Fresh • Umbrian Clay Face Lotion • Skincare - Face
|Would buy this product again.||60%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Price: 4 ($44/50 mL)
Buy again: yes
A little about me: mid-late twenties, asian, acne-prone, combo/oily skin. My skin can be sensitive to products and seasonal changes, but is typically oily year-round.
I bought this because I was getting fed up with my oily skin - my face makeup would simply not last the day (I work 12+ hrs a day running around a hospital ER) and I get super oily. I tried other "mattifying" lotions or primers or serums you apply over face lotion, I've tried using masks or special cleansers... nothing really works for me for more than a week, or it breaks me out. I happened to have a sample of this (that I forgot about) from Sephora a while ago, so I decided to try it out, and I liked it enough to buy the full size.
It is an off-white lotion that somewhat has the texture of thinner Elmer's glue. I know it doesn't sound appealing that way, but it does. It sinks in easily for my skin (I use 1.5 pumps) and it provides enough moisture for my face without making it oily or "dewy". It doesn't feel sticky or runny, or silicone based. It simply disappears on the face once it's applied, which I appreciate. I usually let it sit for another minute or two though, while I brush my teeth just so it completely sinks in.
It smells very "marine"-like. Kind of like a cologne. I guess that's the algae in it. But it does have a smell. It goes away though, so I'm ignoring that.
This is what really matters, isn't it? SO; I wear this daily underneath whatever makeup I happen to be wearing (CG Outlast foundation, Garnier Oil-controlling BB Cream, Everyday Minerals loose mineral foundation, etc) and it plays well with everyone. If I'm going out and want to look especially flawless, I will use a primer on top of the lotion (NYX HD Studio Photogenic primer), but normally I don't use one. It helps my face stay matte or satin-matte for at least 4 hours (That's saying a lot!), sometimes even up to 6 or 7 hours, if I'm not too crazy during the day. I do wear setting powder on top of my foundation (Maybelline Dream Matte) but I always do, so the powder has nothing to do with it.
When I'm not working or going out, sometimes I'll just wear the lotion with pressed powder and blush and I don't have to worry about my face pretty much all day.
No breakouts, no weird rashes, and it doesn't dry out my skin. It's pretty good for living up to its word.
I like the pump packaging and the simple, minimalist white packaging.
There will always be at least a few drawbacks for any product, I'm sure:
- No SPF. I normally have SPF in my foundations, so I don't care too much, but I have to take extra care to throw on extra SPF if I intend to be outdoors
- The container is not see through so I can't see how much I have left
Overall, I really do like this product. It's Expensive at $44 + 13% taxes in Ontario, Canada, but what can you do? I also use this with the Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Treatment bar, which I think is also amazing. Try it, at least a sample size - it's so hard to find a good lotion for us oily girls!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I use this product as a treatment every three days and my porse have never looked so clear! The best for me is that I only have to leave it one for 2 or 3 minutes! Its quick and easy and ready to go! Now that I am in a routine with this product breakouts are slim to none (I have a hormonal break out on occassion)! I feel so clean and freshed with this product! No excess oil left on my skin but I'm not dried out either!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I think this gets a bad rap - I asked the CS reps and they said it was recalled because that particular batch was bad. I started using it when they put it back on their shelves, and nothing has done better for my skin. I put it on before my primer, and it has calmed my easily irritated break-out prone skin... smells delicious to boot! It's expensive but worth it - my skin has never looked better, and it melts right on.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I'm glad they recalled this. It stunk to high heaven; I had to hold my breath whenever I put it on, and it didn't do anything overly miraculous. But now I'm stuck with a stinky face cream that I can't find the receipt for, so probably I'm out the money it cost.
Thanks to the previous for letting me know it got recalled; I never would have found out otherwise.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Not a review, just a note: This has been recalled. See
for more info.