La Mer The Moisturizing Matte Lotion
Harnessing the healing powers of the sea, this oil-absorbing lotion by La Mer contains the brand's legendary Miracle Broth™ healing elixir to bring dull skin back to life, while minimising pores to give you a fresh, matte complexion.
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Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb
This dreamy moisturiser is extremely light, has a delicate citrus fragrance and hydrates the skin while controlling oil to give you a soft, matte finish. Its key ingredient is the ultra-soothing willowherb, which helps to visibly reduce pores and improve skin texture. Simple and satisfying, this product has become part of my skincare holy grail, and I can't imagine getting through Hong Kong summers without it.
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Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream
Go on, say it quickly five times. But in all seriousness, this product is far less complex than its tongue-twister name. Free from what Drunk Elephant considers the ‘Suspicious 6’ (drying alcohols, silicones, SLS, chemical screens, essential oils and fragrances/dyes), this gentle moisturiser is packed with amino acids and signal peptides to keep your skin radiant, shine-free and supple. Pro tip: I keep this in the fridge for an extra cooling step in my skincare routine.
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Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturiser
This lightweight formula by Tata Harper is made with 40 high-performance ingredients that work together to clarify the surface layers of the skin, tighten pores and control excess oil so you can live your best shine-free life. As is the case with all Tata Harper products, it's organic, non-toxic and made on its farm in Vermont, free from GMO, fillers, harmful chemicals and artificial colours and fragrances. The brand has also ditched plastic for its signature green and gold glass packaging.
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Tatcha The Water Cream
Housed in pretty packaging, The Water Cream by Tatcha is packed with equally pretty ingredients like Japanese wild rose and leopard lily to give your skin a healthy-looking, youthful radiance and a shine-free glow. No wonder it's beloved by makeup artists and beauty vloggers all over the globe.
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Grown Alchemist Matte Balancing Moisturiser
Aussie skincare brand Grown Alchemist has gained a cult following for its all-natural products and shelfie-friendly apothecary style packaging. One of its OG products, the Matte Balancing Moisturiser is delightfully lightweight, delicately scented and leaves your skin matte and balanced without drying it out. Ingredients include acai berries rich in fatty acids, Omega's 3, 6, and 9, phytosterols, and vitamin C for antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
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Shiseido Waso Quick Matte Moisturizer
Formulated with antioxidant-rich loquat leaf cells, this Quick Matte Moisturiser keeps the skin's oil levels balanced for a good 24-hours and draws on the power of botanicals to protect skin from external stressors. With a refreshing gel-like consistency, this clever formula includes a sebum-absorbing powder to smooths skin while reducing shine to maintain a matte look.
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