Well, this is a perfect gem of a product if you have oily skin and shine that you don’t want. I rarely see mattifying done as well as this (it’s £32 so it flippin well should be good). Basically, in a portable (lightweight) cushion compact format, the product itself is a light liquid to powder complex (light pink but that doesn’t show on the skin) with green clay extracts, marshmallow powder and pomegranate extracts.
What’s interesting about marshmallow powder is that it absorbs oil and sebum but not water, so it won’t actively dehydrate the skin. This made me suddenly wonder whether other mattifiers also take water from your skin? I guess they must, particularly if they use talc or similar because that’s a basic ingredient that can’t ‘select’. If you’re wondering about marshmallow powder, it’s become more of a mainstream ingredient in beauty products since last year being both hydrating and softening. The ingredient that’s actually killing your shine is ‘soft focus’ mattifying powders but it’s a good, balanced recipe in total. I tried it across my nose and cheeks and it made my skin feel incredibly soft – and I hate powder! I didn’t have a lot of shine but I could certainly see the effect in terms of a more velvet appearance. As a tip, don’t oversoak the puff – you need to go light on this.
Definite thumbs up from me if you’re prepared to upgrade and pay more for something that doesn’t leave your skin dry and flat looking (it might lessen the pain to know there is 15% off all Murad til end of play Friday). You can find Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector HERE.