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June 19, 2013

A Disappointing Product: Nip + Fab Shine Fix Mattifying Gel

Nip + Fab's Shine Fix Mattifying Gel made it's way into my life as a replacement for my beloved The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser which finally, after six months of use, was finished up. Sadly, I've been using the Shine Fix Mattifying Gel for about three weeks now and it is just not been living up to my expectations. My oily skin (mainly on my t-zone) has been getting visibly oily throughout the day, to the same extent as it does when I don't wear any mattifying product at all.

Nip + Fab Shine Fix Mattifying Gel is a translucent gel which dries to a matte finish when applied to the skin.  On the packaging it promises to "mattify and absorb excess surface oil" and that the formula "regulates and absorbs excess oil flow throughout the day to help promote a fresh and healthy looking complexion". I would agree that when first applied it does mattify the skin and seems to absorb excess surface oil well. However, throughout the day this matte finish does not last and it does not appear to continue to absorb excess oil flow. Although it is wonderfully light on the skin, which is a wonderful quality in any skin primer, I fear that it may be so light that it does not actually stick around very long. I've tried using more product and this makes not one jot of difference. I'm incredibly disappointed if I'm honest! This is my first foray into Nip + Fab's skin care and I feel I've been let down. Plus, with an RRP of £9.95 for a meagre 15ml of product this has been a costly mistake on my part. If I were you I wouldn't bother with Nip + Fab's Shine Fix, as far as I can tell it might be good to use right before you take a photo, or if you're not planning on wearing make-up so you can reapply it throughout the day, but for a normal, everyday scenario this is not going to deliver the results that someone looking to control their oily skin would expect. 

In short, steer clear! I'm going to be repurchasing The Body Shop's Tea Tree Pore Minimiser, it has slowly become my Holy Grail product where matte skin is concerned. 

Have you tried this Mattifying Gel? Do you use anything to keep your oil skin matte throughout the day?



  1. I have one of these that I bought in TK Maxx at a lovely reduced price of £2! I can't make my mind up on it. Some days I find it quite effective and others I don't feel it really does anything. So far I haven't really found a product that controls my t-zone throughtout the day..

  2. It's too bad you didn't like it :( I've been using it for a few months now and love it! It keeps me matte throughout the whole day.
    :) Chelsey

  3. Oh deary me, I'm thinking about getting a mattiyfing moisturiser. Now I know which one not to get! x

    Amy /

  4. I've also found Nip+Fab products to not live up to the hype around the brand. I tried Tummy Fix and it did absolutly nothing except make me sticky. You are better off spending your money on cheaper products that actually work.

  5. Wah, what a shame! I'm going to buy the Body Shop one instead.

    Tara x


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