skip to main content
ULTA
  • Home
  • / Makeup
  • / Face
  • / Shine Control
  • / Mattifying Balm
ULTA Mattifying Balm

ULTA

Mattifying Balm

Item #: 2294672 Size: 0.28 oz

Buy 2, get 2 FREE! Add 4 items to qualify!

Ask a Question
Ulta's Mattifying Balm is an oil-control mattifying primer that can be applied before or after makeup application to eliminate shine for a long wear, flawless look. This balm provides a matte finish to set makeup and can be used for touch-ups throughout the day. It minimizes the look of pores, eliminates shine, and gives the skin a silky, smooth finish. This purse-friendly compact includes a built in sponge so you can take it with you wherever you go.

Benefits:
  • Can be used before or after application of makeup
  • Paraben free, fragrance free, gluten free, oil free and sulfate free
  • Mirror and sponge included for on-the-go use
Using the included sponge, dab product gently over makeup. For best results, be sure to dab and not wipe, so as not to smudge your makeup.

Step 1: Swirl the sponge in the balm

Step 2: To absorb oil and eliminate shine, gently pat the formula as needed

Step 3: If applying after makeup application, do not rub in. This can remove your makeup.
Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane.

Details+

How to Use+

Ingredients+

Reviews

Product Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
ULTAMattifying Balm
 
4.2

(based on 98 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (50)
  • Long lasting (33)
  • Easy to apply (32)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Effective (24)

Cons

  • Flakes (10)
  • Difficult to apply (7)
  • Poor texture (6)
  • Complicated to use (5)
  • Not effective (5)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (63)
  • Daily use (53)
  • On-the-go (17)
  • Women (13)
  • Normal skin (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (25), Budget shopper (18), Classic style (15), Brand buyer (14), Trendy style (8)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 30 minutes (18), 10 minutes (13), 1+ hour (3)

Reviewed by 98 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
4.0

Would definitely buy again!

By Syd

from Cedar Hill, MO

About Me Trendy Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Long Lasting

Cons

  • Flakes

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Normal Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Special Occasions

Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

I really like the smooth, matte finish I get after using this product! While after a few hours my face still feels a little greasy, it does not look greasy! Personally I love this stuff, I will definitely buy this again!

  • Age:
  • 18-29

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Oily skin must

By Meg

from Toledo, Oh

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Works well

Cons

  • Difficult to Apply
  • Flakes

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Oily Skin

Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

Although this product really breaks up and is flakey is does what it is supposed to do. Although a little weird to apply due to the weird consistency, I only applied it once over my makeup in the morning and did not have to touch up my skin. I have such oily skin which is very noticeable and this product is a real lifesaver.

  • Age:
  • 18-29

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy grail for oil skin

By dawnsharks

from Livermore, CA

About Me Classic Style

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Good Value
  • Long Lasting

Cons

  • Flakes

Best Uses

  • Daily Use
  • Oily Skin

Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

I have tried so many mattifying primers, treatments, makeups, etc. I tried them all, and still always found myself with an oily T-zone just a couple of hours after makeup application. I tried treatments under and over my makeup and was giving up. I bought this on a whim at an Ulta store and wow - holy grail underrated product! After all of my makeup is on, I swipe the sponge applicator it comes with over the balm and then tap off any flakes. I then dab and press on top of all of my other makeup (foundation and powder) lightly. It makes pores look smaller better than any other pore treatment I have tried. And oil stays away for hours - no break through at all until much later in the day. I am so happy with this product. Now I just use a regular primer, foundation and powder with this dabbed on top. No more separate pore or mattifying treatments!

  • Age:
  • 30-44
 
5.0

Holy Grail for anyone with oily skin!!!!

By VNess

from West Valley, UT

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Good Value
  • Long Lasting
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Oily Skin

    Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

    I have extremely oily skin and I could NEVER find a primer that would take that away. My makeup slipped off like nothing within two hours. It was horrible! Thanks to this, I can literally go my entire work day without blotting and my face looks so natural! If I do need to blot I just dab a bit on problem areas and it's gone!

    • Age:
    • 18-29

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I WILL BE A REPEAT BUYER FOR LIFE!

    By Beth the greasy

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Trendy Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Oily Skin

        Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

        I was very skeptical of this product. Was unsure based on the reviews how to even use it, let alone if it would help. I consider myself a straight-up greasy person. I blot at least a dozen times a day and that's rarely enough. I go to the bathroom at my boyfriend's just to blot my face. I'm not even kidding, the first time I used this, and I went 'to the bathroom' my jaw dropped...NO NEED TO BLOT....all night that went on! It is a bit tricky to apply (i use the applicator, dab it in the pot, then push it onto my face after foundation, before powder) but once on, you're good to go. I will buy this over, and over, and over again! PLEASE don't ever discontinue this product.

        • Age:
        • 30-44

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is AMAZING!

        By ShaSha

        from Salisbury, NC

        About Me Classic Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Good Value
        • Long Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Oily Skin
          • Use with or without makeup.

          Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

          I tried this product for the first time while in Florida on vacation, I was amazed how well it worked to keep my face from looking shiny or oily! I have since used it with and without makeup and it still works great,,,,,
          This is AMAZING, thank you Ulta!!!

