I'm a bit shiny in my t-zone area. My skin is combination, so I'm not super shiny, but I'm most definitely shiny. I carry around those little papers to take away oil (my favorite are the ones from Clean & Clear), I have lots of extra pressed powder in each purse, and I've had varied results with mattifying products from lines like Clarins and OC Eight.
Personally, I want to have a more matte t-zone, but I don't want to achieve this by putting on layer after layer of a gel that cakes on my face. I want matte but I don't want to feel the reason why my face is matte.
So, while in theory pretty much all powders should help to make your face more matte and control oil. But, I'm not so sure that that's always the case. So, I found it interesting that J. Lynne has gone to the trouble of actually labeling a powder as matte. I thought perhaps this powder would be more matte. So, I had to try it out!
It really IS more matte. It works for an incredibly long time. I can't tell that it is on my skin. Truly, it is a shiny girl's dream come true!
This is really a translucent powder that comes in a few shades. I have tried using it under mineral makeup in place of primer (as J. Lynne suggests), which does not change my foundation application at all. I've also used it over regular foundation as a regular "all over" powder and I've also used it in just my t-zone over other powders. It blends easily and looks natural on my skin.
I've found that it really keeps my shiny skin matte all day long. I wore it just on my t-zone recently for one of my marathon 30 hour shifts at work. When I finally had a chance to go and lie down for the night (at 1 am) my face was still perfectly matte. I had applied the powder at about 6 am! This was with a little dusting over my t-zone!
So, forget all those internet rumors of putting Milk of Magnesia on your face. (Really, the rumor is out there, personally I'm too afraid to actually try this option.) I think this is the solution that really works. So, I'm adding this powder to my Holy Grail product list!
J Lynne Cosmetics Mineral Matte Priming Powder