Can the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 Keep Oily Skin Shine-Free?


Many women think they are cursed with an oily T-zone, where oil glands work overtime at the forehead, nose and chin areas. Well, if they saw how soaked my blotting sheet is after a blotting session, they’d feel blessed that oiliness is concentrated only at their T-zone instead of the WHOLE FACE like mine.

I try as many methods and products possible (within reasonable budget and common sense, of course) to keep my face as shine-free as possible, at least for a good half of the day.

Mineral makeup worked up the oils on my skin within 2 hours and accentuated my pores, makeup face primers like the Stila Hydrating Primer turned me into an oil slick, liquid foundations that claim to give the ‘glowy finish’ usually give me the ‘greasy finish’ and sometimes even setting it with loose powder barely works.

Sigh, these are just fragments of an oily girl’s woes.

When I chanced upon a review on Youtube about the Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 being a great product that helps to keep shine away, I was immediately interested! Anything that controls oil!

Sephora Singapore sells it but I asked a friend who was coming back from the US to get it for me. Everything Sephora Singapore sells is much more expensive than in the US. Actually, basically everything is just more expensive here. Times 2 and then plus about SGD10-20 and you can guess how much it retails for at a Singapore cosmetics counter. Some people say Amazon or ebay sells it for cheaper.

Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Some people claim that they use the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier in replacement of their regular moisturizer since it does the job of oil control, SPF and hydration. Yup, it is considered a multi-tasking solution to many!

I still use The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream after applying toner because it really helps to mattify my skin. After allowing the TBS Day Cream to be absorbed into the skin, follow up with the Murad Oil Control Mattifier. I’ve tried using the Murad Mattifier alone, without the TBS Day Cream, and don’t find it creates more or less oil than with the TBS Day Cream.

Controls Oil and Shine?

I actually had this product chucked away for at least a good half year before finding it again while reorganizing and relocating my makeup stash. I remember not liking it very much before because I felt it didn’t keep my face as shine-free as advertised.

The funny thing is that I actually quite like it now.

I can only guess that it’s the products I used atop the layer of the Murad Oil Mattifier that made the combination and finish less desirable.

I was using the not very oil-free Makeup Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer and that could be the reason makeup was sliding off my face in the first place. I’ve used the Murad Oil Control Mattifier as a primer and it works alright.

I was also using Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Sand Beige and it could be that I was so overwhelmed with my dislike for how Sand Beige looked grotesquely orange on my face that I blamed everything I was using in conjunction with it. I was also using MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NC25 on some days.

At the time of writing, I alternate between Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Porcelain 30, Stage Cosmetics Photo Pro Foundation 02 Take 1 + 03 Take 2, and Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle in BO-01.

I am NC20-25, by the way.

The other I went for Salsa dancing class with the Murad Oil Control Mattifier and Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle in BO-01 with a little dusting of NARS Loose Powder. My face makeup was still in contact after 5 hours of dancing!

Makeup Tip from Bun Bun: It is important to allow the previous layer of product to settle first before applying the next. This is most essential for the steps from moisturizer to primer to foundation.

It takes between 5-10 minutes for the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF15 to be fully absorbed into the skin. You can use the downtime to choose your eyeshadow colors for the day! =)

Acne Treatment for Breakouts

Not only is the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 a moisturizer, sunscreen, skin mattifier, it also claims to act as an acne treatment plan.

I don’t know how effective the acne treatment part is, my acne-prone and blemished skin condition hasn’t improved, but the Murad acne treatment product hasn’t caused any negative reaction.

Smells and Looks and Applies Like Glue

It is a known fact that the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier smells like craft glue and even looks like it when squeezed out of its boring-looking white and blue tube.

I imagine this is how I’d start my glue sniffing addiction, except I don’t like the smell at all and don’t find myself feeling high from sniffing it.

The formula is very thick and creamy (just like craft glue!) and can be a little hard to spread if you don’t do it fast enough. But you’ll get used to it after a few times.

Dries clear!

All in all, I think this is a good product because it contains SPF and keeps the skin mattified for quite a few hours (but not 8 hours as claimed!). The only thing that might keep me from repurchasing is its price tag, especially if I buy it in Singapore!

