I signed up for another BzzAgent campaign recently, and received a package in the mail today containing a bottle of the Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear (Broad Spectrum SPF 20) foundation…in Nude 40.
Okay, I know that I picked one of the shades they had available, but they were all light. Liiiiiight. I’d have to say that some of these companies, including some of the sample subscription boxes, are doing a sizeable portion of their audience a disservice. Yes, those of us with darker skin tones would love to try and review some of these foundations (and other products) for you as well, but you’re not giving us a lot of options here. Now, in all fairness to BzzAgent, I checked Neutrogena’s website, and they only offer this formula in eight shades, and none of them are even remotely dark. BzzAgent, you’re still good with me. This wasn’t your fault. But hopefully there will be more opportunities such as this one in the future, with more colors to choose from across the entire spectrum. Help us help you. 😉
This formulation has what Neutrogena calls its tone correcting complex, which is supposed to wipe out the appearance of skin imperfections, while still looking natural. The complex is a blend of Vitamins A, C, and E, along with soy, antioxidants, and light diffusing powders. The company also says that it has been clinically proven to improve texture and skin tone in four weeks.
Since I clearly wasn’t going to put this shade on my face, I tested it on my arm, and then blended it out on my hand.
I will say that this does seem to blend pretty smoothly, and seems like it could be more of a medium coverage foundation. That’s definitely a pro in my book. But one of the cons, besides the color issue, also happens to be one of the pros – the long wear factor. After trying to remove this foundation from my arm and my hand, I have absolutely no problem with believing that this will stay on for 12 hours! I tried washing it off twice. No dice. Third time’s the charm, right? Heck naw. Then I added a scrub. Bingo…sort of. There’s still a slight film where the foundation was, and it’s driving me a little crazy! Granted, I was using soap and water (which is usually enough!), but maybe I should have used makeup remover. Actually, I would probably suggest going that route. So when you apply this foundation, make sure that you did it well, because once it’s on, it’s ON. My goodness.
Has anyone else tried this foundation? If so, did you find that it worked well for you? 🙂