May 30, 2014

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Foundation - Soft Beige

Neutrogena's Nourishing Long Wear foundation is quickly becoming a favorite of mine as expressed on my recent Instagram photo...

I'm shade #50 Soft Beige, which at a glance at the bottle didn't think would be my color at all, it just seemed too pinky and beige-y....I soon found that it oxidizes slightly if any at all. It was the perfect color, although I do wish more drugstore foundations came in strong yellow or golden undertones. I have a strong yellow/golden undertone. Sometimes I find it difficult to color match in the drugstore.

My foundation routine: 
I've been lemming over the Healthy Skin Primer as of late, top with Nourishing/Long Wear and Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind eraser concealer for under the eyes. 

What I love....  is that it is fluid on the face, it moves with isn't cakey, dry or tight...promoting the best of your skin, in that silky and slightly dewy airbrushed finish. This can quickly be compared to a long time favorite of mine, MAC Studio Fix. The coverage is medium to full and blends easy.

How it did 'Long Wear' wise:

The first 2 times actually wearing it on it's own with just moisturizer the foundation seemed to do pretty good. It had minimal transferring. I always do the nail test on my foundation - I lightly scrape my cheek or forehead with my clean fingernail just to see if foundation comes off, in which not all foundations that I own do this...but when I scraped with this foundation it...not really something I was looking for. Suppose this was a stay put foundation (like Revlon's Colorstay-that foundation is stuck on!) then I would be looking for very minimal transfer and a full face of foundation after hours of wear (which I have done previously with other foundations). Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear actually does say Long Wear so I would have to put this in the same category as Colorstay...I'm not saying either is better than the other, just to say that I would expect the same longevity with each. NNL was actually a pretty good 'longwear' foundation...Um, but the transferring is what sort of bothered me, it's minimal when I'd prefer it to be very minimal :) Definitely not a deal breaker because of the other reasons I totally love NNLNNL feels so great on the skin, I can't mentioned it more than enough times. It's comfortable and offers a moisturized feel when wearing throughout the day. Just to give you an idea - to those of you that wear foundation - picture wearing pretty comfortable foundation with no powder, foundation that is not oily but dewy, and feeling pretty light, almost as if you don't have any on at all- this is what it feels like. Just all around comfortable and moisturized.

That Beautiful Finish:

I don't wear powder on top of my foundations, like at all. I just feel that they take away from a healthy glow. Very seldom do I wear powder, only on special occasions. This foundation is pretty awesome at creating a soft almost air-brushed finish. Not a powdery finish, but a smooth finish. It's pretty hard to explain. I just love the way it's buildable without being cakey. In the lower face shots (with flash) you can pretty much see how it is truly.


Not too many cons with this foundation other than it needs a foundation pump. I find the foundation a little too thick to pour, I've had to tilt over the bottle to dab onto my foundation palette which still is too thick to shake out. My suggestion is grabbing a clean swab and manually grabbing as much foundation as you need-but the downside with this is that you waste a little product absorbed in the swab. I wanted to also mention NNL has no scent at all, if any it is barely noticable.

Nourishing/Long Wear in natural light no flash 

Remainder of face shots are with flash
Please excuse my wild hair nestled on my forehead, it never fails I always get that wild strand in shots :D

Neutrogena Nourishing/Long Wear foundation details:
-Currently comes in 8 shades
-Contains nourishing antioxidants, soy, light diffusing powders and vitamins that improve skin texture over time.
-Retails at participating drugstores for around $15.99 for 1 fl oz.

Disclosure: All items with an exception of Maybelline were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

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