DDF Mattifying Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 15

Please excuse my incredibly uncreative title but due to impending finals and papers, I want to be succinct as possible. I recently purchased the Sephora Sun Safety Kit which you can see in THIS post and I wanted to try out each product separately to get a good idea of how I feel about each one. I chose to start off my SPF escapade with the DDF Mattifying Moisturizer because it has a relatively low SPF and is has the earliest expiration date out of the package. On a side note, I really appreciate that everything in the Sephora kit was labeled with the expiration date so there is no second guessing involved. SPF 15 is generally decent for me during the winter and most of the spring since I spend a lot of my time indoors and there is not too much sunlight. When I am outside more often in the summer, I will opt for a higher SPF.

The DDF sample comes with .05 oz of product which is a little less than what a full sized tube contains. Ironically, this product is not available on Sephora's website but you can purchase it from Nordstrom for $42 for a 1.7 oz. tube. It is definitely a higher end moisturizer and I figure a full sized tube can last you about three months with daily usage. 

This is what the cream looks like out of the tube and it is about how much I use to cover my entire face in the morning. The moisturizer is light and easy to blend into the skin. I can not detect a scent when I try to smell the product on my finger but as I apply it to my face I get the faintest whiff of sunscreen. This is not bad at all because the smell dissipates quickly. After applying, my normally combination oily skin feels moisturized but not heavy. After a few minutes my face feels like I have nothing on it at all which is good because I do not like heavy moisturizers or sunscreens. Although this claims to be mattifying, my skin does show spots of shine throughout the day but nothing too bad. I would not say that this helps keep my oil at bay but at the same time it does not contribute to the oiliness that some sunscreens may. After using this for about a week, I have not had any negative reactions to this so I would recommend this to people with acne prone skin. Of course, everyone is different so keep in mind that what works for me, may not work for you and vice versa.

I am pleased with this sample and glad that it was in the kit. I don't know if I would want to shell out $42 for a tube of this because it is a bit much. I have several more samples to try and I'm guessing they will last me until the end of the year so I don't have to make a decision anytime soon.


  1. I don't have much to say because I don't need oil control (I need the total opposite!) but good luck with finals and assessments! I am in the same boat, it is craaaap :(.

  2. School is super stressful and finding something to do for the summer is equally stressful :( I would think drier skin types would find the humid summer months to be better for their skin :) Ah, don't we all wish we just had normal skin ;)

  3. I wouldn't mind spending $40-$50 for a cream that I like and works for me. But anything over that, I would have a much higher expectation and will be hesitant.

  4. If I had a job I'd probably be willing to dish out big bucks for skincare. But as a student I don't have the money for that :(


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