Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 Review

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier is one of the highly-hyped products that I kept hearing about for months. Youtube’s Lisasz09 recommended it to me a couple of months ago and it kept popping-up in other people’s videos and blogs. Still, I wasn’t convinced enough to spend £ 40. Similarly to Jurlique, Murad is one of the brands I wanted to try for a long time. Their products are paraben-free and highly specialised and targeted. The company itself was founded by a dermatologist. It has the same ‘science meets beauty’ aspect as Filorga and I’m a complete sucker for high-tech and innovative skincare.

Murad Oil-Control

I finally caved in and bought this moisturiser in July and have used it almost every day since. I like the consistency of this product: it’s a rich, think cream. It’s quite nice as a lot of mattifying or oil-free moisturisers I used so far were really light and had water-like consistency. When it’s cold outside (in the UK that’s about 10 months per year) I often feel like my skin needs something thicker and more nourishing to survive harsh weather conditions. Oil-Control Mattifier is on the other end of the spectrum: it’s so think it takes effort to work in into your face. Once it’s on it is absorbed fairly quickly.

Holy Grail for oily skin?

Not really.

I like this product. It’s a good daytime facial cream. It moisturises well and feels nice on the skin.  So why am I not wowed? Because it doesn’t do what it says. It doesn’t mattify or control sebum production. I’ve practically given up on the whole idea of an oil-controlling product Apart from Smashbox’s Anti-Shine I’ve never came across one that truly worked.

Enzymion Lush

Enzymion Lush

Murad Oil-Control

Oil-Control Murad

Here are some pics: I’ve tried Murad Oil-Control oil control on one half of my face and Lush Enzymion on the other. Both pics are taken after 8h. Enzymion is a very light, oil-free moisturising cream that I discovered last winter and that quickly became my go-to moisturiser. It smells like papayas, has enzymic fresh fruit extracts, avocado and organic aloe vera. It moisturises without leaving the skin feeling oily, it reduces my dry patches and is light enough to wear under makeup. I’ve used it as a nighttime and daytime moisturiser and absolutely love it. So it comes as no surprise that I compare other cream with it.

Both creams worked well in terms of moisturising and oil control. The thing is, Enzymion is not an oil controlling product! It’s just a light moisturiser. If there is no difference, if the Oil-Control doesn’t give better results, what’s the point? There is a significant difference in price: Murad is £ 35 -40 for 50 ml (depending on where you buy it) and Enzymion retails at £13.75 for 45g.



Final ruling

Overall, it’s a nice product. It’s rare to find such a thick oil-controlling cream. Still, it just doesn’t do what it says on the package and is definitely not worth all the hype. I might repurchase it again but it didn’t revolutionise my routine or solve my ongoing shine problem. I’ll be interested to try other Murad products. There is a Murad counter in one of the department stores in Oxford Street where you can get more info and speak to a consultant.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lakita
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 06:54:05

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