Wednesday, May 16, 2012

OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel - Review

image from dermstore.com

Sometimes….sometimes you want to believe something so bad, you ignore or avoid the facts and just try to believe. Normally when I hear of a great new product that will control oil on my face I do my research and decide if it will be worth my money.  Normally.  But it must have been an exceptionally bad day for oil on my face.  It must have been an 8 oil blotting sheet day that made me ignore my regular protocol for new skincare and let me just dive head first into purchasing without doing my research.

OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel from Biopelle claims to provide an 8 hour matte finish to the skin, is non comedogenic and fragrance free.  Te OC Eight Mattifying Gel is said to "...uniformly and invisibly deposit micro-particles onto skin to encapsulate excess sebum, thus controlling shine."  "...OC Eight surpasses traditional absorbents in sebum control and cosmetic elegance. OC Eight works for up to eight hours, allowing you to regain confidence by knowing your complexion is gorgeously shine-free. Alcohol- and fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and non-drying." That's it. The marketing sold me. EIGHT HOURS of a shine free face!  I was sold. I purchased this sucker as fast as I could.  Originally only available in Dermatologist offices, OC Eight s now available at Drugstore.com, Skinstore.com and Dermstore.com.  It retails for about $41 but can be found on sale, at any of the stores I listed, from time to time.

Here are the things I liked about OC Eight.

1.  OC Eight did not break me out.  Many mattifying gels break me out in tiny whiteheads shortly after use.  This did not.  Not even one month after solid use did this break me out. AWESOME!
2. OC Eight is a lightweight gel that dries quickly on the face. It is unscented and does not leave a chalky finish
3.  OC Eight left a matte finish on my moisturized skin.  It also did not feel tight or drying.

Here are the things I didn't like about OC Eight.
1. It didn't work.  My face was oily again after 4 short hours
2. It didn't work.  My face was oily and seemed almost MORE oily the more I used this product.
3. IT DIDN'T WORK!


You see that HILARIOUS picture above with eight hello kitty oil blotting papers stuck to my face?  Yeah. That one.  The one that screams.  Elvira has no shame. There is no level too low that Elvira won't stoop to in order to get a laugh/story/blog post/make a point.  Yeah. That's the one.  That picture was taken 8 hours after applying OC Eight Mattifying gel AND having blotted my face earlier in the day! 


I followed the directions faithfully:  
"Apply OC Eight after moisturizers and sunscreens, but prior to oil-free makeup. OC Eight has been formulated to work for up to eight hours…" I used the OC Eight with an oil free foundation and with a powder foundation. I followed the rules!  I got squat.  I could say that maybe my face was too oily for this gel. Perhaps I did need to reapply during the day...as impossible as that would be, because I'm not going to wash all my makeup off and then do a full face of makeup AT WORK!  or maybe…just maybe, this mattifying gel is just like all the others. It will work for a few hours but eventually your oil will break through and you will be applying 8 Hello Kitty Oil Blotting papers to your face and taking a picture of it.

Do you need this?  No.  No you do not. Period. End of story.

36 comments:

  1. Sweet gods of makeup is this post hysterical or what?! Sorry it didn't work for you. Have you tried (do they still make?!) MAC's Matte gel? How about Bobbi Brown's Oil Control lotion?
    xoxo

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    1. I have tried them all baby! They work for a few hours or minutes. The only thing that worked in stoping the oil was taking Accutane. BUT since that is basically poisonous levels of Vit A, and one can only take it for a limited time, it is not a permanent solution.

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    2. Bummer. Your blotting sheet method wins, then. lol

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  2. You are not alone! I gave up on mattifying gels and primers long ago, it's easier to find a unicorn on your doorstep than finding one that actually works. I've had moderate luck with a primer from Italian brand KIKO, but it causes one or two tiny whiteheads whenever I use it, so I can't put it on everyday! Like you, my only option is pretty much stocking up on blotting paper :D

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    1. Yes. I believe finding a unicorn might be easier. Well put!

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  3. I needed a laugh this morning. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one producing enough oil to power a car for a year. It's all from my forehead no less and it gets so oily it seeps down for some nice shiny cheeks. I'm hoping for less wrinkles as I get older!

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    1. :-) Actually. Yes. You will have less winkles as a result. So there is a bright side!

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  4. I also battle oily skin...have you heard about using milk of magnesia after your moisturizer? It doesn't kill the oil completley, but it helps soooo much. Plus you can buy a huge bottle for a buck at the dollar store!

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    1. I have heard of the MOM trick. I really need too test that out. Thanks for the tip and reminding me!

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    2. I have extremely oily skin (thanks, assorted Italian ancestors!)and MOM is the only thing that keeps makeup on my face at all. I smear a quarter-sized amount all over my face, let it dry, and then moisturize with MAC Oil Controlling Lotion. It doesn't completely eliminate the need to blot but it does keep my foundation from sliding off my face the same way that guy's skin melted off his skull in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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    3. Agreed! Plus it's hard to disappoint when you only spent a dollar! Just a little funny when you think about what you're applying to your face =)Whatever works, I guess!

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    4. I've tried several different mattifying products as well (Gels, powders, sprays) nothing except MOM works for me. If you can get hold of it - buy it! We don't have it in Sweden so I had to look for it on Ebay for months before finding one. It's also very cheap so thats awesome :)

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  5. Yeah, I'm super oily too and I learned that a lot of these shine-free claims seem to only work well for those who DON'T have oily skin or those who think they have oily skin, so duh it works for them (hence the good reviews). I was curious about this because of the reviews, but I'm so glad you got a hold of it first. Thanks!

