relationship in the blogging community with regards to facial wipes. Half of the community seems to love using it and the other half hates it. It was Caroline Hirons who said wipes should only be used for the 3 F's: festivals, flights, and fannies. The only time I use wipes is when we are away on holiday and even then I still pack in a small bottle of micellar water. I would never just use a facial wipe and then go to bed, but, a facial wipe is better than nothing (at least you're attempting to clean your face!). These wipes are soft and non-scratchy (I hate scratchy wipes!) and are saturated in product (I hate dry wipes even more!). It has the same Hydro Boost smell as the other products and I have to say, they feel very nice on the skin. When testing out the range I'll use the micellar water to remove my eye makeup and then run the cotton rounds over the rest of my face before going in with a wipe. They're quite pricey, but I would say that they are otherwise on par with the Garnier Micellar Water Wipes.
Hydro Boost Water Gel
From what I've heard so far, these moisturisers are the star(s) of the show. There is a gel-cream for dry skins and a water gel for the rest of the spectrum. I will be giving the gel-cream to my mom as her skin is very dry and I think this will be perfect for her. I've tried the water gel and I really like it so far. The texture is very light and it reminds me of Clinique Moisture Surge. The scent is very light and I don't think it will be an issue for people with sensitive skins. My skin felt nicely hydrated and not greasy, but I will have to try it some more to form a fair opinion.
Have you tried any of these products? Is there a product that you want me to do an in-depth review on? Let me know in the comment section.
Until next time!