Review: Sanctuary Matte Perfecting Hydra Lotion

Yes, I am aware that it’s 1am for us UK-dwellers. But my boyfriend is away, and like the sentimental gooey person I am, I can’t sleep just yet. So, here’s the moisturiser I’ve been trying out for the last little while:

Blue/white pump of moisturiser

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This is part of the ‘Deep Cleanse Facial’ line, as you can see from the label there. I also have the foaming cleanser, which I may write about later, but I’ve used the moisturiser more at the moment so I’ll concentrate on that for now.

Although I know this is formulated for oily skin, I have to say straight away that this is VERY light. It feels good on the skin, and it’s not as magically-disappearing as a gel would be, but it still sinks into the skin without leaving a usual ‘moisturised’ feel. Of course, my combination skin might be slightly too normal for this one, and so I can’t say it’s a fault with the cream. But it might be better for younger teenage skin that isn’t really used to moisturiser yet – something like the Clinique Dramatically Different moisturising gel, which always gave me the same impression. With this Sanctuary cream, I’ve actually applied two layers in the morning on occasion.

The smell is a typical Sanctuary mixture of lovely natural things – no complaints there. I quite like moisturiser to smell a little natural and medicinal sometimes; I’ve been a hardcore LUSH fan for so long, I’m well used to it! This smells like a high-end version of a LUSH product. However, being so natural, there isn’t any SPF in this whatsoever.

Although it does feel light after application, a little of this initially goes a long way, which is fortunate given that this 50ml pump (nice and hygenic!) will cost you about £13 in Boots. Again, this would be great for someone with skin relatively new to skincare and makeup. Though having said that, I honestly haven’t noticed a fantastically mattifying effect with this, in spite of the fact that my skin is probably a lot less oily than its target market! It’s nice, and doesn’t make me more oily, but I’d say that putting ‘matte’ in such big letters on the label is probably optimistic on Sanctuary’s part.
It definitely doesn’t break me out or anything, though, so that’s a plus for those prone to acne. I am prone to it, even though I’m not a super oil slick, and I’m pretty sure this is risk-free on me.

One final thing, though: the one main reason that I would actively NOT recommend this cream is that, even when I’ve left it quite a while before applying makeup, any rubbing (even just gently applying liquid foundation) will cause the residue left on your skin (which, in fairness, isn’t hugely noticeable until then) to ball up and come off. It’s not a great look, and it’s annoying if you’re in a hurry with your makeup. I guess the residue is supposed to be the ‘matte’ part. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t work – I’ve rubbed it off!

Considering that I was feeling pretty flush when I bought this, and it was a toss-up between this and a La Roche-Posay cream, I’m thinking I should’ve got the other one. Sanctuary’s cleansers have done wonders for me in the past, but I’m really not feeling this fairly mediocre moisturiser.

3 Comments to “Review: Sanctuary Matte Perfecting Hydra Lotion”

  1. Thanks for the info on this product! I’ve liked everything La Roche-Posay, so I’d definitely recommend trying that brand. Enjoy!

  2. Do you have any video of that? I’d like to find out
    some additional information.

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