Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Make Up Blemish Treatment Review

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Make Up Blemish Treatment Review

Hi Pretty IMBBians,

Happy New Year.  Hope you had a wonderful day!! Ours was also great, enjoyed New Year’s fireworks at SFO Piers.  Its great to know that US government organizes mesmerizing fireworks especially on 4th of July (Independence Day of United States) and 31st December (New Year) every year at various places all over US. However, it was a real mess to walk miles and miles for bart train after the show with a baby who refuses to sit back on the stroller 😛 but the show was worth watching.  Anyway, today, I will talk about Neutrogena’s new series of liquid foundations: Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Makeup.  It’s great for acne prone and oily skin beauties as per its claim. Let’s read on further to know if it lived up to its claim!!
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Make Up Blemish Treatment Review


$ 14.49 for 1 Fl Oz bottle, may vary from store to store.


Active Ingredients:  Salicylic Acid (0.5%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Silicon Polyether Copolymer, Synthetic Wax, Matricaria (Chamomilla Recutita) Flower Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Lactate, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Polysilicone-11, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, PEG-8 Propylene Glycol Cocoate, Silica, Silica Silylate, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Benzalkonium Chloride, Ethylene Brassylate, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea. May Also Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

Foundation Ingredients

Product Description:

Don’t just cover up, clear up! Neutrogena SkinClearing oil-free makeup is the first and only liquid foundation formulated with MicroClear technology to not only treat blemishes, but to also help prevent emerging breakouts. MicroClear technology boosts the power of salicylic acid by breaking through oil and unclogging pores for fast acne relief. Its shine-free, natural coverage lets skin breathe and won’t clog pores.

Skin Clearing Foundation 1


Nothing fancy about packaging. Its an ordinary glass bottle with no seal on top of the bottle. The liquid foundation is very thick in texture and almost odourless.

Skin Clearing Foundation 2

My Experience with Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Make Up Blemish Treatment:

I was looking for a decent foundation when I came across Neutrogena section! I just asked the store manager to suggest me an anti-acne, oil-free foundation and she diverted me towards Neutrogena Skin Clearing section.  At first sight, I was not much impressed by its packaging as it had no seal at all and it felt unhygienic to use it. I told the manager about the unsealed package and she told me its not contaminated in any sense and I should feel free to give it a try! Assured by her words, I thought of trying 3 shades closer to my skin tone namely: Fresh Beige, Natural Ivory, and Nude out of which Nude 40 was my best match.

Skin Clearing Foundation 3

There are a total of 12 shades matching almost every skin tone! Moreover, it does have acne-clearing properties, so it was a must try product for me.  I used it the next day on my face and was a little disappointed as it settled inside my pores. It was a real mess to rub it off from pores as it takes time to blend and accumulates on the skin.  However, it is soft and light on the skin and hardly creates any magic on face other than luminosity and sheer coverage! Yes, it does not give even medium coverage. Thankfully, it does not irritate or cause break outs.  I felt my skin to be soft and smooth.

Skin Clearing Foundation 4

It does not stay for more than 6 hours on the face and I feel my T zone oily after 4-5 hours.  It does not contain sunscreen, so its only applicable till winters, not good for summers I feel. For me, it’s a dicey product.  I am using it on a daily basis now to finish it off quickly and check if it does clear skin! I do see clear skin but that’s maybe because I use Neutrogena Naturals skin care products.

Skin Clearing Foundation 5

It is not a wonderful product, just okay for me, a bit overpriced with only sheer coverage and less staying power.

Skin Clearing Foundation 6

Let’s sum up the pros and cons:

Pros of Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Make Up Blemish Treatment:

  • Liquid, oil-free foundation.
  • Helps prevent emerging break outs.
  • Gives a natural look.
  • Shine free.
  • Available in 12 shades, almost matching all skin tones.
  • Sheer coverage.
  • Soft and smooth on skin, making it evenly toned

Cons of Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Make Up Blemish Treatment:

  • It does settles in pores.
  • It has an average staying power of less than 6 hours.
  • Devoid of sunscreen, hence not suitable for daylight.
  • A bit overpriced for its ordinary unsealed packaging, sheer coverage and average staying power.
  • May not be available in India.

Well I like it on my face only because of its natural, even-toned effect, and anti-acne properties. However, I feel it’s really overpriced for what it does! May be its good for those with combination skin as oily skin beauties may have problem blending it over large pores!!

Swatches before and after blending foundation on skin:

Swatch 1

Swatch 2


Here are the fireworks picture for you, hope you enjoyed my post 🙂  New Year fireworks at bay bridge, SFO.  Happy New Year!!

new yearworks

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22 thoughts on “Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Make Up Blemish Treatment Review

  1. Happy new yearrrrr!! Neetu!! nice revieww 🙂 by the title i was over excited to c neutrogena foundation 🙁 but im also having skin condition lik urs i cant waste my bucks by try it 🙁 🙁 :-(…….

    1. thanx n same to u dear.. 🙂 yeah u r rt.. even i was expecting it to be my hg foundation.. sadly it did’nt happened.. 🙁

  2. Pretty photos and fireworks! How does California afford fireworks in this economy? 😛
    Great review 🙂 but Neutrogena foundations are always too pink-toned for me 🙁

    1. Thanx dear.. 🙂 he he california me acha khasa tax lete h janta se, kam se kam kahi to laga rahe h use.. 😛
      This was my first ever neutrogena foundation which is kinda oily & yellow toned yaar!!

  3. High end brand like Neutrogena is not widely available in India & we expect much from these brands but sad it wont work as they claim 🙁

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