Survey Says... February 17th, 2015

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  • Your skin type:
  • Best primer for eyeshadow?
  • Best primer for face?
  • Must-have product for your skin type?


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Julia Avatar

Your skin type: Normal/Combination
Best primer for eyeshadow? I usually use UD, but I haven’t tried many
Best primer for face? Idon’t use one since I don’t wear foundation, but I wonder if using it would help extend my powder’s wear…
Must-have product for your skin type? A good moisturizer for the dry parts, and blotting sheets for the oily parts!

Momo Avatar

♥ Your skin type:
• Very oily; acne prone
• Perspire a lot on my face
• Occasional dry patches

♥ Best primer for eyeshadow?
• Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original)
❝ I love this stuff! It always keeps my oily lids at bay, while allowing my eyeshadow to last all day. I have found that the Primer Potion in the bottle with the doe foot applicator worked a lot better than the Potion in the squeeze tube. ❞

♥ Best primer for face?
• Silicone base (1): Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
• Silicone base (2): Mirabella Prime for Face and Eyes
• Water base: Black Radiance “Complexion Perfection” Shine Control Primer (now called “True Complexion Shine Control Primer”)
• Heavy-duty oil control: Phillip’s Milk of Magnesia
❝ The MoM is an old-school face priming method [ONLY] for oily skin — and for those who perspire on their face — that should be used minimally and infrequently. Long term use of MoM can hurt your skin. When used properly, it does get the job done of controlling over-active sebaceous glands. When used improperly, you end up with cake face. Not pretty. ❞

♥ Must-have product for your skin type?
• Oil Mattifier
❝ Although I don’t necessarily need an oil mattifier during fall and winter, it is a must-have during spring and summer. My favorite is Peter Thomas Roth’s Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, but it’s bit pricey; therefore, my alternative is Mary Kay’s Oil Mattifier. ❞
• Powder Foundation
❝ My makeup routine is not complete without powder foundation — or powder anything, in fact. LOL. The best powder foundation for my very oily skin I have ever used is Make Up For Ever Duo Mat. I don’t know what’s in that stuff, but it is AMAZING! I have many powder foundations, but MUFEDM it’s the only formula that strong-arms ? ?my sebum. It’s just a pity that they don’t have a perfect shade match for my skin tone. 🙁 ❞
• Water-proof/Oil-proof Mascara
❝ There are a ton of water-proof mascaras out there and I have tried many of them. Most of them failed completely. The trouble is my oily lids and sensitive, watery eyes wreak havoc on my mascara. I can apply a coat, and within 10 minutes, I’m in the first stages of raccoon eyes. I thought I had no hope, until I came across Estée Lauder’s Sumptuous Bold Volume Mascara. It was my holy grail mascara for about 1 ½ years, but then MAC’s “Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash” and “Zoom Lash” mascaras stepped into my life. I don’t need anything else for my lashes. I’m all set! ? ❞

Momo Avatar

Hi, Joy.

LOL. I haven’t tried everything…
I want to… but unfortunately, my bank account has a limit. LOL

Yes, I have tried the Lancôme Dual Finish powders. Now that you’ve mentioned it, yeah, it’s not that bad. I have two of them, but I don’t use them all over my face. I bought them in darker shades for contouring. I’m currently using the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Powder Foundation; my second love. That’s a goooood foundation that so many people don’t realize exists. Everyone always talks about the liquid form. Have you tried the Estée Lauder DW powder?

Joy Avatar

Lol! I’m sure you’ve tried tons of love to! I’ve not tried it the Esteé Lauder DW anything. Shocking. Allergic to face products There are no colors pale enough for me. I used Lancôme when I was very tan awhile ago. Loved it. MUFE had no match. I’m guessing shade range is better with Esteé Lauder DW powder? You’re giving it love! 😀

Momo Avatar

Esteé Lauder’s shade range is quite large (just like Lancôme’s range). You may find something in there for you. You will probably be 1C1, 1N1, or 1W1.

