Sometimes I just read the reviews here and decide to buy the product without having a proper look at the ingredients. That's exactly what happened with this moisturiser. It has Isostearyl Isostearate has the 6th ingredient... This compound is highly comedogenic... Why companies put comedogenic ingredients in products for oily skin is beyond me. Now, anyone can be allergic/sensitive to anything. So for any moisturiser someone, somewhere will react badly to it. However, when an ingredient has been tested and found to be highly comedogenic, in my opinion it does not belong in a cream for oily skin!
Anyway, despite the glowing reviews this product did not deliver. Firstly, the smell is very perfumed and very synthetic as well. The cream is thick and leaves a film on my skin. But the worse bit, is its dubious sun protection. Now, let me explain. I am Portuguese and olive (think Penelope Cruz who is Spanish and olive) and I never burned in my life. Granted, I have (mostly) been reasonable with my sun care. Last summer, however, I went to the beach using only this. It was cloudy so I got lazy (and relaxed) and did not apply anything else (but did not swim either). Later on my skin was red (I have never seen my face red!) and I had what looked like a sun spot on my skin. I was horrified. My otherwise spotless, even complexion had a spot. Ok, I have large pores and sometimes get blemishes but my skintone is flawless- no sun spots whatsoever. I exfoliated like mad and the day after headed to a pharmacy and bought a wonderful facial sunscreen factor 50 that I now use every day. The spot came off (literally, peeled and came off probably due to all the exfoliation and the swimming in the sea water the following days) but I learned my lesson. Just because I don't burn it doesn't mean I can become complacent. Olive skin has the genetic predisposition to develop melasma due to having a lot of melanin.
Anyway, point being this protection is not reliable. I mean, I know this is not supposed to be used in the beach in the Mediterranean but it was cloudy and I didn't swim. Therefore, I would expect it to work better. This is what I call 'getting a false sense of security'. That's what these moisturisers 'with SPF' give you, unfortunately.
I cannot remember whether I broke out or not. I used this for a few days only and then threw it away. I really disliked the texture, the scent, the shiny film and the ugly tub.
I was so excited to try this product based on the reviews here, but sadly after trying it I'll now be the one to go against the majority.
The cream itself is rather lovely. Lightweight, minimal moisturizer scent. I only needed a pea size amount to cover my face sufficiently and it absorbed into my skin quickly. For the first 8 hours I wore the cream without makeup and was impressed by how mattifying the cream is. Pretty much every cream I try leaves me extra oily, even if it's designed for oily skin, so this was huge! Eventually I applied foundation/powder to go out and continued to be impressed by how not-oily I was!
Then... the next morning. I broke out. I have chronic hormonal acne around my jaw line but I woke up with 2 cystic pimples in the middle of my cheek and I NEVER get pimples there. I was a little upset, but (perhaps foolishly) gave the cream the benefit of a doubt and used it for a second day. The following day I was even more broken out. Le sigh. Off to the swap list it goes.
I'm really sad this cream made me break out because it seemed to do such a great job keeping oil at bay and mattifying the skin without drying it out. If you decide to try it I hope your luck is better than mine.
I've tried a few mattifying moisturisers (Nivea, Clarins, La Roche Posay) and have found this one to be the best. What I like best about it that it doesn't interfear with your face - it feels clean, refreshing and barely there. Plus it doesn't interfear with make up.. sometimes matte moisturisers feel a bit stiff or chalky and can make your make up look weird. This feels like I have nothing on. It smells exactly how you'd want a moisturiser to smell. It doesn't break me out. It has sun protection in. It actually moisturisers.. and absorbs v well.
The only reason I give it 4/5 rather than 5/5 is because it doesn't completely mattify, I still get a little shiney. But, as said, it's still better than other mattifing moisturisers I've tried.
This is a great daily moisturizer. I needed something with SPF in it and picked this up at Shoppers drug mart for 20-something odd dollars. It's smooth, creamy and moisturizing. Blends nicely and you only need a pea-size amount. Great under foundation.
The SDM beauty consultant suggested I buy the normal/oily formula (i was reaching for the normal/dry). She explained the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin;
Because I use AHA's and Clindoxyl gel, the surface of my skin gets dry. So I don't actually have dry skin, I have dehydrated skin, and the normal/dry formula may have been to rich and may have clogged my pores.
Definitely helpful information, and I do find the normal/oily formula gives a sufficient amount of moisture.
Overall I think it's a great moisturizer and I've had no problems with it!
Love the Boots No 7 skin care line for normal/oily skin. The day and night creams are so silky and moisturizing without feeling heavy on my oily skin.
Great everyday moisturizer! The SPF is awesome as well. I haven't used it long enough to notice a huge difference in my skin...but I love that it doesn't make your skin greasy/oily while leaving it plenty soft and moisturized.
A staple in my skincare routine! I have combination skin that is also prone to dehydration and flaky patches. This hydrates my skin without making it greasy, and makes my foundation glide on. It has never broken me out. It also has SPF 15 which is nice a bonus.
This is a very nice everyday moisturizer. It hydrates the dry skin around my mouth and leaves a matte finish, making a nice base for foundation. My t-zone still needs blotting throughout the day, but not as often when I use this product. This moisturizer also has SPF 15. All in all, a great skincare basic. Will definitely rebuy!