Review: Nina Ricci T Zone Fresh Finish Mattifier

Quite a few months ago, I reviewed The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (you can read it here), and since that one ran out a really long time ago I found this product in TK Maxx and figured it would be a reasonable experiment and potential replacement. I bought this for £2.99 and originally retails for £9.99 at full price. This is an awesome bargain if you ask me, and I do love bargains.

As the name suggests, it is designed to be used on the t-zone, where many people tend to have oily areas, and is designed to create an “instant fresh feel” for “clear and velvety looking skin”.

The product itself is a watery gel, and a little goes a long way. Just a small pea sized amount is enough to spread over the nose, chin and forehead. When spread over the skin it certainly helps provide a “fresh” feeling, but sometimes it has caused me minor irritation as well. My guess is that it’s the denatured alcohol that causes my skin to react badly.

On the skin, it absorbs very quickly, usually within a minute, which is great if you’re in a rush to get ready. I would use this almost everyday during the summer, but in the past few months I haven’t used it because it’s been too cold and dry to justify needing it for my skin. However, now that spring is approaching, I can see myself using this up soon, so I wanted to review this for you guys before I use it up. When it is used as part of my skin care routine, it helps mattify my skin for a couple of hours longer than if I didn’t use it, which is very useful at keeping my face clear when I’m studying or at work.

Overall, this is a nice product to use. The price when I found it in TK Maxx is brilliant, although I haven’t seen the product in-store since I bought it. However, it does mattify the skin although sometimes at the price of minor irritation on my skin. However, this isn’t consistent so I continue to use it anyway. Do I prefer this over the Tea Tree Minimiser from The Body Shop? No, I would definitely go back to my previous pore treatment, but I don’t regret testing this product out.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and if you have any thoughts, questions, or suggestions, I would love to read them.


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