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Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Our Skin: Enhanced

Every now and then we tout a product that we actually use on a regular basis. We’ve never been a fan of foundation makeup, and only wear it when it’s been applied to our ancient face by a makeup artist for our occasional television pundit spots.

We pretty much only wear powder mineral makeup, unless it’s a fancy event (very rare in our suburbanite existence). Then, we use Smashbox’s Backdrop Cooling Tint (Backdrop Cooling Tint This sheer, lightweight foundation leaves a natural, radiant finish to the skin. Contains a revolutionary cooling agent that causes a cool, energizing sensation on your face for up to 15 minutes leaving you completely refreshed, while aloe, green tea and vitamins nourish skin, $32), which is very nice. We love that cool feeling. That’s why we like our new favorite Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner (see story from last week).

But we digress. We’ve always liked tinted moisturizers and have just discovered the new Healthy Skin Enhancer by Neutrogena. The only thing we would strongly recommend is that the product may appear dark in the bottle/jar, but it goes on a lot lighter than it appears. Luckily, we were able to sample. We would’ve not hesitated to buy the natural to tan (40), but when we tried it, it was too light. The Tan to Medium (50), was perfect.

Suggested retail $11.79. On sale at drugstore.com for $10.99, and at Ulta for $10.29.

From their website:

Healthy Skin Enhancer combines a vitamin-infused Retinol treatment to smooth fine lines, the protection of SPF 20 moisturizer and sheer, lightweight tint in a single application.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin® Enhancer is an alternative to foundation that provides everything you need for softer, healthier and younger-looking skin in one beautiful step.

This dermatologist-developed formula contains a vitamin-rich Retinol treatment to visibly smooth fine lines and reduce signs of aging. It nourishes skin and protects against future sun damage with a weightless SPF 20 moisturizer. Each skin-enhancing shade provides a sheer tint of color for a more even, naturally beautiful look.

Available in six sheer shades. Each shade works on multiple skin tones for easier shade selection.

Enjoy the power of three daily essentials in one beautiful step.

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Oil-free
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Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
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1.0 fl. oz. bottle
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Available in 6 sheer, skin-enhancing tints