Review: Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser

I'm forever on the lookout for a good moisturiser for my combination skin, and there have been a few along the way that I've really liked and continue to use, but none have kept my skin quite as mattified and blemish-free as this one from Garnier!

As you might guess, this moisturiser aims to mattify skin and prevent blemishes. It boasts 8 hours of matte skin due to the Airlicium, which is one of those trademarked ingredients that brands use to sound scientific, but I have to give it to Garnier here - I actually find my skin to be mattified for more than 8 hours easily with this moisturiser! I'm also glad to report that it doesn't dry out the skin, which I have found to my dismay with other mattifying moisturisers, but in fact it does moisturise and leave a smooth, healthy-looking finish.

An amazing extra benefit of this moisturiser is that it contains salicylic acid, which is basically the ultimate ingredient when it comes to fighting and preventing blemishes. Since I started using it, I've had an impressive amount fewer blemishes, and any I do develop are stopped in their tracks. It acts kind of a defence barrier to the skin, stopping anything getting through and causing blemishes, but without any greasy film. I'd liken this to La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (review here) in a moisturiser form, with similar skin clearing, pore tightening and freshening effects.

Aimed at oily and combo skin that tends to go shiny after 2-3 hours, Garnier Matte Control Moisturiser is dermatologically tested and oil-free. Not only this, it is suitable for sensitive skin which is something I welcome as I really struggle with irritability. I've had no problems at all using this product in terms of stinging, redness or blotchiness, which is something I generally tend to find with products that aim to target blemishes.

The light, blue-tinted gel is incredibly refreshing and cooling on the skin and makes my skin feel squeaky clean. It absorbs into the skin as quick as a flash - something I look for in any product since I hate it lying around covering my skin - and it only takes about a pea-sized amount to cover the entire face and neck. Although the instructions say you can apply it in the morning and evening, I only apply it in the morning to reap the mattifying effects, since I like something a little heavier at night to replenish my skin's moisture levels when it doesn't matter that I look like an oil slick. In all, it's a great little product that I really can't find fault with other than the fact that it contains no SPF - but hey, we can't have it all!

What is your moisturiser of choice?


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