After using the Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution sheet mask (and immediately loving its results), I shopped for a budget-friendly hyaluronic acid product I could use daily, with similar, skin-plumping results. Great reviews pointed me in the direction of Neutrogena's new-ish Hydro Boost water gel, which I bought at Target for $17.99. (The Dr. Jart+ sheet masks are $6 each at Sephora, but a little less when ordered through amazon: $28.75 for 5). When it comes to color and packaging, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost was clean and beautiful, and the color of the gel? Serene. ☺️ [caption width="480" align="alignnone"] if i had to rate this product strictly on color? A+[/caption] But after three applications, i'm sadly returning it, and here's why:
- Fragrance. My sensitive skin is better off without it, and Hydro Boost smells more like a leave-in hair conditioner than a subtly fragranced gel. (I should note i also saw a similar unfragranced version!)
- Texture. I have to say this gel slips ok beautifully at first-- like a water-based pudding, if you can imagine. It disappears quickly and is lightweight. However, after a couple of hours, my skin felt slightly more greasy than plumped, like i needed a good powder. I'm not sure how it went from water-like to a tad greasy, but for me personally, it did.
- By comparison, the Dr. Jart+ sheet mask feels like water and doesnt change texture on my skin after application. My skin feels hydrated, not greasy, and even better: no fragrance.