e.l.f. Cosmetics

Oil-Control Liquid Lotion

2.22 fl. oz. for $ 8.00
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There’s much to like about elf’s Oil-Control Liquid Lotion, including its low price. Only one drawback (discussed below) keeps this from earning our top rating as one of the best moisturizers for combination to oily skin.

This thin lotion is packaged in an opaque tube outfitted with a pump applicator that’s easy to use (no spurting or messiness, yay!). It glides over skin in an ever-so-silky way, quickly setting to a lasting matte finish that works well under makeup.

Unlike many moisturizers for oily skin, this one’s matte finish doesn’t feel drying. In fact, its mix of glycerin and squalane provides what we suspect many will consider a “just right” amount of hydration, without unwanted shine.

Granted, this does not actually control shine, at least not for long, but it doesn’t make specific claims about doing so, either. It can’t really “balance oil” as claimed, unless by balancing they mean keeping skin from looking shiny right after this is applied.

The only drawback is the initially strong fragrance, but we’re happy to report it fades quickly. Still, fragrance free is best for all skin types, and the inclusion of fragrance in this product holds it back from ranking among the best.

By the way, this moisturizer contains a moderate amount of tea tree oil yet doesn’t smell like it at all. We were surprised, as this ingredient’s telltale scent is usually hard to miss!

Closing on a positive note, this also contains pore-improving niacinamide as well as soothing ingredients like allantoin and willow bark, all welcome additions if your combination to oily skin is also reddened or easily irritated.

  • Great, lasting matte finish.
  • Works well under makeup.
  • Spreads easily, absorbs quickly.
  • Contains pore-refining niacinamide and skin soothers.
  • Fragranced formula poses a risk of irritating skin, possibly worsening oiliness.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This featherweight, liquid lotion absorbs quickly and provides a long-lasting matte finish. Ideal for oily and combination skin, this liquid lotion formula helps to hydrate the skin and balance oil, revealing a matte, shine-free complexion. Wear this moisturizer alone or under makeup to extend a fresh, shine-free complexion.

Water (Aqua), Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Silica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Niacinamide, Zinc Gluconate, Kaolin, Squalane, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Allantoin, Capryloyl Glycine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Tromethamine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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