A TRUE DUPE: WATER GEL EDITION
After reading how this Neutrogena product is a total dupe for the Belif Aqua Bomb I had to try for myself. Mila got me onto the Belif brand, but I wanted to search for something a little more wallet friendly.
Option 1: Drugstore Edition
Average Rating: 4.4/5 with 433 Reviews on Ulta
$20 for 1.7 ozAfter reading how great this is all over beauty blogs I thought I would give it a try. I saw this highly recommended it for oily skin from several beauty vloggers. Along with the price and Hyaluronic Acid to boot I gave it a solid try for 4 weeks.Here is how this product is described on Ulta’s webiste:
“Introducing Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, a refreshing, lightweight water gel that instantly quenches and continuously hydrates skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it boosts hydration and locks it in so skin stays hydrated, smooth and supple day after day. Applies effortlessly, absorbing quickly into skin without leaving behind an oily or greasy feel. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel helps: Instantly Quench Skin Contains Hyaluronic Acid, Naturally Found in Skin Clinically Proven to Keep Skin Hydrated for 48 Hours Oil-Free Dye-Free Fast-Absorbing Non-Comedogenic Ideal for All Skin Types Hydro Boost hydrates skin through an approach of replenishing water and rebuilding skin’s barrier, leveraging two key ingredients: Purified Hyaluronic Acid- Naturally found in skin, it delivers pure boost of hydration. It acts like a sponge for dry skin cells, absorbing up to 1000 times its weight in water and progressively releases water back into skin, keeping skin hydrated and supple throughout the day. Olive Extract- Known for its protective, moisturizing and anti-oxidant qualities, it is a complex combination for fatty acids, which is similar to skin’s natural moisture shield. It integrates into skin barrier, forming a structure that protects skin from excessive moisture loss. It also helps leave skin feeling soft and smooth without tackiness.”
Okay so that is a lot of info for a product. Here are my honest thoughts after a long trial.
After using this for half a year these are my genuine thoughts:
1. This feels amazing on the skin.
2. My skin drank it up and felt ultra soft without being oily. This was in winter months too when my skin is combination but still more on the oily side.
3. It is formulated with out all the nasty stuff parabens etc
4. A little goes a very long way
5. No breakouts or clogged pores.
6. My skin instantly plumped up like I just put on a sheet mask.
7. No tackiness what so ever.
1. The amount in the jar and price.
2. I did not see any difference in my pore size.