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Showdown: Is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost a Dupe for Tatcha Water Cream?

I’ve gone through not one, but two jars of the Tatcha Water Cream already. My wallet is really feeling the impact, so I started my dupe hunting. After some research, I decided to give the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel a fair shot. With the last bit of Water Cream I have left, here is my side by side experience. 

🤓Facts
My skin type - combo (normal to dry on my cheeks, oilier in T-zone), minor texture issue around my nose.
💧Tatcha Water Cream - $68
 Key points: Oil-free, Anti-aging, Clean ( formulated without a list of over 50 ingredients, including sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, phthalates, and more)
💙 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - $17
Key points: Oil-free, hyaluronic acid, alcohol free, non-comedogenic

🙌Texture
💧Tatcha Water Cream - Gel texture, creamy white, very light. Blends onto the skin faster, but takes longer to absorb
💙 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - Gel texture, blue, slightly more slippery. Blends a little slower but absorbs/dries down faster. (See picture 3)

Experience (see picture 4)
11:30 a.m. - I applied the Water Cream to the right side to my face, and Hydro Boost to the left side. I needed a little bit more of the Hydro Boost compared to the Water cream to cover the respective side of my face. Neither side tingled. The water cream sank into my skin faster, as you can also see on my hand swatch.
11:45 a.m. - 15 minuets after application, the Tatcha side is more dewy than the Neutrogena side. They two sides do not feel different.
1:30 p.m. - I put on sunscreen, some light concealer, and some cloud paint blush to head out. The sunscreen and makeup layered on smoothly, but while I was applying blush I did notice that the Tatcha side was still slightly tackier than the Neutrogena side.
7:30 p.m. They felt almost identical for the rest of the day. After my natural oils kicked in, you can see a tiny more shine on the Tatcha side (cheeks). On my forehead, they have an equal amount of shine. The difference is too small for me to say that the Neutrogena side is better at controlling oils.

😍Conclusion
I would give the Neutrogena Hydro Boost a 8/10 dupe score based not this experience. The 2 points I took off are from its lack of anti-aging benefits and the fact that I had to use a bit more. Given how much cheaper it is, I’m happy. I would highly recommend this to anyone with dry to combo skin. I will continue to use and see how it performs on heavier makeup days, and different climates. 

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