fc lab: Murad and Smashbox

We’re starting to wind down on our reviews of all the products that were offered in the Sun Safety Kit from Sephora.  I’m saving the scariest (for me) for last, self tanning wipes.  I’ve never used a self tanner before, and I’m fearful that my application skills will be sub-par and I’ll end up in a photo montage like this.   Stay tuned for that in the next few weeks.  But in the mean time, I’m reviewing two products for facial skin moisturizing, oil control, and protection.  The first is from Murad, the second from Smashbox.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 – $39.50

Control that shine

Does it control the shine?  Yes, it does.  BUT, I am not the best candidate for this product.  Sure I’ll have some grease built up by late afternoon, but I don’t classify my skin as just oily.  I have combination skin, and my oily spots don’t really bug me.  Here’s the lowdown on this product though.  First off, the consistency is really thick.  Slathering it on you wouldn’t think oil-control.  It feels like an ultra moisturizer.  A comment from someone that purchased it off Sephora’s website put it best: “Let’s be clear, this stuff goes on like Elmer’s Glue and has about as nice a smell.”  That’s actually a pretty good comparison.  But the reviewer goes on to say that she will definitely be purchasing again, and that is in agreement with the majority of reviews.  This mattifier is formulated without many of the harsh chemicals utilized in the skin care industry.  I feel like this product needs a longer duration of testing from the full clutch laboratory.  And I have the perfect specimen (a.k.a. my husband) to try it out on.  Stay tuned!


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 15 – $42

Even if you’re not at a photo shoot…

I like the names of all of the Smashbox products.  It makes me feel like I’m prepping for my international photo shoot with one of the worlds top fashion photographers.  This product is an apricot colored gel that dries clear.  Now stay with me on this one.  It feels like the Anti Chafing Powder Gel from Monistat.  No, I don’t have super model legs, although the names of Smashbox products make me think that I do.  And yes, on hot, sweaty days, curvy thighs rubbing together can get uncomfortable.  Chafing gel won’t solve the problem, but it sure helps.  If you’ve ever used a powder gel, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  It has a very silky, almost dry feel going on.  The Smashbox primer feels like that until it’s absorbed into your skin, and I think the silica they add probably helps to create a “softened” texture to you skin, making your pores appear smaller and providing a good base for foundation.  There’s not much scent to this product.  It also contains a peptide complex that is clinically proven to improve fine lines and wrinkles over time.  I haven’t been using it long enough to verify that statement, but I do really like this product.  It creates a silky soft canvas on your face, perfect for face and eye makeup application.  I’d recommend this one.  Pair it with a higher SPF liquid or powder makeup for double protection.

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