Rated 3.51 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Best Daytime Lotion for Oily Skin
As a person with quite oily skin, who is also acne prone, it has been a journey finding the right day time moisturizer that would still work under my makeup. But this is by far the best day time lotion I've yet to use. Oily skin types need moisture too, if not just as much to balance out the oil production.
I apply after toning and wait until it is completely absorbed into my skin before I apply my makeup. But make sure you shake up the bottle so that it comes out evenly everytime and not just watery. It evens out my texture, and almost rubberizes the surface which, for me, doubles as a foundation primer. Not only is my skin being nourished, but it's taken the place of another step in my skin care/ face routine. That's right, I apply my foundation right over it and it doesn't cause it to break up at all. So rare for any moisturizer.
I've used the Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer and it caused my foundation to break up and made me look even more greasy after a few hours. (Not cute) I don't know how this moisturizer does it, but it also keeps me semi-matte for atleast a few hours. Definitely an addition to my "holy grail" products. You did it again, Mario.
Most Helpful Critical Review What a Hypocrite, Says for Oily Skin but CAUSES Oily Skin!
I was recommended this Mario brand by a Ultra Skincare expert. I picked out this moisturizer because it claimed to be for "Oily Skin" & i was having trouble with my pores again due to hormonal acne & oil build up from bacteria. It claims "Soothing Botanical & healing seaweed make this oil free, ideal for acne, sensitive & oil free" Which is all of me. "Controls irritation, provides natural protection against oil loss". Here's the kicker, it made my entire face greasy, causing my face to produce more oil which then made my what was then a small amount of blackheads & pore size into a colony of blackheads with broken pores. I now have blackheads on my forehead where i've never in my 14 years of battling acne had before. The moisturizer is the same texture as sunscreen & doesn't absorb well at all. You can accidentally apply too much without knowing it. With other moisturizers you can apply a great deal of product & nothing bad happens. With this even the slightest amount can leave your skin feeling heavy in only a couple of hours with white streaks. Since i have acne, this product surprisingly doesn't moisturize my acne dry patches. I only wear my acne cream at night so i have this product on in the day & night & both times my face will have dry spots. It's honestly confusing when you see massive oil build up but then dry patches around my chin and mouth. My skin feels gross, heavy even under makeup. If you're wondering about my skin it's Moderate/Severe Hormonal Acne, I'm 24 years old, Combo, Sensitive, oily, dry skin & i've been battling acne for 14 years of my life. The positive note is that my whiteheads are gone but dark spots plus the blackheads forming plus the open pore size has aged my face so much that i started crying when only a month ago my face was healthier than average. Only reason i stuck with this product for a month+ & used it daily was because products tend to take awhile before seeing results. This is a Big Fail in the Mario line. Don't buy!
Reviewed by 101 customers Not What I Expected
Beautiful in the 239 from SW Florida
I had this product in my favorites to try based on the description and the mixed reviews. I'm from Florida, but while in Ohio, ran out of another moisturizer I use that Ulta was out of in stores and online. I decided I'll give this a try. I want to believe maybe the cooler weather in Ohio but it would leave a white film that I had to keep trying to rub in as I'm brown skinned and then once out my face seemed tight dry. It did keep my oily shine at bay but I wonder at what cost to drain my skin of some moisture. I returned it once I got back home.
This is the second Mario Badescu product to not work so possibly just not for me.
Nicole from Maryland
It has a very heavy, thick texture and did not control my oiliness. Also, the bottle gets clogged.
Best for Oily Skin
Kim from PA
I have Very oily skin and this works great. I've been using it about 3 months. My make up goes on awesome and I don't get oily. I'm hoping it stays this way during the summer.
Best makeup primer
Hokees from Panorama City
I didn't originally purchase this with the intent to use it as a primer but one day I put my foundation over it and WOW! I'm matte all day. You don't understand how oily my skin is. I'm a greasy mess within an hour of makeup application but this stuff keeps me matte until I wash my face. I'll be buying this for life.
