September 12, 2010

Review: Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Water-Light Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 45

Price: around $15.00/40mL

The claims:

For an even, non-shiny finish. Works beautifully alone or under make-up and moisturizers.

NEUTROGENA® ULTRA SHEER® WATER-LIGHT daily face sunscreens SPF 45 & 60 deliver high effective protection in a breakthrough lightweight liquid lotion format for daily protection from the sun.
- HELIOPLEX photostable UVA/UVB protection
- Waterproof, sweatproof
- Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
- Oil-free, PABA free
- 40 mL bottle
- Available in SPF 45 and 60


How to use:
Shake well before use. Apply generously prior to sun exposure. Reapply as needed or after swimming, towel drying, perspiring heavily or washing.

  • absorbs within seconds into skin
  • non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • very light texture, absolutely non-greasy
  • a little goes a long way (you don't need a ton of product to cover your whole face)
  • doesn't leave any white film/residues
  • convenient dropper lets you use exactly the right quantity of product without making a mess like most sunscreens
  • a metal ball inside the bottle helps mixing the product

  • expensive for such a tiny amount of product
  • claims to be waterproof but it's absolutely not
  • the consistency is a little too runny for me

What I think:
I think this is the first facial sunscreen I've ever used, and I must say it was quite a pleasant experience. I wouldn't have buy it by myself because I think that $15 for such a small bottle is really expensive, so I'm glad I've got to try it for free. 

I like the fact that the texture is lighter than other sunscreens because most of them would feel heavy and greasy on my face. I was amazed at how fast the product is absorbed into my skin, which makes it a perfect makeup primer! The dropper dispenser is super convenient as the consistency of the product is quite runny.

What gets me worrying about most sunscreens is that they leave a white film on my skin, but not this one. 

I tested this sunscreen mainly on the beach, and the results were quite positive: my face was a little red at the end of the day, but no sunburn!

One important thing, though: this product claims to be waterproof but, as I suspected, like most sunscreen, it is absolutely not. Don't be fooled, and always re-apply after swimming. 

 See how runny this product is?

 It's already disappearing right into the skin!

Recommend? yes

Rating: ★★

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, and the fact that it was free absolutely does not influence my opinion.


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  2. great review gaby ,,
    i have the ultra sheer cream ,, and i love it <3

  3. @NeutraKris: Done (=

    @Princess Feef: Well I wouldn't have bought it myself as it's quite pricey (I received it to review), but I guess it's worth it as it's so great!

  4. Great review! I wanted to buy this this summer but I already have a bottle that I'm trying to use up so I'll probably buy it next year since the SPF is too high to use in the winter.

    Thanks for the pictures as well! I can't believe that you can see it absorbing


  5. @~Lisa: This is the first sunscreen especially designed for the face that I have ever used so I can't tell if it's better than the others, but I was amazed at how quick it was asbsorbed into the skin. Maybe I should have put a picture of after it has been absorbed... I totally forgot x_x But let me know what you think it you get it (=

  6. We've just entered into spring and heading into summer soon so prefect timing for this review lol.

    I will definitely try it out =)

  7. @PetotDerriere: I know LOL. I just didn't get to post it before... I guess I completely forgot about it because I wrote it some times ago and just save it as a draft! Let me know if you try it out (=

  8. Thanks for the awesome review! I can't wait to try that oredy!

  9. I have the same one and I use it everyday! It's so light weight. I love it.

    great review gaby!

  10. Thanks for the review. I have been using Eucerin for several years. This one seems to have similar texture. I'll have to give it a try.

  11. Good info to know. I am always looking for good products.

  12. I have tons of sunscreen I bought to use this summer but so far but I think I only used it for a week and that was it :(

  13. It does seem a little watery for my taste. Great review!

  14. Great review! Don't really like the fact its really watery but I guess that is why it absorbs into the skin fast. Might try it if I come across it. THank you!

  15. J'ai vu beaucoup de revues positives sur ce produit mais, malheureusement, il n'est pas vendu en France :(

  16. Another great review Gaby :)
    My older sister got exactly the same Neutrogena sunscreen as you did for free. I remember when she showed it to me, I had asked her if it was a sample. But when she said it was full sized, I was like oh, that's really small! And then when I saw the price of it at the store, I was even more so like :O this better be a good product LOL
    Yes it is very runny in consistency now that you show us. Maybe they have to make it like that so it's very absorbant into the skin and not oily?
    That's too bad it's not waterproof. I don't know why they say it's waterproof when it's not - like all my other "waterproof" sunscreens they always say to reapply after swimming or heavy sweating. To me I think, "why should there be a need to reapply if it's really waterproof?" Just like lots of eyemakeup that say it's waterproof - but it's not most of the time when I put it to the test :S
    And haha, yes my last blog post was a joke. I'm glad to see that you knew it was ;) I did not want to worry or cause concern for anyone. Plus, I thought for sure nobody gonna worry about me anyways LOL I'll be doing a DIY mugshot post up next

  17. Cool Gaby! Dans mon goody bag No7, jài une creme de jour avec FPS, et elle nest pas grasse! Jai commence a l'utiliser hier, alors je vais voir comment ca va! Je suis contente car je men cherchais une justement! (Tu te rappelles que je voulais lecran solaire Neutrogena hehehe!)

  18. Great review! I definitely agree it does seem way to pricey for such a small bottle!

    L x
    Half Dressed

  19. @dblchin (double chin): I'm glad you liked the review! Let me know if you happen to try it!

    @EveryDay Makeup (becky): I love it, too!

    @Nelah: I'm not sure Eucerin is available where I live, and I didn't even know they had sunscreens 0=

    @The Girlie Blog: Me too (=

    @lindah: Aww that sucks! We had quite a nice summer here.

    @Keirasluckycharm: For my taste too, but I guess it's why it's asborbed so fast into the skin.

    @Dolce♥Bunny : I didn't like it either at first, but I agree with you. If it was too heavy, it wouldn't be so fast absorbing.

    @Mei Ling: Oh )= Mais avez-vous des produits Neutrogena en France?

    @Ms Bubu: Ah ça c'est le fun des crèmes de jour avec FPS! Je crois que j'en ai pu moi, et je n'ai pas la bonne habitude de mettre de la crème solaire l'hiver 0= Je ne pense pas avoir vu les produits No7 au Québec?

    @Half Dressed: Yes, it is!

  20. oui, on a quelques produits Neutrogena, surtout des produits de soin pour peau jeune ou sèche.