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Clinique

Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 26.00
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Calling this product "Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer" is a bit of a stretch; in fact, it's just plain inaccurate, as this formula won't control oil in the least. However, that isn't to say this isn't a good formula, because it indeed is a decent alternative to Clinique For Men's richer Moisturizing Lotion, and it's also is fragrance-free.

Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer has a sheer finish, but isn't as "gel-like" as you would expect from the name. Still, it's a worthwhile lightweight moisturizer for normal to combination skin, and would be a good choice for guys with breakout-prone skin, too.

Although not as impressive as Clinique's top-rated moisturizer (plus those recommended from other brands on our list of Best Moisturizers without Sunscreen), the formula contains some good water-binding agents, a handful of antioxidants, a couple of skin-repairing ingredients, and a tiny amount of anti-irritant. As far as most men's moisturizers go, this product has more hits than misses, and the lack of fragrance is quite refreshing.

If you're looking for products that actually help absorb excess oil on the surface of the skin, consider experimenting with mattifying formulas like those on our list of Best Oil-Absorbing Products.

Pros:
  • Contains some beneficial antioxidants and anti-irritants.
  • Suitable for combination skin.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Price is great considering the generous size.
Cons:
  • Cannot control excess oil very well.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Lightweight formula controls oil for a matte, shine-free look. Oil-free hydration improves skin strength.

Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seedcake, Caffeine, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chamomilla Recutita, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Oleth-10-Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Yellow 5, Red 4, Yellow 6

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested arent regulated by the FDA and can mean anythingthus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundationsmany of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin colorthough the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.

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