Cindy from Riverside
I loved how this made my skin feel.
I give it a thumbs up👍
Kate D from Texas
I have dry skin and the Mario Badescu made my skin feel smoother and softer. Ignoring the name I would not recommend this product for people with oily skin, and most of the unsatisfied customers had oily skin and it did not work for their skin type, but if you have a more dry skin type Mario Badescu moisturizer is the product for you!
I would not buy this product again.
Ruben from LA
I typically only used this product after I washed my face in the morning. After put it on it dried super fast and left my face feeling sticky. It did not feel good and made me oily within 2 hours. I also think this product made me breakout and get cystic acne which I NEVER had before...
Ehh I've had better
Tom from Anchorage Alaska
I tried this and it does moisturize to a small extent, but takes at least 5 minutes to absorb. It leaves my skin tacky. I feel like it traps my skin so no more moisture can go on or in my skin, it's like wearing an invisible mask.
Best spf moisturizer
Han from Minneapolis, MN
I have tried a lot of moisturizers and want ones with spf and this is the only one that does not leave my face feeling sticky and weird after applying. I LOVE this and will continue to buy it forever. It makes my skin feel so soft and is very hydrating. I have super oily skin and this is amazing for it
rn4u from Los Angeles, CA
Not a fan... Made my skin feel more oily...
I would not recommend for oily face
Avi from Los Angeles
I have very oily face and this product did not help
Mattifying and Hydrating
Lindsay from Georgia
I have very oily skin (especially in the summer) and could not find a moisturizer that didn't make my skin feel sticky or more greasy after putting it on. This moisturizer is the only one I've found that absorbs fast and hydrates, but makes my skin feel matte. I only use about half a dime size, so I think it will last a long time too.
Love having a face lotion that works finally.
Bookcrazy from Simpsonville, SC
I've always had oily skin. I've never been able to find face moisturizer that doesn't make my skin even more oily until now.
Makes your face sticky
Madisone from Chicago IL
The smell is great, but it is so sticky. This stuff never sets into my skin, my skin stays sticky all day long. It made my skin feel more greasy than it already is.
Emiliana Rose from Maryland
A few months ago my skin started to become very sensitive to my old moisturizer, so I went to my local Ulta and one of the employee's recommended the "Mario Badescu: Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin". This moisturizer set very well with my sensitive, combination type skin, although it did leave my skin a tad bit dry. I also liked that it had a milk-like smell as opposed to a chemical scent. Overall, I would absolutely recommend it, but if you do buy this moisturizer then don't forget to shake the bottle for a while before squeezing the product out or it'll come out as a watery liquid.
Small bottle lasts forever!
jill in ak from anchorage
Great for oily skin!
Meg from Celebration, FL
I use this product every morning and before going to bed, it keeps my skin moisturized without leaving it oily.
Nvee from Phoenix
Still oily after being applied.
Chris from Oak Forest, IL
It does exactly what it's supposed to do.
Shannon from Lancaster, Pa
Best moisturizer I have EVER used!!
Bri from Ohio
I use it everyday and a little goes a long way. I dont mind spending this much to on a lotion because its the only one ive tried that doesnt leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy. I wad a drugstore lotion type of person but this works so well. Also this product doesnt seem to be fragranced, i dont mind that either.
Worked at first...
bhow803 from South Carolina.
Unfortunately this was a bust for me. Worked for the first week of use, then stopped. Disappointed.
Not a fan
Rachel from Dallas, TX
I love most of Mario Badescu, especially their acne products, but this moisturizer just doesn't do it for me. I have extremely oily/acne prone skin due to hormonal imbalance, this didn't do anything to keep it at bay, felt really sticky, and would not sink into my skin at all
Great for oily skin!
Kelley from Tampa, FL
I have oily/sensitive skin so this is great for both. And still works well under my makeup.
Artsyjen from Dallas
Doesn't smell bad but it just kinda sits on top of your skin and doesn't absorb. Felt greasy and made my skin a bit irritated (but to be fair my skin is super sensitive). Not a fan.