Tested on animals:No
BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel is essentially an oil-absorbing makeup primer with a misleading name. The name misleads because this product isn't a remedy for blemishes—it's just an interesting, albeit short term (we got about 2 hours of shine control), way for those with oily skin to keep shine in check under their makeup.
Housed in an opaque black squeeze tube, this sheer, water-based gel contains an oil-absorbing polymer as well as silica, a natural ingredient with a matte finish.
The gel spreads easily over skin and sets to a pore-reducing matte finish within the first minute. The finish is nearly weightless and non-drying, so those with oily skin are will likely love how this feels—and it works well under makeup, assuming the foundation you apply also has a matte finish (which is the best type of foundation for those with oily skin anyway!).
This contains a surprisingly good mix of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant plant extracts. These are nice additions if you struggle with breakouts, because inflammation is a causative factor behind them—so anything you can do topically to reduce it will help (Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2013).
As for the tea tree oil this contains, the amount is low—too low to have an impact on reducing acne-causing bacteria (Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, 2007). In fact, the telltale scent of tea tree oil is quite faint and dissipates quickly.
The only other curiosity about this product is that bareMinerals claims Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel contains a peptide complex to promote clear skin. The problem is that ingredient list on the product packaging doesn't mention any peptide. Still, there's enough other beneficial ingredients present to make this mattifying primer-like gel worth trying—at least if you don't have very oily skin, because the shine control is relatively short-lived.
- Lightweight, sheer gel formula feels great on oily skin.
- Sets to a matte finish that refines skin and preps it for makeup.
- Wears well under makeup that's suitable for oily skin.
- Contains a good mix of anti-inflammatory plant extracts.
- Doesn't contain a peptide as claimed (at least, assuming the ingredient list is accurate).
- Only controls shine for a couple of hours—less if your skin is very oily.