My pores are somewhat problematic, but the oiliness of my skin is an even bigger issue. Not only does it make me acne-prone, but moreover, it also means that I’m shiny all. The time. And not in the Joss Whedon, Firefly sense of the word. This is why I was so excited to see something called “Total Matteness” end up in our mailbox. Then I saw that it was from Philosophy, and I got even MORE excited. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Philosophy’s new Total Matteness collection is designed to—you guessed it—manage both shine and enlarged pores in two easy steps (which, lucky gal that I am, I got to test out). Here’s how it works:
First, give your face a good wash with the Total Matteness pore-minimizing and mattifying cleanser and mask ($25, shop.nordstrom.com). You’ll notice that the cleanser looks a little clay-like when you squeeze it out of the tube; that’s because glacial clay is the cleanser’s magic weapon. It helps unclog enlarged, dark pores to reduce their appearance, as well as to absorb oil and minimize shine for a totally matte, smooth-touch finish. Honestly, I was STUNNED at how much less oily my skin was after using the cleanser—and even better, the effects kept on going long after I’d finished washing my face. I stayed shine free for hours, even without going onto step two.
Speaking of step two, here’s the next part of the process: After your skin is squeaky clean, apply the Total Matteness oil-free, mattifying pore eraser ($40, shop.nordstrom.com). to your trouble spots (think T-zone, etc.). The key ingredients here are natural bamboo extract to absorb oil and control shine, lentil seed extract to help strengthen the pore wall and tighten pores, and salicylic acid to help remove the build-up of dead skin cells around the pore wall. Fun fact: The special type of Indian bamboo used in the pore eraser is naturally able to absorb 200 percent (yes, 200!) of its weight in oil—which makes it the IDEAL ingredient for oil control. If you’ve got blemish-prone skin like me, the salicylic acid has the added plus of being able to fight breakouts, too.
I found that the pore eraser also works pretty well as a primer, probably because it keeps at bay the oil that usually causes my makeup to fade. Don’t you just love a good bonus?
The one downside to the collection is that it doesn’t have the yummy fragrances that most of Philosophy’s best-known products boast. But you know what? I can live without my face wash smelling like cinnamon buns, especially if it means that my skin is going to look this awesome.
I’ve been using Total Matteness for about three weeks, and I’m definitely noticing a difference in the overall oiliness of my face. I’m pretty sure it’s only going to get better from here on out too: In a clinical study of 43 participants, 88 percent showed a significant reduction in the appearance of pores after four weeks, and 93 percent demonstrated a significant decrease in tactile oiliness. So if you’ve got wacky skin like me, snap up these beauty must-haves at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sephora, Ulta, QCV, or (of course) Philosophy. You won’t regret it!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.