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Mattifying Fluid
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1.7 fl. oz. for $26
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Avene Mattifying Fluid is a bit of a perplexing formula—less about leaving a matte finish and more so a product to smooth the surface of skin prior to applying makeup. It contains a mix glycerin, oil (so the oil-free claim is inaccurate) and oil-derived ingredients, so it does provide light moisture. The amount of the film-forming agent polymethyl methacrylate can be irritating for some, so those with sensitive skin should skip this one.

Dispensing as a sheer lotion, it has a dry, smooth feel that leaves an initially silky texture on skin. If you have moderately oily skin, you will find this won’t control shine for long—there are no oil-controlling ingredients here, but the mix of glycerin, isohexadecane and mineral oil will moisturize skin without lending a heavy feel.

For the cost, there are much better alternatives in our list of Best Oil-Absorbing Products.

Pros:
  • Leaves an initially silky, dry finish on skin.
Cons:
  • This isn’t oil-free as claimed (didn’t anyone check the ingredient list?).
  • Has a limited oil-absorbing ability due to its moisturizing ingredients.
  • The amount of polymethyl methacrylate may be irritating for some.
Claims
Oil-free gel-fluid formulated to effectively control shine for normal to combination skin. Ideal for use as a make-up base.
Ingredients
Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Water (Aqua), Acrylates/Acrylamide Copolymer, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fragrance (Parfum), Glutamic Acid, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Phenoxyethenol, Polysorbate 85.
Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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