Answers to commonly asked questions about our Mattify Powder for Oily Skin:
Q. Why is Mattify Transparent Powder different from other oil-absorbent face powders?
A. Many types of mineral makeup contain ingredients that can be harmful to acne prone skin, and can cause oily skin to look even shinier. Mattify Transparent Powder (and also our Tinted Powder Foundation) do NOT contain pearl powder, bismuth oxychloride, talc, waxes, or mica.
Why are these omitted ingredients so bad for oily skin? Mica and pearl powder add sheen to your over-all complexion, giving you the look of excess oil. The particles can also clog and stretch pores, triggering inflammation and breakouts. Bismuth, talc and waxes often cause cause skin to feel irritated or itchy.
The ingredients in Mattify Powder are extremely gentle and finely milled, to prevent pore expansion. Mattify Powder is designed to soak up dirt and oil from your pores, leaving your skin clean and healthy.
Q. Will Mattify! Powder turn my skin ashy grey or ghostly white in pictures?
A. No! Mattify Powder is completely translucent, allowing your natural skin color to show through. The more you buff it into your skin, the more translucent it becomes. For this reason, its even a suitable product for men with oily skin, as it forms an invisible line of defense against oil.
If your skin tone is dark tan or ebony black, simply rotate the powder brush in circles on every section of your face to blend completely during application. Mattify Powder can be reapplied several times throughout the day, without looking heavy. The powder is even invisible if spilled onto dark clothing. If this occurs, just dust away using fast back and forth motions.
Mattify Powder does contain 4% Titanium Dioxide (the ingredient responsible for a whitish cast in photos. However, the concentration is so low in our formula, it does not cause flash-back. Mattify Powder keeps skin looking fresh & matte during photo shoots under hot studio lights.
Q. Exactly how does Mattify Transparent Powder work to control oil production?
A. The Kaolin Clay in Mattify Transparent Powder soaks up 3x its weight in oil. The combination of other ingredients absorb an additional 2x - 4x their weight in oil. When the powder is applied before & after foundation, it absorbs oil continuously throughout the day. Mattify Powder essentially cleanses your face all day long, as excess oil is absorbed into the powder, rather than remaining on skin to clog pores.
Q. Why is my face still oily, even after usingMattify Transparent Powder?
A. The ingredients in Mattify Transparent Powder are meant to seek and absorb any form of oil. If you are using a moisturizer or foundation that is very emollient, or contains any form of oil, the Mattify Powder may be soaking up oil from your product, rather than the oil from your skin.
To troubleshoot, try switching to an oil-free moisturizer and/or foundation, and remember to use Mattify Powder both before andafter foundation. Also, if you use moisturizer or sunscreen, allow it to dry for 10 minutes before applying your finishing layer of Mattify Powder.
Q. Can Mattify Transparent Powder be used on dry skin types?
A. Yes, in most cases. Many people with dry skin also have oily patches around their T-Zone. In that case, we suggest spot-applying Mattify Powder only to oily areas. If your skin is overall more dry than oily, but you would still like to enjoy the poreless, high-definition finish of Mattify Powder, apply it only after foundation (rather than both before & after).
Mattify Powder is NOT recommended for use on skin that has flaky patches, as it tends to cling to & accentuate dry areas.
Q. Will the silica spheres in Mattify! Transparent Powder clog my pores?
A. Absolutely not! You may have heard that a common ingredient used in makeup and primers (Dimethicone / Silicone) can clog pores and cause acne breakouts. While this is very true, Mattify Cosmetics does NOT use Silicone in any of our products! Instead, we use powder silica spheres in our powder formulas.
Silica Spheres and Silicone are commonly confused with each other. The two are not interchangeable! Silicone is a popular ingredient in many foundations, moisturizers and gel primers. This man made plastic-like substance actually smothers pores and prevents oxygen from circulating. Acne bacteria thrives in an environment deprived of oxygen - so you can see why the use of silicone based products is not advised for breakout prone skin. Also, silicone is not water soluble, so it can remain inside pores even after cleansing.
Silica Spheresare a naturally occurring component of sand, and are very effective at absorbing skin oil. Silica Spheres seamlessly glide over the skin, without sinking into pores to plug them. Skin is free to “breathe”, and the bacteria that cause acne are killed when exposed to oxygen. Using Mattify Transparent Powder as your primer (rather than sticky silicone-based gel products) actually improves oxygen flow to the pores, thereby decreasing breakouts.
What are the Ingredients in Mattify Cosmetics products?
Due to the fact that patents are pending on many of our products, we are unable to list the ingredients on our website. However, please feel free to contact us & we will gladly reply with the list of ingredients!
**Please note that we are re-sellers of the Ben Nye product "Final Seal Makeup Setting Spray". It is NOT manufactured by us, and does contain some ingredients that are not naturally occurring.
Can I use Mattify Transparent Powder to bake my makeup?
Yes! Mattify's Transparent Matte Powder is the perfect product for "baking" or "cooking" your makeup. This new trend (that has been a celebrity beauty secret for years) is the optimal way to achieve a flawless looking, poreless complexion.
After all other makeup has been applied, simply use a beauty blender or thick puff to blot Mattify Powder onto sections that are more prone to oiliness. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before blending. Click here to view more detailed instructions on how to bake your makeup!