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Rimmel Cool Matte Mousse 16 Hr Foundation

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Brand: Boots / Powders / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Mousse / Oil free: yes

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      07.12.2012 18:09
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      Ok but it didn't blend in well

      After trying mousse eye shadow for the first time, I saw this mousse foundation and had to give it a try, after all what was the worst that could happen.

      The pot is quite non descript really, a plastic screw top lid with the details on it and a glass small see through pot full of Mousse foundation that last 16 hours!! It comes in many different shades to accommodate all types of skin colour. On first look at this product it looked ok; it was supposed to give off a matte finish which I was looking forward to. I have dry skin areas on my 'T' zone so exfoliated and moisturised before applying the mousse. I wasn't sure what to use to apply this with, a brush, sponge or fingers but opted for a sponge applicator. For those of you who have read my reviews before, you will be aware that although I hate eye makeup sponge applicators, the sponge shapes are actually ok for applying liquid foundation.

      Using a triangle shaped sponge, I gently dabbed it into the mousse and started to apply it in my face, smoothing it around it was very creamy and even though I had not applied that much foundation to my face, I did have to rub for a long time to get it to blend and look right. I had a tendency to streak a bit and I spent a long time making sure it had covered properly. It was quite thick and I didn't really like the overall feeling of this foundation. It felt a little to mask like and after using a couple of times, I did find my 'T' zone a lot drier than it normally is. I paid £3.99 for this and although that's not the end of the world, it did cover bags and red blotches very well. I haven't stopped using it totally, it is more used as a concealer though than a foundation as a little coverage on certain areas is fine, I didn't like having it all over my face.

      I do not know if it lasted 16 hours or not as I didn't have this on my face that long.

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      18.02.2011 16:03
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      4/10

      At first, my conclusion was that this foundation was an absolute nightmare. I have combination skin (my T Zone is pretty dry and the rest is pretty oily, awful I know!) so I definitely need a foundation that will compensate for the oiliness without drying the rest of my face out and I've only found this to happen from using MAC products..

      My friend works at Boots, she brought this home and tried it on me - the result was absolutely disastrous! The mousse feels really soft and light, yet caked up around my eyebrows and nose (bare in mind my friend does make up at Boots and knows how to apply it) so I wasn't really happy with it whatsoever.

      It comes in a pretty attractive glass tub with a twisty lid which opens easily enough. To apply it, just put a little bit on your finger and blend like your life's dependent on it as it dries really fast and you could be left with streaks if you don't get it all blended in.

      You get a tub of 18ml for around £4 from Superdrug, Boots, etc and it comes in a range of different shades to suit everyone.

      However, as the consistency is pretty thick - before a drunken night out I decided to apply just a little bit of this mousse just under my eyes to disguise the dark circles and it worked a treat to be honest so I've used it on the odd occasion for a bit of a thicker coverage than my normal concealer gives. It does last the whole night so the 16 hour claim does appear to be real.

      So I think that if you have nothing at all wrong with your skin and basically want a more even tone (or just as a heavier concealer) this mousse does the job for you.. If you have any other needs then stay well clear!

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        13.05.2010 11:36
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        If you can find a good colour match this would be great

        I bought this after playing with all of the testers in Superdrug;This was the only 'ivory' shade was light enough for my very fair skin (out of the 5 different Rimmel foundations all of the ivory shades were different. Annoying, I really want to try the Recover anti-fatigue foundation).

        Next day I put it on; the product is actually a little darker then the tester.


        Once blended, COOL MATTE MOUSSE colour is an OK match for my skin. It's the blending that's tricky. The problem is that this dries so quickly, careful speed is needed. Once you've got the hand of blending it in, the results are a natural looking medium coverage (it can provide full coverage with layering, but for me the colour would be to dark).

        As this dries quickly, COOL MATTE MOUSSE is transfer resistant, a plus. It is long lasting; I doubt it'll last for the advertised 16 hours, but I'm not an up-all-night party animal, so that's OK. It lasts as long as I need it to.

        Another positive; this is the first mousse foundation I've used that hasn't accentuated the dry patches on my face. I'd felt as though I'd been missing out in the past, as everyone raved about mousse foundations.


        This foundation comes in a clear glass jar & costs £4.99.



        Overall this is a good product to use on days I want an all-day lasting colour, with a little more coverage then my usual foundations give.
        I won't re-buy it though, due to the somewhat iffy colour match I can't get the coverage I sometimes want to have.

