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I was in need of a new moisturiser, and browsing the aisle in Boots, was immediately attracted to Neutrogena's pink grapefruit moisturiser, due to it's vibrant pink packaging.
The face wash comes in a pink cardboard box and contains a flat tube with a twist-off top and a pointy nozzle. Although the product is reasonably priced (£4.49 for 50ml), I was a little disappointed in the size of the tube when I took it out of the box, but size isn't everything, and a little bit does go along way.
As you'd imagine from the name, the moisturiser has a lovely citrus-y grapefruit smell, which gives your skin a tingly sensation, but is a bit over powering on the first application.
Is it any good?
The moisturiser itself is quite thick and white, but absorbs easily into the skin. My skin did feel hydrated and it wasn't oily at all, so it pretty much did what it promised to. The fragrance is really refreshing on the skin, but fades away quickly (which I actually like, as it is quite an unusual smell!) and my skin felt soft all day. However, after the first use, I found that the day after my skin was even drier than usual, so I'm not sure it is suitable for the more sensitive skin types such as myself. I did persevere with using it, and it seems fine now (I guess my skin just needed to get used to it!), but would advise not using it if you have any spots/ blemishes, as it is quite harsh on the skin.
A nice moisturiser from a reliable company, it has a nice smell, and if your skin is not too sensitive, works great at hydrating the skin without leaving a greasy shine
I was shopping in Asda recently when I saw this moisturiser on offer for £3 so I thought I'd get it as I needed a basic facial moisturiser. The product is called 'Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-free moisturiser' and I really liked the sound of that as it sounded like it would smell great and not be too greasy on my skin. I thought the price was good too although it was on a special offer. It was one of the cheapest big named brand moisturisers on the shelf though.
The product comes packaged in a cardboard box which is coloured pink. Neutrogena also make another version of the Visibly Clear moisturiser but the pink grapefruit variety is easily identified by the salmon pink box. The box is printed with almost all product information and enough information to help you decide whether to buy in store.
The product is manufactured by Neutrogena for Johnson and Johnson and full contact details for worldwide office locations as well as their website is printed on the box. Full ingredients are also listed. The moisturiser is described as having "microclear [trademarked name] technology" and is said to be developed with the help of dermatologists with the aim of having the cream not clog your pores whilst also providing hydration. As well as this Neutrogena say the moisturiser "refreshes and helps keep skin clear and soft". Hydration is said to last for 24 hours. The high science technology is said to help "prevent spots and blemishes".
The tube inside is a flat shape and the plastic is very soft and malleable. There is a large top which twists off and a small pointed nose or nozzle with a little dispensing hole. I like the shape of the 50ml sized bottle as it's quite handy to pop into a handbag or travelling bag. It doesn't feel like this tube would ever accidentally open or be squeezed open by accidental pressure. The tube has more limited information printed on it but it does have directions for use as well as a QR code which can be scanned for more information. The directions state to use the complimentary daily facial wash before using this moisturiser. I do not think that's really necessary though and have been using this cream with a different brand face wash.
The moisturiser seems quite thick and very little comes out when you squeeze the tube. This is due in part to the small hole in the nozzle. The cream is white coloured and is quite stiff in consistency until you touch it with warm fingertips. It then seems to melt very quickly and is absorbed into skin super fast. In fact it does seem like you need to use quite a lot of cream as it dissapears before you have fully covered the area you intended to cover. I would certainly say I need to use more of this cream than I do with other moisturisers I've used.
The moisturiser has a very intense fragrance which is exactly like a grapefruit. It's a sharp, fruity and bitter fragrance which I quite like until the fumes begin to hurt my eyes. This moisturiser is not intended for use around the eyes but even using this moisturiser right around the eye sockets makes my eyes sting because of the effects of the cream. I also now take care to not use the cream near my lips as they sting and throb if the moisturiser goes anywhere near them. The moisturiser seems to have a slight numbing effect which is not too pleasant. It feels like putting your face into an ice bucket after coming in out of the sun.
After the first few times using this I thought I would pack in using it as I did not like the fact that the fragrance was overwhelming and making my eyes water and my lips numb. I do not like to waste things though so I've been carefully applying this cream to the sides of my cheeks and forehead only. It's also fine to use on my neck or even on the arms.
The cream actually gives a nice finish to the skin. It softens immediately without leaving any trace of grease or oil. It's very lightweight but feels effective. It makes skin feel peachy and baby soft and I have not had any case of getting spots or pimples after using the moisturiser. I think it moisturises the skin fairly well and makes me feel as though my skin is protected and hydrated. The only problem for me is not being able to put the cream near my eyes and mouth.
I don't think I will buy this particular moisturiser again although I would be tempted to try the original variety of Visibly Clear. I would not reccommend this moisturiser to anyone who has sensitivities or allergies. I would also point out that it's unsuitable for use around the eye sockets so you would need a seperate eye cream. Also you have to make sure that you wash your hands between using this cream and a seperate eye cream as the remnants on your fingertips are enough to make your eyes water!
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Moisturising is an essential part of my daily skincare routine and although I usually stick to the same products (Clinique) I can occasionally be tempted into trying other brands if there is a good offer on or if I have heard good things about them. I am always interested in finding out which low budget alternatives are good as, being a student, sometimes I do need to save some money!
I decided to try this moisturiser from Neutrogena's Pink Grapefruit range recently as all the Pink Grapefruit items were on the very low price offer of two for £5 in Boots about a month ago or so. The full price of this one is £4.99. The tube contains a fairly small 50 ml but even taking that into account the price is still very reasonable compared to what I usually pay for Clinique.
The moisturiser comes in a thin tube which is housed in a cardboard box. The packaging is simple but looks quite nice with its pale pink colour. The packaging gives all the relevant information and the main things which stand out are that it has "microclear" technology to keep the skin "visibly clear". It is oil free and designed not to clog up the pores. My skin is generally clear anyway but I am glad of a product which promises to keep it that way! My skin does have a tendency to get oily at times, so the fact the moisturiser is oil free is very important to me, and I thought it sounded quite promising. It has a grapefruit fragrance, and fragrances in skin products are often the main thing which can cause irritation, but I was reassured by the fact they state it is developed with dermatologists.
A small amount of this moisturiser goes a long way. When I squeeze it out I am immediately hit by the lovely, clean and refreshing smell of the grapefruit. It is really zingy and pleasant. The moisturiser looks quite thick and solid, but it feels light when I rub it onto my face and it is easy to spread a small out over a large area of the face as it is quite maleable and not too stiff. It seems to have an instantly cool and refreshing effect for me. It feels light and not heavy or greasy at all, which I was very pleased about. It sinks easily into my skin and doesn't sit like a heavy layer on top of the skin. My biggest peeve about a lot of moisturisers is how slow they are to absorb and that some leave a kind of greasy or filmy feeling on the skin - but there was none of that here. It really softens my skin, and removes any traces of dryness or tightness.
The fragrance did not irritate my skin at all and I haven't suffered any bad reactions to the moisturiser in any way.
I would definitely say it is suited to oily skin and it is also fine in hot and humid environments. I was using it over the last couple of weeks where I was spending most of my time outside being quite active in heats of at least 30 degrees c, and I didn't really suffer with a shiny face or any greasiness. This moisturiser seems to help keep my skin matte and in good condition.
Overall I really liked it a lot. This is definitely one of my favourite budget-friendly moisturisers that I have tried (along with Good Things Miracle Mattifier which I have reviewed before) and I would definitely get it again, especially if I see the bargainous two for a fiver again!