We are about a healthy glow, but if your forehead shines like the top of the Chrysler Building, you need to de-gleam and fast.
1. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK SHINE FREE OIL CONTROL LOOSE POWDER, $6.30
Why it’s great: Beauty fans are “happily surprised” with this product saying it “works as well as expensive products at controlling shine,” but are a fraction of the cost. One reader says, “This is by far my favorite face powder. I have a lot of problems with oil, but this powder makes my face look matte and smooth. It even helps control breakouts!” But it’s not just for the oil-prone. One reader with normal skin also loves this powder, saying, “It goes on easily and doesn’t feel heavy or cakey. Sometimes I wear this without foundation and it still gives me great coverage.” And all agree, “I won’t leave home without it.”
2. THE BODY SHOP SEAWEED MATTIFYING DAY CREAM, $16.50
Why it’s great: Women say this is not only a moisturizer, but also “doubles as a foundation primer.” The moisture gel is “comparable to Clinique’s Moisture Surge” so it’s “a great value for what you pay.” One reader says, “My skin literally drinks it up.” But unlike most hydrating moisturizers, this is “lightweight,” “absorbs quickly,” and “prevents oiliness.” According to another reader, “This moisturizes my face but still prevents my t-zone from getting too oily.” And another who only gets especially oily during the summer says, “This product mattifies my skin even during hot weather.”
3. PRESCRIPTIVES VIRTUAL MATTE OIL-CONTROL MAKEUP, $37
Why it’s great: Most women love the vast “color range of the foundation,” saying “the color stays true all day without looking greasy or fading.” One reader who claims to have “the worst skin ever” says this is the perfect foundation, because it gives great, natural-looking coverage, leaving you with flawless skin.” Another says, “This foundation goes on light and doesn’t get shiny after a whole day of wear or a night of partying.” Many agree this product “is worth the price tag.”
4. CLEAN & CLEAR OIL ABSORBING SHEETS, $4.99
Why it’s great: Beauty lovers “adore these little blue sheets.” They’re “cheap, handy, and soak up all the oil” without “rubbing off your makeup.” Many also love that the product “is so compact,” which makes it “easy to carry in your handbag.” One reader says, “It’s better than powders for oily skin, because it keeps my face fresh even through record-breaking heat.” Many think that “this is 10 times better than the paper blotters” because its “thick, rubber-like consistency” works. Readers agree this is a “cheap and efficient” shine-reducing product.
5. ORIGINS CHECKS & BALANCES FROTHY FACE WASH, $21
Why it’s great: Beauty lovers say the name “Origins Checks and Balances” is well-deserved because “it definitely strikes that perfect balance of reducing oil and shine without over-drying.” Others love that this product “lathers up quickly,” “deeply cleans,” and “smells great.” One reader says, “I’m obsessed. I love how it balances my skin so it doesn’t overproduce my natural oils.” Another reader loves this product so much she “looks forward to washing [her] face.” For a “wonderful face wash” with “great results” readers recommend this product without hesitation.
6. BOSCIA FRESH BLOTTING LINENS: SHINE CONTROL/BLOTTING PAPERS, $10
Why it’s great: “They’re very absorbent and do a great job of attracting the oil while preserving makeup,” says one reader. Another agrees, saying this is an “inexpensive” way to “rid your shine when you’re on the go.” And despite the fact that these are a bit pricier than drugstore alternatives, one reader says, “Don’t be put off by the price. You get more than you do with the drugstore brands AND they’re twice the size. I’ve used a lot of face blotting papers and this is hands down my favorite.” One reader says this product is all she needs for a post-workout refresher: “I like to exercise on my lunch hour and sometimes I sweat a little, so these are perfect to blot my face and go back to work. No one knows I ever had sweat on my face!”
7. PALLADIO OIL ABSORBING RICE POWDER, $5
Why it’s great: Readers are “totally pleased with the results” they get with this oil-absorbing powder. The translucent formula “goes on smoothly” and makes our readers’ oily faces “feel like silk.” It’s “lightweight,” “finely milled,” and “looks very natural.” One reader not only loves how this product “helps control oil,” she also loves the “light, faint smell that reminds me of wet rice pudding.” For readers with sensitive, acne-prone skin, the powder “helps clear breakouts” and “doesn’t clog pores.”
8. ARBONNE MAKEUP PRIMER, $38
Why it’s great: Readers say this product “will make you believe in primers.” One reader says, “My t-zone used to get super shiny all the time, but now this primer keeps me shine-free and fabulous all day.” Others say this primer feels like “liquid silk.” It’s “super smooth” and gives skin “an awesome, almost airbrushed look.” Readers also love that it helps “fill in fine lines and large pores.” One reader loves it so much she “wears it all by itself sometimes” to help control her daily shine.