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          13.05.2010 11:05
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          Used properly, this foundation will be your friend :)

          I bought this foundation because I found it in savers for about £3 and having used a mousse foundation before I thought this one would be just as good.

          However, I found that when I applied it to my skin it seemed to have quite a watery consitency and wasn't so good as a cover-up. It really didn't have the "moussey" qualities as I expected. Also when I put powder over it, (as I always do whichever foundation I use) the powder stuck to it reallyt badly and made my face look like turkish delight.

          On the other hand, this foundation is absolutely perfect for when you just want a thin, light covering on a summers day rather than a heavier, liquid foundation that would be just melted off halfway through the day.

          This product definately has it's pro's and con's but overall I'd say, don't try and use it as a cover-up, it's more effective when used as a tinted moisturiser.

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            07.04.2010 15:36
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            If you've got dry skin, step away immediately!

            When this foundation came out a few years ago, I was fascinated by it. I'd only ever used liquid foundation in tubes before and then I saw this. It was foundation, but it was...in a pot? And it wasn't liquid? I'm forever on the hunt for the perfect foundation, and foundations always make me shiny so I have to wear powder over the top, so a matte foundation seemed ideal. So I played with a tester for a little bit and I loved the way it felt, but I was poor so I decided to stick to my Miss Sporty foundation.

            A week or two later, Superdrug had a promotion on - they had two or three quid off Cool Matte Mousse. My best friend and I went and looked again, felt it some more and decided to buy it. We were happy with our purchases.

            The foundation comes in a little transparent glass tub with a black lid. It's pretty plain - the black lid has light blue detailing on it and the text is in light blue and silver. It just says what it is and claims that it'll last for 16 hours and there'll be no transfer. There's 18ml of foundation in the pot. I do find that you usually get less in pots than you do in tubes and that was the case here.

            When I first used it, I was thrilled. The foundation was thick and creamy and...well, yes, it felt like a chocolate mousse. I applied it with my fingers and it felt lovely on my skin - even though the foundation itself is thick, it didn't look or feel thick or heavy on my skin. It felt amazing. It was really easy to blend in and had pretty good coverage - the coverage was much better than most liquid foundations I've used. My skin felt really soft and looked great. It was matte enough for me to not have to use a powder over the top, as well.

            Did it last for 16 hours? No, I don't think it did, although I never really checked. If it did, I'm sure I would have remembered, though! It was pretty good at not transferring, though - it didn't come off on people's clothing when I hugged them and it didn't wipe off when I touched my face.

            Then, after a week or two, the problems started. My skin is pretty dry, although it wasn't anywhere near as dry then as it is now - back then it was just on the dry side of average. But this foundation really seemed to suck the moisture out of it, and when I put the foundation on it would cling to the dry patches and start flaking. It still felt nice on the areas that weren't so dry, but when I looked in the mirror, the foundation was flaking there too. It was really unattractive, so I had to retire it. It wasn't just my skin drying out - the foundation seemed to be drying out inside the tub as well, even though I always put the lid on properly and had only had it for a few weeks.

            It's a shame, because I really liked how nice it made my skin look and feel at first, but the dry, flaky look was even worse than the not-wearing-any-foundation look!

            If this is actually still on the market (I can't find it on the Superdrug or Boots websites) and you don't suffer from dry skin, I'd recommend giving this a shot anyway, because it really does feel lovely and sort out those shiny skin problems and I think I might just have been unlucky with it drying out in the pot because my friend didn't have that issue. If you've got dry skin, though, steer clear because it will not help.

            I'm not sure how much it's retailing for now, if it's still around, because I can't find it, but when I bought it on offer it was £3.99, I think. I'm glad I bought it for those couple of weeks where it looked lovely, but I'm also glad I didn't pay full price for it!

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              15.07.2009 00:54
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              A bargain is only a bargain if the product is of good quality.

              I'm afraid it is time for a moan. I do like to give an honest fair opinion of products, and I will happily list the good and the bad. This product was - can I say rubbish?! - I'd better not. It was not very good.

              I really like Rimmel as a brand - great for everyday wear make up and it doesn't break the bank. So I bought this in a 3 for 2 offer and like a fool without trying it I bought two pots of foundation... retailing at around £6 a pot I can honestly say what a waste of money.

              I have tried it three times and the pots still sit in my make up box! I know I should throw them away but I just don't yet have the heart to!

