Moisturizer For Oily Skin: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream Review


I thought the problem laid with the type of primer or foundation I was using. The MUFE HD Primer would make my face greasy by lunch time, and even MAC Studio Fix Plus Foundation could not keep the shine on my face away.

If oil-control powder foundation does nothing for me, what hope would I find in liquid foundation?

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream made me realize that sometimes it’s not about buying the best, most expensive, or highly raved makeup – it’s about what goes under before makeup.

The absence of any ‘mattifying’ or ‘oil-control’ claims in my previous moisturizer, Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Hydrating Emulsion Moist, kept my face oily throughout the day. It always felt like it just sat on my skin like a big fat blanket of lard . With all that oiliness you’d think it was doing a good job at moisturizing, but no, it did nothing. No moisturizing, no whitening, only greasiness.

The Body Shop  SeaWeed Mattifying Day Cream I really bought in a desperate attempt to find a moisturizer that falls between drugstore and high-end. When I used it the first time, I remember falling in love with the scent and texture, and could feel my skin less oily during the day.

Here’s my review on The Body Shop SeaWeed Mattifying Day Cream:

Silky Gel-like Texture

I love the texture of this day moisturizer! It feels so different from all the moisturizers I’ve used. This silky, gel-like formula makes applying on the face such an easy task. And because it is so watery (yet not diluted), there is time between applying and drying to give your face a quick massage. My skin feels soft and rejuvenated every morning I apply it!

This is however not recommended as a night cream as night creams should be slightly thicker in consistency to act more intensively with additional ingredients.

I also love that it jiggles like jelly. ~Dwoi-Dwoi-Dwoi!~

Because it is so jelly-like, a plastic cover comes with to prevent spillage. Especially essential for traveling!

Hydrating and Moisturizing

It is imperative to keep the skin hydrated enough to combat the dryness from  working in an air-conditioned environment. The most similar hydration I’ve received from a moisturizer was the Biotherm Aquasource, but that cost more than three times as much. The Body Shop moisturizer feels cool and refreshing against the skin upon application, and leaves it moisturized all day.

Oil-Control With Matte Finish

Targeted towards balancing oily skin, The Body Shop SeaWeed Mattifying Day Cream dries to a matte finish without drying up the skin. The matte finish, however, does not last throughout the day, especially if you have very oily skin like mine.

I used to need to blot my face right after lunch because oil would be dripping off my face under the unforgiving Singapore sun. After using this moisturizer, the oils only really start to look obvious at about 3-4pm. Shine is inevitable but a lot less than other moisturizers I’ve tried.

Invigorating Smell

Does seaweed smell so wonderful elsewhere in the world? Those I’ve seen and smelt in the wet markets here smell like BLEAH. So I was rather taken aback when the SA recommended the Seaweed moisturizer. I don’t wanna smell like smelly seaweed! But no! When I took the first sniff, I immediately liked it! Light and refreshing, it smells a little citrusy… and appetizing. Lol. Some people call it smell because it can be too strong to sensitive noses; and some others like me call it fragrance.

Cheap And Good Moisturizer

It takes just a little to moisturize the whole face, a little more if you want some on the neck. For that quantity and rate of use, S$27.90 is extremely value-for-money. I actually got it at a sale for S$17.90 and will be on the lookout for it during The Body Shop’s weekly promotions this GSS period (27 May – 24 July)!

If you have combination to oily skin, this moisturizer is definitely worth a try. I like it so much that I bought the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask. At a discount too! It was the Mask Promotion week so I got it at a ‘Buy 2 mask less S$25’ deal. Lucky me!

So remember, more often that not, it’s not just one factor that is inhibiting the results you want to achieve with makeup – check what’s under.

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Bun Bun rates the The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream:

So tell us, what is your formula to keeping shine away from your face?


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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.

  • a!kO

    Ahh something I would love! (I think.) I am so picky about moisturizer and some makes my face feel like I just dipped it in a frying pan. I would love to try this! I wonder if they have a promotion like that here? I am willing to splurge on this if it is as good as you say it is 😀 and why not? it’s for oily skin ^^, and it is always hot and humid here…weee~~ maybe this will be the end of my moisturizer love-hate relationship. I am excited to try this 😀

    • Bun Bun

      I totally can relate to the ‘face getting dipped in a frying pan’! XD

  • Recherche

    This cream sounds great! I have combination skin and am guilty of not using moisturiser during the day as when I do it tends to clog my pores – but I’ll definitely be giving this moisturiser a shot. For gel-based moisturisers, I’ve used Neutrogena Hydroboost and liked it, but it’s probably not enough for a night cream. Nowadays I rely on Danielle Laroche Mud Purifying Gel (with Hispagel, some moisturising ingredient that apparently moisturises for up to 8 hours after you wash your face). It’s really great for oily/combination skin. Maybe you should give it a shot! I wrote a review about it on my blog.

    Also, great blog! Love the posts on Asian eyes and what to do/not to do :) I have monolids and am trying to change them with tape haha!

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Recherche! Wow the Danielle Gel sounds amazing! Will definitely drop by your blog to check it out. =)

  • Sharlynn

    Oooo I must, I must I must get it! Birthday month this august! And I have 15% off normally anyway with my card! Umm…i need oil control but I already have a back up of my normal neutrogena moisturizer…nah! bodyshop here to come! When a discount strikes, don’t be afraid to take the advantage!

    • Bun Bun

      “When a discount strikes, don’t be afraid to take the advantage!”

      I just want to kick myself for forgetting the deadline for The BodyShop sale that concluded recently. 15% storewide! ARGH! I wanted to get a second tube of this Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, and a second bottle of the Tea Tree Toner (saw from your blog that you use it too). Can’t believe I missed it. Sheesh.

  • Mark M

    Hey there, I have combination skin (T zone) as well.. The moisturizer I use is from Shielo.. It’s called Shielo Complexion AntiAging Moisturizer .. I don’t know if you’ll find the similar one where you stay.. But this moisturizer from Shielo is for oily or combination skin .. I really like this brand.. It doesn’t cause me any break outs.. Hope this helps!!

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks for the recommendation Mark M. It’s a pity we don’t we have that brand here so I can’t ask for a sample over the counter. But I’ll go do some research on it. Thanks!

  • Julz

    Thanks for your review, it’s very informative. I’ve been searching for a great mattifying lotion to tame my active sebaceous glands. I’m crossing my fingers on this! =)

    • Bun Bun

      Hope you’ll like it! My oily skin sure does! =)

  • skincare thailand

    Wow! That’s great post! It’s really wonderful. Thanks for sharing this.

  • tswhale

    CAN it be used as a primer?

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      tswhaleHello! =) You can, but I guess unless your makeup is really, really, light, this moisturizer wouldn’t make the foundation adhere much to your skin. A primer helps makeup last longer as it works as an ‘adhesive’ between your skin and products, among many other functions.

  • gulliblegun

    hi Bun Bun, this product seems interesting because I have a problem with oily face on T-area. but I’ve just checked the complete ingredients on the web, it says that it doesn’t just contain alcohol, it also contains paraben. do you ever have any problem caused by those 2 ingredients while using this cream? it is often said that using alcohol in skincare products daily will damage your skin and enlarge the pores (isn’t enlarged pores for oily/combo skin just like spiraling down?).

    I’m looking for your reply for further consideration ^^