(Closed) NWR – Best matte foundation for oily skin? Also how do you moisturize?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1930 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


I swear by scrubs. The harsher the better. When you have oily skin all a gritty scrub does it take away the oil temporarily. It will come back. I use them harshly and my skin is still soft and smooth, but also oil free.



A good cleanser is key, too.


I haven’t found a moisturizer, though… THey’re all the same to me because I don’t need anything drastic. The oil keeps my skin hydrated enough.


Post # 3
222 posts
Helper bee

I have acne prone, oily skin too. I’ve got it under control with benzoyl peroxide every other day and herbal supplements. I also change my pillow case every day and wipe my face with clean tissues only.

I use cetaphil cleanser followed by mychelle Apple brightening serum. Then I use cetaphil moisturiser with spf.

For primer I use monistat anti chafing gel.

The best matte foundation I’ve used is Revlon ColorStay. Another one that stays matte is Clinique anti blemish foundation.

A trick that helps me is use a powder puff rather than a brush and use pressed powder rather than loose powder. I take a light layer and press it into the skin. I periodically dab my oily areas with a clean tissue to absorb the oil, then reapply a light layer of powder. 

I have heard people having success with using milk of magnesia to reduce the oil production, but I haven’t tried this myself.

Post # 4
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I swear by Makeup Forever Mat Velvet +. It’s on the pricier side at $39 USD, but it’s amazing and there’s not much that compares to it. It’s mattifying, but still looks natural and it’s waterproof and lasts all day on my skin during the summer. It also doesn’t transfer onto clothing! Revlon Colorstay is pretty good for oily skin too, but it’s a lot heavier than the Mat Velvet +, the Mat Velvet is much more buildable. The best drugstore dupe that I’ve found for the Mat Velvet + is the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation. 

I would also recommend Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray. Spray it on BEFORE you put on your makeup and you’re golden (spraying it on after I’ve done my makeup makes it look more oily).

Post # 5
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Covergirl outlast foundation and I use the Clinique moisturizer gel like you.

Post # 6
910 posts
Busy bee

The gel is already a primer for your skin, you don’t need to put one on top of that. Use one or the other. You could also try Avene Cleanance K as a primer. 

Also have you ever tried a mineral powder foundation rather than a liquid? Laura Mercier actually do a really nice one. 

Post # 7
18 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

I absolutely love Makeup Forever Mat Velvet +, I have tried countless others and I always come back to this one as my holy grail.  I use Belif Aqua Bomb at night before bed to moisturize.  In the morning I put on some Biore sunscreen then a light dusting of Nyx Blotting powder before I put on the foundation.  I set it with Urban Decay All Nighter, I found that the light dusting of powder plus the setting spray is what really helps my makeup last and not be an oil slick.

Post # 8
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC

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sweatergal007 :  I have the same skin type…dry yet oily. It happens because your skin is actually dry and your skin is overproducing oil to compensate. 

All I can say is go makeup-less whenever possible. Yes, even out in public! I hate seeing myself now the car mirror but it helps. You’d be amazed what a weekend of having nothing on your face can do for you. Eventually your skin will be so clear you don’t need anything at all! Do you get facials or exfoliate? I do it at night so my skin can recover (read: nobody has to see my red skin) overnight

I also moisturize every time I wash my face, whether I THINK I need to or not. I use Neutrogena  moisturizer for sensitive skin 

Post # 9
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC

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sweatergal007 :  oh, I also LOVE Philosophy Purity face wash. Really wonderful for your skin and it will be soo soft.

if you get a really bad breakout, you can swipe a cotton ball with SeaBreeze astringent over your face before bed. Don’t put anything else on, because it will really replace the oils in your skin by itself. Also don’t use it too many days in a row or your pores will be huge lol but great for emergencies 

Post # 10
69 posts
Worker bee

Another vote for  MUF mat velvet +


Post # 12
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think you might be using too many products because I used to do the same thing and when I stopped my skin improved so much  I have oily skin and used to suffer awful breakouts but hardly ever get spots now after being prescribed erythromycin tablets and Differin (adapalene) gel and simplifying my skincare. 

If your skin is oily and dry the products you are using to tackle the oiliness might be too harsh, drying your skin out and causing it to produce more oil to overcompensate. That’s what happened to me. This is what I use now and my makeup lasts right through a 12 hour shift and looks perfect! I have been asked what I use to get it to last so well, which is great because it used to melt/slide off after 4 hours.  


La Roche Posay Effaclar facial wash used with a battery powered rotating facial brush (mine is a cheap Olay one but I have heard the Clarisonic ones are brilliant). The brush is important as I never have to use a separate exfoliator and don’t get flaky patches. Spray of La Roche Posay Serozinc. Let it dry off then straight to makeup. I almost never use moisturiser. Feels weird and a bit tight at first but this is the key to lasting foundation for me! If I have to then I use Vichy Normaderm anti ageing moisturiser, but that is basically almost never.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.  Set with Max Factor Facefinity Compact Foundation (just like a thickish powder) using the sponge. Do not use a brush. Coverage is amazing for my pale blotchy skin but looks a lot lighter than it is and avoids the mask like effect! 


Simple Purifying Cream Cleanser.  Cleanse twice and damp a cotton pad with water at the end and swipe over face to make sure excess is gone. Spray of Serozinc. Apply Differin gel and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (+). 


Soap and Glory The Fab Pore Purifying Mask and Peel OR Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask. 

When feeling dry:

Skip Differin gel.  Use larger blob of night moisturiser.  

Moisturiser basically adds oil to skin. If you have oily skin adding more isn’t necessary. If your skin is tight it will produce its own. If your skin is really tight or itchy the cleanser or another product is too harsh for your skin. Switch to something more gentle like Cetaphil. Do not be tempted to use a moisturising mask or anything too heavy as your skin will already be producing more oil to counter this and when you hit it with the moisture it’ll go mega oily, then a vicious circle will occur as you try to strip it out again! I see sawed like this for years until a good beauty therapist told me what was happening and I stopped.  

Hope this helps and you find your own balance and set of products that works for you! 

Post # 13
678 posts
Busy bee

I have oily skin and have tried millions of products.

What has helped to a degree is moisturizing my skin really well and not using harsh soap on it. It seems counterintuitive, but adding moisure seems to control the oil better.

What really helped me more than anything else is chlorinated water. I used to swim in a pool that had more than the usual amount of chlorine, and it would exfoliate my face and make my skin pretty much normal. It didn’t get nearly as oily, but it also didn’t feel dry. It was amazing, and my skin had never looked so good. I switched pools, though, and the new one isn’t as chlorinated and, therefore, less effective.

Since swimming regularly in too much chlorine is not a practical solution to help your oily face, you could try a chemical exfoliate. I’ve seen other Bees recommend that over the grainy scrubs. I want to try it out myself.

As for foundation, I use a 100% Pure foundation that provides light coverage. Once I stopped using regular foundations, my face is clearer than ever and not as red. However, it’s not very long-wearing. Using blotting papers (I use the kind with the geisha) helps my foundation last longer, though.

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