There seems to be a direct correlation with the amount of fun I have with how much my makeup has disappeared after a night on the town. A product that would protect my makeup, leaving it appearing fresh and matte beyond dinner and a few drinks would be no less than magical. My makeup doesn't seem to stay put even if set with powder, and blotting papers just end up smudging away my look, so when Sarah introduced me to Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish ($19-39), I knew I had to test it out. Would Skindinavia be the fairy godmother to my makeup applications, and would she let it stick around past midnight?
Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish comes in a small, plastic spray bottle, in which you mist skin before and after applying makeup, claiming to help with shine for 16 hours. Curious of the smell and texture, I tested the Skindinavia on my wrist and was thankful that it wasn't sticky in any way, though it did have a slight odor which reminded me of nail polish remover. However, that initial smell subsided very quickly. I continued with the first application on my bare skin, accidentally spraying some of the product in my eye. After panicking that I may have went blind for the sake of beauty, I quickly realized that it wasn't uncomfortable in any way, and continued on with my makeup application.
Since I was actively hoping for the best with Skindinavia, I went all out with a dramatic evening look. Spraying the No More Shine once more, this time in a "T" formation (I personally like a little shine to my cheeks), holding the bottle 8 inches from my face. The product dried fairly quickly and left my makeup looking just as I had applied it.
Unless my skin is being particularly dry on any given night out, I will notice a shiny forehead, nose, and chin in under 2 hours, and after another 4 or 5, will return home to a shiny face rid of the majority of my makeup. However, after using No More Shine, I noticed that initial shine didn't appear until after the 4th hour, and very minimal at that! I normally need to do a quick touch-up every few hours, however, didn't feel much of a need to do this more than once the entire night!
Skindinavia No More Shine definitely helped keep my face looking matte, where necessary, for a long night out. Additionally, for a lighter day time look, I felt a light mist after my makeup application was enough to keep me shine free throughout the day. Though if you have very oily skin, I'd go for coverage both before and after your makeup application. It definitely does not live anywhere close to its 16 hour claim, yet still seemed worth it for half that time.
While No More Shine works, some of the ingredients such as alcohol and sodium hydroxide,
a strong irritant, may not suit sensitive skins. Since it's not the purest potion out there, Skindinavia might be best for those special moments when you really hope your makeup makes it through the night, and not for everyday use.
Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat, Polyhydrostearic Acid, PVP, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Poloxamer 407, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, N,2,3-Trimethyl-2-Isopropyl Butamide, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.