Monday, September 27, 2010

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

I love this product even though I really shouldn’t. For one thing, its main selling point is complete bull.

The back of the jar says this, “Community Trade seaweed and oil-balancing technology condition and mattify where and when skin needs it, to control shine throughout the day.” I don’t know what exactly “oil-balancing technology” is but you certainly aren’t finding it in a $16 cream.

This vitamin E-containing product will give you a clean, matte look when you first put it on but that look will only last if you stay in an air-conditioned room or it’s winter.If you slap this stuff on and go outside on a 30+ day, you will still end up shiny.

Then there’s the fact that this is being marketed as a day cream even though it doesn’t have a key day cream ingredient: A broad-spectrum SPF.

Because of that last point, this isn’t my daily moisturizer even though I wish it could be. It’s somehow this perfect mix of richness and lightness and it just feels so amazing on your skin, like you’re using a product that costs far, far more than $16.

While it’s not rich enough for use on dry skin, it is a great cream for those of us with normal-oily skin, providing moisturize without any heaviness or shine. It’s ideal for use on rainy days or any night under your primer and yes, it does absorb quickly.

It does have a faint oceany smell that I personally love but if you’re sensitive to scents you’ll want to skip and the rest of The Body Shop’s seaweed line.

Speaking of that line, I also have its face mask and I’ll have to get a review about that up (sneak preview: I don’t love it as much as I love the day cream).

Would I buy this again: Yes
Should you buy it: Yes but only if you don’t require a heavy moisturizer

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