Sweat tash, nose sheen, chin glare…we’ve all been there. In fact, we’re pretty much all there now that the weather is heating up and before we know it, our powdery, matte skin is slicker than your average. When it comes to finding a perfect balance to your make-up, just the right amount of glow is the holy grail, along with the perfect nude lipstick and the contour palette that doesn’t make you look like a zebra. Which is why I’ve been in search for the best anti-shine beauty buys. Sure, seems simple enough but this is no ordinary search, oh no. I need something light that makes my skin look like skin and not some cakey, airbrushed version. This is the time of year when piling on the base make-up is the last thing I want to do but I still want enough coverage to go out in public.
I’m going to put it out there any say I hate heavy make-up. There, I said it. I look awful and it really doesn’t suit me. I see some incredible beauty bloggers on Instagram doing some ah-maze-ing things with make-up and I think “I wish I could get my brows like that” or “ooh I forgot how awesome a 90’s brown lip looks” but in reality, stay away Jess, just stay away. So, piling on my foundation or powder to hide a shiny forehead really isn’t an option. I don’t have oily skin, in fact, I have really dry skin.
Uh, yeah, this is what makes summer shine all the more unfair.
But still, I spend a good 30 minutes on my make-up only to be blotting like a crazy person at my desk 20 minutes later. The struggle is real. Which is why I’ve found a few beauty gems to help me in the quest for a gorgeous, glowy, flawless complexion with no shine but enough to look healthy. That’s not too much to ask, right?…Let’s find out.
Aromatherapy Associates Mattifying Skin Serum, £36
I know it sounds weird but tackling shine before I reach for my foundation is something that never occurred to me. Sure, I knew there was anti-shine beauty products specifically for oily skin but certain products can be used by everyone to banish that annoying sheen. If you read my blog regularly you’ll know that I’ve got a big soft spot for Aromatherapy Associates. Light, luxurious and natural, it instantly transforms my bathroom into a heavenly scented spa every time. I sometimes find serums to be greasy in themselves but thanks to the anti-bacterial properties of lavender and petitgrain, all excess oils are naturally balanced.
Wow. I’ve been using this serum non stop since I trialled it. It has a cool, gel-like consistency which I was expecting to give a wet-look finish but it was the opposite. It left my skin plump and hydrated with a matte finish. I know, it makes no sense at all. It even stayed shine-free when I put my thick, rich moisturiser over the top. Magic!
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Make-Up Setting Spray, £23
One of my biggest bug bears in summer is having to re-apply my make-up. No matter what I do, I can never get it to look as fresh as that first application. Before I know it I’m adding more product on top of a rather warm T-zone and I can almost feel my pores blocking by the minute! Ugh. Urban Decay’s anti-shine beauty spray is a complete god send. Don’t ask me how but it has completely changed my hot weather make-up routine. Just a couple of spritz’s and it sets your products so the need to re-apply is a thing of the past.
In theory, I couldn’t quite comprehend how a liquid was going to eradicate oil? In short, it doesn’t. You have to do that bit first and then it’ll KEEP it matte there after. So, after a blotting paper or two I sprayed the Setting Spray all over my face and it actually worked. It kept that velvety complexion in place until 5pm when I noticed a little eyebrow smudge. Not quite monobrow standards quite yet, but it was there. But, it was 35 degrees in my office that day and I was seriously impressed.
Murad MattPerfect Blotting Perfector, £32
OK, confession time. This sat on my desk for a good two months before I tried it. Not because I hate Murad, quite the opposite in fact. I was actually a bit intimidated by it. I know that sounds crazy but it’s a WET palette promising to mattify your skin! I mean, what? How? I was a bit nervous to put something wet on my face, a face I’d spent the last half hour getting right. But I’d read all these great reviews about it and was intrigued to see how it measured up as an anti-shine beauty product.
Weird. It was weird. But in the best possible way! I have never seen a liquid turn to powder before and it completely threw me for a loop. It minimised my pores, instantly got rid of any shiny patches but somehow left my highlighter in place so it was just the right amount of sheen. Amazing!
La Roche Posay Effaclar BB Blur, £12.37
I’m always a bit wary of ‘blur’ products. I like my skin to look and feel real, unless there’s a blemish in the mix! But I know that finding that balance isn’t always easy with anti-shine beauty products. Although the consistency is thick and reminded me of that Rimmel mousse foundation I used to wear as a teen, it does the job. By creating a veil over your complexion, it effectively gets rid of any blemish or detail in its path.
That being said, it is ideal for anyone that is prone to really oily skin or for those who want a bit of extra coverage on those summer nights. Personally, it’s a little thick for me to use all over my face so I use a little just on my T zone for a perfect balance.
Clarins Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit, £33
Can’t you tell that I hate this product?! I didn’t mean to use quite so much of this but there’s been a heatwave and this proves that anti-shine beauty products have been my saviour over the last few weeks! Blotting papers are an absolute must for those hot summer days when you need a quick fix to hand. I use this in between meetings, heading to dinner after work or just at my desk when I feel a little…ugh! Although it has talc in it which I’m not a huge fan of, the powder and sponge is ideal to touch up your base make-up without adding more product.
My one warning for this is that it make your face appear paler. As in as white as a sheet if you’re not careful. Use sparingly and only after you’ve used the blotting papers to soak up the excess oil.