Neutrogena Hydro Boost vs L'Oreal Hydra Genius


2017 pretty much marked the extreme marketing of water based face moisturizers. Clinique, Neutrogena and L'Oreal to name a few, were some of the brands that everyone was gravitating towards. The price range for these products were pretty close to each other but in the order of most expensive to least, the order is as above mentioned. I was fortunate enough to receive the L'Oreal Hydra-Genius face moisturizer to review and from hello, I was sold.

Throughout 2017 this was my main face product in addition to my DIY butters of course. I have to be honest with you though. Seeing Kristen Bell in the Neutrogena commercials with her supple skin ever so calling my cells made me want to try it. For some reason I kept walking past it but this year I made it my mission to try it. I picked up the Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel and today I am reviewing and comparing the two.

I believe in showing your elders some respect so since L'Oreal came into my life first, we'll start with her! It's only fair right?

Claims: Formulated to offer lightweight hydration, these moisturizers are like a "boost" of water for your skin, delivering instant hydration that lasts 72 hours.
Ingredients: 782637/19 AQUA/WATER • GLYCERIN • DIMETHICONE • CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE • ALCOHOL DENAT. • HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID • SILANETRIOL • BISABOLOL • DIMETHICONOL • ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE • SODIUM HYALURONATE • SODIUM HYDROXIDE • SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE • HYALURONIC ACID • ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE • AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE • DISODIUM EDTA • ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • CITRIC ACID • XANTHAN GUM • T-BUTYL ALCOHOL • BETULA ALBA JUICE • ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE • BUTYLENE GLYCOL • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • TOCOPHEROL • POTASSIUM SORBATE • SORBIC ACID • SODIUM BENZOATE • PHENOXYETHANOL • CI 42090/BLUE 1 • LINALOOL • FARNESOL • LIMONENE • CITRAL• PARFUM/FRAGRANCE • F.I.L. # B201629/1

In all my years I had never used a lotion, cream or product like this. Though I'm sure this was a major marketing strategy I believe the bluish hue did emphasize and exaggerate the moisturizing capability  and thus increased the buyer potential (smart).. They offer 3 formulas which are Extra Dry Skin, Normal/Oily Skin and mine that is Normal/Dry Skin. These cost $17.99 on their site. The claims are very true. I found this daily liquid care to be perfect for me throughout the day. The texture is so smooth that it glides effortlessly on my skin. This is a very lightweight product. Though I loved it for my day cream, I desperately want to try the extra dry formula for a night cream. This lotion was best for me and perfect to wear under makeup because it gave me enough moisture yet did not feel heavy as we all know, once you start layering foundation and concealer and everything else, you could feel like you literary placed a face on your face lol. It lasted a long time and that's something for someone who is not ashamed of being heavy handed with products. It's worth every dollar.



Enter Neutrogena Hydro Boost!
Claims: Use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel to instantly quench dry skin and boost's skin's hydration level. This oil-free formula quenches dry skin to keep it looking smooth, supple, and hydrated day after day. The unique water gel formula absorbs quickly like a gel, but has the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream. This gel moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid acts as a sponge for dry skin cells, and can absrob with up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The non-comedogenic gel moisturizer can be worn under makeup and leaves your skin more supple and smooth.
Ingredients: Water, dimethicone, glycerin, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, polyacrylamide, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, dimethiconol, C13?14 isoparafin, dimethicone crosspolymer, chlorphenesin, carbomer, laureth?7, sodium hyaluronate, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance, C12?14 pareth?12, sodium hydroxide, blue 1

  • For those with oily skin this gel is perfect as it does not contain any oil. It is a very moisturizing product and if i am to compare it to the Hydra genius, it is slightly thicker in consistency but still light weight. I love wearing this as it seriously gives my face a rejuvenated glow. I saturate my face with it after washing my face and i feel moisturized till the night. They have the Cream for extra dry skin but i only purchased the gel. The claims are true, it does absorb into the skin quickly and I love that it absorbs instead of evaporates! I am happy with this product but for sanitary purposes I would prefer it to come in a container with a pump to reduce germs or some contamination as you dip your fingers in there. I also wish I would get more than 1.7 oz for the price but honestly after applying it you forget about cost and usage value. I haven't worn it under my makeup yet, I love wearing it on it's own but because of it's quick absorption, i believe it will work just fun and give that weightless result. It does appear to be a quality product just from appearance. I just love this water boosting trend these companies have embarked on because for people like me with somewhat dry skin, it's a godsend. 

So Who Wins Today's Battle Of The Brands? Let me start by saying I love both products. As far as cost, L'Oreal wins because for $17.99 I get 3.04 oz/90 ml as opposed to Neutrogena that gives me 1.7 oz/48 ml for $19.99. On the other hand if we look at the ingredient list for both you see that L'Oreal has a whole lot in comparison. The consistency for the hydro-boost does win for me as it is slightly thicker but you could just layer the hydra-genius right? L'Oreal also has the pump which keeps nasty bacteria at bay. I choose L'Oreal!








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