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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. 

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

💧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.

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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  • Joannie

    Love tacha water cream

  • Brittany

    Would love to try 😍😍

  • Melissa

    They are very similar, but not a dupe. I do use both. And I mean the price point...

  • SweetPea V :)

    Oh! Thanks so much!! I love dupe reviews!! Whenever i can switch to a cheaper version of something working for me i literally lose it!! Being a mom on a budget i appreciate it!!

  • theresa

    i had a sample of this it didnt burn or irritate it , i never knew tacha had a dupe i always wanted to try tacha. i want to try neutrogena for my self again and see how it works for me

  • Pauline

    I have tried the Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel. This works well and is a good product. I would use it again. Very safe for my skin.

  • Elizabeth Singh

    The Hydro Boost would be absolutely perfect if it had some SPF and maybe some retinol. Otherwise it’s an awesome product. I took a mini jar on my last two international flights and it did my skin so much good, ordinary airplane air sucks the life out of my skin.

  • Tia kitchens

    I have never tried the Tatcha water cream but I have used the hydro boost and it’s really good. I love the smell of it as well. I especially love to use it when I happen to go to the beach because it’s so cooling and moisturizing.

  • Rey

    I’ve tried the Tatcha water cream and have been looking for a good dupe. This looks great especially considering the price.

  • Emerald Martinez

    Yaaasss so nice to have dupes 😂💖💖

  • Tina Marie

    Ive been using hydro boost for awhile now and secretly wanted to try Tatcha but now I'm happy with my decision to save my coin!!!!

  • Jennifer Henning

    These are sooo freaking awesome but too pricey for me. I'd love to get both and try them out. I know Neutrogena products are usually amazing results.

  • Tina Ong

    This was great. I would like to try Tatcha but it is not affordable . I may try our the Neutrogena product next

  • Melissa Griffith

    Always love hearing about a solid dupe.I love the Tatcha Water cream, and it is nice to know that there is a cheaper and similar option out there. ty for sharing this with us all.

  • Kelly Anderson

    I love the neutrogena hydro Boost products especially for my face!

  • Jessica Bryant

    This is the best comparison I’ve seen yet! You clearly put a lot of time and thought into this.❤️ I have been eyeing Tatcha products but now I will start with the Lip Mask instead. PS I wonder how the Wate rVream holds up to Tarte’s H2O??

  • Georgia

    Great review seen this product in a lot of magazines.Now I have an idea how well it works thanks.

  • Kimberly Jones

    I so been wanting to try this..love tatcha products 💜💜💜

  • LifeCoachMelanieM

    Excellent review! I wasn’t sure about hydro boosts / water creams, but after seeing your pictures and reading your review, Neutrogena Hydro Boost is definitely a product I want to try asap. Your skin looks so soft and dewy❣️

  • Kate D.

    And thank you for the thorough review. It's very helpful!

  • Kate D.

    I REALLY want to try Tatcha!

  • Amanda

    I will have to try this out! I’m a sucker for Tatcha but it does end up hurting my wallet😂 Thanks for the great review!

  • Jennifer Henning

    Awesome!!!! I really want to invest in this and try this out. It sounds amazing

  • Cassie thompson

    Wow, both are very expensive and high end products!! I want both 🤤