Neutrogena Multi Defence Skincare – Reader Rated

By | April 6 2011 | 46 Comments

Multi defence range

Back in February we put out Ireland’s call (no, a different kind of Ireland’s call) to the beauty-conscious to see if we could round up 30 ladies to trial Neutrogena’s latest skincare line, Multi-Defence.

With varieties for all skintypes, normal to combination and dry and sensitive, these products are designed to hydrate and defend skin against the stresses of sun, pollution,wind, cold and heat. A bold claim, and the science behind it is equally impressive. Everything is also very affordable – prices range from €4.49 to €9.49, so everyone can try this line out, regardless of budget.

We found ten gals to trial each of the three skintype offerings and they’ve been busy at it for a few weeks now. In the comments, they’ll be leaving their feedback on how they got on so you can see how Women in The Field ™ felt the products performed. We’ve asked them to give us an indication of their age group, their skin type and the specific products they tried too.

We hope it makes for interesting and informed reading and of course, if you weren’t testing the products as part of the trial but have been using them over the past wee while, feel free to leave your feedback here too.

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46 Replies to "Neutrogena Multi Defence Skincare – Reader Rated"

  • ams says:

    OK so I’m 28 and have oily/combination skin.

    Overall I have to say I liked this range.

    First up the facewipes – these were good but not brilliant for removing makeup. I didn’t feel that they completely removed everything but they are nice and fresh smelling and defo good for an emergency.

    I really liked the facewash – judging by how long it lasted so did my boyfriend. When I questioned him about how little was left in the tube he said that he just couldn’t resist the “microbeads”. This is gentle enough to use every day – the grains are quiet gentle. I found I needed to use a rougher scrub every few days but overall really liked this and would repurchase.

    The daily moisturiser is a light moisturiser that I found ok. It does have a slight greasy feel to it and I found that using less of this was better – my skin looked quite wet after using it – i.e. it didnt sink straight in. I generally choose a moisturiser for oily skin with mattifying properties so this was probably a little different than the norm for me. Im not sure if I would repurchase this but I did like the fact that it had SPF and think it would be suitable for younger skin.

    The night cream felt much lighter in texture than the creams I have used before – more like a richer day cream if you know what I mean. I actually thought this was good because sometimes I am nervous to apply night cream to my oily areas (i.e. t-zone) but can then suffer dry patches if I don’t. Ive been quite religious about applying this and think I will continue to use it. Its a nice light texture so if you don’t like rich heavy night creams would recommend this.

  • gil says:

    Really interested to read the reviews…!

    I’m 21 and bought the day combination moisturiser but it kinda just slides off….not great…! Defo doesn’t sink in like you said….

    The eternal hunt for a good moisturiser begins again… :(

  • Breige says:

    I was one of the lucky people who got picked! So I’m in my early twenties and have combination skin, oil along my T-zone and normal on my cheeks. I have a tendency to break out in spots every now and again.

    I got 4 things: Gentle Purifying Scrub, Daily Moisturiser for Normal to Combination skin, Night Moisturiser and the Wipes.

    I don’t use wipes as a cleanser, I just don’t buy them. I did use them for this though on the odd occasion though. They smelt nice, they took my make up off pretty well and didn’t leave a film. But even though I thought they took off ALL my make up, I woke up every morning with a small bit of mascara around my eyes.

    I really liked the Scrub, it foamed up nice, didn’t dry my skin, or clog it. In fact, it helped clear it up, my skin hasn’t broken out since I’ve started using it! I like the fact the particles in the scrub are very small, it makes the scrub an exfoliater and a foamy wash all in one. However, I found sometimes after I rinsed it off that some of the gritty particles were in my eyes. But that could just be me!

    The Day Moisturizer was probably my favourite and something I’ll probably rebuy. It works well into the skin, moisturizes it well, doesn’t leave a sheen on the skin and I’ve found it’s a nice base for makeup. And I love the fact it has SPF! And a pump bottle. It smells nice enough as well.

