Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Neutrogena Light Night Cream

In an attempt to align my spending habits with the rest of the world in this unending rec-freaking-ession, I decided to give up my beloved Shiseido day and night moisturizers. I just realized that I have never actually blogged about these Shiseido products and well, I feel too guilty too blog about them now because they are so expensive, so let's just move on, shall we?

Anyways, its a HUGE deal for me to give up Shiseido because I've been using those moisturizers for more than a decade (i.e. since I was in my late teens). When I decided I needed to switch to a drugstore brand, I didn't know where to start...so I went back to Neutrogena, i.e. the brand I used through most of my teen years before I started using Shiseido.

While I'm generally attracted to flashy, shiny packaging, I ended up choosing the Neutrogena Light Night Cream as my night moisturizer, which is housed in a very plain white and blue container. Well, don't judge a book by its cover!

The cream is certainly light, like its name, somewhat fluffy, but not so light that I find myself applying it in layers so that my face is hydrated. Only one small dollop is all that it takes to make my face look nice and smooth. Its perfect in the summer because it moisturizes but I have never woken up with a greasy face. The plain packaging has also grown on me - its like the simple creams that your mom or grandma used to use back in the day.

The Light Night Cream doesn't claim to brighten, get rid of wrinkles, walk your dog, do your dishes or anything else except be a good night cream. Its no frills, simple approach is actually kind of refreshing and best of all it works.

  • Light and airy texture
  • Smooth application
  • Non-greasy effect
  • Doesn't clog pores
  • Retails for approximately $13
  • Seriously, none that I can think of, unless you like fancier looking packaging


  1. I'm so glad you did this review because I bought this cream exactly 3 days ago and haven't yet opened it. I'm so mortified of putting on moisturizer or anything that can be remotely greasy because I can literally fry an egg on my face with absolutely nothing on (no joke!) but your detailed review is giving me the confidence to try it..wish me luck!!
    Glad you liked the food collage, just looking at it makes me hungry:)

  2. Hey Ranjani - all you need is a little dab. I just stick the pad of my ring finger in the jar, then dot the cream on my cheeks, chin and a little on my forehead and massage in. A little goes a long way with this one and that way it won't make you feel greasy either!

  3. I have been hunting for a light day cream for quite some time now.I can't seem to find in the stores anymore the one I have been using. Any recommendations?

  4. Hi Deedi - Your question is timely because I too am looking for an inexpensive, new light day cream with spf!! I just tried a Neutrogena one but didn't like it - I'll post about it soon. The one I have been using for years and LOVE is Shiseido the Skincare Day Moisture Protection SPF 15 (comes in a white bottle). Its awesome but its $40!! If money is no object, definitely try it. If you are looking for an inexpensive one then check back for my posts as I am trying to find one!!


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