I've tried a lot of oil control gels. I've tried MAC, Clinique, Makeup forever, and a few other brands but out of them all I like this one the most. I can't give it a perfect rating because the oil on my skin still shows through eventually, but it keeps it matte longer than the others I've tried. This anti-shine gel comes in a decent sized tube, and the consistency is very thick. Its starts to get sticky as it dries and then it becomes soft and powdery. One of my favorite things about this product is that make-up applies beautifully over it. Some primer products make foundation go on unevenly but this enhances the look of my powder and liquid foundation. I will purchase this again.
I use this everyday without fail. I have very oily skin, and while this doesn't control everything it certainly helps and helps to keep my makeup in place for the most part! Definitely worth a try if you struggle with oily skin!
This is the best mattifyer I have tried. I haven't found anything that will completely eliminate shine and this is the closest I can find. I generally rub it on my face before anything else and sometimes have to rub it in for several moments so it doesn't feel slippery. Lately, I have been mixing it with my Kiehl's tinted moisturizer on the back of my hand and, even though I use more that way, it creates a 'soft-lighting' effect on my skin.
Really makes my skin matte. it doesn't last all day but it is much better than usual. When my skin does get oily again it makes it easier to blot the oil away (I use clear and clear blotting sheets). I use the clear one, I have not tried the light shade. I am prone to breakouts and have had no problems with this product. Great for use under sunscreen (which is ALWAYS too oily/shiny). Will continue to repurchase.
Smashbox Anti-Shine is the best mattifying product I have found so far. I have tried products by Shiseido, Dior, Bare Escentuals, Per-fekt, and Cargo. Per-fekt and Cargo work pretty well, but I think Anti-Shine is more effective. My skin is pale. And my nose is dry and flakey in addition to being very oily. First, I tried this in the Light color. I applied it on my nose and forehead. Indoors, the tinted Anti-Shine was not visible. But when I looked at my skin in sunlight, I noticed splotchy orange spots on my nose. I think the Anti-Shine was sticking to my dry spots. So I exchanged the Light for the Neutral (clear) color, which worked much better. I haven't had a problem with the Neutral version making my skin look white, as others have mentioned. As instructed by a Smashbox makeup artist, I apply a small amount and rub it in with my finger until I feel friction or pulling. If you keep rubbing after that, the Anti-Shine starts rolling up into little balls. Be careful not to apply too much, or it might become sticky and make your foundation sticky. I also apply a mattifying powder on top of my foundation.
Anti-Shine does not keep my t-zone matte all day, but it definitely helps. I usually still have to blot every 5 hours and touch up with my mattifying powder. I think this is a great product and will continue to repurchase unless I find something that works better.
Best oil control product I've used so far (and I have used quite a few!). I put it on at 8 am and didn't have to blot until 3 pm--7 hours is quite a feat for me! I'm usually blotting by noon.
I followed the advice of those below: just use a tiny tiny bit, rub it between your fingers and then pat it onto your skin. Make sure you don't put too much! A little goes a looong way! I'd definitely recommend it!
I love this! I have extremely oily skin and have tried countless products, so I decided to buy this from Sephora after reading the reviews on here. This keeps me shine-free longer than anything else I've used. I still have to use a few blotting sheets throughout the day, but not nearly as many as before using this product. As another reviewer pointed out, the best way to apply it is to use to rub a little between your fingers and pat it on. I use this with Bare Minerals foundation and Make up For Ever's Super Matte Loose Powder, and it's the best combination I've found for controlling the oiliness. I will definitely buy again!
I tried this and have had pretty good luck with it. I find that if I put this on and let it set for a few minutes before applying my foundation that it works better. This is great for oily skin types.
Full of parabens which are bad for your skin. Very expensive for a very small bottle. Doesn't control oil, but instead creates whiteheads. Not the product for me!
I've never been a fan of Smashbox, probably due to the fact that their products seem overpriced and lackluster. And this is the most worthless of them all in my opinion. I have very oily skin, and have used almost every mattifier you could imagine on my skin, and this one is probably the worst. It actually makes me look shinier. Why I paid twice as much as my HG Clinique Pore Minimizer T Zone Shine Control for this, I still do not know.
Bottom line- This product does not work for me. Icky.