Does This Really Work: Oil Blocking Powder

If you were to check the cabinet where I keep all of my makeup products you would probably find more than a dozen powders claiming to be mattifiers. I've tried them all, but never managed to find one that actually controls my oily T-zone.

Since I’m not one to give up easily, I figured I’d give it another shot with Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder ($9, drugstores). I tried the loose powder, but it also comes in a pressed version. I dusted it all over my face in the morning, paying special attention to my nose and forehead, where the shine tends to creep up mid-day. The powder looks beige in the packaging, but it went on nice and sheer. Some powders leave a yucky ashy look on my skin, but this one didn’t. It goes on light, which means it doesn’t look cakey. It didn’t clog my pores, either.

The satisfaction came when I looked at myself in the mirror for my afternoon touchup and my skin looked flawless—no shine or dry patches in site. I’ve added this trusty powder to my beauty regimen, but the real test will come in the hot summer months when my oil glands are on overdrive. I’ll keep you posted!