Yardley Oatmeal mattifying foundation review

Yardley have a new foundation on the shelves; Yardley Oatmeal Mattifying foundation, R64,95.

Available in six shades, the foundation ranges from uber-pale Oatmeal to super deep Caramel.

It’s suited to an oily or combination skin type as it’s oil-free and makes use of a blackhead-busting complex called AC.NET. I did a little googling and found out that AC.NET is a combination of nordihydroguaiaretic (NDGA) and oleanolic acid. The former is a fab antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that can exfoliate your skin while the latter does a good job of helping to control your skin’s oil production. 

I was given Sand and Caramel to play with: 

Sand on the left and Caramel on the right.

Sand can best be compared to a MAC NC25. I wore it yesterday and thought its texture was almost more like a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. I liked how it glided across my face and blended like a dream. Still, like most tinted moisturisers, the coverage is very light, so if you’re wanting to cover up some monster zit you’re still going to have to break out the concealer.

In regards to controlling oil it definitely didn’t aggravate my oily section in the least but I still had to break out my beloved MAC Blot powder here and there as the day wore on, but admittedly much less than usual.

If you’ve got oily to combination skin and are looking for a good tinted moisturiser, this is a goodie. I must also point out that I think the price point is fabulous! Also, as the coverage is so light and a breeze to blend, you can easily go up a shade than what you’d usually wear to help add a little colour to a pale winter-y complexion.

Love, love


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