My skin confuses me. It gets really oily during the day in my T-Zone, but then when I wash it I have to be careful about what kind of cleanser I use because it gets very dry and flaky. I think I've solved the dry-after-washing problem with an excellent moisturizer by iShop4Beauty, but so far had no luck with decreasing my shiny skin during the day. I've been using oil absorbing sheets from CVS, which work wonders and absorb a ton of moisture, but that doesn't keep it from coming back a few hours later. It's really frustrating, because I swear I can feel the oil gathering on my skin. Not to mention that it's not great to let that stuff sit on your skin.
That's where the Anti-Shine gel comes in. A full-sized, 1 oz. bottle costs $35 (I'm glad I got it for free!). You don't need a lot of this product at one time, though, so I think it will last me a while. It has a strange consistency--it really is a gel. I know that sounds dumb, but before I used it I had in my head that it would be a bit more milky or liquid-y, like a face lotion. I smoothed it over by nose, chin, and forehead at work today and it goes on a bit like a makeup primer. You can use it over or under makeup, which is nice. It didn't disturb the foundation I already had in place. I noticed right away that it left my face looking matte, and felt nice and light on my skin.
A little while later, though, I could feel that icky feeling crawling back onto my face. I don't know if I'm just extra-sensitive to it, but I figured, let's put on some more of this gel and see what happens. The usage instructions say that you can apply it as many times as you need to. It didn't feel so great to me the second time. I felt even worse after applying the gel to my face again, because it just sat on top of my skin and made me feel like I had an extra layer of stickiness on. So I would recommend waiting a while (more than 2 hours at least) between applications of this product, but then again that could just be for my skin alone.
- Visit Peter Thomas Roth and shop their online store
- Learn more about the Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel
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Bottom Line: Peter Thomas Roth is a pricier brand, and not something I would ever try if I hadn't won that gift certificate. I'm glad I got to use the Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, though, and it does what it says it will. On the first application it left my skin feeling matte and fresh, but applying it a second time left me feeling sticky. I probably will not re-purchase this product again because of the price; I'd rather shop around to see if I can find something comparable for a cheaper price.
*Disclaimer: I purchased this product with a gift certificate to Peter Thomas Roth that I won in a blog giveaway. I was not monetarily compensated for this review and the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.