Sunday, 29 September 2013

Review: Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Mattifying Moisturiser

The Super Facialist range is one that I discovered a few months thanks to the wonderful world of blogging! Super Facialist was started by Una Brennan, an accomplished facialist and skincare specialist based here in the UK, in order to offer an accessible and affordable skincare range containing natural extracts, high performance ingredients and exquisite aromas. There are currently four ranges available; Rose (hydrate), Tea Flower (deep clean), Neroli (firming) and Vitamin C (brighten).

I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, one that a few months ago was just getting so oily in the day, I was in real despair with my skin. So I decided to try out the Mattifying Moisturiser from the Tea Flower range after reading some positive reviews from other bloggers, including Pampered Prince. It costs £12.99 for a 75ml tube.

Super Facialist say, "Rebalance skin prone to oiliness and breakouts with this must-have mattifying moisturiser. Salicylic Acid blends with an anti sebum complex derived from a trio of watercress, horsetail and nettle extracts to help mattify and balance skin and reduce the appearance of pores. Elderflower delivers added hydration to leave skin moisturised, clearer and healthier looking."

I really like the formula of the Mattifying Moisturiser. It has a medium consistency but doesn't feel heavy or greasy when applied and absorbs quickly. It has quite a strong natural fragrance, but this doesn't bother me really. In terms of mattifying, it definitely makes an improvement and makes my t-zone significantly less oily, but it's not a miracle worker and I do still need to use shine absorbing sheets or a dusting of powder. Unfortunately the Mattifying Moisturiser is a little drying for my normal to dry cheeks, so I use this only on my t-zone and use a separate, more hydrating one on my cheeks. I have also found that when my oiliness goes back to "normal", the Mattifying Moisturiser is a little too much.

I really like the fact that this moisturiser contains salicylic acid, which is great for breakouts. I don't think that it has particularly reduced my breakouts, but it seems to keep existing ones in check and prevents them getting worse. I have also noticed a slight reduction in the appearance of my pores once applied. 

The Verdict
In summary, the Mattifying Moisturiser is ideal for extra oily skin. I think it is a great product for the price; the 75ml tube should last me for ages. It's a shame I can't use this all over my face or use it all the time, but I think it's expected for my skin type. I would re-purchase and I would quite like to try their Tea Flower Pure Purifying Clay Mask from the same range.

The Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Mattifying Moisturiser is available to purchase from Boots here.

What's your favourite moisturiser for oily skin? Have you tried anything from the Super Facialist range?

Beauty Bird xx



  1. I didn't even realise you could get a moisturiser like this! I also have an oily T-Zone, I'd prefer to see a dramatic improvement because using blotting paper is such a chore.

    Tara xo

    1. My favourite blotting sheets have been discontinued so I'm just blotting with powder, but I prefer the sheets. Yeah it didn't completely mattify my skin xx

  2. I am yet to discover this brand but I have liked the sound of everything I have read x

    Beautyqueenuk xx

    1. I have the Rose Hydrate Mask now as well and it's lovely xx

  3. I might try getting this to use just on my chin. The rest of my face is dry but my chin does like to get oily. It usually waits until I put makeup on then goes into oil production overdrive and my makeup slides off within a couple of hours x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    1. I hate it when your skin does that! Mine seems to have calmed down now the weather is cooler but I'd love to have "normal" skin xx


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