Etude House has a relatively new line specifically designed to combat oil. Their Dr. Oil Solution line is made up of the following:
Dr. Oil Solution Anti-Shine Dual Primer (Php 498) - 2-step pore and moisture coverage primer that promotes makeup ready complexion and eliminates oily shine.
Dr. Oil Solution Anti-Shine BB Lotion (Php 498) - this BB lotion moisturizing coverage absorbs sebum to eliminate oily shine; gives a sheer expression powder for a natural look.
Dr. Oil Solution Anti-Shine Mist (Php 298) - a portable oil-control facial mist that supplies moisture and powder to subdue oily shine and preserve makeup integrity
I wanted to purchase all three items but settled for the BB lotion for its SPF 20 component and the fact that it was [slightly] tinted. After swatching it several times, I thought it would be good alternative to my HG Nu Skin tinted moisturizer.
What's nice about this line is that it is paraben-free, talc-free (save for the primer), oil-free and non-comedogenic. Check out the ingredients below:
WHAT I LIKE:
Very lightweight formula. You know those moisturizers that claim they are "mattifying" but still feel heavy and a bit warm to the face? Well this isn't one of those! The BB lotion is very light and stays that way even hours after application. It turns powdery instantly so I imagine you can also use it as a base for liquid foundation or just top it off with powder.
Good oil control. Depending on how your oily your skin is, the ambient temperature or physical activity, this little product may be able to sop up shine for a good couple of hours. After which I'd have to blot my face with an oil clear film or let it be. Seriously, compared to the Skin Hour Mattifying Cream (click to read review) the Etude House BB lotion fares much better since it is oil-free.
Plus if you top it with a mattifying face powder like Maybelline's Clear Smooth (review to follow), you may be shine-free longer.
Brightening effect. I have NC30 skin and I welcome any kind of instant brightening though darker-skinned individuals may find the brightening effect bothersome as it may give out a whitish cast.
Mildly scented. Comes in a very faint non-irritating scent that dissipates upon application.
Contains SPF 20. SPF is always a plus right?
Sleek packaging. I love the bottle and the simple no-frills design. The pump itself reminds me of my Nu Skin TM.
WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
|(inverted cap) this BB lotion has a very light nude beige tint|
Zero coverage. If you have blemishes, heavy acne pimples, redness or dark circles, sadly this product is not for you because it will give you zero to sheer coverage. My Nu Skin TM though sheer already on its own, provides better coverage than this. I imagine you can also use a little bit of concealer here and there for added coverage, this is definitely not a product that you can use on its own.
|Dr. Oil Solution BB Lotion applied to bare face (no powder)|
|I used the BB lotion only and topped with powder (taken under indoor lighting)|
What about you, have you tried anything from the Dr. Oil Solution line?
Care to share your favorite oil control product? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)
More info on Etude House here.