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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 with Helioplex, Fresh Beige 70, 0.35 Ounce

Uses: Helps prevent sunburn; if used as directed with other sun protection measures (see directions), decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

Key features

  • with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55
  • SPF 55 protection
  • Oilfree
  • Noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • Dermatologist tested

Honest reviews


not very good as a makeup but I use it for the spf

This stuff doesn’t cover any of my imperfections. If anything like others have already said it just brings them out. Especially pores and lines. But I like having something to cover my skin and give me instant spf when I’m outside. sunscreen is great, but you have to wait 30 minutes after applying for it to have affect. However things that cover the skin like powders and makeup give immediate sun protection. When I don’t have 30 minutes to wait indoors I use this stuff. Like someone else mentioned I find it better to pat this on the skin with the sponge- not smear it. That makes the coverage just a little better. But there’s definitely room for improvement on the formulation so that it gives better coverage and I hope they fix it.

Elisabeth Unalaska, AK

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55

Make-up Alley gave this foundation the worst reviews I’ve ever read for base. I disagree with any bad review of this foundation. Firstly, it is not a cream to powder foundation. It is a solid cream foundation with the kind of consistancy you’d expect from a cream based foundation that would normally be applied with a sponge (not that you can’t use a brush, but I feel a sponge applies it best.) I used a more professional sponge (6 sided, slanted wedge.) The less you stroke the sponge across the cream the better. It’s easy to use too much, initially swipping the sponge too many times across the cream. 1 or 2 swipes with a light hand is enough for half the face, another 2 swipes or so for the second half. If you start off heavy handed this foundation will look too thick and cakey, exagerating lines and pores. When applied correctly it covers and wears well looking rather natural. I don’t advise trying to build with layers. You need to get it right the 1st time so it may take some experimenting to get it just right, but when you do get it just right, it’s a very fine quality foundation for the money (I got it on sale in Target for $8.00.) My choice was Warm Beige #90. It’s exactly my skin tone: not too yellow nor too pink. It appears much darker in the compact compared to the actual payoff on the skin, but most cream based foundations act this way as they are concentrated within the compact and that concentration will make it look darker. I’m not saying this is the best foundation I’ve ever used. There are others which I like more, but they cost quite a bit more also. I’d recommend this for a drier skin type and for cooler weather as well. It’s definitely too emollient for normal to oily skin. It’s best for normal to dry skin. It has a satin/moist finish unless you powder it down which I recommend as powder will increase it’s ability to hold up. Cream blush is a must for this foundation, applied before powdering it down. It’s the “Helioplex” SPF 55 which can make this base seem on the oilier side, but it is the highest SPF base I’m aware of particularly the superior sunsceen (Heliplex) which is patented to Neutrogena. The sreening of UVA rays (which are more ageing rays compared to UVB) is what makes Helioplex so great. It screens UVA better and with the ability to do so longer than any other sunsreen out there except for La Roche-Posay Anthelios which is not included in any foundation I’m aware of as it’s meant for direct application to the skin from the container. This is an exceptional foundation for the money and the superiority of the patented SPF 55. It may take a few tries to get it right, but when it’s used correctly it gives a definite aesthetic improvement to the skin with anti-ageing benifits from it’s SPF. A solid 4 star rating as far as I’m concerned and if you need high sun protection post peel/surgery or you’re using aggresive skincare (Retinol, Retin-A, Glycolic Acid) then this foundation becomes even more beneficial.Addendum: If you are not satisfied with a liquid or cream based foundation’s wearability use a powder like Revlon’s ColorStay Pressed or for high end, Dior’s Forever pressed powder. I don’t usually like transfer resistant foundations as they seem to emphasize the skin texture you apply it to. IE; dry skin can look drier, pocked skin can look moreso and wrinkled skin can be exagerated. They are convenient because they stay on so long without need for touch-up, but I feel they are best for young almost perfect skin. The addition of just the longwearing, transfer resistant powders do not have this affect as they are much more sheer than matching foundations.

Leann Canon, GA

Great sun protection and blends smooth but toxic ingredients

I use this to cover up acne and to protect my skin from the sun. It’s soft and doesn’t clog pores and blends right in. The only qualm I have about this product is it says: Call poison control if swallowed. How are you supposed to apply a product around your eyes and mouth that is so toxic when swallowed?

Arlene Dobbs Ferry, NY

Use year round, stay on, Great SPF!

I have this on “suscribe and save” as our local drug store chains rarely have my shade and half the time what they have has been cracked/broken case or “played in” product. What I get from Amazon is much better price and is always sealed and in good shape. I have been using this product for at least three years… not sure when it came on the market, but the SPF is 55 and I use it over all my sunblock stuff on my face and neck and even my ears as I would look pretty silly without having make up over the zinc oxide/titanium oxide sun blocks… (I wear it year round for all my outdoor activities, which are all equine related…)This is a great product and has been good for my skin and never irritating to my face or eyes… Highly recommend to those who are outside and working a lot!!

Serena Milton, TN


I purchased this product at Wal-Mart and now much prefer it to the mineral makeup powders, which are now too drying for my skin. I used to have really oily skin, but now that I am nearly 48, it’s really started to dry up, thank goodness. I use the LaRoche Posay line as I have occasional breakouts and tend to be dry with that product, and this makeup glides smoothly over skin and gives you a flawless natural finish. Just be careful to choose the right shade–don’t go too dark–and use a minimal amount. A little goes a long way. I have been in the sun with it and it kept me from getting burnt all day. It’s also non-greasy and has a beautiful and flawless finish. I am sold and won’t wear anything else, PLUS it does not break me out and is NOT greasy. I highly recommend this product.

Georgette Kingston, IL


This produce is excellent: it goes on very smoothly, has an SPF 55 and doesn’t feel like it, and covers those darn spots and red places without making a person look they dipped their face in a paint can.

Arline Hillsboro, MO


I love everything about this makeup… I don’t know why some people say it’s greasy, because for me it isn’t. I guess it depends on your skin type. I use it everyday with the sponge that comes with the product. It blends perfectly to my skin and leaves it soft and matte. I love it!

Luann King Cove, AK

nice two-in-one foundation / sun screen

This product is a nice two-in-one, with both sun screen as well as foundation. It is slightly heavier and greasier than regular neutrogena foundation, but less so than most sunscreens. It applies easily and spreads smoothly. I sometimes break out and get pimples if i use regular neutrogena sun screen on my face regularly. With this product, i seem to break out less often.

Betty Yellow Spring, WV

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 with Helioplex, Fresh Beige 70, 0.35 Ounce

This is an excellent product. It helped to even out my skin tone and protect me from the sun. It is best for oily skin because of the way it picks up dryness. It can really make any flaky or dry patches stand out, so look out for a good moisturiser if you have dry or normal skin types. But overall, best drugstore foundation I have bought in a while.

Dorthy Silt, CO


Doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. I’m a few weeks away from 50 and it feels good on my skin. Give it a try.

Teri Athol Springs, NY