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To keep contestants’ faces shine-free under pressure (and scalding-hot stage lights), makeup artists for shows like American Idol and The Glee Project turn to this mattifying gel. The fast-drying formula creates an intermediate layer that absorbs grease for eight full hours. Use it to score a matte, shine-free look—with or without the help of makeup. Alcohol-free and oil-free, it’s safe for even acne-prone skin. Get ready for your close-up.
This product goes on SO smoothly and makes my skin so soft! Honestly, it makes my makeup go on more evenly. Better than any primer I've used before.5
Seriously, it's so hard to find a primer that does NOT contain silicones - I use a water-based foundation because my skin doesn't like them, which limits me to non-silicone based primers (basically, most of them). I sampled this in one of my first Birchboxes and was surprised at how well it worked - the first primer that did what it was supposed to in terms of increasing the wear-time of my foundation.
I have to moisturize well before using this, let it dry completely before applying the OC8. If I then give about 20mins for the OC8 to set completely, my foundation application goes much more smoothly (even application with no patchiness). Finally, it's important to completely remove your makeup and cleanse your face at the end of the day or else it could dry out your skin.
If most primers don't work for you, I highly recommend trying this out. It's the first one that actually worked for me and I plan to continue using it as my go-to foundation primer.
This is strong primer I bought for my oily skin. It works. It doesn't give my skin the perfect smooth texture other primers do, but it really does control grease and make my makeup last longer. I myself did not get eight hours out of this. It was more like 2-3, but that held in humid weather, too. Even sweating didn't have the same effect.
If I put this on when my hair is wet and touching my skin, it does turn into eraser shavings, so look out.
OC8 Mattifying Gel was a great find for the summer months when my normally dry skin can get a hint of oilness in my T zone. By applying a small amount to problem areas I saw a major difference throughout the day.5
I love this product. It feels great on the skin, and I love the slight smell. Will continue to order this one!~5
This mattifying gel is AMAZING. I have an incredibly oily face. By lunch time my entire face gets oily no matter what....until I purchased this. I put my makeup on at 8am and by the time I take it off at 10pm my face is still not oily. It goes on easily and absorbs quickly (and doesn't interfere with makeup application - I use a beauty blender and a CC cream). My only warning is to use it sparingly - if you use too much it will make your moisturizer ball up on your face. Otherwise I highly recommend it for anyone with oily skin :)5
Always had a problem with shine 2-3 hours into the day. Have tried different mattifiers, mattifying moisturizers, t-zone correctors, etc. Always reaching for the blotting papers mid-day. Decided to purchase OC8 based on product info and feedback. It is amazing. Goes on smooth, absorbs quickly, and no odor. Only need a thin layer and no shine all day except maybe slightly on the nose at the end of day, but nowhere near like it was before use of product. Will not use anything else.5
I honestly never knew a product like this even existed. I battle with oily/shiny/greasy skin everyday in the summer heat and end up blotting the excess oil off several times throughout the day. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I think, "I could literally fry an egg on this face...ugh". So, I researched different products to find one that will help manage my issue. This is like a miracle in a tube. I am amazed and how well it works and it feels great on my skin. I absolutely love this and will be repurchasing when I run out. The great thing is you don't even need much of it...a little goes a long way so I imagine this tube will last me quite a while. I can't believe I haven't discovered this sooner. Love, love, love it!5
I have found the single most "can't live without" product I've ever encountered. I tried this stuff after much research and deliberation and wasn't sure what to expect but had high hopes due to the price. WORTH. EVERY. PENNY.
I have oily skin and have never found a product that kept me matte for more than about an hour. Until OC8! I can go the entire day and still have only the very beginnings of a shine (after about 8 or 9 hours). My secret formula is OC8 paired with Benefit Big Easy and a little concealer. It's like a miracle! In fact, this stuff is so good, I fell asleep the other day (intending a 10 minute nap)… ONE HOUR later I awoke all freaked out and looked in the mirror… not even any 'nap shine'. Uuuuhhhh-mazing.
I have oily skin and have tried many different primers, lotions to give me the matte look that actually lasts all day. This is it! My skin stay matte all day and it really does even out my skin tone! Best product ever!5