Andalou Naturals Oil Control Clarifying Beauty Balm Un-Tinted with SPF30 -- 2 fl oz
Mixed feelings about this product
I bought this just to see if it would mattify my usually oily skin. It did. The problem is that this is not a BB cream, this is a somewhat mattifying sunscreen. There is no way to look natural with this thing on. That is where the Andalou Brightening BB Cream comes in because it is so orange that it works on top of the white face you get with the item I am reviewing. Except after you apply the Brightening BB Cream, you are back to square one: oily skin. Anyway, If you have a little bit of a matifying foundation you can slather on after putting on this BB cream, you will be fine. But on its own, forget it... Unless a zombie-white face is what you are after.
January 25, 2015
Holy Grail Product
I have been using this for over a year now.
I have been searching for an oil control moisturizer with an SPF, that is all natural that doesn't break me out and for a decent price; and let me tell you it very tough. What I had been doing it using the Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean moisturizer (which is also a very good product for oily/combination/acne-prone skin) and adding in a sunscreen. Which worked well, but it really wasn't' what I wanted. This is leaps and bounds better.
This is just an absolutely wonderful texture. Helped balance my skin so well! It hydrated but it never went oily or sticky. Keeps me matte throughout the day, but not dead looking or to dry. It also sits very well under makeup.
A high SPF (which I love) without the white residue.(On a side note: it does initially come out white due to the zinc oxide which is the SPF content. The trick with zinc oxide is to not just slap it on. You have to blend it in with your fingers and the heat of your hands will literally melt it into the skin. The white will disappear. Don't be scared of it. ) I have also taken photos with this on and it doesn't have a flash back.
This also helped with the clarity, tone and texture of my skin SO much. Which also means it hasn't broken me out. I was reading up on Zinc Oxide and through my research I started using this both morning and night. I actually don't have to buy a separate night cream anymore. Which makes this a steal. =) Zinc is great for acne, plus the other ingredients make it even better. (Another side note: If you have issues with SPF breaking you, try a zinc oxide instead of a titanium dioxide SPF.)
It has a glorious citrus scent... It basically does everything it says on the packaging. I can't say enough fantastic things and I could keep going with the swooning over this product but Ill spare you. I really highly recommend it. I just wish it came in a bigger size.
September 20, 2014
Great for oily skin!
I have combination skin, oily in my t zone and dry areas elsewhere. This beauty balm is the perfect combination of moisture and oil control. I wear it daily under my make up and I feel it helps prolong the wear of my make up. Great moisturizer for the summer.
July 5, 2014
Tried after reading about product on EWG; has great ratings for sun protection. Texture is great, not too thick or too drippy. Absorbs quickly - like it alone or under makeup. No breakouts :)
May 26, 2014
not a BB cream
This may be a great sunscreen, I can't tell yet. But it is a sunscreen, there is no way this can be worn daily as a moisturizer. It is very thick, it doesn't rub in, and it certainly isn't "mattifying". It left a film on my face just like sunscreen, and it looked shiny/oily.
I keep looking for a daily moisturizer with a higher SPF with physical sunblock. I can't wear the chemical sunscreens, and want something higher than the 15 or so usually found. I really wished this was it.
April 21, 2014