I used L'Occitane Ultra Matte Face Fluid yesterday to see how well it would work on my skin. For the most part my skin is normal/combo but the T-Zone is where I show shine; especially my nose. This product is designed to make the skin matte instantly and keep it matte for up to 8 hours.
This is a fluid, the texture being somewhere between a serum and lotion. It is light and delicate and spreads very easily. The scent is absolutely wonderful, fresh, clean and light.
However, it did not provide the matte effect I was expecting. It left my nose shiny and seemed to make fine lines appear far more prominent. It was as if it settled into the fine lines like a powder would. My skin felt extremely velvety soft and that is always a bonus. Perhaps this is more mattifying if used in conjunction with the cleanser and toner, but alone, I didn't find it made my skin truly matte.
In my opinion, skin that is matte often times looks older. A more dewy, glowy almost shiny finish seems to give skin the appearance of youth and actually seems to minimize the look of fine lines. Keeping skin hydrated makes it look plumper, less lined and more youthful.
This is a great product, and as with other L'Occitane products this one smells awesome. I tend to think it is better suited for someone who is only slightly oily and not someone who may have more dry, mature skin or excessively oily skin.
A 1 ounce bottle is $26.00 and available at the L'Occitane website and boutiques and Sephora.
Ingredients: Water**, Glycerin**, Dicaprylyl Carbonate**, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cyclomethicone, Red Rice Vinegar*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Oryza Sativa (Rice)**, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder**, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil**, Butylene Glycol, Maltodextrin**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Sorbitan Stearate**, Ethylhexylglycerin, Zinc Glycyrrhetinate, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract**, Cetearyl Glucoside**, Zinc Pca, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose**, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60**, Laureth-7**, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate**, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene**, Coumarin. *Ingredients issued from Organic Agriculture. **Natural origin ingredients.