Revolution Skincare’s intent with Mattify Boost is to deliver a moisturizer for those with, “oily, blemish-prone complexions still seeking a hit of hydration.” In some ways the formula delivers, but in other ways it misses the mark.
Right off the bat, Mattify Boost loses points due to its jar packaging. We delve into the research-backed reasons jar packaging presents a problem in the More Info section; the short version is that it compromises the stability and effectiveness of the formula.
Niacinamide is the antioxidant-rich vitamin B3, which is backed by research for its ability to restore enlarged pores to their normal size. It also helps promote healthier skin tone, which is why we’re happy to see a good dose of it here. Niacinamide is a great ingredient for all skin types, but especially the oily skin this product is marketed for.
Revolution goes on to mention that this formula can help prevent blemishes, but that’s where things get a bit wonky. The base of this formula contains rich emollients that lend to its cream texture, and while that’s great for moisturizing skin, it’s not ideal for those who are prone to breakouts.
The cream doesn’t feel overly greasy (in fact it has more of a dry finish once absorbed into skin—hence the name “Mattify Boost”)—but it’s still questionable in terms of its potential to clog pores. In other words, don’t count on this cream to prevent blemishes (leave that to acne treatments).
Revolution also claims that the formula’s rosemary helps, “calm stressed-out complexions.” Rosmarinic acid, one of the components in rosemary extract, is backed by research for the calming effect it has on skin, but it’s the very last ingredient, so you’re not getting much of it here.
Conversely, rosemary can have an irritating (fragrance-induced) effect depending on which part of the plant was used and how it was extracted, so it’s actually a good thing that it’s low enough here that you don’t have to worry about it.
Because Mattify Boost has such contradictory qualities and packaging that hinders the overall efficacy of many ingredients, you’re better off checking out our top-rated moisturizers for oily skin instead.
- Contains a good amount niacinamide to promote healthier-looking skin.
- Delivers a matte finish as promised.
- Jar packaging compromises the stability of the formula.
- Rich emollients in the formula are iffy for the “blemish-prone” skin this is geared toward.
- Over-exaggerated claims.
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.
References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
An all-new formulation for those with oily, blemish-prone complexions still seeking a hit of hydration! Formulated with Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to help fight and prevent blemishes whilst reducing the appearance of enlarged pores, and Rosemary Extract to calm stressed-out complexions, this lightweight cream delivers a cooling burst of hydration on the skin and leaves your complexion with a healthy matte finish.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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