Have you tried looking into brands that cater to fair/pale skin? Like Etude House, Koh Gen Do, Tony Moly, Illamasqua, etc? I think even Dolce and Gabbana has a good fair skin line.

Joy Avatar

Thanks Momo! You’re do knowledgable! All brands listed above are good but carry not fair enough for me. 🙁 They do have great lines but not light enough or my tone. I tried all 1s in EL even with allergy Hoping. So dark! I use the very lightest non pink shade SK-II Treatment Foundation Cream in 310 mixed with a Japanese white base. Very pale with cool yellow undertones is hard to match! I’d like to try Amani new maestro glow in 00 Friend commented to me I’d love it. 🙂 Very pale not a white mixer! ?NARS Siberia is 4 shades too dark. Pale girl struggles. I match walls. Closest color match I saw in states is Kevin Aucoin sensual Skin Enhancer SX-1. Not like formula though Can pull off mixing RCMA or MEHRON it’s just too much work. I keep in touch with my friend in Seoul who helps me out with SK-II and I live off that skincare by deluxe samples because I can afford that and they keep fresh unlike a giant jar. Etude, Tony Moly, Missha broke me out. 3 C E ? had light colors didn’t work either. Primers and highlighters match Lol! Great suggestions! Many pale fair women love those everyday. Thank you. 🙂 Powder: White, no color, Hourglass Ethereal ALP , Lightscapade MSF. My deepest tan made me a Clair 2. NC 12. Buff. ? Love me some Koh Gen Do mixed with White! 213 is a cool yellow olive blends well. 🙂 Really love the SK-II. I am Very sensitive it does not bother me. Blends well enough in a hurry w/o mixing so I’ve been loving that.

Momo Avatar

You’re welcome, Joy. I was actually going to mention the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Enhancer, as well; plus, two other brands called Lunasol and Kate Tokyo. You’re right about the mixing process for foundations, though. It could be too much work. It sounds as though you have a similar tone to YouTube’s Nikkie Tutorials (you’re probably lighter, since you have yellow undertones). Your struggle must be incredibly real since you also have to contend with finding something that won’t trigger your allergy. Since I have dark skin, my biggest problem is finding a foundation that has the appropriate amount of yellow in it. I often fall in between shades. A lot of dark foundations tend to run red or too orange. Most of the time, I end up settling for something that’s close to my skin tone, rather than a match. Well, it seems that you’ve found yourself a good variety of products that work to your liking. 🙂 I hope you get to try the Armani Maestro foundation and it becomes a perfect match. Armani is one of the few foundation brands I haven’t tried.

Joy Avatar

I’m East Asian and Russian. NikkieTutorials is fair. I’m PALE. The yellow undertones are cool yellow not warm yellow. It is rare. When SA as upscale department stores swear they have it and streak everything watching it all be 3-4 shades too dark I get “freak” looks. I’ve looked into most Asian brands. They’re very good. I worked with some when I had to Being part East Asian makes the yellow cool so I find pink or warm yellow or beige. I’m neither. Deeper skin tones like yours Your struggle make me wonder how long will it take for deeper skin and all possible undertones to be taken seriously with more than 1 option? I’m sorry you go through that. Everyone is not the same color. We should not need stage makeup. The lightest Kevin Aucoin SX 1 is too dark. By terry too dark. More problem for me is when I had acne I needed coverage Willing to spend whatever. No matches. They got mad! I’m customer! ? Possible there’s a bit of albinism in me. I am a few shades lighter than most albino skin matches. I went to their forums. They could use lightest and even darker than that. SK-II 310 was used on Edward in Twilight movies. Learning that SK-II makeup existed I called my friend in Seoul. Skincare is so nice to me why not keep safe I got lucky! 😀 You like I are both discriminated against forever. Part of my family married with children are all deep and trying to find matches affordable that work. It’s frustrating people are forgotten It’s sad too because we pay our hard earned money Nothing wrong with us. “No that color was made special for the Star Wars character *insert* (or something else. ) It’s not a natural skin color you’ll look too unnaturally white.” Honey that’s my Skin color match! “Well ok” and they laugh. Momo if our skin color is our main complaint we are lucky. Hopefully the shade range will continue growing so everyone can match their tones with skin color. I’m glad we have something that works. ❤️ Thank you for sharing. Very nice. Armani is good. Many shades depending on formula. If you ever try it I hope you find luck somewhere too!

