Beauty Product Review

Shine Showdown

October 11, 2016

I have very oily skin so whenever I see a product with “matte” or “oil control” on it, I have to try it.

One of my favorite YouTubers, Nicole, was raving about the Murad Oil Control Mattifier so I picked it up. Benefit has had a product that has similar claims and I wanted to try it too. I got both of them and put them to the test. Keep reading to see which one works!



Murad on top; Benefit on bottom

Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++

  • Description ( Acne Oil-Control Mattifier Broad Spectrum SPF 15 / PA++ is a shine-reducing moisturizer that controls oil for up to 8 hours* and protects blemish-prone skin. Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 / PA++ reduces shine on contact creating an immediate matte surface. It supports natural oil balance throughout the day, and prevents sun damage by delivering powerful UVA/UVB sun protection. Recommended as a Step 3 moisturizer in any Murad acne regimen, it eliminates surface shine as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health system of care.
  • Price: $39.50 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstorm, for 1.7 oz
  • Pros: Easy to find; has an SPF but no flashback in photography; controls shine all day with minimal blotting and touching up
  • Cons: Pricey; thick consistency
  • Final Verdict: I use this as my morning moisturizer and I love that it has SPF in it. I normally perfect moisturizers that are a gel consistency because I like how they absorb quickly. This has a thicker, lotion type feel, but it doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin. The price is a little steep, but it is worth every cent. There were a few times during the day where I felt oily, but I didn’t look shiny which is A-OK with me. I hate looking shiny!

L to R: 7 am and 5:45 pm — I blotted once

Benefit The Porefessioanl Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel

  • Description ( Secret weapon to defeat pores & shine. Matte Rescue’s lightweight, water-based gel overpowers shine and absorbs excess surface oil, leaving a natural-looking matte finish. It instantly minimizes pores with diamond powder, known for its soft-focus pore-blurring effect. Skin feels clean, smooth and instantly refreshed. When shine attacks, this mattifying gel comes to the rescue!
  • Price: $28 at Ulta and Sephora for 1.6 oz; Ulta has a travel size that’s $10 for 0.5 oz
  • Pros: Gel formula absorbs quickly
  • Cons: Pricey; still need a sunscreen since this doesn’t have an SPF
  • Final Verdict: As I said earlier, I prefer products with a gel consistency. The formula is about the only good thing about this product. I had to blot and powder multiple times throughout the day which I don’t have to do when I use the Murad. I’m glad I bought the smaller size!

L to R: 7 am; 6:25 pm (that forehead shine!), 11:30 pm –I blotted 3 times and powdered once

If you have oily skin, I highly recommend the Murad Oil Control Mattifier. You can a sample for free at Sephora and see for yourself. I’m telling you, it works! It is holy grail status and I will never be without it!

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  • Amanda Bella October 11, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Good to know – will definitely have to check this out next time! PS – I LOVE your makeup with the Murad! It looks incredible!!

  • head to toe chic October 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve never tried any products by Murad, but it sounds like that one works so well!


    • hhardydawson October 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      I hadn’t till I used this one, but now I want to try more.

  • ashleysuemakeup October 12, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I’m glad the Murad one worked for you! I haven’t tried either of these products before. I use to use the original benefit Porefessional one, so I was curious about the matte one. I’m glad I skipped it!

    • hhardydawson October 13, 2016 at 1:00 am

      The matte is no good! The Murad is a miracle worker.

  • Lily @ Beauty With Lily October 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I just bought a Murad kit that has a small Mattifier, I’m looking forward to trying it out. I’m oily too…and I also don’t like super thick consistency…we’ll see how it works.

    • hhardydawson October 13, 2016 at 12:59 am

      I think you’ll like it. It is SUPER mattifying so maybe start out just putting it in the spots you get really oily. For me, it’s my chin and forehead. If you use it all over, it may be too much for you. Let me know what you think!

  • kingdomofsequins October 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Flawless! Lipstick on fleek 🙂

    I need to try the Murad. Ive heard so many great things about it… I literally always go back to the Mens shave balm lol 🙂

    • hhardydawson October 13, 2016 at 12:57 am

      Thank you! I use this as my moisturizer and then use the Nivea as my primer. That combo definitely keeps oil away!

  • lovealwaysashleyj October 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I’m combination skin but tend to get oily, will definitely be giving the Murad one a try! Your makeup looks gorgeous girl!

    • hhardydawson October 13, 2016 at 12:55 am

      Thank you! It’s perfect to use in the T-Zone, all over, or anywhere you get oily.

  • Laura P October 13, 2016 at 1:20 am

    The Murad line is a lifesaver… I use the cleansing gel when my skin starts to break out or gets to be unbalanced. It fixes everything!

    • hhardydawson October 15, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      If that’s the case, I definitely need to try it. I do want to try more products from the line.

  • theopheliaguide October 13, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I love love love this Murad product! I just started using it a month ago and yesterday I got a Murad trial kit from Sephora to try their other newer products. I’ll be posting about it soon 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • hhardydawson October 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Isn’t it the best?! Can’t wait to see what you think of the rest of the products.

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