Get the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 HERE:

Bun Bun rates the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15:

How do you keep skin oiliness under control in summer months, or if you’re in Southeast Asia, EVERYDAY? Haha!

Any cheap alternatives to the Murad one?


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Margarita Tesseneer

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  • Sharlynn

    Sounds good, I’ve yet to try a moisturizer that really mattifies. I’ve heard plenty about the seaweed one from the body shop but they’re products for oily skin has so much alcohol in it I’ve shyed away from trying much else! For everyday moisturizer I’ve been keeping pimples and milia at bay and away with Benyzl peroxide gel (different percentage concentrations and a water based formula) this has been key to being pimple free for almost 3 months! Otherwise make up wise…it’s down to l’oreal true make liquid foundation that last forever even in singapores weather! I usually mix it with maybelline mineral liquid foundation for a better match or a bb cream. Then lots of powder on top especially in the forehead and around the edges of my face! Thanks for reviewing the moisturizer! I just use neutrogena for the night, it’s a light formula but works for now!

    • Bun Bun

      Where do you get that? The Benyzl peroxide gel? I also wanna be pimple-free!! >.<

      • Sharlynn

        I get a tube in 60ml from Guardian’s Unity Pharmacy…it’s called “Benzac AC” the packaging is blue and white and i get it in the lowest concentration 2 1/2…Start with a small percent and apply only to the pimples! From personal experience and others who use it, a higher percentage can zap away pimples but can hurt, dry and make your skin less responsive next time! The brand “OXY” also uses BP but its in smaller tubes and isn’t water based…dried out my skin quite badly. Hope itll work for you! Just use sparingly!

        • Bun Bun

          I’ve heard about the negative effects of BP – the drying of skin and unresponsiveness from prolonged use. I usually use Salicylic acid, which is an ingredient in the famous Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

          • Sharlynn

            Yes, it can really dry out the skin if used on the same area. I’m trying to find something which is salicylic acid based and in a sizable amount. Vichy has a product that’s 4% salicylic acid but it’s a tiny tube and that’s quite strong. I don’t get heavy break out so I’m still on the hunt! Oh, and happy valentine’s day! :)

  • Felise

    I love the stuff in here. I like the product it sounds cool :) I love it when I apply it to my skin, I think it would be perfect for my skin tone because of its SPF content. Thanks for the review! It was really interesting stuff!

    • Bun Bun

      Oh yeah, I like it for its moisturizing and SPF content properties! Thanks for reading Felise!

  • annedreshfield

    Lol, it DOES look like glue! That’s silly. It’s great to see something that works, even if it’s only for a few hours. 

  • kharmella

    hi there, first of all I love your blog. I have been reading your different posts for a while and I came across with this topic regarding oil control. I myself  have oily/acne prone skin. You can even cook eggs in my forehead because of the excess oil. :) As I was browsing your different articles, I thought I was the only weird gal who uses products which is not mainly for the face like the monistat chafing gel which I am using as a face primer too. hehehe Now since you are (I think) that type of a person who would seek solution on combating our oily skin might as well share this regimen to you and I hope it will help you. then email me on how it will work. I would also like to share the different products I am currently using.
    These are the products I have been using religiously:
    1. mary kay oil mattifier (around US $14-15)
    2. murad oil control mattifier (I love this and as I can see this is also your favorite. but I dont like the texture because of that glue feeling and it is so pricey)
    3. Lush Fresh hand made cosmetics MASK in CUPCAKE (it is like a chocolately mask, around US $7)
    4. Lastly, this is my new discovery: PHILLIPS milk of magnesia (around US $4 for a 12ml bottle)  (it is a laxative-liquid and mainly use to reduce constipation and have a regular bowel movement) I know, I know, sounds crazy but it doesn’t smell anything (unless you will buy the fresh mint or berry flavor). I pat it on my face after my moisturizer. Evenly distribute it and let it dry. Then put your desired face primer and viola! you have a matte face :)
    I hope this can work to others too. Just sharing.
    btw, I’m following you at instagram

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @kharmella Hahaha! Love how you describe how oily your skin is! XD
      Cheers to Monistat Chafing Gel and this Murad Oil-Control Mattifier! They’ve become our common love!
      Currently, I only use the Murad one occasionally as I realize my skin has become less oily with the use of my new facial cleanser and toner, both from TDF. How do you use the PHILLIPS milk of magnesia for regular bowel movement?? Do you apply it or drink it? Lol, I’m both amazed and amused that this product serves such diverse purposes!
      Thanks for sharing your list of products to combat oiliness! I’m sure it will help a lot of people out there who are sharing our oily woes.

