Gahh! I miss writing posts like this. For those who are new to my blog, you probably didn’t know the story behind the blog’s name, Product Arena. You see, I started this blog with the main purpose of comparing beauty products – makeup, skincare.. you name it! However, I got sidetracked on individual reviews that I completely forgot about my goal. Not that I regret it though.

In an attempt to revive my “Product Arena” segment, let me start off with 2 of my favorite water-based moisturizers: Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. I know, I know. Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX isn’t technically a moisturizer per se but since heavy creams contribute to millia formation, I’ve been using it as a moisturizer instead.

Price, Packaging & Availability:
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel both come in durable, glass-like jars that are pretty bulky. They’re both easily available in most leading malls costing Php 1,250 for 80mL and Php 830 for 50g, respectively. At first glance you’ll think that Laneige is rather expensive but once you do the math, you actually get more for your money. So yeah, it’s not true that Laneige is super pricey.. if anything, I think they’re reasonably priced. I just wish they come up with smaller jars that are more budget-friendly for school gals. πŸ™‚
Consistency & Texture:
Being water-based, both Laneige and Neutrogena are incredibly smooth and runny. They glide on easily and spreads like butter on hot pan. Both aren’t heavy on the skin, doesn’t contribute to oiliness and can be used prior makeup application. Compared to ordinary moisturizers, these 2 are incredibly lightweight. They’re quickly absorbed by the skin and doesn’t leave any trace of oiliness behind.

However, I noticed that in spite of the similarities in almost all aspects, Neutrogena is lighter on the skin and is, therefore, absorbed by the skin faster and leaves a smoother, more matte canvass for makeup application. Lanegie, on the other hand, takes a little longer for the skin to fully absorb as it is very rich. Also, it gives more of a healthy, dewy finish which is very popular now thanks to KDramas. πŸ˜›

Moisturizing Effect:
Both products are amazing. I know because I’ve been repurchasing them up until now. So the question of which one is better is actually not as simple as “this or that” because they both have their strengths. You just have to know which factor you value more. Okay so, Neutrogena does an amazing job in relieving and soothing dry patches. It keeps the skin hydrated, too, which is incredible given how light it really is on the skin. It makes the skin soft and supple by getting rid of the dryness. If you have extremely dry problem areas but can’t handle heavy creams, go for Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.

Laneige also offers the same softness and suppleness although not as immediate as the former. But what Laneige can offer that the other can’t is the certain radiance it brings to the skin immediately after waking up the next morning. My skin looks unbelievably healthy, I swear. It works overtime focusing on the glow of the skin and not just on the dryness. So if you’re like me; you have moderately dry skin and is more concerned with the skin’s dullness, I strongly recommend Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX. πŸ™‚

I sure hope that this time around, I can sustain this kind of posts. You can read individual in-depth review HERE (Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX) and HERE (Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel).
P.S If you like this post and would like to see similar products compared, don’t hesitate to ask. Leave a comment down below and I’ll see what I can do. πŸ™‚
Have you tried any of the two variants in this post? I’d love to here what you think.
Also, if you have requests, don’t hesitate to ask. Leave your request below! πŸ™‚