Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Product Review; "Clean and Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer"


Ideal for anyone who is concerned with counteracting excessive oily complexions for a truly soft, matte finish, Clean & Clear has developed their Finishes Mattifying line of products that are;

"clinically shown to combat shine...with an exclusive long-lasting mineral+ complex that attracts and captures oil while controlling shine all day..."

True. Actually VERY true. Though somewhat water-y, Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer sits on skin for seconds before absorbing oil and sinking into pores with little effort and blending. Applied to the t-zone (forehead and bridge of nose) and blended outward before foundation makes the need for shine-controlling powder less necessary. Though I would still recommend setting any cosmetic product with a finishing powder, you'll find that you can use a lighter hand in areas you would usually coat for shine control. Plus, it does have a really light moisturizing property that would be ideal for someone who has excessive oiliness and still needs optimal hydration.

However... (uh-oh)

The mineral complex, while incredibly adapt at holding shine at bay, has a really noticeable whitish cast that is pretty noticeable on deeper toned complexions. Blended with fingers, it seems to dissipate pretty easily, but there's still a small semblance that can't be ignored. Octinoxate and Titanium Dioxide (the main componenets of the mineral complex) have excellent SPF properties that guard against both UVA and UVB rays effectively but are also thickening agents that are responsible for that same whitish hue.

Usually found in ALL cosmetic products from foundation to lipstick, that white property is generally counteracted with pigments and other hues. However, this product has no other pigment so it's a bit more noticeable.

My answer to this problem is simple; blend. It's literally just that simple. The pigments in your powder or foundation will rest on top of the product and create a more even complexion with a subtle brightness about the high points of your face. If you're wearing blush, bronzer or foundation powder, use the same brush and swirl lightly over the deep points of your face to make sure all products are blended properly and graze over the high ones. Not only will skin stay dry throughout the day but highlights will make skin look brighter and glowing... never shiny.


Clean and Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer; $6.99



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