Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Gelee Milk review

Summer makes everything lighter.

Heavy sweaters give way to skimpy sundresses. Soups and stews are replaced by juicy salads and ice cream. Thick body butters are put away in favour of gel-like lotions.

Even the makeup gets lighter. Ok, I might sport the occasional neon pink lipstick or bold green eyeshadow, but I often give foundation a miss. No point in putting it on, it’ll just melt away. 🙂

With less makeup to remove, I’m giving my trusted oils a break. I’ve switched to a micellar water, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Gelee Milk – it’s the perfect cleansing trick for lazy makeup days.

Here’s what happened:

What’s In Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Gelee Milk?


Surfactants is a family of ingredients that cleanse skin by allowing water to mix with oils and dirt, so they can be rinsed away.

The catch? Some surfactants do the job so well, they strip skin bare of every trace of the oils that keep your skin naturally moisturised. Cue dryness and irritation.

That doesn’t happen here. These cleanser uses Sodium Hydrolyzed Potato Starch Dodecenylsuccinate and Poloxamer 188, two of the mildest surfactants. They won’t irritate skin.

But they don’t cleanse too well, either. They’re ok at removing a light face of makeup. But, if you’re wearing long-lasting foundation, this won’t cut it.

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Sodium hyaluronate its a form of hyaluronic acid that attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. Plus, it works well both in high and low humidity conditions.

When skin has that much moisture, it plumps up. This alone is enough to make your fine lines look smaller – temporarily. Hydration also makes skin soft and gives the complexion a dewy glow (think Korean skin).

P.S. Glycerin is here too. It does the same thing, but on a smaller scale.

Related: Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type


Lightweight gel.


Clean and subtle.

How To Use It

With a cotton pad. No need to rinse off.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Technically, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Gelee Milk is a hybrid cleanser that combines the lightness of a gel with the efficacy of a cleansing milk.

In practice, you apply it with a cotton pad and don’t rinse it away. Looks like a micellar water to me, ahem.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I love the convenience of a good micellar water on days when I’m wearing minimal or no makeup. It takes off all the dirt and grime and I can just apply serum + moisturizer afterwards.

But, when I’m wearing a lot of makeup? That’s when things get tricky. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Gelee Milk does remove a full face of makeup (mascara included) but… You have to use three or four cotton pads to get it all off.

  1. That could be irritating
  2. It kinda defies the purpose of a micellar water

Micellar water is something you use when you want to get the job done quickly. If you have to waste 15 minutes and 4 cotton pads to remove everything, you might as well stick to oil-based cleansers. In a minute, everything’s off your face.

Remember: micellar water aren’t proper makeup removers. Don’t treat them as such.


Who Is This For?

Women who wear little to no makeup.

Who Is This NOT For?

It’s not a makeup remover.


A blue bottle with a pump applicator. Sleek and practical.

Does Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Gelee Milk Live Up To Its Claims?

NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost® Gelée Milk Cleanser is an innovative cleanser combining the lightness of a gel with the efficacy of make-up remover milk.True.
The combination of Neutrogena® cleansing technology, hydrating agents and hyaluronic acid which is naturally found in skin, helps the formula to protect the skin barrier, and lock in hydration.True.
Dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin.Fragrance may irritate sensitive skin.

Price & Availability

£7.99 at Feel Unique and Look Fantastic

Do You Need It?

Not really. There are better cleansers around.

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydrolyzed Potato Starch Dodecenylsuccinate, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Poloxamer 188, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Zea Mays Starch, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, BHT, Parfum.