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Mattifying Balm

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Mattifying Balm

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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.

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ULTAMattifying Balm
 
4.2

(based on 237 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (127)
  • Long lasting (118)
  • Easy to apply (116)
  • Versatile (37)
  • Easy to use (24)

Cons

  • Difficult to apply (40)
  • Flakes (36)
  • Messy (15)
  • Wears off easily (8)
  • Poor texture (6)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (168)
  • Daily use (114)
  • Normal skin (27)
  • Sensitive skin (27)
  • Special occasions (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (83), Classic style (61), Trendy style (25), Budget shopper (18), Brand buyer (14)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 30 minutes (18), 10 minutes (13), 1+ hour (3)

Reviewed by 237 customers

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5.0

Works great!

By LG

from Champaign, IL

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Good Value
  • Long Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

    I put this on under my makeup and keeps me shine free!

    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    4.0

    Will buy again :)

    By Ry's Mom

    from Oklahoma

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Good Value
    • Long Lasting

    Cons

    • Made in China

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Large pores on nose
    • Oily Skin

    Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

    This is great for concealing large pores! Almost 1/3 the price of major selling product and it does the trick.

    • Age:
    • 60+
     
    2.0

    Takes off makeup

    By Makeup review name

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Classic Style

    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult to Apply
      • Wears Off Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

        Tried patting this gently over my foundation and it took it right off. Maybe this would work as a primer but definitely doesn't work to mattify makeup

        • Age:
        • 18-29

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hands down, best oil controller for my oily skin!

        By Oily for life

        from Virginia

        About Me Natural Style

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Oily Skin

          Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

          This is absolutely amazing! I have struggled with oily skin my whole life (currently 44) and find this to work better than any primer or powder to keep shine away regardless of the foundation I'm using that day. I bought this on a whim one day and will be a loyal customer. The key is to swipe the sponge over the balm and then lightly pat in your oily areas. You need a very light coat...probably less than you think. If you cake it on you will see flakes. However, if you use it very lightly, you won't see a thing and it will control the oil!

          • Age:
          • 30-44

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I use this literally everyday even if I'm not wearing makeup

          By Sam

          from Utah

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Dry Skin

            Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

            I use this as a primer to help control the oils on my skin

            • Age:
            • 18-29

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Really like this product

            By Florida_Sunshine

            from Florida

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Value
            • Long Lasting
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult to Apply

            Best Uses

            • Oily Skin

            Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

            For the price, and "off brand" label, this product is really nice. I will purchase again. I'm in the south and I have very oily skin so in the summers my make up usually slides right off and shines through before lunch unless I'm using name brand quality products and I have to say this works just as well. Only reason it's 4 stars and not 5 is because this consistency is so thick and gelled, it's slightly hard to apply, but not anything that can't be dealt with.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing! I just purchased my 2nd one

            By kimanni411

            from Philadelphia

            Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

            Just as good as Mally Beauty!!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best thing ever!!

            By Jennifer

            from Fenton, Mo.

            About Me Trendy Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Oily Skin

              Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

              This is the best thing ever!! I have very oily skin and have struggled to keep my oil at bay and keep my make-up looking fresh even for a few hours. This product will now be a staple in my everyday make-up routine. It kept my makeup looking matte and fresh for over 12 hours. Ulta, you really knocked it out if the park with this one!!

              • Age:
              • 30-44

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Why haven't I tried this before?!

              By Red

              from Columbus Ohio

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Good Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Oily Skin
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Special Occasions

                Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

                After reading the reviews I figured out how to use this. Just gently pat the sponge on the product and gently pat onto face. I kept the small plastic insert to keep the balm in place in case it breaks like some reviews mentioned. I had no problem with use, but think I used it the way you're supposed to. No wiping, just gently dabs/Pat's. I have super sensitive acne prone skin and this didn't hurt or cause any problems, just less shiny forehead, nose and chin!!

                • Age:
                • 30-44

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Worked, but caused breakouts and blackheads

                By Em

                from OH

                Comments about ULTA Mattifying Balm:

                I used this all summer, and when used correctly (pat the sponge to the product, then the sponge on your face, wherever you get oily), it made my oily t-zone matte all day, which felt like a miracle. It worked better than any mattifying product I'd ever used before.

                But I started to notice something strange. The more I used it, the more blackheads and clogged pores I got. My nose, my chin - even places I usually don't get acne, like my upper lip. I stopped using it, but while I stopped getting more little bumps of clogged pores, they didn't go away. My skin isn't wonderful, but it isn't bad at all, and any acne only pops up for a day maybe once every three months, so something weird was happening.

                Fast-forward to January. All of those little clogged pores turned into huge zits, one after the other, sometimes as many as four at a time. Big, gross, throbbing zits no amount of makeup could hide, and it was miserable. The worst breakout of my life, times ten. My face basically purged itself, and while it's much better now, two months later, I now have post inflammatory hyperpigmentation that will take months to go away. Can't go out without concealer, and it's a pain.

                In short, yes, this achieves its purpose when used correctly, but beware if you have skin that's prone to clogged pores. There's a reason ULTA won't call it non-comedogenic.

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                • Q:

                  Where is the sponge located? Mine seems to be missing it.
                  Asked on 1/2/2018 by Jewels from US

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    The sponge is located inside the component, just underneath the product. If you have the product lid open, lightly place your finger on the side of the product pan and push upward. This will reveal the mirror & sponge.

                    Answered on 1/10/2018 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  Will this help my makeup last longer?
                  Asked on 7/1/2017 by Becca from California

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Yes, it does help to prolong the wear of your makeup. Enjoy! :-)

                    Answered on 7/11/2017 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  Can this be used to set undereye concealer instead of powder? I have dry skin and have tried almost EVERYTHING! From drugstore to high end powders and my under eyes always end up looking flaky/cakey.
                  Asked on 6/5/2017 by Ashley from undisclosed

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    We don't recommend applying it too close to the eye area to avoid irritation. We would suggest using the ULTA Eye Primer instead. Thanks for your question!

                    Answered on 6/6/2017 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  Can this be used near the eyes, to prevent mascara smearing?
                  Asked on 5/8/2017 by origprod from Southlake, TX

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    We don't recommend applying it too close to the eye area to avoid irritation.

                    Answered on 5/15/2017 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  I have dark skin; will this product leave a white cast on my face?
                  Asked on 1/21/2017 by kan

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    It sets to an invisible finish, so it is perfect for any and all skin tones! :-)

                    Answered on 1/23/2017 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • 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
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