Does It Work: Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector


“When I hear somebody sigh that life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, ‘compared to what?'” 

-Sydney J. Harris


Hello my lovelies!




I’m almost positive that I talked about reviewing this product on my Instagram about a month ago, and I am finally here to do it. If any of you read my last review on the new Revlon foundation, you know that was a bit of a flop for me. Hopefully, this product will deliver on its promises, as I am a huge fan of Murad’s acne fighting products.



Water (Aqua), Polysilicone-11, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, Montmorillonite, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Punica Granatum Extract, Tocopherol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Silica, Polydextrose, Dextrin, Amylopectin, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-12, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Red 40 (CI 16035)

What I notice immediately are Silicone and Glycerin. The former is used to smooth and protect the skin surface, but can clog pores for some. Glycerin is used to help products stick to the skin, but can cause an allergic reaction for some. For reference, I want to note that I often have sensitivities to Glycerin, depending on how much is used.

Murad’s website also points out the following ingredients used in this product specifically:

  1. Soft-Focus Mattifying Spheres
  2. Pomegranate Extract
  3. French Green Clay Extract
  4. Marshmallow Powder

For more information on what these individual ingredients do, check out the info-graphic for the product here.



This product claims to absorb the skin’s oil and create a beautiful matte finish. The soft focus spheres minimize pores and perfect skin, and the marshmallow powder provides a softness to the skin. The applicator sets your makeup without disturbing it.


How To Use:

You can apply this product either before makeup as a primer, or after makeup for touch ups.

  1. Press the applicator into the liquid lightly.
  2. Pat the applicator onto the skin, concentrating on oily areas of the face.
  3. DO NOT over-saturate the applicator.
  4. Flip the applicator for extended usage.
  5. The applicator can be washed with mild soap and water.


My Results:



Before application


After application with no powder touch up


After application with powder touch up


Would I Recommend It:

Overall, I really enjoyed this product. I found it easy to use and it gave me the results I was led to expect. I was incredibly pleased with how much oil this product took away and how soft my skin still looked.

While this product claims to not disturb makeup, I do have to disagree slightly, but I’m not going to take off points for it. No matter what blotting technique I use, some of my makeup will come off. This has everything to do with how oily I am, and not the papers, powders, or liquids in this case. I know this about my skin, and I accept it, so I always carry a powder compact with me to cover any spots that may have rubbed off, namely my chin. If you are as oily as me or oilier, be aware of this and do what you need to do. This product does NOT smear any makeup or create major patchiness in my experience.

One other thing that turns me off slightly is the applicator. Realistically, I would need to wash it every day in order to not brew bacteria, but let’s be real, I’m not going to do that. So far, I haven’t had any issues in that department, but if that’s something that concerns you, and you happen to be as lazy as I am, consider it carefully.

I would absolutely recommend this product, especially if you are on the moderate to very oily side. This blotting liquid clearly did its job, and helped my makeup last another four hours, which is HUGE for me. It felt soothing, dried down completely, and I would go so far as to claim my makeup looked recently applied after usage. Murad’s site mentioned using this product as a primer, and I now feel inclined to experiment with that, after successfully using it as a blotting liquid.


That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have an absolutely amazing start to your week.


Stay beautiful!



Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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