Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer Review

Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer ($65.00) recently became part of the Kate Somerville product line after customer demand for a moisturizer that worked well on combination and oily skin. This particular moisturizer is aimed towards those with sensitive, combination-to-oily skin; something that doesn’t aggravate existing acne, too.


  • Moisturizer (duhhh!)
  • Enhances skin smoothness and reduces fine surface lines
  • Improves skin firmness and elasticity
  • Increases cell turnover
  • Helps control and absorb sebum to give you oil-free skin

How-to: Use as part of the AM and/or PM routine by applying a thin layer over clean skin (face/neck).  If using a serum, layer on top of the serum.

Key Ingredients: Pepha-Tight (skin tightener, anti-wrinkle, firming, toning, moisturizing properties); Red Marine Algae (APT) (cell turnover, firmness, elasticity, smoothness, reduces fine lines); Sepilift (firmness, stimulation of collagen)

Those are some fancy schmancy ingredients! Find out what I liked (or what I didn’t!) about this moisturizer…

I’ve always heard great things about Kate Somerville products from those who have had the luxury of visiting her clinic in Los Angeles. Of course, constant raves always raise my curiosity level in a brand/product, so when I heard this was coming out, I had to try it. My skin is pretty much “normal,” with a little bit of oiliness towards the very end of the day on my forehead, but it’s not enough that I’d probably even say I’m combination skin. However, in the warmer months, I do feel oilier than usual, so using a moisturizer that’s designed to control it? Not a bad idea!

When I’ve used Oil Free Moisturizer in the AM, I don’t notice that oiliness at the end of the day. It’s just not there. My skin doesn’t feel parched or dry, either, it just feels… well, normal! That’s a huge plus for me. One of the reasons I often can’t wait to remove my makeup for the day is that slight feeling of oiliness (which makes me feel grimey/dirty), and now you won’t see me rushing to the sink to wipe the day away.

For those who are interested in the packaging, it comes in an airless jar, which means there is a pump mechanism that pushes out a pea-sized amount of product (just enough to moisturize the face). I find I do two pumps, so I can cover my face and neck. Also, the product is scentless as far as I can tell. There’s definitely no perfume-y scent – it just smells like lotion? at the most. But my hunch is it’s fragrance-free.

Ultimately, it’s a lightweight moisturizer that’s perfect for year-round usage, especially for those with combination or oily skin. I’m happy I tried it!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  Exceptionally good at keeping skin hydrated without feeling heavy or greasy — just wish it was a little more affordable and had SPF.

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10 thoughts on “Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer Gets Rid of Afternoon Oil Spills!

  1. MizfitMilly

    How much product do you get?

  2. Mz Nes


    So, overall… Would you recommend this product? I’m thinking of purchasing it & using the 15% discount at Sephora. :)

    & I’m wondering how the pump looks like? I thought this was a jar. But I like how there’s a pump so I’m not just scooping the product out with my fingers.

    • Yes, I definitely would! It’s a jar. When you open it up, there’s a plastic piece that covers the jar opening and it has a small hole. When you press it down, it pumps out a pea-sized amount :)

  3. Miriam

    I just bought it, It’s a jar with a pump on top – its nice. right, you are not scooping out product.

  4. Nadine

    I would love to read your reviews of ExfoliKate and EradiKate (which you said you picked up during Sephora F&F) because I’d like to know whether to take advantage of the upcoming 30% off sale at “For four days only (November 27-30), take 30% off your purchase at Use promo code KATE2009 at checkout.”

  5. Perri

    I have this- it is wonderful!