Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence Review

Hello ladies,
Today I am going to review an essence from the Neutrogena Hydro Boost skincare range. I have been looking for a water-based moisturiser that will not add any oil to my greaseball face but give it the necessary hydration. So when I tested the Hydro Boost range, I was a happy bunny.


Price: 16 SGD for 30 ml (Rs 760)
Shelf Life: 3 years

Product Description:
With innovative “Progressive Release System”, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence is quickly absorbed to quench your skin’s thirst. This unique concentrated formula with purified Hyaluronic acid and Olive extract provides up to 3 times moisture level, making it available to dry skin cells. Skin is fully hydrated with a glow all day long.
Every morning and night after clear lotion, massage evenly over face and neck.

Key Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene, Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Olivate, Bisabolol.

My Experience with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence:

Packaging: The essence comes in a blue-coloured plastic, pump dispenser bottle. The bottle looks big for a 30 ml product but it is quite travel friendly.

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I love water-based skincare. I have very oily skin and so prefer lightweight, nongreasy water-based moisturisers. In summers, a sunscreen is enough to give my skin the necessary hydration along with sun protection. But in winters, I need a bit more. My blemishes become dry/flaky and the skin around my nose/mouth becomes stretchy and tight. So I like a light moisturiser which gives my skin some relief without feeling heavy and greasy. During my Singapore trip, I came across Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost range and picked up their essence and water gel.


The essence is pale white in colour and has a synthetic cool scent. I like the scent; it will not be a problem for sensitive noses as it fades away soon after application. Its consistency is just right, not very thick or runny, making it very easy to apply. One pump is sufficient for my entire face. It feels cool on application and the face feels very fresh. It gets absorbed into the skin very fast and makes me forget that I applied something just after a few seconds. The essence is advised to be followed up with the water gel in the same range. But I use only the essence in the morning as it is moisturising enough for my skin. Following it up with the water gel or any other moisturiser is too much for my skin and it becomes greasy. I’m using it morning and night for almost 40 days and can say my face appears less shiny and the dry patches seem to behave very well. The hydration lasts all day for my oily skin.


Pros of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence:

• Oil free.
• All day hydration.
• Calms the dry patches.
• Easily absorbed into skin.
• Travel-friendly packaging.

Cons of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence:

• Chemicals (phenoxyethanol).
• Synthetic scent(not a con for me).
• Availability in India.

IMBB Rating: 4/5 (-1 for chemicals)

Will I Repurchase/Recommend Neutrogena Hydro Boost Essence?
Yes, I will repurchase this in the next winters. Oily-skin girls with dry patches would love it.

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