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    23 Oil-Friendly Beauty Products To Avoid Turning Into A Grease Spot

    Oil-absorbing tissues, masks, and other things to balance your skin.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Natural Green Tea Oil Absorbing Tissues were made for dabbing away oil and sebum with ease, and without disturbing your makeup! Green tea is packed full of antioxidants that won't irritate your skin.

    They're even all natural! They're made from 100% natural linen fibers with organic bamboo charcoal to keep you nice and fresh all day. These wipes come in a travel-friendly container that's just begging to be in your purse.

    Promising review: "I love these oil blotting tissues! I never had any issues with oily skin until recently. I had tried other products that didn't seem to work well. These tissues are amazing and are small to keep right in your purse for on the go. I only need to use them once a day usually and they produce immediate results. You can see the oil absorption on the tissue and your skin has a nice matte look to it with no more shine! Highly recommend this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.95 (available in three sizes and three options).

    2. Luxurious Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque made this list because it's amazing for kicking out anything lingering in your pores like impurities, dirt, and excess oils with the power of Amazonian white clay and aloe.

    The product jar
    The whipped masque
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I love this mask! I have oily skin with large pores and I always have a lot of clogged pores that my dermatologist usually needs to extract. After using this mask one time my skin began to purge and all my clogged pores began to clear. It really helps get all the gunk out! Although my pores aren’t completely gone (I don’t think they’ll ever be) they are noticeably smaller. I have very sensitive skin and this mask is gentle enough for me to use 2-3 times a week. Highly recommend!!" —lrb313

    Get it from Sephora for $40.

    3. The Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer which has saved me from plenty of dry, winter nights and unexplained breakouts. Once I found out dehydration was causing my oiliness, I started doing these weekly. I've saved so much money on facials while improving my skin's moisture barrier.

    The steamer next to some beauty products
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    After months of contemplation, I finally got my hands on one of these steamers. It's been a crucial part of my skincare routine ever since. Steam is great for opening pores for deep cleanses, serum application, and exfoliation. Using this steamer has saved me so much money on estheticians. All I need to do to nail a basic extraction between facials is this steamer and a pore vacuum. Since I test a lot of products, I found my skin relatively dry. Luckily, this steamer wonderfully hydrates my skin and wakes me up in the morning. The smell some reviewers have mentioned goes away after a few uses. It's definitely a splurge, but steaming has helped my skin a lot.

    Promising review: "My skin has never looked better!! This facial steamer purifies and hydrates my skin like no other. I’m left with clear, glowing skin every single time!" —jen101

    Get it from Sephora for $149.

    4. Or the budget-friendly NanoSteamer 3-in-1 Facial Steamer which empties sebum-filled pores for a deep clean and maximum product penetration. 

    A reviewer using the steamer
    the face steamer

    Promising review: "After having seen my aesthetician for a few months, I asked her for a facial steamer she'd recommend for home-use. She suggested this one and I have been using it nightly since receiving it. It is VERY user-friendly and certainly is making my skin look healthy and therefore, makeup looks better when I go out for the evening, etc. I highly recommend this product and as I use it with a towel over my head in order to keep the steam more focused on my face, it's a complete joy and immensely relaxing." —Antonia O.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    5. Coty Airspun Face Powder holds everything in place to guarantee a flawless, flashback-free, beat! Whoever told you that minimizing fine lines and blurring acne scars required a million products lied — this one does it all for under $10. Plus it comes in different shades!

    The powder jar
    A reviewer using the powder to achieve matte skin

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using a more expensive powder for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m. I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the other powder and is 13% of the cost. I can't believe it. I'm never going back." —AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.43+ (available in seven shades).

    To learn more, check out our Coty Airspun face powder deep dive.

    6. Honest Beauty Magic Gel-to-Milk Makeup Melting Cleanser comes in a (refreshingly) sizable bottle. Gel is perfect for my oily skin and I didn't need much to get the job done. Double cleansing is never a bad idea, especially if you have acne-prone skin.