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    1. YES! those that THINK they are oily when they really aren't. It's normal to have a little shine by the end of the day, and some women think that is oily skin. You and I know that it isn't. Glad I could save you some money!

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  6. I know you've heard this a lot, BUT: when you are my senior citizen age, and your skin is still tight and (relatively) un-lined, you'll be grateful.

    That picture of the Hello Kitty papers is the. best. shot. EVER!

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    1. Yes. I know. And I will be happy net year when I become a senior citizen…LOL. And Yes. I just HAD to post the pic.

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  7. LOL! I have to stop reading your posts while I'm at work. My cackling is scaring my coworkers.

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    1. I do't want to get you in trouble! Glad you laughed tho! :-)

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  8. Can now type having recovered from laughing hysterically! I love that you just put yourself out there girl! I've read the glowing reviews abt OC 8 & have thought that maybe, just maybe it would be the nirvana I was searching for. However, I have learned from reading your posts that 1) your skin seems to be similar to mine in terms of oiliness 2) I can trust what you write abt products & whether or not they will work for me more often than not.
    Thank you for your research!

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    1. Hee hee. I have to be upfront, you know. I do wacky stuff and I think you all should know so you can consider how loony I am when I review products. And Thank you for trusting me about product reviews. That means a lot to me. I always try to be as honest as possible.

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  9. So, you're saying...it didn't work? Sorry to laugh at you/with you, but that picture of you with the Hello Kitty blotting papers is just too funny, self-depricating, even. I'm sorry you had to resort to that, Elvira. Hope you were at least able to return the junk to get a refund? And yes, you will have lovely skin in your 'older years.' ;)

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    1. Please. That picture is up there to laugh AT me! Please laugh. It will give you wrinkles and I'll eventually look younger than you with my oily skin and no laughter. And, no. no refund.

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    2. Don't worry---I sleep on my face, so I'll have wrinkles long before you will. ;)

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  10. I too have been curious about this product, despite the fact that no "mattifying" product has ever worked for me. Now I'm curious no more! :D

    By the way, have you tried a physical sunscreen as a primer? For me they work best in keeping oilies. I even put a sheer layer of physical over my regular sunscreen (which gives better UVA-protection for summer) on the t-zone.

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    1. Hi! Yes I have worn physical sunscreens and they do help w/ oily skin, unfortunately for me Titanium Dioxide in high amounts makes me break out. Well it clogs my pores and then I break out. But I'm a special snowflake (read my skin is an a-hole) but I agree that physical sunscreen is great for controlling oil!

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  11. Thank you for that photo! Now that I have composed myself...I realize you followed the directions for the OC Eight and it didn't work, but years ago when one had to get this product from doctors offices and special-order pharmacies, the directions you gave as above were NOT the directions on its use. So I have 2 suggestions. I) Try using the OC Eight as the first thing you apply after you wash. Do not use anything under it. Layer your sunscreen (Elta Clear?) on top, then foundation as usual. 2) I know you've tried everything but...have you tried Smashbox Anti-Shine? I think its sort of discontinued, but you can find it on QVC and some other places. It's very very good!

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  12. Hi,
    Goodness, you had me laughing out loud with that awesome photo! Luckily, I was home alone :-) Thank you so much for never failing to provide such wonderfully detailed and humorous reviews. Like you, Accutane was the only thing that ever stopped the tide of oil from my pores but after I stopped the medication, the oil always came right back. My lifeline is Gatsy oil blotting sheets, not as cute as your Hello Kitty ones but they soak up more oil per sheet than paper-based blotters.

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  13. Nope, I wont do this with you today LOL!!!

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  14. Elvira, you rock. I am trying to stifle the laughter in my office. I use Retin-A for zits and it makes me look even more like a shiney disco ball. After trying a bunch of stuff to control the oil production, I'm just going to go with, "I'm not oily, I'm glowy!"

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  15. LMAO!!!!! Such a vivid picture!! Yup, point taken! I love your posts, Elvira!

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  16. The best part? The fact that they are HK blotting sheets!I think you and I are skin twins - mine eats mattifying anything for lunch (or a mid morning snack) too.

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  17. I was wondering when you would write about this product! I, also, have REALLY oily skin. I started using OC8 when one of my cousin's recommended it. I've found that it doesn't last 8 hours for me, but like i said my skin is REALLY oily. I've found that I have to reapply about every 4 hours. You don't have to take your makeup off - that's why I liked this product better than the others I had tried (i.e. Peter Thomas Roth, Murad). I just rub a small amount between my fingers and dab it onto the area that looks oily and it doesn't affect my makeup (as long as I don't rub it onto my face)! Do I wish that I had something that lasted a full 8 hours - yes - but I'm still sticking with this one because it doesn't break me out or dry me out. Best of luck finding something that works for you!!

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  18. You need to try the Paula's Choice Shine Stopper. It kept my ridiculously oily skin matte for 8-10 hours, which I find amazing. And it's only about $18.

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  19. Thanks for you fun visual. I will now remember that this is NOT the product for me...and you, too. LOL

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  20. I feel your pain. I had a similar experience with Korres mattifying primer, which pilled on me to boot. I tried every why I could to make that stuff work, but it just didn't.

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  21. My skin is oily, oily, oily and has been oozing sebum for almost 50 years now. After several years of almost daily use, IMHO OC Eight serves as a decent mattifying primer and works as well as anything else on the market. Reader Dana mentioned Paula's Choice Shine Stopper. You can go a step further and vet the highest-rated products for oily skin on Paula Begoun's website, http://www.beautipedia.com . She is, of course, partial to her own line but does give a fair shake to many other brands based on safety, value and efficacy. Hint: expensive doesn't correlate with effective. Some of the best products are also the cheapest.

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