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Review of Neutrogena Shine Control Powder

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Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
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Neutrogena, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family, is known as the #1 dermatologist-recommended skin care brand. Even their makeup products offer terrific skin care properties for your eyes, lips and face. From mascara to lipstick and foundation, Neutrogena is a force to be reckoned with among the other drugstore brands. Their newest line of Shine Control products follow suit in leading the pack, suggesting that their new products offer up to 8-hours of shine control. So do the products live up to the hype? Let’s find out!

Pros and Cons of Neutrogena Shine Control Powder


  • One shade for al skin tones
  • Absorbs oil throughout the day
  • Housed in a mirrored compact for easy touch-ups
  • Can be used with any brand of foundation
  • Coverage is not heavy
  • Not overly drying
  • Compliments the entire Neutrogena Shine Control line
  • Cons

  • Contains parabens
  • Does not contain SPF
  • Lack of shades may not work for ethnic or darker skin tones
  • Description of Neutrogena Shine Control Powder

  • Manufacturer – Neutrogena Corp
  • Made in the USA
  • Contains rice protein for oil absorption
  • Won’t clog pores or dry skin
  • No need for shade selection. One shade works on all skin tones
  • Can be purchased online and at local stores
  • Size – 0.37 ounces
  • Suggested price - $11.99
  • Guide Review of Neutrogena Shine Control Powder

    Neutrogena in known as an affordable makeup and beauty line that cares about your skin while targeting your various needs. This California based company has been known for its foundation, making it one of the best foundations for drugstore brands. Now they have a new line of shine control products, which can be perfect for oily and t-zone customers, and it can also work wonder for those that live in warmer climates or even for during the hot summer months when all of our skin tends to go oilier. Their new line offers a makeup primer, foundation, and powder. To kick off the reviews of the new line we tested the Shine Control Primer and the liquid makeup, and now we are moving on to the Shine Control Powder. We loved the makeup primer and the liquid makeup was pretty good, so let’s find out how the powder worked out!

    To begin, I tested the product over several days with a break in-between in order to ensure there were no allergic reactions to the formula and ingredients. I did not have any reaction, so that was a big plus. So let’s move on to the texture and wearability. Overall the feel was very light and almost creamy to the touch. Once applied it turned matte, but never turned cakey or fake looking. The powder doesn’t come in different shades, only one tone, and I thought this was odd until I actually applied it. The powder blends into your skin completely, so you can’t see any traces what-so-ever. Of course my skin is very light, so I am not sure if ethnic or darker skin tones will have a problem with the product or not. According to Neutrogena it should work with all skin tones, no matter what the shade. As for wear, It wore very well throughout the day, even when partnered with other foundation brands. In the end it really did last for 8-hours while stopping shine, but I did reapply one time about mid-way through the afternoon. The big negative for me was finding out that they added parabens to the product. I know that with many of us this can be a quick deal breaker so that’s a shame.

    Another negative was the lack of SPF. This may be okay since the liquid makeup has SPF20, but if you like to have SPF in most of your products then this one should stay off of your list. Some skin types may find it a little drying, especially if you have zero problems with oil in your skin throughout the day. Of course if this is your situation then you probably wouldn’t use a Shine Control formula to begin with. Overall I think this powder would work well for teens and those in their twenties or perhaps during the summertime when most skin tends to appear oilier. For those with more mature skin, however, you really shouldn’t wear a powder anyway since it can accentuate lines and wrinkles throughout the day.

    The Bottom Line for Neutrogena’s Shine Control Powder

    It’s definitely an affordable powder that could work well with teens and those in their twenties, but the addition of parabens in the ingredient list may be a deal breaker no matter what your age or skin type.

    Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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