Monday, April 8, 2013

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier

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I have combination skin (oily t-zone, normal cheeks). For the past seven months, I used Estée Lauder Oil Free Creme as my morning moisturizer before I apply my makeup. However, my face would look very shiny within the first couple of hours of having makeup on. I got tired of having a shiny oily face and decided I needed a way to change this.
One day, as I was browsing, I saw the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier and clicked on it for more info. Here is what it said:
"A three-in-one moisturizer that mattifies immediately, controls oil for up to 8 hours, and effectively reduces breakouts."
Murad is known for their skin clearing products and they have a good reputation for it. I also read that the mattifier was not only a moisturizer that controlled oil, but that it also had an SPF, perfect! I went to Sephora as soon as I could to get a sample of it. I loved it so much, that I bought the full size! 
The mattifier is $39.50 and comes in a 1.7 oz tube. The SPF is 15, which is a little lower than most daily moisturizers, but it works fine. It also has Willow Bark Extract that helps manage breakouts and clear the skin of impurities. Lastly, it contains Argan Extract that is suppose to reveal softer, smoother skin.
My Experience:
I was a little thrown off by the smell at first. To me, the mattifier smelt like Elmer's Glue. (child hood memories!)
But after a few days of using it, I was use to it. I figured that it smelt like that because of the willow bark, but am not sure. It is not an offensive smell, but I didn't expect it to be a scent for a skin care product!

Since it is a mattifier, it is a little difficult to spread across the face. It is not as creamy as a lotion, but still hydrates the face. It takes some effort to cover your face since it won't glide on. I only use a pea-sized amount, and is a good amount for me. My makeup blends fine on top of it, and it helps my makeup feel and look fresh all day!

I have been using the mattifier for about a month now and I have seen a reduction of breakouts. Of course I will still have the occasional hormonal breakout, but overall I have seen improvement. My skin has also been smoother and softer, although I think this has been due to other factors as well.

Would I repurchase? Yes I would! It works great and does exactly what it says!

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  1. Great review! I have oily skins, so this product sounds lovely. I think I'll stop by Sephora to ask for a sample.

    Thanks for sharing! =)

  2. K I will also check this out the next time I go to Sephora! With that said though, really it smells like Elmer glue?!? Yikes...

    1. It does! But I've gotten use to it haha. Just smell it when you go to Sephora and see if you can deal with it or not =)

  3. It's great that it works so well. Smell is always a huge factor for me though!

    1. Same for me, but I dealt with it because it works well. Plus, it is not so bad that I would stop using it. Check it out at Sephora =)

  4. Theres no sephora in the Uk ! :( Sound like a good product though :)

  5. I could really do with this! I have problems with looking shiney too. shame we don't have sephora in the uk!xx

  6. You know, I love products that live up to the claims. I hate when brands say a product does something and fails to deliver. Glad this product worked well for you!

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