chris Avatar

I have oily, mild acne-prone skin. I am also 48 so aging and acne scars are two of my concerns. I love a matte look and have used MAC Studio Fix and Lancome Dual Powder. I am currently using Cover Girl Queen Collection 3/1 Liquid Foundation. It lasts all day and looks flawless with the Cover Girl Pressed Powder. I find that BECCA’s primer works best for me. I know it is challenging finding the best color match for face/neck.

Momo Avatar

Oooo, I LOVE the CoverGirl Pressed Powder! It is a must-have in my handbag whenever I leave the house for a long period of time. I’ve not tried the Becca primer, but I always hear good things about it. I too go for a matte look, but during the chilly months, I like a touch of dewiness (semi-matte) to combat some if my occasional dryness. For that, I’ll use a cream product, like AJ Crimson’s Dual Skin Foundation or the Graftobian Glamour Creme.

chris Avatar

I bought AJ at the Make-up Show last year in NYC. I should pull that out for the remainder of the winter. I get so many compliments on the Cover Girl PP. Sometimes I wear it alone with a bit of concealer.

Joy Avatar

Your skin type: I have dry dehydrated skin.
Best primer for eyeshadow? UDPP but curious to try tom ford.
Best primer for face? Just the SK-II Celluination SPF works great but sometimes I add a tiny thin amount of SK-II Signs Control Base only in areas needed
Must-have product for your skin type? The entire SK-II line. LXP and RNA esp for winter! WATER!

Nancy T Avatar

Skin type: Combination, with a mix of fine lines becoming more noticeable, yet I still get breakouts in my T-zone.

Best primer for eyeshadow: WnW Fergie Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer hands down!

Best primer for face: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer! Or Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel, yes I’m 100% serious!

Must have product for your skin type: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster & also the Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil. These two products used in conjunction with a retinol like the one by PTR, equalize my combo skin. Reducing bumps and wrinkles all at once is quite a feat!

Anne Avatar

Your skin type: Dry, somewhat sensitive because of rosacea, though it’s been getting a bit oily in the T-Zone with some weird warmer weather here in Oregon.

Best primer for eyeshadow? The one I currently use is the UD Primer Potion, but I want to try the Nars one after I’ve used it up.

Best primer for face? The one I currently use is Benefits Porefessional, but I’m in the market for a new one once that finishes. Any recommendations would be appreciated!

Must-have product for your skin type? A good anti-redness serum. I currently switch between two from First Aid Beauty, but will probably stick with just their Hydrating one from the Ultra-Repair line once I finish up the anti-redness one unless I notice a big change when I stop using that one.

Megan Avatar

Your skin type: Combo to oily, acne prone
Best primer for eyeshadow? Urban Decay primer potion and sometimes I just use my Mac Pro longwear concealer left on the back of my hand. I want to try Nars when I run out.
Best primer for face? Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer
Must-have product for your skin type? My Clarisonic Mia 2

Gillian Avatar

Your skin type: Oily mostly. Sometimes dehydrated at the same time due to medication I take.

Best primer for eyeshadow? I find that a decent primer such as the Too Faced Shadow Insurance with a MAC Paint Pot over the top works really well on my oily lids. I switch up the primer whenever I need a new one but I stick with the Paint Pots as they’ve always worked well for me. I have lately been experimenting with the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colours too (Caviar is great for a dramatic, black, smokey eye) and they work really well too. ?

Best primer for face? My problem is that I’m searching for a primer that keeps me oil-free throughout my working hours, so from 8:30a.m. until 4:45p.m., and that’s just not going to happen! I’ve tried tonnes of primers and I honestly can’t say that anything has stood out. However, because I’m asking a lot from a face primer I end up dismissing them all. I can’t honestly tell you which of the ones I’ve used were the best overall. The ones that come to mind as being OK though (as in they didn’t make my oily skin worse) are the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer, the Laura Geller Spackle (original I think), the Illamasqua Hydra Veil (this hydrated but just the right amount) and the Rouge Bunny Rouge Mattifying Primer. Take from that what you will!

