You all remember how oily my face is, right?
Lemme remind you.
Ah Ha! Now you remember.
Well it was that funny picture that caught the eye of the people over at Mattify! Cosmetics. They have a special line of powders and products specifically those of us blessed with oily skin. You heard me correctly. Blessed. As in, my skin is oily so I don't get winkles as quickly as others with dry skin!
[DON'T listen to "Miss Glass is Half Full". I'm Elvira's Pessimistic side, the oily skin is NOT a blessing. You know it, I know it.].
So when Mattify! Cosmetics sent me their Mattify! ULTRA powder and Tinted Powder I was super excited to try it!
[No she wasn't! She was skeptical and was worried about yet another failure in a long line of products claiming to mattify. Don't let that Pollyanna Optimistic attitude fool you]
I printed out the instructions from their website and immediately want to work using the Mattify! ULTRA powder.
It was very very finely milled. Finer than any other powder I currently own. I was super impressed. while the instructions didn't give the full ingredients they did say:
"Mattify! ULTRA is composed of the same Kaolin Clay and Cornstarch used in our famous original formula, but also includes the oil absorption power of Silica Spheres, Rice Powder and Titanium Dioxide."Ah. I see. All great oil absorbing ingredients. I must give this a try, I thought to myself.
[No. she thought 'Dang this stuff is going to clog my pores and still not work', I just know it...well that is what the pessimistic side of her thought.]
So I take out my fluffiest powder Brush, My Japonesque #333. lightly swirl a little Mattify! ULTRA powder into my brush, tap off the excess and lightly patted the powder onto my bare skin. I wanted to use it before my foundation as a sort of primer (as suggested in the instructions). Then I applied my foundation and concealer and applied another light dusting of the Mattify! ULTRA to my face. I went on to apply my blush, shadow mascara, etc and when I was finished and ready for the finishing powder I mixed a little bit of the Mattify! Tinted Powder in Light/Medium to the Mattify! ULTRA to create a lightly tinted finishing powder. It worked perfectly! I had a beautiful matte complexion. My pores were not as visible and no powder has settled into my fine lines. I was in awe.
[Yeah me too, to tell the truth, but I KNEW it wouldn't last. I bet that by 10AM There would be oil breaking through]
By that afternoon, I had not needed to touch up my face at all. Whatever was in these products was working like a charm!
[OK so 10AM passed, but my negative attitude would eventually win. by 1PM I bet I was going to be an oil slick!]
After lunch I used a blotting sheet (only 1!) to touch up the corners of my nose and that was about it! My skin was still relatively matte looking!
[WTF? I thought by now I would totally be an oily mess. This Mattify! ULTRA is actually working?!]
By the time I went home for the day the oil was starting to break through. so I used some blotting papers and then reapplied a light dusting of the Mattify! ULTRA and The Mattify! Tinted powder as a touch up.
[well there! see! at 4:30 the oil broke through I knew this wouldn't work....what? Oily skin and Very oily skin can go about 4-6 hours with little need for a touch up and My skin went 9? Damn! Miss Golden ray of sunshine was right! This stuff actually works! I hate when my pessimism and negativity don't work out.]
I washed my face about 5 hours later. My skin still looked mattifyed and fresh! I removed the powder easily along with my other makeup and noticed that the powder didn't contribute to any clogged pores or acne on my face.
[HA! I'm back! I bet you this stuff will cause me to break out over time! I bet I'll have tons of clogged pores and acne after a month of use! Mark my wor...]
But the best part! After using this for a month, I did not see any increase in clogged pores or acne related to using these products!
[YAY!! Finally!..uh I mean. Boo!...er...What am I going to do with all of the Phillips Milk Of Magnesia now that I have found something that works better and I don't have to use a medicine for Constipation on my face!?]
Do you NEED this? YES! The Mattify! ULTRA powder worked really well on me. Better than any other over the counter oil controlling product I have ever used! It's prefect for those that were worried about upsetting the natural Ph of their skin by using the Milk Of Magnesia method, and it won't contribute to clogged pores or more acne. The Mattify! ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin comes in a 30 Gram Sifter Jar and retails for $12.99. Or if you like, You can get the Super-Sized XL Mattify! ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin These 3 Ounce Sifter Jars are filled with 4x more powder than the regular size jars and retails for $29.99 When I run out, I plan to buy a XL Jar or TWO just so I never have to be without it. That's how much I love this!
Do you NEED the Mattify! Tinted Powder? Well, I would say, if you are as fair as me, no. It will be too dark and yellow on you. Maybe a MAC NC20-25 would do good with the light to medium color, but alone this is not going to work for me. Thankfully the Mattify! Cosmetics sells 2 gram sample packages of the tinted powder for $3 USD each so you can try before you commit to a fill size jar.
[The pessimistic me wants to complain about this, but I honestly have nothing to complain about. This stuff works great! I guess I'll complain about not having anything to complain about.]