              It comes in a decievingly thick glass container and only holds 18ml. When you open it you twist to break a seal and there is a plastic cover to prevent the mouse from messing the lid.

              You have to use loads and it is akward to load onto an applicator. It seems to slide over your skin and not ever find a place to stop! I applied it and waited and then massaged it in a bit. I then used a powder to fix it in place, a powder I use regularly - Rimmel brand. Initially it looked fine.

              I was going to the airport with my partner to visit my parents. When we arrived I did the obligatory make up check before leaving the car. My face was flaking!!! All clumped and horrible. My partner is one of those rare finds where he is never mean about how I look but doesn't entertain the 'yes dear, you look fine' approach to the 'do I look ok?' question. I asked could he notice and he said he could.

              I had to buy a new foundation at the airport and totally reapply. Not to mention the embarrasment of looking like something from a horror movie until I got to Boots then the loos!!

              In the nature of fairness I gave it another go, I know my face can sometimes give my foundation problems if I am flushed or rushed. I have tried it twice since, once after a face mask and both times the result has been similar. Luckily both times I haven't left the house before it becomes apparent!

              It just isn't a product for me, and I wish I hadn't accidentally opened the second pot.

              To finish on a positive, this is the one and only Rimmel product I have ever had such a problem with and it hasn't put me off their brand.

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                26.06.2009 21:46
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                I like my skin to feel pleasant even when made up. This did not help

                I had heard about these foundation mousse's and I thought I would give the Rimmel version a try. The theory is the mousse is supposed to be porous and allow the skin to breathe while giving flawless smooth cover.

                It comes in a 90g glass tub with a black plastic lid with a Rimmel sticker on top and on the bottom. It retails for about 6.00 (5.86 at Boots.com).

                I usually use the second fairest shade of foundations for most brands, but I tested these in the shop on the back of my hand and felt that the palest shade was definitely the best on my skin (there are five shades).

                The texture reminds me of a thick mosturiser but when I applied this I felt it was really really thick and sticky. It gave my skin a really warm waxy feeling - if I touched my face I felt it was tacky - like weak sticky tape.

                It does make your skin matte, and very dry looking. I don't actually know how long this lasts as I wanted to take the foundation off in well under 16 hours. This was for the reasons above and also because I found this really difficult to blend in to my skin with a brush, fingers or sponge. It surprisingly looked too dark and however well I tried to do it, I ended up with dark patches on my skin. - It looked like a germ!!!


                Also posted on CIAO under LIZS383

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                15.06.2009 03:52
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                rimmels worst foundation. very hard to use!

                I bought this as I couldn't find my usual one I use so though i might aswell give it a go. I found it to be very uneven and made my face look almost dirty. It didn't spread evenly, not even with a foundation brush. It was also quite 'sticky' and when i went to seal it with a powder my face looked very dirty and I had to re-do my makeup with just a tined moisturiser. I gave the foundation to my sister thinking she might be able to get on with it but she also said it was very hard to spread and made her face feel sticky. I ended up throwing it away and never using it again. I think this is by far one of rimmels worst foundation. I've tried alot of rimmel foundations and have never come across one as bad as this. The one good thing I would say about the product is that the colour was perfect for my skintone. Its just a shame that its a terrible foundation!

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                16.05.2009 17:14
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                Awful makeup not as good as other mousse brands

                I bought this as I did not have enough money for my usual foundation and I needed it that day and it was £5.86 from boots. After previously using different mousse foundations I thought this would be a good foundation but how wrong was I.

                I had a job interview that afternoon so therefore really needed it I went to the toilets to put it on. I was in a hurry and the lighting was not good so I put it on and then had to rush to the interview. The makeup felt very sticky as I was putting it on and then my face felt sticky after putting it on. When I got to the interview I was waiting in the waiting room and when I glanced towards a mirror I realised it was all uneven. I had realised it was not the best makeup whilst putting it on but it was not just missed areas it was just clumps of colour every so often and had not rubbed in properly. Plus my face still very sticky and my hair was sticking to it.

                After unscrewing the top lid there was another lid to keep the makeup fresh which I thought was good as it would not dry out. The makeup itself smells bad unlike other foundations and I could smell it when it was on my face.

                The foundation claims to last for 16 hours and that it does not tranfer. However the foundation was gone by about 4 hours and did transfer which I did not think was very good. I understand that makeup like foundation and lipstick never last as long as it says but 4 hours was not good.

                I think that this is an awful foundation mainly because of the stickyness and that it was completely uneven. I know how to apply foundation and have used many different foundation but this is by far the worst I have ever used.