    The Night Moisturizer is pretty thick. Not necessarily in a bad way, however I did find I’d have to work it pretty well into the sink to get it to disappear. It did sink in well though when I did that. While it did moisturize my skin just fine, I suppose because it sunk in kinda like the day moisturizer (almost matte), I didn’t feel like my skin was being moisturized, if you get what I mean?! It didn’t give off the idea that it was really moisturizing my skin, like a luxury one. However, that’s a minor gripe really if you think about it, my skin didn’t feel the next day that it wasn’t moisturized and it didn’t cause me to break out because it had all sunk in. I possibly would buy it again, however another minor thing I didn’t like was the plastic jar. I know this is an affordable brand and line but a plastic jar for a night cream just seems so…. cheap or something. It also has the same scent as the day cream.

    On the packaging, I quite liked the colours used, it simple and basic. While it won’t stand out or catch your eye (not like something like Soap and Glory), I suppose it suits the range for exactly that reason, it’s an every day basic range that does the job just fine.

    Overall I was impressed and will probably rebuy the day moisturizer and would certainly consider rebuying the night cream and the scrub. Thank you for choosing me to do this!

  • Carol Morrin says:

    Well I had seen the Jennifer Garner ads and had decided I was trying out these products before I heard the call. I am 36, with combination skin. The month of March definately helped test these products with the ever changing weather, you remember, we even had sunshine! I tried all the products. I used the daily moisturiser and it was lovely.It goes on light and does exactly what it says on the packet. My skin felt moisturised. Although it boasts spf 25, it does state on packaging that its not a sun product. I used the night time cream, which is a thicker cream, and I definatley felt that the skin was been hydrated. The exfoliator was great for the extra clean. The wipes were fine for the end of day cleanse, but just failing on the waterproof mascara! Overall ,I will be buying them for the future and thanks for the opportunity to try them out.

  • RiRi says:

    gil, I am with you, eternal hunt for good moisturiser is still on.

    I tried the day moisturiser one for combination skin, it does take time to sink in. I do like it but not sure if I will buy it again.

    I am dying to try the Vichy products.

  • Sparklequeen says:

    I have tried the moisturiser with spf25 and the night cream. Have combo skin and really liked them!

  • gil says:

    Completely RiRi it just seems to be a minefield of stuff out there…!

    I’d love to try Vichy too but its always the prices that stop me….I’ve had samples but sometimes the effect wears off….? Or the slightly chemical smell makes me want something fresh!

    I also sprung for L’Oreal once….I think I used it….Ohhhh…about three times before binning it….! Awful, SO chemically, and just sits there…and even their face wash with the scrublet was binned, i left it in the shower and even with the cap on, if i opened it after that the smell nearly made me vom….

    Why oh why can’t there just be a perfect moisturiser for youngish skin with spf, reasonably priced, the ability to SINK IN and make us look like the radiant people we are….!

  • Sinead says:

    I’m 21 and have normal skin so I got the set for All Skin Types.

    I was really intrigued to try out the line as I have never used one entire brand for my entire skincare routine.

    Facial Wipes: I was quite impressed with these. I have had more than one bad experience with make-up wipes whereby they have left my skin red, raw and burning. These did not do that at all. They were sufficiently wet enough to remove my make-up without feeling harsh or abrasive. They were nicely scented and I would definitely repurchase them.

    Facial Scrub: For the first week or two weeks I used the scrub as instructed. Unfortunately, my skin didn’t like this and developed some very sore, dry patches around my mouth, nose and, strangely enough, around my eyes even though I tried to avoid them. While I love scrubs and feeling like my skin is getting cleaned from the inside out, I found prolonged and constant use of this to be harsh. I continued to use it on a once or twice a week basis once my skin had cleared up and that seemed to do the trick. I would hazard that scrubbing everyday isn’t necessarily ideal for any skintype but, would recommend this product for use on a twice-weekly basis.

    Day Moisturiser: Score one for this product is that it comes in a pump-action tube meaning that no germs or bacteria can get in. One full pump provided enough product to cover my entire face and it dried very quickly, leaving my skin soft and smooth to the touch. I also appreciate the fact that this contains an SPF 25 as I can be quite lax about applying one daily. I didn’t find that this was a greasy or hard-to-settle into the skin product. The scent was light and not overpowering in the least and provided a nice base for make-up.

