Moisturiser Reviews: Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Oil Free, Simple Protecting M Cream SPF 30

That post title was getting a bit long…

Last month I bought Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser. I’ve read plenty of good things about this on other blogs (never keeping track of which ones I read…) so, even though I also read about Neutrogena’s products being very hit-and-miss for everyone, I thought this was worth a try.

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The consistency comes out as being a medium thick cream which absorbs quite quickly into the skin. Two pea sized blobs just about cover my face and with morning and evening use, this lasted a month and a half. I like the thin tube as it makes it easier to stuff in a bag. It also has a clicking twist lid, although personally I prefer flip lids as I can snap them shut with my wrist or with the windowsill. It has the Clear Skin tech, but I don’t feel that this did anything for my skin. There’s not much else to say about this, other than it was £4 and did the job without breaking me out.

As for Simple’s Protecting Moisture Cream, I’ve had my beady little eye on this gem for a while now. As much as I dislike the idea of using anything with oil to avoid adding to the oil fest that is my face, I couldn’t resist the SPF30 paired with the ‘better than 1/2 price at Superdrug’ tag. £3.45, people.

I usually don’t see any budget moisturisers with more than SPF15, so you understand what I mean by seeing the light of heaven shining on this when I saw it.


As I mentioned, I avoid putting product with oils on my face even as I try to embrace it. This contains sweet almond oil but I was quite determined to give this a go. It didn’t break me out, so it’s a thumbs up from me.
It has that white sunscreen cast that takes a while to massage in but I am much more willing to put up with this than, say an SPF15 variant (such as my current Boots Mattifying Day Cream SPF15).

I haven’t tried it with face makeup yet besides powders. I have had experiences with it forming peeling flakes but I am not sure if it is due to the cream or another product in my routine. Note to self, edit this to add observations.

If you are simply looking for a budget sunscreen this is probably your best option.

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