Must-have product for your skin type? I have medication and creams/gels for my acne but aside from that I need a really good serum. One that absorbs well, hydrates without exacerbating my oily skin and had plenty of benefits (sadly I’m at the age where I have to be contemplating using anti-aging products). ? I look for a lot from a serum because for the oilier areas of my face I use only a minimal amount of moisturiser (with no less than SPF30). The serum I always go back to is the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. It sinks in well and really improves the texture of skin. I’d definitely recommend it!

KJH Avatar

ANR is a total classic. You might want to check out Drunk Elephant on Sephora. Paula’s Choice has at least 4 formulas, including an anti acne anti aging formula. Good luck. You could read the reviews of various brands of serums on the Beautypedia section of Paula’s Choice, which would allow you to compare and contrast ingredients. And you can look up the relative merits of individual ingredients in the Ingredient Dictionary. P does tend to be overly positive about her own products, but all the info is research based. I have found the info invaluable.

Rachel R. Avatar

Your skin type: Oily to combination; very oily eyelids. Aging skin: It frequently changes from super-oily to oily to combination w/normal cheeks to combination w/dry cheeks. The fun of hormones. I have fine lines and sagging…and acne.

Best primer for eyeshadow? Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my HG primer. UD Primer Potion is a close second.

Best primer for face? Nyx Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer is the best oil-free one I’ve tried. I also really like BareMinerals Prime Time and e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer in Clear.

Must-have product for your skin type? Good skin care (I use NuSkin), oil-free sunscreen (I use Neutragena), and blotting papers.

Joy Avatar

Hi! Curious: Have you ever tried to hydrate the heck out of your face with quick absorb serums and essence? I once was oil with acne and learned more oil meant more dehydration and oil was creating a hydration layer of protection for my skin while my products only congested skin causing acne due to under-hydrating. If you are for real oily: your skin will stay young! I notice you use products with good ingredients very gentle. ?

Rachel R. Avatar

I have not tried any essences. I’ve never even heard of them, but I’ll research and give them a try. Thank you for the suggestion. I have sensitive skin and allergies to lots of botanicals, so I try to be careful with the skincare.

I have tried serums and oils, and that doesn’t seem to help or hurt the oil situation. (Though they have been great for my undereyes.) I’m 46, and perimenopausal, which makes my skin do all kinds of weird things. I think having the oily skin has kept away the deep wrinkles. My mother had the same type of skin and always looked young for her age.

Joy Avatar

Lucky oil skin youth! An essence is similar to toner. Watery but gets patted in after toner. Sephora has many. It softens skin while preparing skin for ultimate product absorption. Sometimes called lotions. Asian skincare has moved here now so even drugstores carry versions. Less expensive power packed ones can be ordered from Asia online like Secret Key, Missha, Tony Moly:they all make them. Here are a couple examples from Sephora that are not the very expensive facial treatment essence from SK-II. Check out this product at – CLINIQUE Even Better Essence Lotion for Combination Oily to Oily Skins – (null) Check out this product at – May Coop Raw Sauce – (null) If you try anything from anywhere with good results: Very good! Essences are very kind to sensitive skin made to go right in its easy skin changing. Ingredients: Look at them as you know what works for you and what to avoid. Hope finding these is good thing Rachel! 😀

Marieke Avatar

Skin type: oily and acne prone.
Eye primer: NARS pro prime smudgeproof.
Face primer: Soap&Glory One Heck Of A Blot primer.
Must-have: I need a good serum for my acne. A good moisturiser for hydration. And then the primer for EXCELLENT oil control! Don’t even consider powder a must-have anymore!