    Night Moisturiser: The night moisturiser was very thick and, I thought, very heavily scented. I’m not that sensitive to smells but, at times I found this to be overpowering. It was quite hard to work into the skin and it wasn’t as moisturising as you might expect. I also would have preferred the tub to be a little bit more fancy as, overall, the rest of the range is quite understated and sophisticated and you wouldn’t automatically realise it was Neutrogena but, that’s just me being picky!

    Overall, this was an interesting experiment to be a part of. I will when the trial packet runs out. I probably wouldn’t repurchase the scrub just because of how it dried out my skin even though the instructions called for daily use. The day moisturiser was probably the best of the two, purely because it contains SPF so, I will probably be adding that to my shopping basket once mine runs out!

    Thanks Neutrogena and!

  • TGIF says:

    I was also chosen to test the products! thanks i really enjoyed!
    I’m 26, turning 27 in 3 weeks. i have really dry skin, thanks to having eczema as a child. Usually im a huge fan of oils and really thick moisturisers.

    ok so first up The wipes
    hmm im not a huge fan of cleansing wipes to be honest, but i gave these a go. i was pleasantly surprised by them, they did a good job of removing all my make up, and were really refreshing to use with a lovely smell. They did leave my skin feeling really dry and tight a couple of mins afterwards though, but i find this with wipes in general.

    The cleansing scrub
    I found this really nice to use and seems gentle and mild enough to use daily. the grains are really small and fine and give a lovely deep clean fresh feel to my face. Would def buy this again!

    The day moisturiser
    This was my favourite product, really nice to use after a shower or first thing in the morning on my face, as a good base for make up. Thought the high spf in the cream was great and it sank in really nicely. it also smelled gorgeous too! for the price this is a really good day moisturiser. also loved the way it was in a pump dispenser

    The night cream
    I was really disappointed with this. It just wasnt rich enough for my skin at all. I didnt sink in for ages and when it finally did my skin felt tight afterwards as if i needed more cream. i also agree about the plastic jar packaging – just doesnt really look great at all. I would always expect a night cream to be in a glass container. This made it seem kinda cheap or something.

    overall i found this range very good, especially for this time of year and coming into summer. although i dont think the moisturisers would be rich enough at all for the depths of winter time to protect my face then.
    thanks again! :)

  • Linda says:

    I was delighted to be picked for the trial as I love trying new product. I am in my early forties with combination skin – I know the range is aimed at younger skin but I found the range suited me too. I only used the cleanser once a day as I felt twice a day would be a bit too harsh. It is an excellent cleanser and rinsed away well. I don’t usually use wipes but tried these out and they were fine. My favourite was actually the night cream – it was very hydrating and my skin felt great in the morning. I would definitely buy this in the future.
    The day cream I felt sank right in and was a good base for makeup. I also liked the smell which I think is very important.
    With the Summer round the corner I think the day cream will be nice and light.

    Over all I was very happy with the range and thanks for the opportunity to try it out.

  • RiRi says:

    gil, I am 24, I also think I should try the samples beofre spending tons on Vichy or any other brand. I am thinking of buying La Roche Posay Anthelios factor 50+ for the summer as a moisturiser, heard great reveiws about it, I will see if I could get a sample of it, just to try it 1st.
    I have tried alomost every high street brand for moisturiser and foundation, I still havent found the holy grail products.
    However, I have been successful in finding a perfect toner and foaming cleanser (both No.7), But would love to try other products as well.

  • Eva says:

    I was one of the people picked for the trial, I received: Gentle Purifying Scrub, Daily Moisturiser for dry skin, Night Moisturiser and the Wipes.

    Im 21 and I have very dry skin, which is badly affected by the air conditioning where I work. The ad for these products specifically says they are meant to help skin affected by weather conditions and air conditioning, however I didn’t find this to be true.

    I really liked the face wipes, they took all my make up off and were very gentle on my skin.

    I found the cleanser to be too rough for dry skin, it says it can be used daily however the exfoliating beads in it were quite hash and not very suitable for dry and sensitive skin types in my opinion, even though the packaging said suitable for all skin types.

