Oily skin can be such a bummer. It’s so easy to be down on it – you’re prone to breakouts, you have unwanted shine, some makeup can cake up and make you look like Tammy Faye, etc etc. I honestly never thought I’d still be dealing with all that at my age, but there are actually a few benefits to having oily skin. I know, it sounds made up, but it’s true. Here are a few that I can think of off of the top of my head:

  1. as a general rule, people with oily skin tend to have softer skin everywhere
  2. you don’t have to worry about being ashy or flaky
  3. sebum contains Vitamin E which is a powerful anti-oxidant and protectant against aging
  4. oily skin tends to hide wrinkles and fine lines
  5. word on the street is that oily skin doesn’t have as many “liver spots” or sun damage spots

And while all that is great, we still need ways to control the oil production, as no one wants an oil slick on your face. I have two major weapons in my fight to control sebum: blotting papers and good quality makeup primers.

CoverGirl’s truMAGIC Skin Perfector is my current favorite primer. It comes in a compact form with a latex sponge, so it’s thin and easy to carry around. And it’s also a multi-tasker – you can use it both as a primer and to mattify your face during the day. A few quick swipes on your oily spots makes them totally vanish.

truMAGIC is available in shades, as well, and while I haven’t tried them, I would imagine that they would make a great makeup substitute on those days when you just aren’t feeling it. The light to medium shade is called The Sunkisser and the darker shade is called The Luminizer. I will probably purchase The Sunkisser truMAGIC Skin Perfector to use as a bronzer in the summer – most bronzers have a little too much sheen for us oily skinned folks.

At about $10.50, it’s much cheaper than other similar products out there and works just as well. I’d say this is a solid dupe for Evercolor Poreless Face Defender by Mally Beauty, which retails for about $40.

Pick up truMAGIC Skin Perfector at Drugstore.com.

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