Claire L Avatar

Your skin type: Combination, currently dehydrated.
Best primer for eyeshadow? TheBalm’s Take the Lid Off eye primer. Does the job on my oily lids. I also have to use a waterproof mascara, my current favourites are Kiko Luxurious Lashes waterproof mascara and Max Factor Masterpiece waterproof mascara.
Best primer for face? Emma Hardie radiance primer or Laura Mercier radiance primer, they both hydrate my skin and don’t cause it to breakout.
Must-have product for your skin type? Pai rosemary and ricewater affinity tonic spray for oily/combination skin and Monu Marine Collagen cream for dry skin. They both deal with my skin concerns.

kellly Avatar

My skin type: slightly dry and sensitive
I’ve been using that new Maybelline Master Prime (shadow primer) in the frosted version. It works very well for me. It keeps my shadows put all day, even MAC, which tend to disappear on me after a few hours. The Maybelline primer keeps them in place.
I don’t use face primer or foundation.
Must have product – jojoba oil for my face and Eucerin lotions for my body.

Nicole Avatar

Skin type combo/dry
Best eye shadow primer: urban decay original
Best face primer: I like to mix Becca Backlight with Hourglass oil primer currently. That changes often. I really like Tom Ford’s too.
Must have product: I need lots of products for my skin. But I recently took the leap to prescription retin A. It’s low dose 0.25% . But, I’m so glad I finally did it.

Vanessa V Avatar

Your skin type: Normal to Dry in some areas
Best primer for eyeshadow? I’m a Mac Paint Pot type of girl. I really like Layin’ Low evens out my eyelids without making them too light like Soft Ochre or Painterly can do. UD PP is good too
Best primer for face? I received a sample of MAC Prep and prime primer which I really liked! I’m also a fan of Benefit Porefessional. And I’ve been using Maybelline master prime in the green tint for some time now as well.
Must-have product for your skin type? Josie Maran Argan Oil!

Ti Avatar

Your skin type: Oily/combination, and acne-prone
Best primer for eyeshadow? NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base
Best primer for face? MUFE Mattifying if I really need to be matte, but most days I go for equal parts of Hourglass’ Mineral Veil + Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
Must-have product for your skin type? Makeup-wise, the primers listed above. Skin care is more important, in my opinion, so I must have a good moisturizer to keep my skin balanced. Not shying away from moisturizer is what keeps my skin acting more “normal” than “oily.” I also have to have retinol to keep my breakouts at bay.

KJH Avatar

Type: aging, formerly ver oily. Psoriasis on lids…so dry, too.
Primer: UD or TFSI. Nars was a no go.
Face: Hourglass, but I seldom use face primer, after all the other glop I put on before it.
Required: Paula’s S-LDWD (TM) and FAB triple duty. The first is sheer with mineral sunscreen and the latter has corrector properties. If I wear those and nothing else, it’s kind of MFBB, truly no make up look, and they are not too warm, truly neutral, and protective.

Jasmine Avatar

Your skin type: combo
Best primer for eyeshadow? Smashbox 24 hr photofinish eye primer
Best primer for face? Dr Brandt Pores no more for tzone, Mac prep and prime for the rest of my face
Must-have product for your skin type? Clarisonic and Josie Maran Argan oil

Kat Avatar

Your skin type: dry-combo, acne prone, VERY sensitive, very prone to redness
Best primer for eyeshadow? I’m a fan of the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly since it conceals as well as primes, but I also like the UD Primer Potion a whole lot.
Best primer for face? I’ve gone through 3 or 4 tubes of Too Faced Primed and Poreless! I’m almost out of the TF primer and I think I might try the MUFE Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer next, I’ve heard it’s even better. I also have the MUFE primer in Redness Correcting for when my redness is out of control.
Must-have product for your skin type? I’ve been using the REN Evercalm Redness Serum, and I’m still not 100% sold but I think it’s helped to actually reduce my skin’s sensitivity! I’m not getting red as easily, and my redness is going away more quickly.

