Monday, April 28, 2008

Mark. Matte Chance Mattifying Lotion.

Is it true?
Could it be? can't be serious?!

(Well, for me, anyways...)
Ladies and gentlemen (?), meet Mark. Matte Chance Mattifying Lotion.

Where have you been all my life?

I was very excited to learn that one of my favorite brands, Mark., would be introducing a new skincare line (while they have had a skincare line before, I never got into it). Among some of the new products, would be a mattifying lotion. As described, with the power of sugar cane and pumpkin seed extract would keep my oilies at bay and make my face silky smooth. Well, most primers claim to do the same, what makes this one so different?

I decided to try it out. I received this last week and wore it for the first time last Friday. I applied it after I cleansed and swiped toner over my face. I forgot to take a picture of it, but the actual pump is pretty nifty. Under the lid, is basically a huge pump and all you do is push and the perfect amount of lotion is dispensed right in the center. All I needed was one pump. The smell is slightly sweet, not medicinal at all. I can definitely smell sugar, or vanilla. It's a good thing I love sweet smelling things, or else I would have been turned off immediately.

I spread the lotion over my skin, again, not using much, only what came out in the first pump, it was more than enough. I made sure to concentrate on the usual suspects of oilies: my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin (so, basically my whole face). The next thing I noticed, it didn't leave my fingers (or face) sticky. Another plus. I usually let my face dry to let primer/moisturizer "sink into" my skin before I put on my foundation, but before I knew it (not even a minute later), my skin was DRY. Completely. Dry. And my skin felt silky smooth. This made me swoon with amazement.

The next part was a total flub on my part. Since this was my first day wearing this, I decided to go ahead and put on the primer I had been using, Bare Escentuals Prime Time. Bad idea. I don't know if something in the Prime Time clashed with Matte Chance, but when I proceeded to apply my foundation (Benefit's You Rebel Lite), I noticed something had balled up. At this point I didn't know what product it was. I got off whatever balled-up product I could and was relieved that my skin had still felt matte and smooth underneath.

At work, my face is an oil slick. I think it may be the air (recycled air, being on the 21st floor). Anyways, I found a definite reduction on blotting time (by boss has gotten used to the sight of me blotting my face with Starbucks napkins). It wasn't until the next day (without using Prime Time) that I felt the difference. Aside from this stuff drying super fast, but my foundation stayed in place. I mean, really stayed in place. Even when using Prime Time I would have to be careful around my nose/cheek area, my foundation would still "slip". I did not have this problem with Matte Chance.

I guess the real test is to see how long this honeymoon lasts. I've been wearing this for the past 5 days and have had nothing but great results. My skin feels smooth and soft, my makeup looks flawless (Saturday, which is usually my no/low-makeup day, I just put on Matte Chance and some pressed powder and my skin looked surprisingly fresh and glowy), and my oilies have been cut by at least 50%, the same goes for blotting (I still need to blot but it isn't as much and the oil being picked up isn't as bad as it was). As far as breakouts or any other weird reactions, I haven't had any (then again my skin isn't sensitive at all). If you can score a sample from your local Avon/Mark representative- do it.

Matte Chance is available on Mark and Avon's site and through your local Avon/Mark representative and retails for $15.00 (1.7 FL oz).


Water, AS Alcohol 40-B, Ethylexyl Palmitate, Silica, Glycerin, Boron Nitride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Cucirbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Saccharum Offiicinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Rubus Fruiticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Lactoglobulin Sulfonate


Lara said...

Thanks for the great review! I am lemming this :)

Tanya Annette said...

You're welcome, Lara!

Katrina said...

It sounds amazing, I'd love to try it if only I wasn't so poor, lol.