Review of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel and Water Gel SPF 15 UVA/UVB


My Neutrogena Hydro Boost love story started with a sample. I never thought my life would change through the use of one small sample, but alas here we are. YEAH, I exaggerated a little, but life hasn’t changed, but still a great product! You get the point ;).

I’m going to talk about the original product and the SPF version separately. So, it began when I got a couple samples of the original, one from the Neutrogena Facebook page and another from a beauty subscription box. The fact it’s named ‘water gel’ is awfully confusing, but like when I was learning to drive a manual car, I was a bit clunky to begin with, but we got there. I have ended up using this product as a moisturiser.

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My oily skin loves this stuff. In saying that, I am careful to only use as much as I need, avoiding excess product on my face. The Original Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy at all. It absorbs so well and quickly, and you don’t have to worry too much about accidentally applying too much and ending up with a super oily face. Upon application it feels cool on the skin. I like the packaging, it feels good quality and looks nice. This product is very lightly scented – smells a little tiny bit like clean laundry. The original melts into the skin, and is not greasy. I expect to continue to use and repurchase this product.

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I bought both since I liked the original, but would have absolutely loved it if it had SPF. However, since I wasn’t sure how good the SPF version was, I decided to try both, and they were both on sale for 40% (approximately $17 each).

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The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15 UVA/UVB is more greasy than the original, so I was pretty disappointed. The texture is a little more liquid like, which is why they chose that packaging I think. I prefer the pump bottle of the SPF version, since it’s more hygienic compared to the tub of the original. Other than having a more greasy texture, and different packaging, this product is very similar to the original. Like really close siblings, almost twins, except one of them is really good at sports, and the other likes reading. The SPF version is a little too greasy for my liking so I will continue to use but will not repurchase. Please note: it is no where near as greasy as other moisturisers with SPF I’ve tried before (like from Nivea), but it is not my be all and end all. The journey continues to find ‘the one’. I’m sorry Hydro Gel SPF, you have ‘Failed to get a date.’ Dear SPF moisturiser of my dreams, ‘If You Are the One,’ please make yourself known ASAP.
For me the Hydro Gel SPF version was like eating a Mc Muffin without any egg. Still okay, but the original (bacon and egg) Mc Muffin just wins all. Both the original and SPF versions of this product keep my skin feeling moisturised all throughout the day. The SPF version also keeps my face greasy throughout the day, if you’re into that (no judgement), so I’ve started applying a primer over the top to keep my T-zone matte (I use the Revlon Photoready Primer).


Pros: Moisturising but non greasy, even on oily skin! The SPF packaging is perfect.

Cons: No SPF in the original, but the SPF version is a little greasy.


Have any of you tried this product? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. 06/05/2015 / 8:40 am

    Great review, this is actually the second one I have read about this Neutrogena Moisturiser and you both have said the same thing pretty much which is reassuring. As an oily gal myself I am always on the hunt for a non greasy daily moisturiser that is going to sink into my skin and not sit on top and make me look like a grease ball. I may have to check this one out 🙂 xo

    • MEL
      06/05/2015 / 11:13 am

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s such a great product, love it!

  2. 22/11/2015 / 5:05 am

    This product (the non-spf one) kind of reminds me of the Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream I have been testing out. I will look for this in Canada when I finish my Laneige one and compare. Great review!

    • MEL
      23/11/2015 / 10:45 pm

      Thanks for reading!

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