Meghan Avatar

Your skin type: oily
Best primer for eyeshadow? UD Primer Potion
Best primer for face? Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
Must-have product for your skin type? A good nightly facial oil, like Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and finding your preferred base/ foundation 🙂

CJ Avatar

Skin type: Oily/combination

Eye primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Face primer: I have yet to find one that keeps me matte more than a few hours. Recently I spray Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray before foundation and blend while the spray is still wet. I then use a finishing powder. Which leads to my next one…

Must-have makeup product for your skin type: Boscia blotting papers. I keep them everywhere and use them all day.

Laura Avatar

Skin type: Oily/Dehydrated (and climate is usually humid…so gross)
Eyeshadow primer: WnW Fergie + Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (I mainly use loose indie shadows)
Face primer: Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner or Rimmel Stay Matte
Must have products: Oil-absorbing powder (I prefer those that have a lot of silica and/or rice powder), blotting sheets, powder highlighter. My main goal is always controlling shine and keeping my products from disappearing throughout the day.

Melissa Avatar

Best primer for eyeshadow: UD original eye primer potion of course! Although I am curious about the Nars one now…

Best primer I’ve tried: I have acne prone skin so I used Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Primer for Acne-prone skin. Ladies, this does NOT clog your pores and cause breakouts, but it takes a while for your face to absorb it. However the downside is it expires after 6 months haha. Once that finished I splurged on the hourglass mineral veil and I’m impressed. Didn’t cause me to breakout either, but makes my face a little white!

Must have product: Face wash for acne-prone skin. Night cream for acne, anything to prevent breakouts!!

Helena Avatar

Skin type: Dry

Best primer for eyeshadow?: Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

Best primer for face?: Smashbox Photo Finnish Hydrating Primer

Must-have product for your skin type?: The Smashbox primer mentioned above!

chris Avatar

Mild breakout, oily and sensitive
Best primer for eyeshadow? Urban Decay
Best primer for face? BECCA
Must-have product for your skin type?
Proactiv+ Cleanser, Cleansing Bar,
Clinique Eye Cream, L’Oreal Eye Balm,
Nuetrogena Water Gel Moisturizer and Retinol Nightime Lotion
Olay Face Oil (night)

Mallory Avatar

Your skin type: Dry
Best primer for eyeshadow: I still think I prefer a combination of UD with MAC paint pot but am liking the NARS/MAC paint pot combo so far. No matter what I always have to use the paint pot.
Best primer for face: Hourglass No. 28 primer serum
Must-have product for your skin type: a good, not too abrasive exfoliator for all the dry patches and moisturizer

Fran Avatar

Your skin type: combination normal/oily/dehydrated under eyes; sensitive; rosacea; aging
Best primer for eyeshadow? NARS Eye Paint in Porto Venere
Best primer for face? in summer, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer; in winter, Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum
Must-have product for your skin type? for rosacea, BHA- and zinc-oxide containing products without any irritants added; for aging, retinol- and antioxidant-containing products, also without irritants; for combo normal/oily, I’d just like to say that oily skin is lucky, because it doesn’t show signs of aging as quickly, so be gentle with it 🙂

Jennifae Avatar

Your skin type: Normal (sometimes dry) cheeks but a bit oily in the T-Zone and eyelids.
Best primer for eyeshadow? Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Best primer for face? Benefit POREfessional
Must-have product for your skin type? A gentle cleanser to prevent dryness on the cheeks followed by a good moisturizer (only over drier areas).

Savannah Avatar

Skin type: oily (now), extremely dry (previously, due to Accutane), always pretty sensitive

Eye primer: NARS is by far the best I’ve used for any lids, but especially oily.

Face primer: for oily skin, Becca Mattifying primer is ridiculously good. Mineral Veil by Hourglass is also exceptional for pretty much any skin type, it’s just stupid expensive so it’s difficult to justify.

Must-have holy grail type product: setting powder, Tarte Smooth Operator loose setting powder specifically. Absorbs oil better than any other setting powder I’ve ever used, presumably from the clay in its formula base.

Emilie Avatar

Skin Type: Oily/Combination
Best Primer for Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden
Best Primer for Face: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (seriously, this stuff is gold! totally changed my life)
Must-Have Product for My Skin Type: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Treatement (because I’m oily I tend to get acne and this stuff really helps keep my skin clear and fresh looking)

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