These Mattifying Moisturizers Are Like Liquid Blotting Papers

Updated 02/08/18

For those of us with oily skin, finding the right moisturizer is a lot like Goldilocks trying to find the right bed. There's a lot of testing before we find the right fit. It's tricky to find the right balance between getting enough hydration and not clogging our pores with heavy product. Especially with the colder weather, we need to find something that will help combat the dryness without causing more skin problems.

Which is why we turn to mattifying moisturizers. The right ones are lightweight, control excess oil production, provide moisture, don't cause breakouts and won't make it look like we poured grease all over our faces. We've tried a lot of product to get you the seven moisturizers we believe have hit that sweet spot. Click through to see which mattifying moisturizers are the best for oil-skin types.

WASO Color-Smart Day Moisturizer Oil-Free Broad Spectrum SPF 30 1.9 oz/ 50 mL - matte moisturizers
Shiseido WASO Color-Smart Day Moisturizer Oil-Free Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $38

Made with loquat leaf cells, this sunscreen not only provides SPF protection but also balances the skin's natural oil levels to give it hydration without making it look shiny with the product's matte finish. Plus, the formula adapts to your skin tone to give you tinted coverage.

The Moisturizing Matte Lotion 1.7 oz/ 50 mL
La Mer The Moisturizing Matte Lotion $260

Yes, spending more than $200 on a moisturizer is a huge ask. But if you have really oily skin, you won't be wasting a cent here. This mattifying moisturizer goes on super lightweight and uses a lime tree extract to protect against environmental aggressors for smooth, hydrated skin. It has a really nice matte finish to control any excess oil too.

Original Skin(TM) Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb 1.7 oz/ 50 mL - matte moisturizers
Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer With Willowherb $34

Willowherb, a flower found in Canada, helps brighten dullness and even out skin tone. As the main ingredient in this moisturizer, it will leave you with a more radiant and hydrated complexion without adding more oil to your face. 

Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion 1.7 oz/ 50 mL- matte moisturizers
Fresh Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion $36

Using clay from Umbria, Italy, this mattifying moisturizer helps reduce sebum production and takes out impurities from pores. It will also calm any flare-ups while locking in moisture. 

Dermalogica Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15 - matte moisturizers
Dermalogica Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15 $27

Botanicals (such as licorice, birch, and willow) are known soothe the skin and act as oil absorbers to help minimize shine and keep the skin hydrated. You'll find 19 of them in this mattifying moisturizer to get the ultimate protection against environmental aggressors. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Mattifyng Moisturizer - mattifying moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Mattifyng Moisturizer $26

This mattifying moisturizer contains Sebulyse technology, which is a formula made specifically to mattify excess oil and tighten large pores. It will also refine the skin's texture and provide moisture. 

Formula 10.0.06 Seriously Shine Free Moisturizer - mattifying moisturizers
Formula 10.0.06 Seriously Shine Free Moisturizer $6

Just because it's the most wallet-friendly item on this list doesn't mean it's the least effective. It contains aloe vera, which calms the skin and soothes out any dryness and irritation, and bamboo extract, which controls the shiniest parts of your face from making you look too greasy.

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