Super Light Foundation Coverage for Summer: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

Neutrogena Health Skin Enhancer Foundation review
I bought this "foundation" about 2 or 3 months ago after hearing my friend Melissa rave about it for a few weeks. Melissa worked at a Clinique counter for years, and her makeup always looks very well pulled together, so I take her recommendations pretty seriously. She loved this product for the light coverage, ease of use and how she can't tell it is on her skin.

So, off I went to Walmart to pick a shade. And.... I hated this foundation the first couple of times I used it. Truly, just hated it with a passion. It was streaky and wouldn't blend. It didn't have my beloved medium coverage, leaving freckles visible (*gasps*). If Melissa brought it up, I just said "mmhmm, you said you liked it" and got all shifty eyed.

Then summer happened. And it became hot and humid (I AM in the midwest now after all, this isn't a surprise). I couldn't bear to look at my medium coverage foundations. I needed something lighter. I decided to give the Neutrogena a second try. It actually took a few extra tries, but once I figured out the quirks, something clicked. Now I get it. I see now why Melissa was raving, and have to share with you!

It's true, this is definitely not medium coverage foundation. I hesitate to even call it "foundation". I'm not really sure what else to call it, but it is definitely a sheer-light coverage. It has the consistency of a foundation, and I apply it by just spreading it on my face with my fingertips. I start in the center and spread out to ensure that most of the product is applied around my nose and center of my face. It needs to be blended, and it does respond well to fingertips or a brush, they both just smear the product around. Just sweep a makeup sponge around quickly and the problem is solved.

One thing that is a bit odd about this product is that it sometimes has some clumps in it, and they will smear strangely on your face. They look a lot darker than the rest of the product when clumped together on your skin. It looks strange, like there's a booger on your face. (Yes, that is a technical term.) If you blend it with your sponge it will blend in and the color will behave itself again. I have no idea how or why this happens, just don't let it frighten you. Blend it away.

After all of that work (ok, blending with a sponge for about 10 seconds) I apply concealer, powder, etc as usual. The result? My skin looks perfect. I don't look like I'm wearing foundation, but you can't tell that I might be a bit red or uneven in tone. You can still see my freckles though, which I now kind of like. How did they do that? I'm not sure. At the end of the day my skin looks just as good. As an added bonus, I can't feel it on my skin either, so I don't feel like I'm wearing a heavy makeup mask in the midwestern summer.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer


  1. how did this function in terms of preventing the melty-face-look of summer's heat and humidity? i'm in central texas and my usual regime isn't holding up! i've been looking at MAC blot powder and mineralize natural powder but would love something cheaper and more skin-nourishing. thoughts?


  2. L~
    It definitely holds up better than my heavier foundations, and even if I do end up all sweating/melty the fallout isn't quite as bad.

    For the most humid days (I have a lot of those- I live in Michigan now), I've had really good luck with Milk of Magnesia as a primer. With MoM, I have had absolutely no issues, and haven't had to use blotting paper in months despite the heat/humidity! Obviously Central Texas might be different, but give it a try. Here's my post on MoM as a mattifying primer. I know it isn't skin nourishing, but with using the MoM you should still be able to use your normal moisturizer and any ingredients that it might have, which is likely better in the long run.

    Let me know how that works!

  3. thanks so much for the advice! i've spent the summer in michigan before so i'm inclined to think you know what you're talking about.



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