      • kharmella

         @BunBunMakeupTips Milk of Magnesia primarily is those who are in trouble in their bowel movement. It is a blue bottle and a white liquid that is proven (based from my readings, testimonials and videos) to control oil from our face.
        How to use:
        1. Make sure to cleanse your skin first.
        2. Apply your moisturizer
        3. Apply the Philips milk of magnesia on face thru a small sponge or simply by your hand. Make sure to have even distribution of the liquid because it dries a little faster. I usually transfer some parts of the MOM to another container to avoid contaminating the main bottle.
        4. Then apply your monistat gel as primer
        I applied the MOM to my arm first just to observe if my skin would react to it, let it sit for about half a day and I didn’t have any rashes or something. I’m usually not sensitive to anything I put on. but just to make sure that my oily/acne prone skin would not react, I tested it on my inner arm.Hope it helps :)

        • kharmella

           @BunBunMakeupTips **Milk of Magnesia primarily is FOR those who are in trouble in their bowel movement, (constipation)

  • cheepir

    Hey! I recently stumbled upon your blog and have been religiously reading all your reccs about products for oil control. I have really oily skin too, but in the past I’ve been more focused on clearing my acne and keeping my skin clear. Now that I’ve almost (I hope) won that battle, I’ve been doing a lot of research and can’t wait to try some of your solutions (monistat, murad mattifier, etc.).
    I wanted to know if you have an updated oily-skin care routine, and if you could do a full post about it? Facewash, moisturizer, primer, foundation, blotting powder – I recently started using the Hourglass Immaculate foundation which is phenomenal for oily skin, but somehow the primer and blotting powder I use do nothing but cake it up :( Would love to see you review it too!
    Also, have you heard about using milk of magnesia for oil control? What do you think about that?

  • BunBunMakeupTips

    cheepirHello! I realize you left a similar comment on another post, so I’m just gonna reply you here. =)
    Thanks for reading my posts, I’m glad you enjoy it. The primers I am currently using are Monistat Gel and Lioele Dollish Veil Vita. You can read my review on the Monistat one here: I haven’t gotten down to do a proper review on the Lioele one, but it’s a favorite of mine. You can find it here:
    The Lioele Dollish Veil Vita doubles up as a very good foundation too, but on days when I need more coverage, I use the Lancome Mat Miracle. I reviewed it here:
    To set it, I sometimes use the MAC Blot Powder.
    I’ve never tried Milk of Magnesia but have heard that it’s recommended for sensitive / acne-prone skin.

  • Madoomed1

    Hey, asking someone with a very oily t zone’ like I have to powder my nose every 15 mins xx
    Does the murad oil primer work?

  • dwijaya

    Hi! I have been reading your blog for quite sometime now and I completely understand your frustration on having oily and acne prone skin. I used to have very oily and acne prone skin too. I have tried everything under the sun to control my acne and oil such as Proactiv, Murad, Mario Badescu, Clinique, Body Shop, Milk of magnesia, Benzoyl Peroxide (all percentages), Salicylic Acid (all percentages) etc etc… The list is endless and nothing works on me. The only thing that cured my skin is Accutane. It has been 3 years since I had my last pill of Accutane and my skin condition is at its best. No more breakouts and no more oily skin. I am so so so thankful to my dermatologist who prescribed me this. She really saved my skin. Nowadays, I can leave my house without having to put on any foundation to cover my acne. I am not a doctor and I am not recommending you to take Accutane. I am just sharing my own experience and I do understand different people have different reaction to Accutane. But for me Accutane saved my life. Please consult your dermatologist on what is best for your skin. Good luck to you.