Is *this* the serum that’s set to leave your skin smooth and even at last?

Oily, uneven skin has met its match

Content Producer / March 04 2024

The product

Let’s be real here, we’ve all fallen victim to purchasing an item of skin care that we didn’t really need, whether it be a serum that promises to deliver the world or a ‘magic’ moisturiser, it's a universal truth to us all. But you know who doesn’t let us down? Neutrogena. This actually affordable skin care brand is genuinely here to help our skin (phew; because it’s in dire need). 

So, when Neutrogena launched their latest Hydro Boost Niacinamide Serum it became very clear: they were onto a winner. Packed with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this seriously smoothing serum is set on brightening, refining and strengthening your complexion. All with an added hit of hydration!

Let’s have a look at what our Review Crew® members had to say about the power-packed serum…

The panel

BEAUTYcrew sent the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Niacinamide Serum to a panel of women aged 20-49 suffering from oily, uneven skin.

The lowdown

How easily it absorbs: Texture is a huge player in the serum game. If it’s too thick it sits uncomfortably atop your skin, not really sinking in. Thankfully our Review Crew® members found that this serum found the middle ground between luxurious and lightweight, and overall were very happy with the consistency. Because of this great consistency, our members found that this serum absorbed well into their skin, without leaving behind any heavy, greasy feelings. 

The skin-smoothing, texture-toning effects: To truly gauge the effects of this serum (and its promises) Review Crew® members that suffered from oil-prone, uneven texture and enlarged pores were recruited. And boy were the results good. Our Review Crew® members saw a noticeable difference in their pores and the texture of their skin. They raved about how smooth their skin looked and felt from using this serum. 

Helpful hard-hitting hydration: In the skin care world, there’s no such thing as too much moisture (well maybe there is, but it’s a very high bar). So having hard-hitting hyaluronic acid (one of our fave hydrators) included in this serum meant that our Review Crew® members were able to feel the major difference in hydration left behind by this serum. And who doesn’t love that?

The verdict

“Love the serum, it is easy to absorb into the skin, hydrating and made my skin feel smoother, great for oil control as well. [It] absorbed into the skin really well, great for my sensitive skin without any discomfort. I have used this consistently for about a few weeks and it's definitely one of my go-to’s. I like the combination of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide -two ingredients you can use anytime with almost any other product. My skin is looking smoother, brighter and more hydrated after a couple of weeks of daily use.”
Ron B
REVIEWcrew® Member
“Absolutely fantastic product. I've been using this daily within my usual skin care routine and have found the results to be noticeable. After several weeks I could see the difference. It left my skin and pores feeling hydrated, softer and smoother. While the bottle is only 30mls, I only needed 1-2 drops for full face, neck and decollage coverage. The fact it's not scented was also a bonus for me. The serum absorbed quickly into the skin and didn't leave a greasy after feel or shine. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to add some luxury into their daily skin care routine.”
Uru L
REVIEWcrew® Member
“This serum is a fantastic staple in any skincare routine! It has a really nice texture- not too thick and not too runny- and a hygienic dropper applicator which I always appreciate. The serum itself spreads nicely on the skin and is easily absorbed in no time. Instantly your skin feels smooth, plump and hydrated. I had been using a far more expensive niacinamide product before this serum and I found the results to be comparable which is exciting because this serum has a very good value price point. In the several weeks that I’ve used this serum my skin tone has looked even, glowy and has a smooth texture. I also really appreciate that this product works well with my other moisturisers and treatments without causing any pilling, including when worn under makeup. Overall this is a fantastic and effective serum that I would happily repurchase and also recommend to friends.”
Shelby S
REVIEWcrew® Member

Do you want to improve your oil-prone textured skin? Read the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Niacinamide Serum Reviews for members' thoughts.

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by Neutrogena to Are Media and BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This combined average star rating for Neutrogena Hydro Boost Niacinamide Serum is based on a combined total of 50 reviews submitted and is correct as of 4/03/2024.

Main image credit: Are Media 


Emma Allcock began her career in the world of fashion and beauty in 2015, interning for various PR fashion houses. Naturally her love for style soon extended to beauty, and Emma landed firmly in the beauty and wellness world thanks to an internship-turned-role at local Australian fragrance brand Maison Blanche. One thing that remained consistent whether unpacking accessories or creating social content? Her commitment to an always-perfect manicure. Luckily, she’s since turned her talents to helping her readers achieve the same, writing about all things beauty and wellness. Emma is now a Content Producer for BEAUTYcrew, with her words and recommendations also appearing across beautyheaven. Emma loves the process of diving deep into the world of testing (and writing) about everything from haircare to fragrance. When she’s not slathering her skin in something new, she’s going for an early morning stroll to catch a stunning sunrise (coffee in hand, of course), because life’s all about that wellness balance after all.