15 Amazing Oil Control Skin Products

Black woman putting on face lotion
Black woman putting on face lotion

We all strive for skincare perfection when aiming to always look our best. But if your forehead shines brighter than a diamond, that makes it hard to achieve your best look for selfies and an everyday look.

Many of who suffer from oily skin find that its not the lack of oil-reducing products, but it’s the fact that many never seem to work.

If oily skin is your major facial flaw try these oil control products suggested by TotalBeauty readers. 

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.9*
Why it’s great: Readers collectively “adore these little blue sheets,” because they’re “cheap, handy and soak up … oil” without “rubbing off your makeup.” Many users also love that the product is compact, which makes it “easy to carry in your handbag.”

“It’s better than powders for oily skin, because it keeps my face fresh even through record-breaking heat,” adds one reviewer.

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.0*
Why it’s great: Readers love that this oil-controlling moisture gel “doubles as a foundation primer.” According to reviews, the product is “comparable to Clinique’s Moisture Surge,” so it’s “a great value for what you pay.” Plus, unlike most hydrating moisturizers, it is “lightweight,” “absorbs quickly” and “prevents oiliness.”

M.A.C. Blot Powder/Pressed


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.0*
Why it’s great: Readers call this powder a “definite must-have” for anyone with oily skin, as it gives “a nice, matte finish” and “banishes oil” without feeling “cakey.” It’s also “great for touchups” and “lasts forever.”

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.0*
Why it’s great: Reviewers agree that this product is true to its name, as it “strikes that perfect balance of reducing oil and shine without over-drying.” Users also love that this product “lathers up quickly,” “deeply cleans” and “smells great.” For a “wonderful face wash” with “great results,” readers recommend this product without hesitation.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1*
Why it’s great: According to readers, you can say goodbye to creased eye shadow with this Too Faced primer. Users say this product helps their eye shadow “last all day” — even through “hot, humid weather.” Readers also promise that eye shadow “will never fade, crease, or smudge” after priming with this product. All reviewers agree that it’s “worth every pretty penny.”

E.L.F. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1*
Why it’s great: Readers say this affordable powder “erases oil and shine with one swipe.” One user writes, “It’s great for toning down any crazy sparkly blush you may have applied and helps mattify your skin flawlessly.” For $4, reviewers agree: This powder “is such a steal.”

Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1*
Why it’s great: Readers call this the “best cleanser ever” because it’s “cheap, cleans well and doesn’t dry out [their] skin.” Readers say that with just one wash, “this cleanser removes all dirt, oil and makeup without the drying and tightness that a harsh cleanser leaves.”

NYX Cosmetics HD Eye Shadow Base


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.1*
Why it’s great: Reviewers call this eye shadow primer “a steal for the money” for its ability to combat redness, creasing and fading throughout the day.

“I applied this under my eye shadow at 8 a.m., and at 10 p.m. that night my eye shadow had not creased at all,” raves a reader. “Usually my very oily eyelids make the shadow disappear in about 3 hours…. [This] does just as good of a job as the higher-end primers.”

Palladio Oil Absorbing Rice Powder


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.2*
Why it’s great: Readers are “totally pleased with the results” from this oil-absorbing powder. According to reviews, the translucent formula “goes on smoothly” and makes readers’ faces “feel like silk.” Other perks? It’s “lightweight,” “finely milled” and “looks very natural.”

Bobbi Brown Blotting Paper


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.3*
Why it’s great: Reviewers are smitten with both the packaging and value of this refillable case of blotting papers. “The blotting paper comes in a superchic and handy case,” says a reader. “The mirror inside is definitely a very helpful addition. Also, the blotting paper itself is of very high quality.”

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.5*
Why it’s great: “I’m a woman [with] oily skin, and in the summer it gets horrendous,” says one reader. “This [primer] is my favorite hands down. It minimizes my pores, keeps me matte and my makeup … stays in place.”

M.A.C. Blot Film


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.6*
Why it’s great: Readers appreciate that these blotting sheets “absorb oil without disturbing makeup … and leave your face shine free.” One reviewer writes, “I’ve been blessed and cursed with oily skin. I cannot leave the house without a pack of these in my bag. I use about three a day and they are amazing.”

Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.7*
Why it’s great: Reviewers agree that this “light, oil-free” and long-lasting primer is “the best primer ever” for oily skin. “I have extremely oily skin and enlarged pores,” confesses one reader. “This primer keeps my oil under control and minimizes the appearance of pores.”

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lid Lines Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.7*
Why it’s great: “My lids are quite oily … [so] it’s a pain trying to get eye shadows not to crease on me,” one reader writes. “[This product] spreads like a dream; my eye shadow colors are more vibrant and do not crease throughout the day.”

Jan Marini Skin Research Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing Gel


TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.7*
Why it’s great: “This is a really good product for anyone with oily skin,” one reader writes of this aesthetician-approved cleanser. Readers are amazed by how well the product eliminates excess oil from skin and prevents breakouts. “My oil is under control [at] a great price,” another reader describes. “Love this cleanser!”