Jul 06 2014

Murad Oil Control Mattifier (Hot Weather Beauty)


Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++
was another gem that I found in my Sephora Sun Safety Kit.  Due to the fact that it is on the lower end of the SPF scale (SPF 15), but, more importantly because of it’s fantastic qualities as a mattifier, I decided to include it in the Hot Weather Beauty Series rather than the Summer Essential SPF Series.

I’ve tried this product before and absolutely loved it. Happy to report that nothing’s changed. Murad claims that this mattifying lotion “protects skin while providing all day oil control” and that it is a “clinically proven formula [that] reduces shine on contact and controls oil for up to 8 hours while effectively reducing breakouts.”

Murad Oil Control Mattifier

Ingredients include: the Murad “Oil-Control Complex®” which is meant to help “regulate oil production while preserving moisture to provide a long-lasting matte finish”, willow bark extract which “helps manage breakouts and clears skin of impurities”, argan extract which “reveals smoother, softer skin” and a combination of physical/chemical sunscreens (Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 3%, Ensulizole ).

I don’t know if you will be able to tell from the swatch below, but this lotion has a thick, almost glue-like consistency. I tried to capture this by sticking my finger in the swatch and then taking the photo before the “peak” that was created flattened, but I don’t think I was fast enough. 🙂 Anyway, imagine Elmers Glue – that is what this kind of feels (and almost smells) like. Not everyone is going to like this texture or smell, but if your desire to stay matte supersedes any of these concerns, I highly recommend this product. I smear this all over after moisturizing – it takes some work – but once you get it going, it disperses across the face fairly easily. I do not have to use a primer in addition to this. In fact, it performs better then some primers I have tried. It creates this tacky seal that your foundation sticks to. Do I stay matte for 8-hours? Almost. It will depend on what foundation you are using, but if you pair this with a fairly decent mattifying foundation, you are good to go.  I’ve even used this with some more “dewy” foundations (i.e. Urban Decay Naked) and the mattifying qualities remain effective (those with more combo-normal skin may want to go this route). Finally, much like my experience with the Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Foundation – when I sweat, the moisture sits on top of this rather than breaking it down.

Murad Oil Control Mattifier Review


  • Hot Weather Approved
  • Works well underneath foundation (no piling)
  • Best for: Oily-Combo Skin
  • Cost: High ($39.50 for 1.7 fl oz)
  • Available Locally: No (Try Murad.com, Sephora.com or Beautybar.com)



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    • elleseesyou on July 7, 2014 at 11:18 am
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    this sounds like an awesome product!! ellesees.blogspot.com

  1. It is, especially if you are a sweater like me, lol. Really helps my foundation not breakdown. 🙂

  2. Oooh I’d really like to try this. I’m always looking for products to combat my oily skin. Have you tried the Rimmel Stay Matte primer? If so, how does it compare to this Murad primer?
    Great post!

    1. Hiya, Meghan. Thanks! I actually haven’t tried the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (though I love their Stay Matter Powder). I’ll probably pick it up next time I am stateside or maybe in London next week if they carry it? Will let you know what I think. 🙂

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