We all know how the universe works. Dry skin girl wanted oily skin and oily skin girl would do anything for a matte skin. Although I complain a lot on my skin type, deep down inside me I’m grateful for having a skin without wrinkles. By now I have accepted my oily skin but I never stop looking for any product that is able to reduce sebum secretion on my face.
I remember a few months ago I was asking around a drugstore if any of the brand have any product to control oil sebum. I’ve also tried walking up and down the aisle, eagle eyeing on each and every single bottle on the shelf but nothing. That was until a month ago when Oxy sent me a mystery tube. I thought it’s a cleanser. It’s too small to be a cleanser and then I saw the word “Oil Control Mattifying Gel” and I find myself skipping in happiness.
Oxy Oil Control Mattifying Gel was designed to act as a quick and easy fix for oily skin. This gel works by mattifying the skin in immediate upon application. Boy I was already excited hearing that. I have a concern that the layer will dry out my skin due to the mattifying properties on the skin but Oxy said that this Oil Control Mattifying Gel contain a new Triple Oil Control System that also provides 24 hours of hydration to the skin, minimizing the appearance of pores while controlling the shine on the face.
The tube is just a simple slim tip nozzle that works perfectly for the product. This soft type of tube enables me to have easy control over the amount of product to be dispense out. I have no complain with the packaging at all 😀
The gel dispense out in milky white. It has this Dettol scent which I find a bit weird and certainly need some time to get used to since I didn’t use any Dettol product before. Fortunately for me the scent went away after a while otherwise I’d be nauseas in no time.
Oxy Oil Control Mattifying Gel was made of 4-key ingredients:
- Activated Zinc and Avocado Extract – to help absorb excess oil thus giving the skin a matte appearance. Avocado Extract is effective in excess sebum secretion control this providing long lasting oil control to the skin. This claim was according to clinical test findings.
- Nano Glacier Water – Penetrate deep into the skin to provide 24 hours hydration. As a result, skin is more moisturized and supple.
- Evermat – Prevent pore clogging and refine pore size. As a result, sebum secretion is controlled, pimples and blackheads occurrence is also reduced.
- Natural Menthol Extract – To give skin a cooling and refreshing feel.
The interesting part about Oxy Oil Control Mattifying Gel is that it came out milky white from the tube, spread out clear and dries down almost immediate into matte. This happen simultaneously as I was applying the gel onto my face. As I apply the gel disappear and turns invisible, leaving a frostly-looking layer on my skin. I find this gel to be very similar to Talika Skin Retouch and Sampar Glamour Shot in terms of the function, the look and finishing. The only difference is Oxy Oil Control Mattifying Gel is much more affordable.
The application direction stated on the back of the tube is quite simple. It is recommended to apply a thin layer during the day after cleansing. I said during the day because you wouldn’t want to apply this at night to sleep as your skin might not able to breath properly since the skin needed to rejuvenate it’s cell and needed all the moisture. Oxy Oil Control Mattifying Gel can be used on it’s own meaning after skin care or under makeup and for mid day touch-ups. You know I don’t read direction on the tube sometimes right? So I treat this gel as an oil control product after my sunblock and before foundation.
Whenever I used Oxy Oil Control Mattifying Gel under foundation, I either achieve a patchy matte look or a flawless matte look. This two result have a lot to do with moisturizing the skin well prior. I find that if I apply richer moisturizer, the gel doesn’t matte all the way but foundation goes on nicely. If I apply an oil-free moisturizer, the gel mattes my face all the way but it’s very hard to apply foundation onto my face as my face is dry and so it looks patchy. I also get the same type of results with SPF15 – SPF30 sunblock and SPF50 sunblock. Lower SPF sunblock gave me a complete matte face with patchy foundation, while higher SPF sunblock gave me half matte face with flawless looking foundation.
On It’s Own
What I do love about this Oxy Oil Control Mattifying Gel is when I used it on it’s own. My face just mattes out. I have no complain on this at all.
Since I have oily skin and I would really want this gel to work under makeup, I’ve did numerous test with the efficacy of the gel. It does a superb oil control job when applied on it’s own. But what about under makeup? Here’s the result.
With no blotting at all for the first 5-hours, I can see a bit of shine especially on my forehead and T-zone. Usually I would need to blot once an hour after makeup is put on and I don’t have to do that when I have Oxy Oil Control Mattifying Gel underneath. It does not control my sebum secretion for the whole day, unless I used it on it’s own after skin care. The gel mattes out giving the skin a blurry finishing like a photoshop therefore the appearance of large pores seems to be reduced. I’ve never try to use it as touch up as it may disturb my makeup so I can’t comment much on that. I suppose it will continue to matte the skin if you do use it as touch up provided there’s no makeup underneath.
Here’s the ingredient list.
Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review consideration. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.