    The cleanser
    Jessica Alba applying the cleanser
    Honest Beauty

    As far as gel cleansers go, this one's pretty great. I like the price point, I love the ingredients, and it hasn't made my skin freak out. I was inspired to try this line after watching Jessica's Go To Bed With Me episode. She really thinks about skincare as its own ritual and it shows in the products. Can't wait to test this out when I have a full face of makeup.

    Promising review: "Amazing cleanser that doesn't dry out my skin. I've tried probably more than 50 cleansers and would definitely recommend this amongst one of my favorites. It smells pleasant but not overpowering, doesn't dry out skin and cleanses makeup and funk and sunscreen easily" —Mrsaylia

    Get it from Target for $14.99, Ulta for $18, or Honest Beauty for $17.99.

    7. The clarifying GlamGlow Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask digs deep into clogged oily pores with a six-acid blend and activated-x charcoal. Tip: don't wash it off until the mask is completely dry.

    The white product jar
    A person with the product on their face / A person with radiant, even, skin after removing the mask
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I always steer clear of charcoal masks because I find that they generally dry out my skin. THIS mask is a GAME-CHANGER. It made me look poreless and my skin has never felt cleaner and more refreshed. I was so impressed with a mini sample that the next day I bought the whole jar. It felt gentle on my sensitive skin, but I also felt it working hard. No redness, no stinging, nothing but pleasant cooling and brighter, smoother skin as a result. This is the charcoal mask I've been waiting for. For those of you worried about sensitivity and harshness, this mask was made for you." —allthatglows

    Get a 1.7-ounce jar from Sephora for $60 (available in four sizes).

    8. Benefit Cosmetics Waterproof Brow Pomade is perfect for adding pigment to thin or light brows. It stays in place against slick oily skin. All you need to do is apply with a brush, and then blend.

    A model's sparse brow without the product / A model's fuller brow with the product
    Sephora

    Promising review: "I have brows that are basically invisible without product, so I generally use three products: tinted wax, pencil and gel. My usual tinted wax was discontinued, so I gave this a shot, and OMG. I think it will replace the wax AND pencil. Powmade is super pigmented and provides filling and shaping. I just used the gel still to define the hairs, but wow. I am so impressed with this. Highly recommend." —ElizGB

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in eight shades).

    9. Dual-action Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment relies on lactic acid, fruit enzymes, and vitamin E to shimmy the dead cells and scarring off of your skin. Start unclogging your oily pores with a gentle treatment that won't break you out.

    A person applying the treatment
    The squeezable product bottle
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "This product is amazing! I have never used an exfoliating product that changed my skin after one use! Before I get into that, I am obsessed with the way this product smells, and the dark green color of the product makes my heart happy. I first used this in the shower, when I didn’t have any makeup to remove. The next day when I woke up, I was eager to check out my face. My skin was SO smooth and the texture along my jawline was almost completely gone! I am so amazed. I never would have believed if I was told this product would get rid of my texture so quickly. Now, I don’t know that I can be without this exfoliator! Don’t try this unless you want to fall in love — it’s pretty much guaranteed!" —PammyPajammie

    Get it from Sephora for $24+ (available in three sizes) or Amazon for $25+ (available in two sizes).

    10. Bella Jade Makeup Setting Spray with organic green tea refreshes your makeup and the fine lines caused by breakthrough oils. If your makeup cakes up, use this fast-drying, non-sticky spray.

    A reviewer with a relatively smooth face wearing the setting spray
    The spray bottle of setting spray

    Promising review: "This is the best setting spray I have tried. It feels like nothing on. It doesn't irritate my skin or leave a residue and it works very well. It's easy to dispense and it doesn't cause my mascara to run when I spray it on. The mist goes on evenly. It leaves a beautiful, natural finish. I am delighted and will certainly repurchase." —A. Black

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% sounds complicated, but it's not. It's got a soothing water-based formula that's perfect for reducing oiliness and works with the sebum on your skin. 

    A reviewer's product bottle
    BuzzFeed / Christine Forbes

    This product was made for all skin types. It is alcohol-free, silicone-free, vegan, and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. I starting using it a few months ago for acne and textured skin, and it has done wonders considering the price. It can be quite sticky so make sure you don't use too much. Two drops worked fine. —anishhax

    Get it from Sephora, Target, or Ulta for $6.50. 

