I shine like a wet seal. There. I said it out loud. I absolutely hate this t-zone thing I have going on, where my glands seem to be in overdrive lately and putting the glare into everyone’s eyes. Instead of Criss Angel Mind Freak, I am Shannon Shine Freak. *sigh*

So when I knew I would be receiving products from jane iredale to try, I decided to be bold and make a specific request to try Absence.

What jane says about Absence:

Absence forms an attraction barrier between the skin and makeup so that makeup can stay on longer, and skin stays shine-free.

Absence doesn’t just absorb oil the way most oil-control products do, but actually helps to control over-active sebaceous glands. It has no effect on the actual moisture of the skin. The seaweed content in this product also helps to regulate the pH balance of the skin. You have to try this to believe it!

If all that isn’t enough, Absence also has a broad spectrum SPF 15.

What I thought:

The first few times I tried Absence, I was a complete idiot and put it on over my Liquid Minerals. It still controlled the shine, but my Pure Pressed Powder sort of stuck to it. Then it hit me, or rather Christina told me, that it should be applied before the Liquid Minerals. See, this is what happens when you have the average person trying products out…it’s all about trial and error and showing people you can be a little dumb at times.

Once I applied Absence prior to using my Liquid Minerals, I noticed a big difference. While Absence feels thick and balmy at first, it absorbs into your skin and becomes lightweight, just like the Liquid Minerals. I then used the Liquid Minerals over it and brushed on the Pure Pressed Powder (review to come). My face looked matte, with no shine present.

Absence lasted a long while and I noticed I didn’t have to touch up my face with powder to control the shine as much as usual. There was a long duration between when I first applied my makeup until the next touch up time. Which is great, because honestly, when do I have time to keep checking on my makeup?

While Absence is an extremely fair color, it did not make me appear pale or lighten the look of my skin tone. This is a product that all women with shine issues should look into.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel 28g/1ozEstee Lauder Sparkling Clean Mattifying Oil-Control Lotion for Oily Skin 50 ml (promo size)Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate - 1 oz.