May 22, 2013

Sephora 8 HR Mattifying Moisturizer Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Sephora 8 HR Mattifying Moisturizer Sunscreen

Sephora 8 HR Mattifying Moisturizer SunScreen SPF 20 ($22) arrives at just the right time as my skin is starting to go a little combo. Although I have drier skin when the weather warms up my forehead starts to shine like a bright star and I get a fair bit of oily around my t-zone.

I decided now was a good time to try this because we’re SLOWLY seeing some good weather here in New York. Hell yesterday it was a whooping 90!

Let’s take a look!

This oil free moisturizer promises to keep shine at bay for eight hours. Supposedly it contains Sephora’s own Hydrosenn+ which is a moisturizing agent that’s equivalent to hyaluronic acid. According to Sephora Hydrosenn is even more moisturizing than hyaluronic acid and allows your skin to retain water while offering intense hydration.

Sephora 8 HR Mattifying Moisturizer

Have to say, this isn’t moisturizing by drier skin standards. It provides adequate moisture for combo or oily skin but if you’re dry chances are it won’t be enough. That’s fine though, since this isn’t meant for such a skin type anyway. The texture is quite thick yet absorbs easily and seems to mattify on contact with my shinier areas and yes, in fact, it keeps my shine at bay for OVER eight hours.

The SPF is weak at 20 but promises to offer broad spectrum protection from both UVA/UVB rays.

Sephora 8 HR Mattifying Moisturizer Swatches

I think it’ll prove an excellent pick for those with combination skin but I’m unsure how well it’ll perform on super oily skin as that always needs special care and attention. It might be worth a try though….!

As for me, it’s the ideal pick for keeping my shiny areas oil-free in the warmer months.

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This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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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 or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • melissa

    Hi – can you compare this to the philosophy hope oil free? It sounds similar but better priced. The philosophy one gives a matte-ish finish.

    • the Muse

      hey melissa I haven’t tried the philosophy one yet but been curious might pick it up! will compare if I do 🙂

  • Danii

    Is it REALLY worth it for the oil control? I already slap on (I think) SPF 15 moisturizer, then SKIN79’s Hot Pink which is 25 so if I added this, it would only be added protection. I only really struggle with my nose, which maybe 5 minutes later is oily after applying BB and powder. WHY MUST YOU BE SO OILY AND GET OILY SO FAST?!

  • Susannah

    I have combo skin and this is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a sunscreen. Only problem is I can’t get Sephora products in Australia. Do you know of any similar products by other brands?