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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.