Neutrogena Shine Control Foundation & Powder Review

28 September 2012

Okay, so I know that I've been on a slight roll with blogging, haha. So let's keep this going, right? I recently posted a haul post and I had mentioned that I picked up the Shine Control Powder and Foundation from Neutrogena. Well, I've had these for about three weeks now and have been using them pretty regularly, so it's review time, yes?

I would just like to say that I've only used two methods to apply this. I'm not a big fan of paddle style foundation brushes, so I didn't use one, plus I don't think this foundation would be that great with one. Using a wet sponge will usually get a decent effect, but I'm out of sponges. So, yeah, sorry. This will be the easiest foundation review to read, especially from me, haha.

Okay, so let's get into it. Obviously, judging by the name, this is for people with oily skin who are looking for shine control, so this is not going to be the best thing ever if you have dry skin. At least the foundation won't be. You could use the powder if you do get oily in the t-zone or something but let's be real here - dry skinned people typically don't have to worry about shiny patches on their face, so let's get that part out of the way - This is not meant for people with dry skin and it will most likely wear pretty badly if you DO have dry skin and, for some reason, decide you need this particular foundation for whatever reason.

Neutrogena has some stuff to say in regards to their special rice protein formula and I'm just going to let them say it, because they'll definitely say it better than I can, haha:

Stay shine-free all day with Neutrogena Shine Control Collection. Our revolutionary line combines lightweight, breathable makeup with our exclusive rice protein complex. This amazing makeup continuously absorbs oil throughout the day, minimizes the look of pores and leaves a soft, non-shiny finish — all without over-drying skin.

Neutrogena's Exclusive Rice Protein Complex

Unlike more commonly used oil absorbers, such as clay particles which are slow-acting in soaking up excess oil, our exclusive Rice Protein Complex acts like tiny sponges to instantly eliminate shine & continuously absorb oil for 8 hours. In fact, 84% of women who tried it reported shine-free skin all day."

Shine Control Liquid Makeup

Neutrogena® Shine Control Makeup helps provide 8 hour shine control in a lightweight, breathable formula. Shine Control Makeup blends perfectly for natural-looking coverage with a soft, matte finish. Broad-spectrum SPF 20 helps protect against sun damage.

Works perfectly with Neutrogena® Shine Control Primer & Shine Control Powder.

  • 8 hour shine control
  • Lightweight, breathable formula
  • Won't over dry skin
  • Broad spectrum SPF 20"

Let's start out with the foundation - I actually REALLY like this product. I have it in the shade "Natural Beige 60" and I think it's a pretty good match for me. It's slightly yellow-er than I'd usually prefer, but all in all, it blends into my skin coloring and I don't really need to blend it down my neck.

The longest I've worn this foundation was 12 hours and it was all but gone by then. Which isn't a factor, because this foundation only claims to last 8 hours and that it did. It did start breaking down a bit around the 7 hour marker, but it wasn't super noticeable if you weren't right in my face, haha.

This has a weird consistency - it's very thick and I'm not crazy about the bottle because it's pretty annoying to try and get product out of the damn bottle. Actually, I usually end up getting too much because I pretty much have to slam it against my hand several times and hope for the best. I like how glass bottles look, but I would have definitely preferred a squeeze tube! But the other thing I noticed was that this felt slightly gritty when you blended it into the skin. I don't know if that's the "rice protein" aspect or not though.

I've used a lot of long wearing foundations that I really like but strangely enough, I don't have a massive amount of ones that are supposed to keep your face matte. I suppose it's pretty much the same concept, but I actually know some people who have dry skin who still wear and like products like ColorStay from Revlon or the SuperStay foundation from Maybelline, so I do believe there is a difference. Also, this isn't marketed as a long-wearing foundation - 8 hours is a respectable amount of time, but let's face it - when you're a student and you also work, you are frequently up and out long after the 8 hour marker and this stuff doesn't have it in it to last through a super long haul.

I've tried applying this two ways - I blended it in with my hands, and I used the stippling/buffing brush from Real Techniques and I actually like the finish both ways. I think you'd get a little more coverage out of your hands, and since this foundation is so bloody thick, using your hands helps melt the product down a bit better, but the brush application is still pretty flawless looking. It blends into my skin, doesn't look super cakey for the most part (this doesn't look that hot on my dry patches around my mouth and fact, it looks downright horrible, but we've already established that this is NOT MEANT FOR DRY SKIN.) I like light to medium coverage, so I didn't attempt to build this up, but I imagine that you could.

(I know you're probably wondering why the bloody hell I keep stressing this...I can't tell you how many times I've read and also heard people while working in Ulta bitterly complaining about a foundation...only to find out they hated it because it was too drying or too greasy...when it was meant for either an oily complexion or a dry one. And I always want to tell them not to be a dumbfuck, good lord. Basically, it must be nice to have enough money to throw away on products because you're too lazy to read. the. goddamn. packaging. Anyway, I'm ranting and digressing quite a lot, so back to the review.)

Finally. The shine control aspect. Did it work? Yes and no. The weather has been super nice lately and because it's been all cool and fall-like outside, I haven't been sweating or getting nearly as oily as I was in the summer. So, yeah, my face was shine-free for sure, but how much of that can I attribute specifically to this foundation? Dunno. That being said, it wears great when I unload truck at Ulta, and I get sweaty as fuck and also really oily in general when I'm doing truck, hence why I'm still saying this worked well enough.

This does contain sunscreen, of the titanium dioxide kind, so if that's your thing, you'll be pleased, haha. I don't dislike sunscreen, but my moisturizer already contains SPF 30, so it's a bit of a non-issue to me, seeing as how you can't exactly "stack" SPF.

Do I recommend this for people with oily skin? Yes, I do. I really like this stuff, and it wears well and lives up to its general claims.

Shine Control Powder

Neutrogena® Shine Control Powder helps skin stay shine-free and fresh-looking all day. The lightweight powder with patent-pending rice protein technology acts like a sponge to absorb excess oil and instantly eliminates shine for a fresh look that lasts for 8 hours. Layers invisibly over makeup with a matte finish.

Works perfectly with Neutrogena® Shine Control Makeup & Shine Control Primer.

  • Blends invisibly into skin for a flawless look that’s never overdone
  • Perfect for on-the-go touch ups
  • Won't over dry skin or clog pores"

This is one of those "invisible" or "translucent" powders - it only comes in one universal shade. I've been using it as a combination of a setting powder and a blotting powder when I need to touch up and I don't hate it nor love it. It sets my makeup and keeps the shine away, so it succeeds with that. It doesn't go on super cakey when touching up.

It can look a little ashy on me. Also, if I use this with the foundation, it can actually make my skin feel kind of dry and powdery. I apply this with a duo-fiber fan brush when using it as a setting powder. I use the same brush to touch up; I think if I used the puff, it WOULD start to look packed on.

Overall, I like this powder and I would recommend it, but I don't think it's an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY.

I did a little hand demo, haha.

Bare hand. Ignore the sparkles, haha. I was doing swatches for my Project Runway post, and thought I had gotten rid of them, but I guess not.

As you can see, this is a bit yellow, even for me. But, again, it stills looks decent when blended.

Foundation blended all the way. I'd definitely say medium coverage.

This is what it looks like when set with the powder. It's a bit dry looking to me, but who knows. And, at any rate, it IS on my hand, and not my face!

I don't have any shots of my bare skin, but I'm sure I can dig one up and edit it into this post later. PICSPAM TIME.

The end! :)


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