Kiss Midday Shine Goodbye: Our 9 Best Mattifying Products for Oily Skin
Trying to avoid that midday shiny T-zone? You’re in the right place. Keep reading to discover nine oil-control products from the L’Oreal Portfolio of brands that we firmly believe are worth the hype!
If you’re not a fan of a shiny-looking complexion—whether your skin is naturally oily year-round or only when it’s exposed to heat and humidity—a good mattifying product is likely a firm fixture in your beauty arsenal. Achieving a natural-looking matte complexion is ideal for when temperatures begin to rise—hello, spring and summer—which makes now an ideal time to gear up with the cream of the crop products. To that end, we rounded up nine products—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—that can help keep your shiny skin under control.
SUNSCREEN: SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL MATTE UV DEFENSE SPF 50
If you haven’t already picked out your sunscreen for the warmer seasons, now’s the time to start. Oily skin types should reach for this broad-spectrum sunscreen, which is formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays and help prevent sunburn. Unlike some sunscreens which can leave behind a greasy residue, Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 boasts a matte finish thanks to its oil-absorbing base and weightless mousse texture. Apply the formula liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours.
Editor’s note: For the best line of protection for your skin, pair daily sunscreen with other sun protection measures, such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours.
MOISTURIZER: THE BODY SHOP SEAWEED MATTIFYING MOISTURE LOTION SPF 15
Control unwanted shine with this lightweight moisturizing lotion from The Body Shop. Its formula contains Community Trade seaweed and oil-balancing technology to mattify skin where and when it needs it without blocking pores. The result? Skin that’s soft, hydrated, mattified, and protected with SPF 15. Use your fingertips to apply it to your face and neck after cleansing and toning.
SETTING SPRAY: URBAN DECAY DE-SLICK OIL-CONTROL MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
It’s no secret that excess oil can ruin a makeup look, causing anything from foundation to eyeshadow to smudge, slide, and even fade off after a short period of time. Luckily, this weightless setting spray can help keep slippage at bay. It mists on to control oil, deflect surface shine, and keep skin looking beautifully matte. What’s more, thanks to high-tech ingredients that help keep makeup in place, you’ll hardly ever need to touch up. Who knew achieving long-lasting makeup on oily skin was that easy?
CLEANSER: GARNIER ALL-IN-1 MATTIFYING MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER
Meet: A micellar cleansing water that mattifies oily skin! This all-in-one cleanser effectively removes makeup, cleanses, and helps purify pores—no harsh rubbing necessary. Oily skin types will love the way their skin feels perfectly clean and refreshed without a greasy residue left behind! To use, simply soak a cotton pad with the solution and gently sweep it across your face. Follow with a mattifying moisturizer for oily skin. (Yes, even oily skin needs hydration!)
BLOTTING SHEETS: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP BLOTTING PAPER
When it comes to absorbing excess surface oils in a pinch, few products work as instantaneously as blotting papers do. Sure, these blotting papers are only a temporary fix for greasy situations, but they leave the skin looking matte without disrupting makeup so we’re not complaining. These pulp papers are available in four unique variations— Matte, Fresh Face, Green Tea, and Tea Tree—and are perfectly portable for use while on the go. All you have to do is gently dab the paper onto areas that appear shiny. If there’s any oil absorption, you’ll notice it transfer onto the sheet.
PRIMER: LANCÔME LA BASE PRO PORE ERASER
When your skin is oily, it can reflect light in a way that causes pores to appear large and in charge. If that’s your reality, try this lightweight primer to achieve a sleek, mattified complexion. The formula smooths the appearance of skin’s texture and helps minimize the appearance of pores.
Lancôme La Base Pro Pore Eraser, $38 MSRP
POWDER: MAYBELLINE SHINE-FREE OIL-CONTROL LOOSE POWDER
Looking to sop up excess oil in no time flat? Stick a makeup powder in your arsenal. Similar to blotting sheets, these formulas can help to absorb unwanted oil instantaneously leaving behind a shine-free, matte looking complexion. Case in point? This oil-control loose powder by Maybelline. A light dusting is all you need to keep skin fresh, clean, and shine-free for hours. Thanks to its light and compact size, you can carry it with you for touch-ups throughout the day as needed.
Maybelline Shine-Free Oil-Control Loose Powder, $5.99 MSRP
TONER: KIEHL’S ULTRA FACIAL OIL-FREE TONER
In a world of seemingly endless skin care products, toner doesn’t always get the praise it deserves. The truth is, toners are a welcomed addition to any skin care routine. For oily skin types especially, toners can help to remove lingering dirt and grime after cleansing, but some can even mattify skin—like this non-drying formula by Kiehl’s, which is formulated to visibly reduce excess oil on the skin’s surface. Formualted with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine, this toner helps to soothe and hydrate skin, and gently removes any remaining residue, dirt, and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner, $16 MSRP
FOUNDATION: L’ORÉAL PARIS INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE FOUNDATION
Finding a foundation for oily skin can be tricky, which is why we’re here to make the search a bit easier with this foundation offering a demi-matte finish and an air-light texture. But unlike other true matte-finish foundations that can leave skin looking flat and dull, the finish on Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation does no such thing. What’s more, it’s offered in 12 shades so there’s bound to be one that matches your skin tone perfectly.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, $12.99 MSRP