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Top 10 Oil Control Products

No swampy complexions here: Stay high and dry with the best oil-control products this summer

No swampy complexions here: Stay high and dry with the best oil-control products this summer

Oil must think it's pretty slick, showing up when you least want it and ruining your perfectly matte complexion. During the humid, swampy months ahead, we're expecting some oily situations, so we rounded up a great gaggle of products to help keep your complexion cool and dry. These sheets, moisturizers, primers and more are designed to remove excess moisture from the equation, giving you a flawless finish without clogging pores or bringing on new blemishes. 

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May 26, 2015

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Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper

Our Score

There's no real way around it: you're going to sweat during the humid summer. When you're on the go, throw these oil-blotting papers in your bag to quickly get a dry, matte complexion. 


Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets

Our Score

These affordable, absorbent sheets have been around for years, and it's easy to see why. They quickly absorb all excess oil on your skin without smudging makeup. 


Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30

Our Score

Long a favorite of dermatologists, this Cetaphil moisturizer works well for those with combination/oil skin. It protects skin from the sun and offers needed moisture while absorbing quickly to provide the matte complexion acne-prone skin needs. 


bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer

Our Score

When you want to look like you're ready for prime time, apply this oil-free foundation primer. Oil goes away and the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness vanish under this bareMinerals lifesaver that's great for problem/oily skin. 


Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

Our Score

Perfect and minimize the appearance of pores for up to 12 hours with this primer that specifically targets oil-prone areas (T-zone, chin) and acts as liquid blotting paper. 


Murad Oil Control Mattifier

Our Score

All Murad products are great for acne-prone skin, which can be particularly troublesome during the hot, humid months. This one has sun protection, works hard to control oil, and reduces your breakouts. 


Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers

Our Score

The cute packaging is just a bonus with these oil-blotting papers handmade in Japan from 100% natural abaca leaf and gold flake.


Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel

Our Score

Some days can feel too humid for a full foundation application. Get the best of both worlds and smooth on this tinted gel to moisturize and improve your skin tone – without any extra oil, of course. 


Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube

Our Score

Keep your makeup looking fresh for up to 16 hours by setting it with this spray that is so weightless you'll barely feel it, leaving behind no sticky residue. We also love UD's eyeshadow primer, a nude cream that makes colors more vibrant. 


Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional

Our Score

You'll want to keep this beloved, oil-free balm in your purse at all times. It's great worn under makeup, and can also be used during the day as a touch-up to get rid of shine and combat problem areas. 

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