    12. NYX Makeup-Setting Spray keeps your makeup from fading throughout the day. No creasing, no running, and no oil — unless you want a little shine. This cruelty-free formula comes in matte and dewy finishes, so you can switch things up.

    A reviewer who used the setting spray to set her makeup before 5 pm
    A reviewer's flawless makeup five hours later, at 10 pm

    Promising review: "I have a lot of acne and oily skin and I must say this setting spray is really the cherry on top! When I put this on after I finish applying makeup, I NEVER get oily! I have worn this through two shifts (I have two jobs), rode two buses to get home, and walked home, and I still looked flawless! This is a must-have." —Sasha

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90+ (available in two sizes and in matte, dewy, and radiant finishes).

    13. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation will blow you away because it boasts a larger shade range than most drug store brands. People with combination and oily skin appreciate its long-lasting matte formula.

    Promising review: "I've tried a lot of different foundations from drugstore to high end and I'm blown away by this stuff. I don't know why I didn't try it sooner but believe the hype. Now if you're dry, this is not for you. I'm 36 with combo acne-prone skin. And this wears so well on me. It blends like a dream and the shade is spot on. I'm like fair neutral and shade 112 is perfect. Not too pink, not too yellow, both of which are common foundation shade problems for me. I moisturize my skin well and prep with Elf jelly pop primer. I blend 1 to 2 pumps of this into my skin with a damp sponge. Bounce the sponge on it until it is completely set. Then set with Milani Make It Last setting spray. After 14 hours of working, doing stuff at home, etc my foundation had not creased, settled into lines, or broke up. I'm amazed. Does not irritate my skin. Also, it's unscented — no smell at all. Please don't stop making this Maybelline!" —R. A. Blaine

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94 (available in 40 shades).

    14. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is the first thing I recommend to anyone who really doesn't want their makeup to move. I've been using this for years to minimize oiliness, transfers, and extend my makeup.

    Promising review: "This is by far the best setting spray I have ever used. It keeps my makeup on all day, has a cool sensation and smells amazing! I will100% be buying this product again." —ErinEES

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    15. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation survives a sunny day at the beach and keeps oil in its place. I was surprised at how well it held up without looking cakey. They come in a wide range of shades so I found a pretty good match.

    A reviewer wearing the foundation
    BuzzFeed / Christine Forbes

    Promising review: "There is a reason this is a cult favorite. The shade range is really great. I have fair neutral undertones and it is hard to find a good shade match sometimes but I found a spot on match. Personally, I think this is a solid foundation for any skin type if you prep your skin right. I have dry skin and make sure to really moisturize my skin before application and it looks flawless all day. It has great long wear and even does a decent job of staying under a mask. It’s a great foundation to have on hand. Highly recommend." —bee89

    Get it from Sephora or Ulta for $46.

    16. Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation because it really does enhance and hydrate your skin. Personally, I think foundations are formulated for their concealer, and this one didn't disappoint. Below, I'm wearing about one pump of the foundation set with translucent powder. I have combination-oily skin and this never separates — it remains radiant all day.

    A reviewer without makeup on
    A reviewer wearing a full face of makeup
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Everything about this foundation is luxurious. The bottle, the finishes, the formula — everything. For once, I didn't feel like I betrayed my skin by wearing foundation. The coverage is good, but sometimes I spot conceal underneath to go the extra mile.

    Promising review: "This is my new go-to foundation for everyday wear. I have combination-oily, acne-prone skin and prefer foundations that can even out my skin tone while still allowing my freckles to show through and have a very natural finish. This foundation is perfect: not too dewy, not too matte, never irritates my skin or breaks me out, and just makes me look like I have lovely skin. Maybe the best thing about this foundation is that it truly lasts all day without breaking up on my skin, oxidizing, or interfering with other products. I can easily layer powder or cream products over top, and my foundation has been lasting well through very humid summer days. It does get dewier throughout the day but in a really nice, natural way, and I can easily touch up with powder if needed." —megalasso

    Pat McGrath Labs is a woman-owned brand by Pat McGrath that aims to showcase the transformative power of makeup.

