neutrogena oil free moisturizer review

Why The Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer did not work for me.

Last Updated on February 18, 2020

So over the years, I have read several blogs in hopes of finding a product that will keep my face matte and is affordable too. And almost every blog listed the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15 as the best moisturizer so I decided to finally give it a try.

Ever since I started a skincare regimen for my oily skin, the biggest challenge has been finding the perfect moisturizer. Without a moisturizer, my skin becomes greasy and shiny within an hour of washing my face.

So I had high hopes from the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer. But sadly, it didn’t work well. Here’s why-

Product Claims Of Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer:

Proven to combine long-lasting 12-hour moisturization with sun protection for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. The lightweight, non-greasy lotion keeps skin moisturized and sheer formula absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it softer and smoother.

  • Won’t clog pores
  • Alcohol-free
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Fragrance-free

Price: Rs 399 for 115ml( For oily skin variant)

Shelf life: 2 years

Availability: Online and Offline. Buy here

neutrogena oil free moisturizer review

About the Product:

It comes in a white opaque pump bottle with locking mechanism making it easy and safe for travel. The product itself is white in colour and lightweight and easy to blend. A pea-sized amount covers the entire face and neck area.


Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Benzophenone-3, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben

neutrogena oil free moisturizer review

My Experience Using Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer:

When I bought this, I thought it would help keep my face non-greasy yet hydrate it efficiently. After all, Neutrogena products are much raved about for acne-prone skin.

But to my dismay, it made my skin super greasy. Even after 15-20 minutes of application, it felt sticky so I had to splash my face with water to take away some of the greasiness.

I thought I probably used excess product and so the second time, I used a tiny amount yet it felt sticky. Also when my hand slightly touched my eyes, it stung badly.

I continued using it for a week and had to make sure I washed my hands with soap immediately after using it or it would sting badly. Yet there was no change and my skin become super oily within an hour post-application.

neutrogena oil free moisturiser review
neutrogena oil free moisturizer review

I did not give up though and decided to use this during winters when my otherwise super-oily skin turns dry. This time around it did not make my skin oily but it did leave a shiny finish.

But still there was the problem of stinging my eye every time so I gave up and got ready to find another moisturizer to do the job.

Also Read: Soultree Moisturizing Gel for Oily Skin Review


  • Has SPF 15
  • Easy availability
  • Affordable and lasts long
  • Didn’t break me out
  • Can be used by acne-prone skin in winters
  • No added fragrance


  • Leaves skin greasy
  • The face becomes oily within 30 minutes
  • Loaded some harmful ingredients
  • Does not control shine
  • Stings my eyes

Also Read- 10 Must-Have Products For Oily Skin in Summers. 

Final thoughts On Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer:

If you read my previous article, the Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer has parabens and tons of other harmful chemicals hence I decided to discontinue it. I won’t recommend this product to anyone.

Let me know if this moisturizer worked for you in the comments below. Until then, my search for the perfect moisturizer continues.

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Hi, I am a freelance writer and beauty enthusiast from Mumbai. As I navigate the realms of beauty, my mission is to empower you with the right knowledge to nurture yourself and feel confident in your own beautiful skin.

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