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                  27.04.2009 16:23
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                  Not the best, but also not the worst

                  I bought this at the weekend but have only just around to trying it out today. I was tempted by the fact that this is a mousse foundation as I often have problems blending liquid foundation, and have never really got to grips with mineral foundations yet.

                  ***Application***
                  The mousse was easy to apply and I could blend it easily using my fingers so I didn't bother using anything else. It did seem to dry quite quickly after being applied so you can't spend too long on the blending. As soon as I opened the pot, I could smell the foundation. This was not an unpleasant smell though.

                  ***Coverage and Finish***
                  The finish was good, but I was not overly impressed with the coverage. It did not cover any of my spots and a few large pores were still visible around my nose.

                  ***Price***
                  I bought my pot from Boots, where it set me back £5.86. I doubt that I will be doing so again seeing as it did not give a great coverage.

                  ***Do I Recommend It?***
                  If you do not any large blemishes or open pores, this will probably work fine for you. It gives a professional looking finish but you need to blend it quite quickly after applying it as the mousse dries within a minute or two of application. Once it is on your skin, it seems to last for a good few hours although I am not sure if it really does last for the 16 hours that it claims to as I did not leave it on for this long. All in all, it is a decent enough foundation but for me, it is not worth the price tag based on my experience of using it.

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                  21.12.2008 20:25
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                  With a little pratice, helps create an excellent 'face base'

                  As you may or may not have seen from my review of the Rimmel 'hide the blemish' concealer, i am a big fan of Rimmel products for doing your 'face base' of your make up. Whilst the other products are reasonable, i really like the combination of this foundation with the hide the blemish, and this is for why...

                  The packaging
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                  The pot is nice and looks much more expensive than it is. With a clear, solid glass curved base and a thick black plastic lid. The lid has the standard Rimmel logo in blue with 'cool matte' and 'mousse foundation' across the front.

                  The pot size is 0.60 fl oz, or 18 ml. Bit of a pain though if your rubbish collection is like mine and you can't put any glass in it, but a good incentive to get down the bottle bank! The glass makes the pit quite heavy for an item of this size. The pot is sealed with a sticker and inside there is a white plastic cover to stop the mousse leaking / getting stuck inside the lid.

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                  the cool matte foundation boasts a 16 hour staying power length and that it has a 'no transfer' formula. From experience, this is pushing it really. I would struggle to conclude that it can last 16 hours, but it will stay on pretty successfully for most of the day. I would say if you are out during the day and evening, you may need to re-apply once to keep it looking nice and fresh. As for no transfer, i would agree that most of the product has very good staying power, but if you wiped your face across your partners white shirt (don't do this - it tends to alarm and aggravate!) such as they do it adverts, im pretty sure you will give them a nice orange stain.

                  However, when this is applied it gives you a really nice glowing look, and feels refreshing and very clean. As with most foundation products, it takes a little practice to apply successfully and you have to be quite quick or you can end up looking like an orange patchwork quilt. Be quick, or ill will dry streaky. Also, finding the right colour for your skin is paramount, or the lovely effect will not be so lovely on you. If you have dry skin like me, the creamy nature of mousse foundation is fantastic, preventing t-zones from drying out without losing the matt finish of the cool matte when it drys.

                  Also, im a big fan of the smell. Im not sure how to explain the aroma, other than to say it smells very clean and fresh without smelling cheap. Its hard to explain and i am aware of the distinctly personal preference of this statement as my other half is not keen on the smell at all.

                  Personally, i use the classic beige 201. this is richer than my normal colour but it seems to work better to give me a nice even skin tone. Other shades available are;
                  - True nude 303
                  - Soft beige 200
                  - Natural beige 400
                  - Ivory 100


                  Where to buy
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                  As with most Rimmel products, the cool matte is fairly easy to pick up on the high street in superdrug, boots, tesco or a pharmacy. Look out for special offers though, as both superdrug and boots often have a 3 for 2 on the Rimmel range. At last check, the foundation was under £6 which i personally think is good value for a product which so successfully emulates higher end range foundations.

                  For more details, check out the Rimmel website on: http://www.rimmellondon.com/UK/products/face/product.aspx?id=263

                  Overall
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                  I think the Rimmel cool matte comes up as much better quality that it seems for its price tag. With a little practice, the cool matte gives you a rich and lasting foundation, which is lovely to apply and refreshing. Personally, its the best foundation for my skin type that i have ever found, across the board. I would recommend giving it a try, but be very careful in matching it to your skin tone to make sure you don't look like someone has attacked you with Ronseal.