    The night moisturizer also claimed it was suitable for all types of skin however I felt that it wasn’t rich enough for dry skin it soaked into my skin far to quickly I much prefer ticker moisturizers for night time.

    The daily moisturizer was quite nice, definitely my favorite out of all the products I have tried. It was light and absorbed into the skin rather quickly and I will continue to use it as it is as good as many of the other moisturizers I have tried. I’m not sure the day moisturizer would be suitable for my skin in the winter however as it doesn’t seem to be moisturizing enough.

    Overall I found this range as a whole kinda disappointing, definitely the products that were ‘all skin types’ seemed to be not really suitable for dry skin which was a bit of a let down, however I would purchase the day moisturizer and the wipes again.

    Thanks for the chance to try them :)

  • Karen says:

    Hi all – I tested the range for all skintypes. I’m 26 with normal skin.

    I really loved the daily moisturiser – I was switching from a Roc moisturiser which I really like and I would continue to use both interchangably. I was also a big fan of the night cream – it has a lovely smell (like the daily moisturiser) and sinks nicely into the skin. Again, I would continue to use this product.

    I’m not a huge fan of facial wipes generally, but I did give these a couple of tries. I have to say, I didn’t love the wipes. I felt that my skin was stinging after I used them and I don’t think that I would continue to use them.

    In relation to the face wash – I thought it was a bit abrasive for everyday use, but I would definately use it to exfoliate a couple of times a week.

    All of the products have a very pleasant smell and the packaging is really nice. As I say, I will be continuing to use the daily moisturiser and the night cream and I will be keeping the face wash in the press in my bathroom to use a couple of times a week as well.

  • littlesis says:

    I was not officially trialling but I was using the day moisturiser for the last month.
    I really liked the product, nice consistency and scent and I felt like it did the job for my 25year old clog prone skin.

    Good value and I’ll repurchase :)

  • YourBeauty says:

    Hello, i was one of the lucky ladies picked to trial the products, many thanks

    I am 27, with combination-oily skin, a bit concerned about aging and always on the look for the next best thing.

    I got the full range: wipes, exfoliating wash, day and night moisturiser, all for combination skin.

    Wipes: never,ever in my life have used wipes to remove makeup so this was a first for me. Unfortunately, they made my skin sting and become red in a few minutes,although i dont suffer with any sensitivity. Also i wear a full face every day, after two used wipes i still had half of makeup left. Never again.

    Exfoliating cleanser: this i enjoyed using. Has micro exfoliating bits and a purifying action. I used every second day in the shower(can be used daily)for a deep cleanse. Left my skin smooth, clear and very soft. I would definitely recommend it.

    Day moisturiser: lovely pump packaging, claimed roles of protection and had SPF. Initially i liked the texture, it was between a fluid and a cream, but after a few hours it gave me a terrible shine. Literally, my foundation was sliding off my forehead. Also it break me out, nothing major just little red spots on my cheeks…my skin looked a bit irritated :(.

    Night moisturiser: a very impressive full to the brim pot, with a cream looking texture that becomes a lotion once applied. I needed to use very little product to moisturise my face every night, so i’ll say one pot can easily last two months at least. Results, im afraid werent great either. In the morning my skin didnt look exceptionally good or moisturised on that matter. Maybe you’ll think that i expect to much from a night cream, no – just to give me a smooth, rested apperance without irritation or breakouts.

    Overall, i would recommend just the face wash with all the confidence. Even my fiancee used it and he loved it!

  • I’m 26 and have super dry/sensitive skin so I was given dry and sensitive specific day moisturiser to test along with face wipes, scrub and night cream.

    1. Multi-Defence Gentle Purifying Wipes-25 Wipes: I’m wary of face wipes to begin with but I gave these a go. They didn’t agree with my face at all, they did remove about 95% of my make up but my skin was left quite red and blotchy looking. However, I have since used some in order to remove eyeshadow swatches from my inner arm and had no bad reaction there so I will use the remainder of the pack for this purpose.

