This mattifying gel claims to be a revolutionary product (revolutionary is almost as overused as anti-wrinkle in the cosmetics industry) that offers patients control over their facial shine. While the term “revolutionary” is a bit of a stretch, this is, in fact, a great mattifying product for those who have trouble controlling shine on their face. We tried this product both over and under makeup and were surprised how well it controlled shine for hours without the need for blotting papers or pressed-powder application. Now that’s impressive! Regrettably, there’s a catch. The one drawback of OC Eight is that it will leave a slight white cast on your skin, even when worn under foundation. We suspect the white cast is from the acrylate-based powder ingredient it contains, which forms a flexible film on the skin that absorbs oil and plays a major role in controlling oil breakthrough so well. Due to the white residue issue, we recommend this product only for those with the oiliest of skin, or save it for special occasions when you have time to adapt your makeup routine to offset the white cast, a feat which, with patience and experimentation, is possible. OC Eight is fragrance-free.
OC Eight works continuously for up to 8 hours absorbing excess oil. The results? Even-toned, true matte skin for that just-applied look throughout the day. OC Eight contains ACRYSORB micro-particles that are specially designed with copolymer technology and work to permanently trap up to 6X their own volume in oil.
Purified Water, Acrysorb (Brand Of Acrylates Copolymer), Propylene Glycol, PEG-400, Carbomer 940, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA
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I am SO glad my dermatologist recommended this! I'm in my late 40s & have fair, acne prone skin & rosacea. I've tried other mattifying gels. This is the only one that works for more than an hour. I don't see the white cast Paula mentions. I used to use blotting papers &/or powder every 2 or 3 hours but, by late afternoon, my face was still so oily that it messed up my foundation. With this product, I see a "normal" amount of shine instead of an embarrassing oil slick. LOVE IT!!
My skin is very oily and without OC8 I'm all shiny within 1-2 hours. If I use OC8 on top of a moisturizer, my face stays matte for at least 5-6 hours. If I use it on its own, it keeps the oil off for even longer! If I put extra foundation and/or powder on top, it's usually closer to 4-5 but it never gets anywhere as bad as without it. I also use it as a primer for my eyes - whatever eyeshadow I use, it never creases. I've tried many mattifying products and I always end up going back to OC8.
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