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                  30.11.2008 14:16
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                  not recommended are better products out there

                  This is a lovely foundation to put on, it feels cool on your skin and leaves it feeling fresh which is quite unusual for a foundation. It comes in a screw top pot then you either use your fingers or a brush to put it on. It has quite a jellyish feel to it which is slightly odd but it does feel nice when you put it on your skin.
                  It is easy to blend at your hair and neckline. It comes in a wide range of colours so you can get the right shade for your skin.
                  However the benefits end there really, it gives an ok coverage but isn't that great for covering flaws. So if you wanted quite a sheer foundation this may be worth trying for you.
                  It wears of really easily even if you set it with powder it doesn't even last for a few hours never mind 16. It rubs off easily so you are left with patches where you have some foundation left and others where you don't which looks horrible.
                  A pot does last quite a long time andthe base is wide enough so you can get all of the product out. However as you put your fingers in it everytime you use it, if you did keep it for a while it would be quite unhygenic.
                  I wouldn't really recommend this product as you can get better foundations for the price which is £5.99.

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                  08.08.2008 17:09
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                  Not worth your money - try one of the other Rimmel foundations instead or Lily Lolo

                  I won a competition on Rimmel's website and received a full-size pot of this for free. I am so glad I did not pay money for this!

                  I have tried a lot of Rimmel's products for the complexion and the one thing they all had in common was that after several hours my forehead would look slightly orange. This product is no exception and it does definitely not last 16 hours! I am very pale and got the "Ivory" shade, which is the lightest available. It does not blend easily with my skin so I prefer to use it as concealer rather than all over my face.

                  The "cool sensation", I believe, is caused by alcohol in the product evaporating, which gives the pot a weird, very chemical, slightly minty smell. My pot has also not aged well and despite being within it's use-by date, the "cool sensation" no longer occurs when I use it.

                  My most major criticism of this product is to do with application. When applying foundation I like to put blobs on the different areas of my face before I blend so that I can see how much I'm putting on easily, but I cannot do that with the Cool Matte Mousse Foundation. It dries much too quickly and then is impossible to blend without a damp sponge. I have to put it on with my fingers or brush and then blend that area immediately. Sometimes it dries too fast even doing this and then looks patchy and wrong.

                  I was very disappointed with this product as I have previously thought Rimmel's cosmetics to be decent quality for the price, but this was worse than any of the other products from this brand I have tried. This is the last Rimmel foundation I tried before giving it up and starting to use Lily Lolo's reasonably cheap mineral foundation instead, which I am very pleased with, it doesn't give me an orange tint at all.

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                  04.07.2008 21:47

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                  Good foundation for a night out, buy it in a shade lighter than you normally would, hard to blend in

                  Rimmel Cool Matte Mouse foundation is easy to apply, it feels cool on your skin and leaves you with a healthy looking glow. The texture it leaves on your skin is natural and feels soft.

                  However, it didn't last 6 hours let alone 16. By the end of the day I had blotches where the foundation has rubbed off. Also the foundation is hard blend in around the edges and was quite noticeable leaving me feeling quite self conscious.

                  I recommend this foundation for a night out or a couple of hours, but I wouldn't wear it everyday as it would have to be reapplied quite a lot. It smells quite nice and is easy to remove with make up wipes.

                  It comes in a range of shades and you get a suprisingly large amount of foundation in the tub, despite it looking fairly small. Lasted me quite a while.

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                  20.06.2008 18:10
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                  Definately recommend.

                  Rimmel Cool Matte Mousse. Simply does what it advertises. It promises a 16 hour lasting coverage and thats what you get. You could get away with wearing this foundation without any pressed powder as this foundation keeps your skin looking un-oily for about 4 hours ish. This foundation feels light on your skin and dries within instance of applying it. The only problem I found was that it doesnt seem to last long. This is mainly because using a little bit of this mousse does not cover the amount of area you need as it dries fast, so this results in using alot of the mousse when it only contains a bit. When you have applied this foundation you get aan even finish all over which looks amazing with no streaks or splodges. This makeup is affordable and high quality and I would recommend any maker lover to buy this product.

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                  A skin cooling foundation with an incredible 16 hour matte finish / Contains a ph-balanced, oil free formula that works in harmony with the skin /