          • Age:
          • 60+

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love at first sight

          By CharlotteTheWonder

          from Las Vegas, NV

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Good Value
          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Oily Skin
            • Special Occasions

            Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

            I have an oily face. I had come to terms that with the fact I have to constantly dab the oil off my face on a daily basis. Then one day I came and found this item. I was skeptical at first but there was no harm trying. I put it on and it made my skin feel soooo soft. Throughout the day I had gone to the bathroom for my daily dabing ritual and there was nothing to dab! This product lasted me ALL DAY It was a miracle! I've been using this everyday since and I'm never going back!

            • Age:
            • 18-29

            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not a good product. Too dry. Does not go on well

            By Harley Quinn

            from Austin Texas

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult to Apply
              • Flakes
              • Wears Off Easily

              Best Uses

              • Normal Skin
              • Oily Skin

              Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

              Would not buy product again

              • Age:
              • 30-44

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              really works

              By dawnsharks

              from Livermore CA

              Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

              I dab this on my nose and cheeks after all my other makeup and powder is applied. trick is to dab it lightly and not rub your makeup off. really works for me. keeps me matte for hours. works better than any mattifying primer I have used.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              love it!!!

              By HF in OKC

              from Oklahoma City

              Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

              I read abthis on Bautylish and decided to try it. So glad I did. I put this on over my primer but under my foundation, just hitting my oily press. And iit has made my makeup stand up to 100+ degree weather. If ice been really hot, sometimes I'll touch it up during the day, but for the most part, my makeup looks exactly the same when I take it off as when I put it on. This stuff is brilliant!

              Displaying reviews 1-10

              Back to top

              Previous | Next »

              Q&A

              Product Q&A

              Do you have questions about this product?

              Get answers from in-house experts.

              10 Questions | 10 Answers
              Displaying questions 1-10
              • Q:

                Does this cause flashback at all?
                Asked on 8/12/2016 by Sonya from Missouri

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  ULTA Mattifying Balm performs beautifully in flash photography. :-)

                  Answered on 8/15/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                Is this product non comedogenic?
                Asked on 8/9/2016 by Heha from Portland, Oregon

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  It has not been dermatologically tested for comedones; however, it does not contain any commonly known comedogenic ingredients such as mineral oil. We recommend it for all skin types including acne-prone skin.

                  Answered on 8/17/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                Can you use this as a setting powder for concealer?
                Asked on 7/20/2016 by catxoox

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  Certainly! :-)

                  Answered on 7/27/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                I do not like makeup but want a less shiny face. Can the ulta mattifying balm be used without makeup? Just over moisturizer?
                Asked on 6/16/2016 by jen

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  Yes, you can certainly use it as a skin mattifier without makeup!

                  Answered on 6/21/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                Do I use this in addition too or in replacement of the Ulta Matte Primer?
                Asked on 5/7/2016 by Cara from New England

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  You can use both primers in conjunction with one another. Use the Matte Primer first, prior to makeup application and then use the Mattifying Balm at the end to finish the look. The Mattifying Balm can be used under or over your makeup!

                  Answered on 5/17/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                I use Urban Decay de-slick powder compact to set my foundation due to my insanely oily skin. I believe the UD compact has rice powder to control oil. Is this comparable to the de slick powder?
                Asked on 4/11/2016 by Lauren from Indiana

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  ULTA Mattifying Balm does not contain rice powder, but it is a wonderful option for those battling excess oil. It minimizes the look of pores, eliminates shine, and gives the skin a silky, smooth finish. Enjoy! :-)

                  Answered on 4/19/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                should you use this product before moisturizer or after?
                Asked on 3/3/2016 by tnotchi from Columbia

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  Use after moisturizer & makeup application. Using the included sponge, dab product gently over makeup. For best results, be sure to dab and not wipe, so as not to smudge your makeup.

                  Step 1: Swirl the sponge in the balm

                  Step 2: To absorb oil and eliminate shine, gently pat the formula as needed

                  Step 3: If applying after makeup application, do not rub in. This can remove your makeup.

                  Answered on 3/7/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                When do you apply the product?
                How do you apply the product?
                Can you apply over your make up for touch ups and when doing so, do you just dab places that need it?
                Asked on 3/2/2016 by Queenb from Austin, TX

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  These usage directions are included within the product description.

                  Using the included sponge, dab product gently over makeup. For best results, be sure to dab and not wipe, so as not to smudge your makeup.

                  Step 1: Swirl the sponge in the balm

                  Step 2: To absorb oil and eliminate shine, gently pat the formula as needed

                  Step 3: If applying after makeup application, do not rub in. This can remove your makeup.

                  You can apply it all over or in problem areas - it's totally up to you!

                  Answered on 3/7/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                How exactly should this product be used? Before the application of foundation? Throughout the day as oily sheen becomes visible?
                Asked on 3/1/2016 by sarahbelle from West Monroe, La, USA

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  Using the included sponge, dab product gently over makeup. For best results, be sure to dab and not wipe, so as not to smudge your makeup.

                  Step 1: Swirl the sponge in the balm

                  Step 2: To absorb oil and eliminate shine, gently pat the formula as needed

                  Step 3: If applying after makeup application, do not rub in. This can remove your makeup.

                  Answered on 3/7/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              • Q:

                Can this product be used to mattify lipsticks or is this just a skin mattifier?
                Asked on 2/22/2016 by Zita from US

                1 answer

                • Staff Expert

                  A:

                  We recommend the ULTA Mattifying Balm to be used as just a skin mattifier, not for lips.

                  Answered on 2/29/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
              Displaying questions 1-10

              Do you have a question about this product?