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Treatments (Face) - Philosophy - total matteness oil-free, mattifying pore eraser

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rated 3.8(6 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 3.8
  • 83% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 4.5
  • Price: $$$

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rated 2 of 5 top reviewer on 6/17/2014 11:32:00 AM More reviews by blairXwitch

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green

This is going back... it just doesn't do anything!
My pores look exactly the same, and I can see no mattifying with it! I look the same as I look when I only wear my mattifying moisturizer, actually a bit worse, because I have tiny flakes on my skin and this somehow emphasizes them.

It feels good going on and I like the dropper bottle, but I can't keep such an expensive product that does absolutely nothing for me.

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rated 4 of 5 on 6/13/2014 12:17:00 AM More reviews by aquablue128

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

i love thisssssss works amazing for my crazy oily skin!

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 3/31/2014 11:59:00 PM More reviews by Remykat

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Black

Philosophy has gently plied me until I part with more and more money, and Total Matteness is just another thing I now can't live without. I'm pretty damn oily, and it's not even summer yet. This worked both under and over makeup. Under makeup, it acted liked a primer and helped with application and staying power. Over makeup, I could use it to touch up areas midday without moving what was underneath (this gave the best pore-blurring IMO). I was stupefied that this lasted all throughout the work day. No blotting, no setting spray. I hope this will keep on delivering until June!

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rated 4 of 5 on 3/11/2014 11:18:00 AM More reviews by demitrahlskog

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green

I bought this as an impulsebuy but I truly don't regret it! I have very oily T-zone but my cheeks have some dry spots as well as my forehead, but this doesn't dry out the dry spots completely. It feels really good on the skin, very soft and nice and it sure does what it promises!
It smells kinda typically beautyproduct-ey but it mattens down your face as a good base for makeup, and it lasts all day.. no extremely shiny parts anywhere. The packaging is a big plus (feels really luxurious) but it was really pricey, about 35 euros. But I'd definitely buy it again!

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rated 4 of 5 on 8/28/2013 12:33:00 PM More reviews by Michellejim

Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Other, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I absolutely love this stuff!!!! My face is extremely oily and this keeps me matte for hours longer than anything else. It doesn't last a whole work day but It lasts way past lunch time... nothing blotting papers or powder can't fix. I hate putting so much stuff on my face because of my oily skin but this is really lightweight and sinks into the skin to absorb the oil. I don't really see any pore minimization but I use something else for that. I wish it wasn't so expensive but I will repurchase once I'm out which I hope isn't soon because I'm trying to work through some other stuff and only using this on special occasions.

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rated 5 of 5 on 7/6/2013 1:04:00 PM More reviews by amaranon

Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue


When I was buying one of my two go-to oil control primers the saleslady asked me if I'd ever tried this. I hadn't, so she took me back for a sample.

She put a little of the running, slightly transparently white on my finger and I tried it on my face in a mirror. I didn't have any makeup on that day so it was a good day for a tester :) It went on lightweight and I couldn't feel it on my face. It dried up the oil in that spot so I figured what the heck and I bought it. She assured me it's the "best" product out there for oil control. A person's face cannot be more oily than mine IMO. T-zone? I WISH lol. More like an O, A, 8, and M zone combined.

THE GOOD: so lightweight I cannot feel it on my face. I have to reapply once during the day (in summer). I can easily see how once per day would be enough for most people. It doesn't take much to cover my face because of its thin consistency. I can put makeup over it more easily than with my other two products, because it's lightweight and blends more easily. I also like that if I put my powder over it before it dries it doubles as a very light, very sheer foundation and powder combo :)

I like the packaging. It's in a 1 fl. oz. glass bottle with a medicine dropper.

It's pretty much odorless.

***I should mention one of the ingredients is an AHA***

I can't yet speak to the poor-minimizing claim as I'm not really using it for that reason and therefore not paying attention.

THE BAD: It's pricey - $40 at Ulta, not on sale. I'll probably only use this in the summer and at work (because it's so lightweight, and it gets hot in the lab which makes my face leak oil) and on special occasions. I'm not sure how often Philosophy items go on sale. It may be cheaper online, too. It doesn't take a lot of product to do the job, so I imagine I'd go through it more quickly than most people because I reapply on my lunch break everyday (very oily skin and work in a hot environment).

THE UGLY: Can't think of anything ugly about it except that it sort of resembles something else that is lightweight, and translucent-white that you would not want to carry around in your makeup bag.

Overall, LOVE this product!

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