May 14, 2012

Clinique Stay Matte Hydrator Review

Clinique Stay Matte Hydrator is an oil-free lightweight moisturizer that promises to instantly refine pores and control excess oil.

With Summer around the corner this is something I can definitely get on board with as my drier skin starts to show signs of shine around my forehead and cheeks.

Take a look oily skin users, perhaps this one will be a pick for you!

I’ve been testing this on warmer days when I know my forehead will start producing shine and so far its proved quite nice although not perfect.

The lightweight formula absorbs in a snap and leaves behind a semi-matte finish. I think for such a light moisturizer it’s surprisingly hydrating even on my drier skin. Granted, it won’t ease patchy, flaky areas if you have them but it will feel cooling, refreshing, and hydrating in just the right way without leaving behind a greasy and/or oily finish. It absorbs easily into my skin so it doesn’t feel like its laying on top of my skin.

As far as refining pores that’s difficult to say…I have smaller pores on my nose but no other truly visible ones. On this area, I don’t notice a blurring effect nor after a few uses do I feel like these appear smaller. Over time you might notice pores appear smaller but I’m doubtful it’ll be truly visible.

It promises to control oil up to eight hours. Possibly on my skin I can see the effect. I used it while in the sun, at around 85 degrees, and my forehead and cheeks remained quite nicely matte to the touch for around 5 hours before I noticed a little oiliness creeping in.

Overall, I think Clinique Stay Matte Hydrator makes an excellent lightweight moisturizer for Summer for both oily and dry skin users. It’s light, absorbs easily, and produces a comfortable semi-matte finish. I’m not entirely sure it will ease oiliness for an entire eight hours, drier skin might feel it does but those with truly oily skin might require the aid of a primer as well as powder to keep things completely shine-free. I liked the formula a lot and would probably consider a repurchase in the future. I can’t use it year round but in the warmer weather it proves an ideal pick for lightweight hydration with some mattifying abilities.

It’s available now at Clinique counters.

Tried it?

Do share!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Cj

    Wanna trade pores lol? For some reason every summer the pores seem to double in size :(! I’m on the hunt for a good pore purging clay mask or something that’ll help.

    • the Muse

      pores are a b1tch :-/ I don’t have an issue with them much but believe me you don’t want my skin, it’s so damn dull!

  • miss understood

    i have extremely oily skin and i hvae been waiting for this stuff since i saw it online.i am glad you like that means i am going to love it.i also love your photos cause you are not like the usual vain blogger who poses in a fake way trying to look beautiful like they are on a magazine cover.i think everyones’s beauty comes from inside and i like that you don’t care if you look gorgeous.i would also like to see you with your hair down though,just for a change. 🙂

    • the Muse

      hi miss understood! thanks for the comment. It’s quite a nice little moisturizer…! It’s great if you aren’t overly oil. Thanks, just an average everyday beauty lover here ;-D <3!

  • K.B.

    I wish this had come out before I dropped $30-something on the Korres Pomegranate Balancing moisturizer. It’s too late for me to return the Korres because I no longer have the packing slip, and it’ll take me the rest of the year (at least) to go through it. Ugh.

    • Littlecreek

      I’m feeling you. I JUST purchased new moisturizer as in Friday and I just don’t believe in taking back a product once I’ve used it for three days and there isn’t anything wrong with it. Oh well. I have oily skin year round so I’ll have to pick this up in a couple months when I’ve used my current purchase up. Le sigh.

  • Rachel

    I am definitely going to try this. I am a big fan of clinique’s light weight moisturizers. Thanks for the review!

  • Aurora

    The Body Shop seaweed mattifying day lotion is the best mattifier I have ever used. I have the oiliest skin ever, and it controls the oil for at least six hours (as long as I don’t work out or something). In Canada, it’s like $16 for a jar but you only need a small amount

    • susan

      I have combo skin, but in the warmer months I get very oily! Does this help with blurring the pores a little? I would love to find a mattifer that helps with oil breakthru as well as camoflaging large pores. The pores on my nose seem to grow larger every year. Sigh! This does sound like something I might like to try. Any answer appreciated, thanks.