    Get it from Sephora for $68 (available in 35 shades).

    17. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner brings out the best of your eyes without smudging, even if you shed a tear or two. Oily skin nor workouts could compromise this reliably waterproof formula.

    Promising review: "I literally just received this eye liner in the mail, tried it on, and had to write a review! Awesome product, buy it now. Very dark, very easy to put on (nice sharp point) and I'm a very happy customer. After a one hour long Body Combat class in the middle of summer in a crowded room with hardly any air-conditioning, I was VERY curious to see how this eyeliner would hold up. At the end of the class I checked it out and there was NO smudging or flaking. That is seriously impressive!" —Taylor Ross

    Get it from Amazon for $23 (available in 12 colors). 

    18. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer never fails to leave skin looking plump and uncreased. I've been using it to highlight and clean up my brows for years. It doesn't fade throughout the day —even when applied in my oily T-zone.

    Promising review: "I love it so much I no longer use foundation. I spot conceal and use under my eyes after that it is powder and setting spray. It has a creamy feel which is great because it is thick enough to hide discoloration, bags under the eyes, and redness. The perfect blend between covering and letting enough skin shine through to look natural. I have very oily skin and it holds up wonderfully throughout the day. Never looks cakey or powdery and doesn't crease significantly. My favorite part is how it literally matches my skin perfectly and they have a wide shade range. It is quite a splurge however it is very worth it and I will definitely repurchase." —GabbieGabbie

    Get it from Sephora for $31 (available in 30 shades and in a travel size).

    19. Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 is a phenomenal primer, hands down. Its invisible silicone-like formula keeps my oily T-zone matte all day. You'll be hard-pressed to find a scentless, invisible, weightless formula that blocks over 96% of harmful UV rays, courtesy of broad-spectrum SPF 40. If you can't put down your phone, there's blue light protection too.

    The squeezable product bottle
    The product is oil-free, clear, and sweat resistant

    Promising review: "I’ve only been using unseen for a few days, but so far I’m really loving it. It’s truly a game changer, especially for women with darker skin tones. It goes on so smooth and velvety, and leaves no white cast! Hopefully, it doesn’t make my acne-prone skin breakout *crosses fingers*, or else it’s back to the drawing board." —Joy V.

    Get the standard size from Supergoop! or Amazon for $36 or from Sephora for $20+ (available in three sizes).

    20. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder was a lifesaver for my oily skin. Use it before and after your foundation for light coverage and extra hold. Remember, a little goes a long way.

    A competitive setting powder with flashback / A model posing without flashback while wearing the product
    Sephora

    Promising review: "I've been using this product since high school (when I would steal my mom's makeup) and I still use this product today. It's a splurge I am happy to make because it gives me the results I like. This product sets my makeup and looks flawless on the skin. My skin doesn't get oily or greasy until the end of the day or if it's sweltering hot. I use this to bake sometimes too and it looks great for that purpose. Highly recommend this product!" —MichelleT143

    Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in two finishes and six shades).

    21. Lightweight Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb has never done me dirty, and it won't fail you either. It's my favorite lightweight, water-gel day cream because it never leaves me too oily or dry.

    The jar
    A person holding the product jar with the cream on their face
    Sephora

    I have oily skin, and this product doesn't leave me looking like an oil slick. It's hydrating enough to keep my skin balanced all day. I've alternated between using this and Peter Thomas Roth's Cloud Cream for four years. Both are amazing, but Aqua Bomb works just as well for a lower price.

    Promising Review: "WOW!! MY FACE FEELS SO AMAZING!! One day I was like screw it, my face needs this! I bought the the Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb. After drying, my face would feel so soft and moisturized (also, it doesn't get sticky like other products)! I do recommend this product for people with any skin type!! Due to the the fact that it's a small moisturizer and it lasts a long time!!! It has also helped me clear my acne in a little over a month!!!! I 110% recommend this product!!" —KiarasStuff

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $38.

    22. Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser delivers cold-pressed antioxidants derived from kale, spinach, and green tea that easily remove makeup, dirt, and help rebalance skin's pH. No grease spots here!

    The green product and pump