    2. Mutli Defence Gentle Purifying Scrub: I used this twice daily for the first two days but my skin got very red and tight after use so I switched to morning only use from day three. On day five I noticed that my skin was very red, blotchy and I had red bumps just under the surface skin on my cheeks so I decided that even using the scrub once a day was too harsh. I gave my skin a break from the scrub for a week and then re-introduced it as a weekly scrub but immediately after use my skin became red, inflamed looking and felt extremely dry and tight. I realised that it simply doesn’t agree with my skin type and have stopped using.

    3. Multi Defence Daily Moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin with SPF 15: I love this moisturuser as it really keeps my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day. However, as a person with extremely sun sensitive skin SPF15 isn’t enough for me even on non sunny/dull days. I need SPF25 for everyday use and then I switch an actual sun cream of SPF50 when the sun is actually shining. The moisturiser for all skin types contains SPF25 so I’m planning on buying that one as I’m really impressed by the moisturiser overall. Oh and I’m delighted it’s in a pump top bottle as it’s hygenic and so easy to use.

    4. Multi Defence Night Moisturiser: First things first, I’d love if this was also in a pump top bottle because it’s quite messy to use. It got everywhere at first and I seemed to end up with way too much on my hands which meant it took an age to sink in. I soon figured out that I only needed to dip my index finger into the tub in order to get the exact amount. Apart from that, I didn’t find this hydrating enough for my dry skin after the first week of use, I was planning on using my Trilogy Rosehip Oil under it from the second week onwards (which was what I’d been doing with my moisturiser before this trial anyway). However, I forgot to do this in the second week and discovered that I didn’t actually need it as my skin became so soft and hydrated (my skin obviously just needed time to adapt to the change). In the mornings my skin felt super soft and did look brighter (my younger brother even commented that I looked less sleepy first thing in the morning, woohoo). I will definetly be buying this once my current tub runs out, I love it.

  • frank* says:

    Thanks for the opp to test these products!
    I’m 24 years old with combination, acne prone skin [hormonal mainly!]

    Facial wipes-
    I rarely use wipes only for festivals or holidays that kind of thing. They did a decent enough job of removing heavy nightime makeup but did leave my skin dry and tight afterwards but thats always the case I think.

    Cleansing Scrub-
    I was pleasantly suprised by this as I don’t usually use scrubs daily. This was a very gentle scrub that exfoliated nicely without being harsh, it really left my face feeling lovely and clean. I would definitely repurchase this.

    Day moisturiser-
    First off I liked that it had spf as I’m terrible for neglecting that part of skin routine. Nice pump bottle that delivers the right amount with each pump [thats something i’m a bit fussy about I can’t stand when a product dispenses too much/little] I really didn’t like the smell however, I found it a bit overbearing when you first applied but that could be just me as I seem to very sensitive to smells at the moment. I liked how it sinks into skin and foundation went on lovely afterwards but I did find I was a bit more oily on my forehead than usual but that was easily sorted with a quick dusting of powder. I think I would repurchase this as my skin is looking lovely lately [sure I’m only gawjuss]

    Night cream-
    I wasn’t impressed with this at all. It was very light and I didn’t find it rich or nourishing like I would expect from a night cream. It didn’t really sink in and as another reviewer said my skin felt tight like it needed more! I’d be interested to see if this would work better if applied after a serum, unfortunately I’m flat broke and patiently awaiting payday before I can try myself!

    After using the range for the past number of weeks I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in my skin, it just looks healthier and a bit more glowy and I would put it down to the products as I have been getting very little sleep and working long hours in recent weeks. I would defo reccommend the day moisturiser and the scrub for cheap and cheerfulness. These are no fuss products and really do what they say on the tin!

    Thanks once again for the opportunity to test these products, I wouldn’t have even thought to purchase them previously and now I’d definitely consider them in future.
    If anyone has questions to ask I’ll be checking in and out of and I’ve no problem answering!

