Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Product Review: The Body Shop's Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

My friend Louise and I had an ongoing debate about the merits of make-up primers the other day. She was asking me about the basic make-up products that she needs to buy, and she thinks a make-up primer is not really an essential. I, too, thought of the same thing, but because of the humidity as of late (or make that since summer started!), I went on looking for something to keep my make-up in place at least for a few hours or so.

That's when I stumbled upon The Body Shop's Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. I must admit that this was an impulse buy, and not a very good one at that (as most impulse buys are). Sure, it does a great job of keeping my make-up intact on great days, i.e., when the weather's not too hot. But when it comes to its promise of

Control shine and achieve a matte complexion with a light, oil-free cream that moisturizes your skin throughout the day.

it fails a lot on consistency. A few hours with this product and my face turns into a depository of oil and shine. This has never happened to me even if I did not use to prime my face with cream prior to make-up.

Here's a look with the day cream as primer. I initially used it to keep my make-up budge-proof for the Sony VAIO Summer 2010 Collection Launch I attended that night. I had to put on make-up in the morning for work, so I needed something to keep my make-up intact the whole day. As you can see, it gave my face that extra dewy look that my already oily skin does not need. There's also a lot of retouching done all through out the day to keep me from looking drenched in oil. Also, as far as mattifying goes, it does not do an exceptional job compared to days when I am without it.

As a make-up primer, The Body Shop's Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream is even counterproductive for girls with oily skin like me. I'd recommend this mattifying day cream, however, for colder weather or simply as a moisturizer at night 

Oil-free and light it truly is, as it feels buttery to touch after I've applied it. But it irks me a lot that it takes a while for the skin to absorb the product--not a welcome fact when I am already running late for work.
 The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream retails at approximately PHP500.


Lynx said...

Thanks girl ^_^ almost bought that stuff. I have oily skin too and I still don't know what to use for primer :(

Helga said...

Hmmm hmmm hmmmm. This summer heat made my normally normal skin all oily and shit and I'm just hoping it was due to the weather. I might wait a few weeks to see if my face goes back to normal and give this a try. BAKIT KASI WALANG SAMPLES LOL.

Kira said...

Mara, I've heard nga that this product sucks at mattifying. Try na lang Skin Hour's Mattifying Day Cream, Lauren and I love it :D I reviewed it only my blog last summer pala.

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