Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review

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This is it, folks. I’ve found the best moisturizer for oily skin. And no, this isn’t sponsored. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to go to Neutrogena’s headquarters to tour their plant & we even got to talk to Naomi Furgiuele–the Vice President of Global Beauty Care. She’s literally a scientist (chemical engineering) so she talked with us about the science behind Neutrogena products. I totally got to geek out and ask as many questions as I wanted! If you’re interested in my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel review, keep on reading!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review

We tried a lot of different products and went over products that I already love (the Pink Grapefruit Scrub has done wonders for clearing up breakouts on my chest/shoulders/back) but I got to try a product that was completely new to me: the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. There are two versions: the Water Gel and the Gel Cream. The Gel Cream is for people with “extra dry skin”, so in other words, not for me ? Though, I will say that I still liked it…

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Traditional moisturizers generally tend to use an emollient to ‘seal in’ the moisturizer on top of the skin barrier, leaving the skin with a slick or oily residue. With the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, the emollient apparently settles into the skin with the other ingredients. This product is full of moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid (holds 1,000x it’s weight in water). The Gel Cream (the version for dry skin) is said to contain more glycerin, if I remember correctly.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimenticone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethaqnol, Polyacrylamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, C12-14 Pareth -12, Sodium Hydroxide, Blue

What I love about this moisturizer the most is that it instantly hydrates my skin, but the finish is…drumroll please…COMPLETELY. MATTE. I know. I was shook, too. This moisturizer leaves zero shine or residue, it literally just leaves my face looking completely matte.

The hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin instantly and makes it feeling super plump and super smooth. Like, silky smooth. It makes my skin so silky smooth that I’m guilty of sometimes using it as a hand cream. I literally don’t even know how to explain how this makes my skin feel. You’ll need it try it out for yourself.

Though it’s full of moisturizing ingredients, it does not feel like a heavy cream at all. It’s a very lightweight water-based gel that soaks into the skin immediately upon application. It doesn’t feel like I’m putting anything on my face and like I said, the finish is really smooth and completely matte. I find that I don’t even need to use makeup primers when using this moisturizer! Definitely one of my favorite moisturizers for my oily skin.

My rating: ★★★★★ 5/5

If you liked my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel review, watch my August Favorites below to see it in action:


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Have you ever tried this moisturizer? Thoughts? Comment below!


Disclaimer: This blog post is NOT sponsored, the product was purchased by myself, and all opinions are 100% my own!


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  • Reply
    September 9, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    I like this moisturizer too, I just wish it didn’t have the fragrance in it. Maybe I’ll try the cream version.

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    September 10, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    YES I WAS SO EXCITED WHEN I SAW THIS! This is my holy grail product I’ve tried the most expensive oily skin moisturizers and I keep coming back to this one. It’s cheap and it has SAVED my crazy oily skin. I believe you when you say this is your honest opinion bc I’ve seen the magic myself gurl.

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      September 23, 2017 at 6:44 PM

      It’s really one of my favorites for my oily skin! Also love using it as a makeup primer as well haha

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