  • roxette says:

    I was also one of the lucky readers to try out this range so thanks a mill Beautie ladies xx

    I’m 27 and I received the Day Cream, Night Cream, Wipes & Wash all for dry skin to try out.
    Some background info on my skin first. I have always had oily t-zone and normal skin until this year when I broke out in cystic acne and my skin went as dry as the Sahara. I am now taking a low dose antibiotic to help clear my skin. I have been on the search for something that wont irritate my skin, will give me protection from the sun and will moisturise. Not looking for much was I? :)
    Also, in the interest of fairness I ditched using all my other lotions and potions. so here is what I think:

    Face wash: I really wanted to like this but I’m afraid I didn’t. I was surprised at how harsh it was. It felt lovely when using in the shower but afterwards my skin felt very dried out and flaky. It had a clean smell which i liked but i def. wouldnt purchase this.

    Daily Moisturiser: I was pleased with this and it was also my favorite product. The pump dispenser was a big plus. The fluid was quite light for a “dry skin” cream but it did moisturise and was a nice base for makeup. I will contradict myself and say that although I liked this product it would def. be more suited to normal skin. It just wasn’t thick enough to totally moisturise my skin. As mentioned above I don’t think it would cut the mustard in the cold winter months. Another plus however is that it didn’t aggravate my acne (or clog my pores) or make my suddenly sensitive skin sting. So thumbs up for that! I’d say for early twenties with no skin problems this cream is a super buy.

    Night cream: This was the most disappointing. It came in a plastic jar which I didn’t like, I hate sticking my fingers into stuff! Pumps are the way to go. Anyway, for a dry skin night cream it was a very thin substance. I applied liberally each night and each night it took ages to sink in so most of it ended up on my pillow. I noticed no difference in the feel of my skin at all. I may as well have been using nothing.

    Face wipes: Am not a fan of face wipes in general so didn’t expect anything miraculous from these. They are I will say the nicest face wipes I have used in a long time. They didn’t aggravate my skin but they are not much use for taking off makeup (I use EL double wear).
    They are nice as refresher or to take off excess cleanser. They smell nice and didn’t sting my eyes.

    Overall i was disappointed as i didn’t feel the dry skin products where really suitable for dry skin.

  • the mirror says:

    Oh wow my review is late to the party! Oh well. To business..

    The wipes? Not amazing, but as good as any of the other perpetually-disappointing wipes out on the market can be. They’ll do a job in an emergency, and are a whole lot less abrasive than previous ones I’ve tried. I started out doggedly using them every day, in the interests of thorough testing (!), but within about three days my face felt grimy, and I’d wake up with last night’s mascara melting down where I thought I’d taken the lot off. So not great, but the best of a dodgy bunch.

    The moisturiser I fared much better with. I’m twenty-two, combination skin, and very very pale. A good, nourishing but LIGHT moisturiser for under makeup, one with SPF included too, is surprisingly hard to come by. But this fits the bill perfectly. It makes my skin feel really comfortable, something, which, when advertised with moisturisers, usually means ‘greasy’. But this sinks in right away. It hasn’t clogged up the bits of my face liable to spots, but it makes the drier, more fragile bits feel sufficiently quenched. One I would definitely buy.

    Night Cream is equally good. Its not something I’ve bought before- I tend to just slather stuff on my face regardless of the time of the day- but this is a lovely, smooth, buttery-soft kind of product that feels rich in application but sinks in quick. AND it’s not caused me to break out. For someone in their early twenties, its a good initiation into anti-ageing territory…(!!)

    oh and the face scrub. Hmm. I’m suspicious of using scrubs everyday, whether or not the beads are ‘micro’. But it’s really pleasant to use, certainly not too harsh, and leaves skin smooth and weirdly ‘balanced’ feeling. As though the oily bits have been thoroughly scrubbed, and the dry bits nourished. Good stuff.

    Overall impressions? This is lovely, high quality for something you can buy in a supermarket, unintimidating but reassuringly science-y. It made my skin feel good, didn’t cause spots, and I’m certain would work on any age between teens and thirties. Go for the day cream starting out, ditch the wipes entirely, but all in all it’s a great option.

  • the mirror says:

    Oh and thank you, you Beauts! I’ve never had the opportunity to try out a whole suite of products by the same brand (my bathroom looks all co-ordinated now)!

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