I recently picked up the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint and Hydrating Concealer at CVS and I have to say…I almost didn’t buy them because they were really pricey for drugstore products ($17.79 for the foundation and $15.79 for the concealer). Thankfully, Ulta has them for a few dollars cheaper.

I don’t even remember the last time I bought anything from Neutrogena because they don’t launch products all that often and when they do, nothing is really jumping out at me to make me want to buy them.

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But that particular day, my skin was really parched (as it alway is when the temps drop and the heat is running non-stop) and I was feeling frustrated with my usual foundations looking cakey and clinging to dry patches like they always do this time of year.

I guess the promise of a foundation that could plump and hydrate my skin for 24 hours with hyaluronic acid sounded pretty darn great at that moment so I took the plunge and purchased both the foundation and the concealer.Keep on reading to see my thoughts!

Let’s talk about the Hydrating Skin Tint first…


  • Moisturizes and plumps skin for 24 hours
  • Doesn’t settle into fine lines
  • Boosts hydration for 24 hours for more radiant, smoother skin over time
  • Better for your skin than wearing no makeup at all – makeup your skin better, even after you take it off
  • Oil-free, non-comedogenic
  • Weightless, no makeup feel
  • Non-greasy

This costs $14.99 at Ulta and comes in ten shades. It’s packaged in a glass bottle and at first I thought it was going to be the kind you just pour out into your hand. Thankfully, it has a large doe foot applicator (just like Tarte’s Shape Tape) which makes it easy to apply.

The formula feels very creamy at first but as you blend it into your skin, it starts to break down and feel like you’re applying a cooling watery serum to your face! It just sort of melts in and disappears leaving a very natural skin-like finish that’s not dewy or matte…it just looks like you don’t have anything on.

It gives more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not enough to call it medium coverage either. For me, it’s enough for every day wear and if I need more coverage under my eyes or around my nose, I’ll just use the concealer.

The first day I wore this, I checked my skin in the mirror after about an hour and was so impressed with how great it looked…even better than when first applied! My skin looked plumped up and smooth, fine lines almost non-existent, and I looked younger overall. Not only that, it lasted all day…I couldn’t believe it was still going strong by the evening because usually hydrating products break down faster than more drying matte formulas.

Overall, I loved how it made my skin look and feel hydrated all day long…that’s quite a challenge in the middle of winter and it really exceeded my expectations.

Now on to my Hydro Boost Concealer review…


  • Unique hydrating core designed to instantly quench skin
  • No cakey finish
  • Better for your skin than wearing no makeup at all – makes your skin better even after you take it off
  • Oil-free, non-comedogenic
  • Ophthalmologist tested: safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

The Hydro Boost Concealer ($12.99 at Ulta) comes in five shades and is a twist-up stick formula with a hydrating core, similar to Benefit’s Fake Up. I’ve been using Fake-Up for the past few months and while I love that it doesn’t get cakey, I also find it to be kind of heavy and greasy. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Neutrogena Hydro Boost is actually a lighter version of Fake-Up!

It glides on so smoothly and doesn’t cake or settle into fine lines, but the best part is that it’s very lightweight and non-greasy. It does a nice job of covering minor darkness under the eyes and a little bit of redness I have around my nose.

I’m not sure that it’s going to cover major dark circles but you can certainly add a few layers of this with no fear of it caking up. It brightens my under-eye area nicely and pairs really well with the foundation because it gives a very natural “your skin but better” look.

Swatches: Here are the swatches on my hand (which is really dry and chapped, sorry about that guys!). I ended up getting the third-lightest shade in the foundation (Buff) because CVS only had four shades available. It’s slightly too dark for me, but it works fine because it’s a sheerer formula. I chose the Fair shade in the concealer which is the lightest color they offer and it works well, despite being a bit yellow for my pink undertone.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, if you have dry or mature skin I think you’ll love the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Skin Tint and Hydrating Concealer as much as I do. I don’t know that this line will work well on oily skin types as they’re marketed toward dry skin and I think that’s who will benefit the most from these products.

What do you think? Have you tried either of these yet? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below! 🙂

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